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, conditionally accepted.
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, 2017, accepted.
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, and A. Ajoudani, "Towards Multi-Modal Intention Interfaces for Human-Robot Co-Manipulation", IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016.
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.
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.
Governence and Professional Service:
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
Interview by Rai2 - Voyager (23-04-2017)
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.