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Marco Randazzo received his degree in Computer Science Engineering in 2005 from the University of Genoa. In 2008, he received from the same institution, in collaboration with IIT, his Ph.D. in Humanoid Technologies, investigating dielectric elastomer actuators for robotic applications. From 2008 to 2012 he worked as Post-Doc researcher in IIT, focusing his research interests on topics such as compliant interaction and force control of the iCub humanoid robot.
In 2012 he joined to the newly established iCub Facility, working on aspects such as balancing, locomotion and navigation of the iCub humanoid platform.

Projects

Contributions to past projects:

ROBOTCUB FP6 2005-2010 http://www.robotcub.org/
"RobotCub: ROBotic Open-architecture Technology for Cognition, Understanding and Behavior"

VIACTORS FP7 2009-2011 http://www.viactors.org/
"Variable Impedance Actuation Systems Embodying Advanced Interaction Behaviours" 

ROBOSKIN FP7 2009-2011 http://www.roboskin.org/
"Skin-Based Technologies and Capabilities for Safe,Autonomous and Interactive Robots"

EMORPH FP7 2009-2011 http://emorph.eu/
"Event-Driven Morphological Computation for Embodided Systems"

Selected Publications

PATENT:

  • Procedimento ed Apparecchiature per la Fabbricazione di Attuatori Polimerici Multistrato adatti alla realizzazione di un muscolo artificiale’, Marco Randazzo, Renato Buzio, Giulio Sandini, Ugo Valbusa, Italian and International PCT Applications, Patent number: TO2008A000180 PCT/IB2009/050937, 10/03/2008

ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS:

  • Fumagalli, M., Ivaldi S., Randazzo M., Natale L., Metta G., Sandini G., Nori F., 2012, ‘Force feedback exploiting tactile and proximal force/torque sensing. Theory and implementation on the humanoid robot iCub’, Autonomous Robots

BOOK CHAPTERS:

  • Natale L., Nori F., Metta G., Fumagalli M., Ivaldi S., Pattaccini U., Randazzo M., Schmitz A., Sandini G, 2012,‘The iCub platform: a tool for studying intrinsically motivated learning’, Intrinsically motivated learning in natural and artificial systems

ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN INTERNATIONAL PROCEEDINGS:

  • Randazzo M., Fumagalli M., Nori F., Natale L., Metta G., Sandini G.,‘A comparison between joint level torque sensing and proximal F/T sensor torque estimation: implementation on the iCub’, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2011)
  • Randazzo M., Fumagalli M., Nori F., Metta G. & Sandini G., ‘Closed loop control of a rotational joint driven by two antagonistic dielectric elastomer actuators’, ICRA 2010, Workshop on “New variable impedance actuators for the next generation of robots”, Anchorage, Alaska, May 3-8, 2010.
  • Randazzo M., Fumagalli M., Nori F., Metta G. & Sandini G., ‘Force control of a tendon driven joint actuated by dielectric elastomers’, 12th International Conference on New Actuators (Actuator 2010), Bremen, Germany, 14-16 June, 2010.
  • Ivaldi S., Fumagalli M., Randazzo M., Nori F., Metta G., Sandini G., 2011, ‘Computing robot internal/external wrenches by means of F/T sensors: theory and implementation on the iCub humanoid’, The 11th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids2011)

  • Fumagalli M., Randazzo M., Nori F., Natale L., Metta G. & Sandini G., ‘Exploiting Proximal F/T Measurements for the iCub Active Compliance’, 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Taipei, Taiwan, October 18-22, 2010.
  • Randazzo M., Fumagalli M., Metta G. & Sandini G., ‘Closed loop control of a rotational joint driven by two antagonistic dielectric elastomer actuators’, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2010, San Diego, USA, March 6-12, 2010.  
  • Fumagalli M., Jamone L., Metta G., Natale L., Nori F., Parmiggiani A., Randazzo M. & Sandini G., ‘A Force Sensor for the Control of a Human-like Tendon Driven Neck’, 9th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, pp.478-485, Paris, France, December 7-10, 2009.
  • Parmiggiani A., Randazzo M., Natale L., Metta G. & Sandini G., ‘Joint torque sensing for the upper-body of the iCub humanoid robot’, IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Paris, France, December 7-10, 2009.
  • Randazzo M., Buzio R., Metta G., Sandini G. & Valbusa U., ‘Architecture for the Semiautomatic Fabrication and Assembly of thin-film based Dielectric Elastomer Actuators.’, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008.
  • Randazzo M., Buzio R., Metta G., Sandini G. & Valbusa U., ‘An Architecture For the Semiautomatic Fabrication of Multilayer Stacked Contractile and Expanding Dielectric Elastomer Actuators’, 11th International Conference on New Actuators (ACTUATOR 2008).
  • Schmitz A., Maggiali M., Randazzo M., Natale L. & Metta G., ‘A Prototype Fingertip with High Spatial Resolution Pressure Sensing for the Robot iCub’, 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Daejeon, Korea, December 1-3, 2008.
  • Maggiali M., Cannata G., Maiolino P., Metta G., Randazzo M. & Sandini G., ‘Embedded Distributed Capacitive Tactile Sensor’, Mechatronics 2008, Mechatronics 2008, June 23 – 25, University of Limerick, Ireland.

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