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Arash Ajoudani

Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Human-Robot Interfaces and Physical Interaction
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Arash Ajoudani is a tenured senior scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), where he leads the Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI²) laboratory. He also coordinates the AI for Manufacturing (AI4M) lab of the Leonardo labs, and is a principal investigator of the IIT-Intellimech JOiiNT lab. He received his PhD degree in Robotics and Automation from University of Pisa and IIT in 2014. 

He is a recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) starting grant 2019 (Ergo-Lean), the coordinator of the Horizon-2020 project SOPHIA, and the co-coordinator of the Horizon-2020 project CONCERT.  He is a recipient of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Early Career Award 2021, and winner of the Amazon Research Awards 2019, of the Solution Award 2019 (MECSPE2019), of the KUKA Innovation Award 2018, of the WeRob best poster award 2018, and of the best student paper award at ROBIO 2013. His PhD thesis was a finalist for the Georges Giralt PhD award 2015 - best European PhD thesis in robotics. He was also a finalist for the Solution Award 2020 (MECSPE2020), the best conference paper award at Humanoids 2018, for the best interactive paper award at Humanoids 2016, for the best oral presentation award at Automatica (SIDRA) 2014, and for the best manipulation paper award at ICRA 2012. 

He is the author of the book "Transferring Human Impedance Regulation Skills to Robots" in the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR), 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), and as chair and representative of the IEEE-RAS Young Professionals 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, ICRA, IROS, ICORR, etc. He is a scholar of the European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS). His main research interests are in physical human-robot interaction, mobile manipulation, robust and adaptive control, assistive robotics, and tele-robotics.

All Publications
2022
Ranavolo A., Chini G., Draicchio F., Silvetti A., Varrecchia T., Fiori L., Tatarelli A., Rosen P.H., Wischniewski S., Albrecht P., Vogt L., Bianchi M., Averta G., Cherubini A., Fritzsche L., Sartori M., Vanderborght B., Govaerts R., Ajoudani A.
Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) Technologies for Reducing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Diseases in Industry 4.0
Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol. 223 LNNS, pp. 335-342
Conference Paper Book Series
2021
Kim W., Ruiz Garate V., Gandarias J.M., Lorenzini M., Ajoudani A.
A Directional Vibrotactile Feedback Interface for Ergonomic Postural Adjustment
IEEE Transactions on Haptics
Article Journal
2021
Balatti P., Leonori M., Ajoudani A.
A flexible and collaborative approach to robotic box-filling and item sorting
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 146
Article Journal
2021
Ventura L., Lorenzini M., Kim W., Ajoudani A.
A Flexible Robotics-Inspired Computational Model of Compressive Loading on the Human Spine
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 6, (no. 4), pp. 8229-8236
Article Journal
2021
Fusaro F., Lamon E., De Momi E., Ajoudani A.
A Human-Aware Method to Plan Complex Cooperative and Autonomous Tasks using Behavior Trees
IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robotics, HUMANOIDS
Conference Paper Conference
Scientific Talks
2021
Ajoudani A.
A collaborative robotic approach to next-generation flexible manufacturing
ICRA 2021 WORKSHOP ON UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF HRC FOR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
Workshop/Symposium
2021
Ajoudani A.
Anticipatory Control of Human-Robot Interaction: Towards Enabling Flexible and Agile Work Practices
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Institute
2021
Ajoudani A.
Attualità e prospettive della biorobotica in Medicina del Lavoro
83°CONGRESSO NAZIONALE DI MEDICINA DEL LAVORO
Conference
2021
Lorenzini M., Ajoudani A.
Ergonomic Human-Robot Collaboration
IROS 2021 Workshop on From human-robot interaction to collaborative control: a human centered perspective
Workshop/Symposium
2021
Ajoudani A.
From Human Kinodynamic Monitoring to Cobot Anticipatory Control
Winter School on Components for Wearable and Collaborative Robots
School (Summer school, ...)
Awards and Achievements
2021
Merlo E., Lamon E., Lorenzini M., Fusaro F., Carfì A., Mastrogiovanni F., Ajoudani A.
Best Student Paper Award Finalist
2021
Ajoudani A.
IEEE RAS Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation, 2021.
2020
Mobedi E., Villa N., Kim W., Ajoudani A.
An Adaptive Control Approach to Robotic Assembly with Uncertainties in Vision and Dynamics (Best Paper Award Finalist in IEEE RO-MAN 2020)
2020
Balatti P., Lamon E., Fusaro F., Ajoudani A.
Finalist of the Solution Award 2020
2019
Ajoudani A.
Winner of the 2018 Amazon Research Awards
Organized Events
2021
Peternel L., Kim W., Ajoudani A., Yoshida E.
Ergonomic Human-Robot Collaboration: Applications and Future Research
2021
Barresi G., Pucci D., Ajoudani A., Negrello F., Masci F., Zenzeri J., Crea S., Vannucci F., Ficuciello F., Ranavolo A.
Ergonomics in Human-Robot Systems
2021
Benoussaad M., Ajoudani A., Tsuji T., Rakotondrabe M.
From human-robot interaction to collaborative control: a human centered perspective
2021
Gandarias J., Ajoudani A., Manuel Gomez J., Park J.
Humanoids 2021 Workshop on Floating-base Robots in Manufacturing and Logistics Operations: Opportunities and Challenges
2021
Maurice P., Huber M.E., Latella C., Ivaldi S., Ajoudani A.
Multidisciplinary Approaches to Advance Physical Human-Robot Interaction : Physical Assistance for Occupational Applications