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Daniele Pucci

Researcher
Head of the Dynamic Interaction Control research Line

Research Line

Dynamic Interaction Control

Center

IIT Central Research Labs Genova

Contacts

Daniele.Pucci@iit.it
+39 010 2898 237
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About

Education 

Daniele Pucci 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 ”Academic Excellence 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 and the PI of the H2020 European Project AnDy. 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 give humanoid robots the ability to fly.

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.

 

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Interests

Control Robotics Mechanics

Projects

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).

Awards

 

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

2015 Most interesting research topics, Premio Sapio per la ricerca e l’innovazine, Total submissions: 141, selected for publication on "DA, per la ricerca e l’innovazione". Title: "Tu, robot.". Online at http://www.daonline.info/pagine/45.pdf, 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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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.