Carmela Calabrese received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Control Engineering from the University of Naples- Federico II in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Her master thesis focused on the development and analysis of a nonlinear mathematical model for intra- and inter-brains synchronisation emerging during human coordination tasks. In March 2021, she got her joint Ph.D. degree both in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and in Human Movement Science, as the result of a joint program between the University of Naples and the University of Montpellier, funded by the "Vinci Programme 2017" scholarship. Her doctoral work dealt with the application of nonlinear control theory, focusing on the analysis and modelling of human movement coordination and leadership emergence during cooperative tasks, useful for exergames’ development for impaired people, e.g. autistic children. In September 2021, she joined the Systems Neuroscience Institute of the Aix-Marseille University. Her research goals concerned computational neuroscience, focusing on the estimation of epileptogenic zones in drug-resistant patients and the analysis of structural connectivity influence on the inference process; development of a mean-field nonlinear model of a biophysical neuronal network driven by conductance-based ion exchange and synaptic plasticity dynamics.
Since February 2022, she is a Postdoctoral researcher in the Humanoid Sensing and Perception Group at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova. She is currently working on social robotics, focusing on computer vision and AI-algorithms to improve the "human likeness" of humanoid robots in cooperative scenarios, in particular with patients affected by social disorders (e.g., autism).