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Christian Vassallo

Junior Technician
Robotics Engineer

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Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT lab


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


+39 010 2896 464

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Christian Vassallo was born in Genova in 1989. He received the B.Sc. degree in computer engineering and the M.Sc. degree in robotics engineering from the University of Genoa, Genova, Italy, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. In the academic year 2012-2013 Christian joined the Erasmus program in collaboration with EMARO, completing his studies at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes (Master ARIA), France. Thank to his master thesis supervisors Christine Chevallerau and Sophie Sakka he got appasionate about humanoid robots and decide to keep the studies in such study line. In October 2013 Christian started his PhD at LAAS-CNRS at GEPETTO Team, Toulouse, France, under the supervision of Philippe Souères and Olivier Stasse and he concluded in October 2016. His PhD was part of the European project KoroiBot which aimed to improve the humanoid robot capabilities for walking inspired by humans. In particular, Christian analyzed the human strategies during walking in crowd and in collisions-risk situation, identifying the rules and the strategies that pedestrians adapt to keep safety and reach the goal. Then he transfered these control-laws to the humanoid robot HRP-2. During the PhD, Christian had several collaborations that allows him to develop skills in real-time robot control and trajectory generation.

Such passion about robotics and problem solving, together with the love for his motherland, brings Christian to join the Italian Institute of Technology at Rehab Technologies department in June 2017, where he is currently working mainly in the IIT-INAIL exoskeletons projects and leg-prosthesis.

Selected Publications

[1] How do walkers behave when crossing the way of a mobile robot that replicates human interaction rules?
C Vassallo, AH Olivier, P Souères, A Crétual, O Stasse, J Pettré
Gait & posture 60, 188-193, 2018

[2] How do walkers avoid a mobile robot crossing their way?
C Vassallo, AH Olivier, P Souères, A Crétual, O Stasse, J Pettré
Gait & Posture 51, 97-103, 2017

[3] Adaptive synthesis of dynamically feasible full-body movements for the humanoid robot HRP-2 by flexible combination of learned dynamic movement primitives
A Mukovskiy, C Vassallo, M Naveau, O Stasse, P Souères, MA Giese
Robotics and Autonomous Systems 91, 270-283, 2017

[4] The Geometry of Confocal Curves for Passing Through a Door
P Salaris, C Vassallo, P Souères, JP Laumond
IEEE Transactions on Robotics 31 (5), 1180--1193, 2015

[5] Image-based control relying on conic curves foliation for passing through a gate
P Salaris, C Vassallo, P Souères, JP Laumond
Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2015 IEEE International Conference on, 684-690

[6] Airbus/future of aircraft factory HRP-2 as universal worker proof of concept
O Stasse, F Morsillo, M Geisert, N Mansard, M Naveau, C Vassallo
Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), 2014 14th IEEE-RAS International Conference on

[7] Arm Motions of a Humanoid Inspired by Human Motion
M Tomić, C Vassallo, C Chevallereau, A Rodić, V Potkonjak
New Trends in Medical and Service Robots, 227-238, 2016


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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 europei17 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.

IIT: the numbers

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 Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 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 applications12 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.