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Daniele Pucci

Head of the Dynamic Interaction Control research Line

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Dynamic Interaction Control


IIT Central Research Labs Genova

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Short bio 

Daniele received the bachelor and master degrees in Control Engineering with highest honors from ”Sapienza”, University of Rome, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In 2009, he also received the ”Excellence Path Award” from Sapienza. In 2013, he earned the PhD title with a thesis prepared at INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France, under the supervision of Tarek Hamel and Claude Samson. From 2013 to 2017, he has been a postdoc at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) working within the EU project CoDyCo. Since August 2017, he is the head of the Dynamic Interaction Control lab.  The main lab research focus is on the humanoid robot locomotion problem, with specific attention on the control and planning of the associated nonlinear systems. Also, the lab is pioneering Aerial Humanoid Robotics, whose main aim is to make flying humanoid robots. Currently, the lab is implementing iRonCub, the jet-powered flying version of the humaonid robot iCub. Daniele is also the scientific PI of the H2020 European Project AnDy, task leader of the H2020 European Project SoftManBot, and coordinator of the joint laboratory between IIT and Honda JP. In 2019, he was awarded as Innovator of the year Under 35 Europe from the MIT Technology Review magazine. Since 2020 and in the context of the split site PhD supervision program, Daniele is a visiting lecturer at University of Manchester. In July 2020, Daniele was selected to represent Italy at the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI, conceived by Canada and France during their G7 presidencies) for the working group on COVID-19 response. 

Current position

Since August 2017, I am a research scientist leading the Dynamic Interaction Control lab at IIT.

 Our research can be decomposed into three research axes:

The young, dynamic, and highly motivated team is composed of 25 persons.

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2015-2017, Senior postdoc, team leader of four PhD students 

From 2015 to August 2017 I have been a senior postdoc within the Dynamic Interaction Control Lab. I have beed coordinating four PhD students. 

Their domain of expertise is on planning, estimation, and control of floating base systems. Francesco Romano graduated in 2016, and is now a research engineer at Google DeepMind

          Francesco Romano             Yeshasvi Tirupachuri            Marie Charbonneau                  Gabriele Nava




2013-2015,  postdoc, in the coordination PI team of the CoDyCo project

From 2013 to 2015, I have been a  postdoc responsible for the experimental activities associated with the deliverables of CoDyCo, project number: 600716 FP7-ICT-2011.2.1 Cognitive Systems and Robotics. The project has been graded as excellent for four years. Given the success of the experimental activities obtained as an outocme of the project, I have been included in the coordination PI team of the project - see video below, minute 1:55 - coordinating a team of three PhD students.




Control Robotics Mechanics


Visit the website of the Dynamic Interaction Control lab to know more about projects and research directions.


Selected Publications


  1. L. Natale, C. Bartolozzi, D. Pucci, A. Wykowska, G. Metta "iCub: the not yet finished story of building a robot child", in press, Science Robotics
  2. D. Pucci, T. Hamel, P. Morin, and C. Samson. “Nonlinear Feedback Control of Axisymmetric Aerial Vehicles”. In: Automatica 53 (2015), pp. 72–78.
  3. D. Pucci, F. Romano, and F. Nori. “Collocated Adaptive Control of Underactuated Mechanical Systems”. In: IEEE Transactions on Robotics 31 (6 2015), pp. 1–10.
  4. D. Pucci, S. Traversaro, and F. Nori. “Momentum Control of an Underactuated Flying Humanoid Robot”. In: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 3.1 (2018), pp. 195–202. 
  5. F. Nori, S. Traversaro, J. Eljaik, F. Romano, A. Del Prete, and D. Pucci. “iCub Whole-body Control through Force Regulation on Rigid Noncoplanar Contacts”. In: Frontiers in Robotics and AI (2015).


2019 Innovator of the year under 35 Europe, MIT Technology Review

2019 Best Student Paper Award, Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys) 2019

2019 Best video blooper award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

2018 Outstanding paper, IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (HUMANOIDS)

2017 Finalist, Kuka innovation award, Co-aware team.

2015 Top 3 most interesting Italian research topics, research and innovation research prize “ Sapio”, Total submissions: 141, selected for publication on "DA, per la ricerca e l’innovazione". Title: "Tu, robot.". Online at, p. 38. 

2010 Vinci Program Grant, travel support grant, from “Université Franco Italienne”.

2009 Academic Excellence, from “Sapienza” University of Rome.

2004 Research project award, at the Triennial Electronics Exhibit, Technical Industrial State Institute “G. Vallauri”, Velletri (Italy).

1998 Tullio Fazi Prize, distinguished student award, from Rotary International 2080.



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