Fares J. Abu-Dakka received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Birzeit University, Palestine, in 2003, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Manipulators Motion Planning from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Spain, in 2011. He was awarded the FPI Fellowship from the UPV and a Research Fellowship Grant from the Biomechanical Institute of Valencia. In the period from Oct. 2011 to Aug. 2013 he was a postdoctoral researcher in The Humanoid and Cognitive Robotics Lab (HCR) at Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. He was involved on a EU FP7 IntelAct project that addresses the difficult cognitive problem of understanding the meaning (semantics) of human manipulations for analysis and autonomous execution by artificial systems. Since Sept. 2013 to Aug. 2015 he was holding a visiting professor position at the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation of the Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain. After that he was involved on a PAPREC project as a post doctoral rearcher in the same department. Since Dec. 2016 to Present he is part of PHOLUS project at Advanced Robotics Department, Istituto Italiano di Technologia.
His research activities include robotics control and learning, robotics motion planning, robot dynamics, dynamic movement primitives, and iterative learning control.
PHOLUS: Centauro-like robot for navigating, observing, and interacting in highly unstructured environments.
IntellAct: INTELLigent observation and execution of ACTions and manipulations.
PAPREC: sistema de Prensión Automático de Piezas Revueltas En un Contenedor (Automatic grasping of piled parts from unstructured container)