Arash Ajoudani received his PhD degree in Robotics and Automation from Centro "E Piaggio", University of Pisa, and Advanced Robotics Department (ADVR), Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy (14 July 2014). His PhD thesis was a finalist for the Georges Giralt PhD award 2015 - best European PhD thesis award in robotics. He is currently a tenure-track scientist and the leader of the Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI2) lab of the IIT. He was a finalist for the best manipulation paper award at ICRA 2012, a winner of the best student paper award at ROBIO 2013, a finalist for the best oral presentation award at Automatica (SIDRA) 2014, and a finalist for the best interactive paper award at Humanoids 2016. He is the author of the book "Transferring Human Impedance Regulation Skills to Robots" and several publications in journals, international conferences, and book chapters. He is currently serving as the executive manager of the IEEE-RAS Young Reviewers' Program (YRP), chair and representative of the IEEE-RAS Young Professionals Committee, and co-chair of the IEEE-RAS Member Services Committee. He has been serving as a member of scientific advisory committee and as an associate editor for several international journals and conferences such as IEEE RAL, Biorob, ICORR, etc. His main research interests are in physical human-robot interaction and cooperation, robotic manipulation, robust and adaptive control, rehabilitation robotics, and tele-robotics.
A. Ajoudani, A Zanchettin, S. Ivaldi, A. Albu-Schaeffer, K. Kosuge, and O. Khatib "Progress and Prospects of the Physical Human-Robot Collaboration", Autonomous Robots, Special Issue on Learning for Human-Robot Collaboration, 2017, submitted.
L. Peternel, L. Rozo, D. Caldwell, and A. Ajoudani, "A Method for Derivation of Robot Task-Frame Control Authority from Repeated Sensory Observations", IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), Vol. 2, No.2, 2017.
S.Fani, S. Ciotti, M. Catalano, G. Grioli, A. Ajoudani, and M. Bianchi, "IntegratingWearable Haptics and Teleimpedance Methods for Augmented Human-Robot Interaction with Synergy-inspired Robotic Systems", IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM), 2017, submitted.
L. Peternel, N Tsagarakis, and A. Ajoudani, "A Human-Robot Co-Manipulation Approach Based on Human Sensorimotor Feedback", IEEE Transactions on on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation, 2016, Submitted.
A. Ajoudani, C. Fang, N. Tsagarakis, and A. Bicchi "Reduced-Complexity Representation of the Human Arm Active Endpoint Stiffness for Supervisory Control of Remote Manipulation", The International Journal of Robotics Research, 2016, Submitted.
Z. Li, Z. Chen, A. Ajoudani, C. YANG, C. Yi Su, A. Bicchi, "Asymmetric Bimanual Coordinate Control of Dual-Arm Exoskeleton Robots for Human Cooperative Manipulations", IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2016, accepted.
L. Peternel, N. Tsagarakis, D. Caldwell and A. Ajoudani, "Adaptation of Robot Physical Behaviour to Human Fatigue in Human-Robot Co-Manipulation", IEEE International Conference on Humanoid Robotics (Humanoids), 2016. Best Interactive Paper Award Finalist.
L. Peternel, N. Tsagarakis, and A. Ajoudani, "Towards Multi-Modal Intention Interfaces for Human-Robot Co-Manipulation", IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016, accpeted.
C. Yang, P. Liang, A. Ajoudani, Z. Li, and A. Bicchi "Development of a Robotic Teaching Interface for Human to Human Skill Transfer based on EMG and IMU Sensor Fusion", IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016, accepted.
N. Kashiri, A. Ajoudani, D. Caldwell, N. Tsagarakis, "Evaluation of Hip Kinematics Influence on the Performance of a Quadrupedal Robot Leg", International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), 2016.
, "Reflex Control of the Pisa/IIT SoftHand during Object Slippage", IEEE InternationalConference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2016.
A. Brygo, I. Sarakoglou, A. Ajoudani, N. Hernandez, G. Grioli, M. Catalano, N. Tsagarakis, "Synergy-based interface for bilateral tele-manipulations of a master-slave system with large asymmetries", IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2016.
C. YANG, P. Liang, Z. Li, A. Ajoudani, C. Su, and A. Bicchi, "Teaching by Demonstration on Dual-arm Robot using HRI Variable Stiffness Transferring ", IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, 2015.
A. Ajoudani, C. Faneg, N. G. Tsagarakis, and A. Bicchi, "A Reduced-Complexity Description of Arm Endpoint Stiffness with Applications to Teleimpedance Control", IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015.
M. Rossi, A. Altobelli, S. Godfrey, A. Ajoudani, and A. Bicchi, "Electromyographic Mapping of Finger Stiffness in Tripod Grasp: a Proof of Concept", International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2015.
C. Rosales, A. Ajoudani, M. Gabiccini and A. Bicchi, "Active Gathering of Frictional Properties from Objects", IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2014.
A. Ajoudani, N. Tsagarakis, J. Lee, M. Gabiccini, and A. Bicchi, "Natural Redundancy Resolution in Dual Arm Manipulation using Configuration Dependent Stiffness (CDS) Control", IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014.
Invited Talks (Selected)
October 10, 2016, Daejeon, Korea. IROS workshop on Human-Robot Collaboration: Towards Co-Adaptive Learning through Semi-autonomy and Shared Control.
– Title of the talk: Human-robot impedance interfaces for adaptive co-manipulation
An article in Le Science magazine about the SoftHand/SoftHand-Teleimpedance
Softhand teleimpedance: Shaking hands with Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi
SoftHand/SoftHand-Teleimpedance in BBC Science Magazine, Italy. P. 55-56, January, 2014
Georges Girarlt PhD award Finalist 2015 - Best European PhD thesis in robotics
SoftHand/SoftHand-Teleimpedance in TG5 news (16-04-2015)
Best Interactive Paper Award Finalist, Humanoids 2016.
Georges Giralt Phd Award Finalist 2015 - Best European PhD Thesis in Robotics.
Best Oral Presentation Award Finalist, Automatica.it (SIDRA 2014).
Best Student Paper Award, ROBIO, 2013.
Best Manipulation Paper Award Finalist, ICRA, 2012.
L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.
IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.
Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.
Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei, 17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali
La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance). The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.
IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators, 110 researchers and technologists, 350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion is 41% female against 59% male.
In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.
So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications, 12 up start-ups and as many which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.