Back to list

Marco Maggiali Write a Message

Chief Technician

Research Line

iCub

Contacts

Via Morego 30
+39 010 71781 889

About

 

Marco Maggiali was born in Genova in 1980. He received his D.Ing. degree (highest honors) from the University of Genova (Italy) in 2005. Title “Studio progetto e realizzazione di un sistema di sensori di forza e tattili embedded per la mano robotica MAC-Hand.”

He received is a PhD in Humanoid Technologies from University of Genova and Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in 2009. Title  ".Artificial Skin for Humanoid
Robots".

Presently he is working in IIT as electronic designer and he is the responsable of the electronics of the iCub Facility.

Projects

Roboskin
Skin-based technologies and capabilities for safe, autonomous and interactive robots

Università di Genova - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne - University of Hertfordshire - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - University of Wales - Università di Cagliari

This project will develop and demonstrate a range of new robot capabilities based on robot skin tactile feedback from large areas of the robot body. An investigation of these issues until now has been limited by the lack of tactile sensing technologies enabling large scale experimental activities, since so far skin technologies and embedded tactile sensors have been mostly demonstrated only at prototype stage. The new capabilities will improve the ability of robots to operate effectively and safely in unconstrained environments and also their ability to communicate and co-operate with each other and with humans.

Selected Publications

Patent

Giulio Sandini, Marco Maggiali, Giorgio Cannata, Giorgio Metta: Soft, flexible, sensitive and high spatial resolution tactile sensor, suitable as a “sensitive skin” for humanoid robots or, for instance, in automotive, entertainment, sportswear and nautical applications.

 

Journal Paper

G. Cannata and M.Maggiali, "Models for the Design of Bio-Inspired Robot Eyes" IEEE TRANSACTION ON ROBOTICS - SPECIAL ISSUE ON BIO-ROBOTICS., , pag. 27-44, VOL. 24, NO. 1, February 2008.

Schmitz A., Maiolino P., Maggiali M., Natale L., Cannata G. & Metta G. 2011, ‘Methods and Technologies for the Implementation of Large Scale Robot Tactile Sensors’, IEEE Transactions on Robotics: Special Issue on Robotic Sense of Touch, vol. 27,no. 3, pp. 389–400.

 

Conference Paper

G. Cannata, M. Maggiali "An Embedded Tactile and Force Sensor for Robotic Manipulation and Grasping" IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots Humanoids2005, December 5-7, 2005 Tsukuba.

G. Cannata, D. Biamino, M. Maggiali, A. Piazza: MAC-EYE: a Tendon Driven Fully Embedded Robot Eye" International Conference on Humanoid Robots Humanoids2005, December 5-7, 2005 Tsukuba.

G. Cannata, M. Maggiali: "Processing of Tactile/Force Measurements for a Fully Embedded Sensor" IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems, 3-6 September 2006.

G. Cannata, M. DAndrea, M. Maggiali, F. Monti: "Implementation of Listings Law for a Robot Eye" 8th International IFAC Symposium on Robot Control, September 6-8 2006 Bologna.

G. Cannata, M. Maggiali: "Implementation of Listings Law for a Tendon Driven Robot Eye" IROS 2006 Bejing, China 11-14 October 2006.

G. Cannata, M. D'Andrea, M. Maggiali, "Design of a Humanoid Robot Eye: "Models and Experiments" International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Genova, 4-6 December 2006.

G. Cannata, M. Maggiali: "Processing of an Embedded Tactile Matrix Sensor", ROBIO 2006 Kunming, China 14-19 December 2006.

G.Cannata, M.Maggiali "Models for the Design of a Tendon Driven Robot Eye" International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2007, 10-14 April 2007, Roma, Italy.

M.Maggiali, G. Cannata, P. Maiolino, G. Metta, M. Randazzo, G. Sandini, "Embedded Distributed Capacitive Tactile Sensor", Mechatronics 2008, June 23 25, University of Limerick, Ireland.

G. Cannata, M.Maggiali, G. Metta, G. Sandini "An Embedded Arti cial Skin for Humanoid Robots" International Conference on Multi-sensor Fusion and Integration, 20-22 August 2008, Seoul, Korea.

Schmitz A., Maggiali M., Randazzo M., Natale L. and Metta G., "A Prototype Fingertip with High Spatial Resolution Pressure Sensing for the Robot iCub", IEEE International Conference Humanoids 2008, accepted for publication.

Luca Leonardo Bologna, Marco Maggiali, Giulio Sandini, Angelo Arleo, “Encoding/Decoding of spatiotemporal signals from an artificial touch sensor” IEEE International Conference on Humanoid Robots 2009- Workshop on Tactile sensing in Humanoids – Tactile Sensors and beyond

Schmitz A., Maggiali M., Natale L. & Metta G. 2010, ‘Integrating Tactile Sensors into the Hands of the Humanoid Robot iCub’, ICRA 2010 Workshop on Grasping, Anchorage, Alaska, May 3, 2010.

Schmitz A., Maggiali M., Natale L., Bonino B. & Metta G. 2010, ‘A Tactile Sensor for the Fingertips of the Humanoid Robot iCub’, 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Taipei, Taiwan, October 18-22, 2010.

Schmitz A., Maggiali M., Natale L. & Metta G. 2010, ‘Touch Sensors for Humanoid Hands’, IEEE International Symposium on Robots and Human Interactive Communications, Viareggio, Italy, September 12-15, 2010.

Luca Leonardo Bologna, Romain Brasselet, Marco Maggiali & Angelo Arleo 2010, ‘Neuromimetic encoding/decoding of spatiotemporal spiking from an artificial touch sensor’, International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) 2010, pp.1-6, Barcelona , 18-23 July 2010.

Bologna L.L., Brasselet R. & Maggiali M. and A. A. 2010, ‘Effective encoding/decoding of spiking signals from an artificial touch sensor’, Proceedings of the Fifth french conference on computational neuroscience (Neurocomp), pp.120-125, Lyon, France, 6-8 octobre 2010.

Cannata G., Dahiya R.S., Maggiali M., Mastrogiovanni F., Metta G. & Valle M. 2010, ‘Modular Skin for Humanoid Robot Systems’, The 4th Int. Conf. on Cognitive Systems (CogSys2010), pp.1-2, Zurich, Switzerland, Jan 2010.

Luca Leonardo Bologna Jérémie Pinoteau,  Romain Brasselet, Marco Maggiali, Angelo Arleo , ‘Encoding/decoding of first and second order tactile afferents in a neurorobotic application’, Journal of Physiology - Paris 105 (2011), pp. 25-35.

 

Book Chapter

G. Cannata and M. Maggiali, "Design of a Humanoid Robot Eye" Humanoid Robots New Developments, ISBN 978-3-902613-00-4, June 2007.

G. Cannata and M. Maggiali, "Design of a Tactile Sensor for Robot Hands", Sensors, Focus on Tactile, Force and Stress Sensors, in press.

 

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION NOTICE ON COOKIES

IIT's website uses the following types of cookies: browsing/session, analytics, functional and third party cookies. Users can choose whether or not to accept the use of cookies and access the website.
By clicking on further information, the full information notice on the types of cookies used will be displayed and you will be able to choose whether or not to accept cookies whilst browsing on the website.
Further information
Accept and close

I numeri di IIT

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.