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Ugo Pattacini

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Ugo Pattacini graduated in Electronic Engineering (cum laude) at the University of Pisa in 2001, with a thesis on the design and realization of an optic-fiber micromachined accelerometer with an integrated light sensor. In the period between 2001 and 2003, he worked at the Racing Department of Magneti Marelli in Milan as SW developer for Formula 1 applications, dealing with the design and the implementation of integrated telemetry drivers and proprietary hard-constrained real-time operating systems for electronic control units of Toyota, Renault and Ferrari F1 cars. In 2004 he joined the Toyota F1 team in Cologne, playing an active role in the embedded software development of TF104, TF105, and TF106 car projects, focusing his activities on the vehicle dynamics and torque-based traction control strategies. In 2006 he moved to the Earth Observation Business Unit of Thales Alenia Space in Rome where he was concerned with the specifications design and trade-off analyses of the satellite data acquisition system for COSMO-SkyMed (ASI) and GMES (ESA) scientific programs. From 2008 to 2010 he carried out Ph.D. studies at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) on the synthesis and implementation of modular cartesian controllers for humanoid robots. Currently, he is a Technologist researcher at IIT involved in the development of the iCub and R1 platforms, in particular concerning the advancements of the robot motor capabilities.


Title: Ph.D. in Robotics
Institute: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2008 To: 2011

Title: M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering
Institute: University of Pisa
Location: Pisa
Country: Italy
From: 1995 To: 2001


Title: Best conference award at ROBIO2011
Description: Awarded with the paper 'The encoding of complex visual stimuli by a canonical model of the primary visual cortex: temporal population coding for face recognition on the iCub robot'.
Date: 11-12-2011

Title: First prize at the European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibitions (FET 11)
Description: null
Date: 06-05-2011

Title: KUKA Innovation Award 2018 Winner
Description: Participated in the IIT team CoAware, Hannover Messe, Germany, 23-27 April 2018.
Date: 27-04-2018

Experience External

Title: Consultant
Institute: Thales Alenia Space
Location: Rome
Country: Italy
From: 2006 To: 2007

Title: Embedded SW Engineer
Institute: Toyota Motorsport GmbH
Location: Cologne
Country: Germany
From: 2004 To: 2006

Title: Embedded SW Engineer
Institute: Magneti Marelli Motorsport Department
Location: Corbetta (MI)
Country: Italy
From: 2001 To: 2004

All Publications
Piga N.A., Bottarel F., Fantacci C., Vezzani G., Pattacini U., Natale L.
MaskUKF: An Instance Segmentation Aided Unscented Kalman Filter for 6D Object Pose and Velocity Tracking
Frontiers Robotics AI, vol. 8
Chevalier P., Vasco V., Willemse C., de Tommaso D., Tikhanoff V., Pattacini U., Wykowska A.
Upper limb exercise with physical and virtual robots: Visual sensitivity affects task performance
Paladyn, vol. 12, (no. 1), pp. 199-213
Article Journal
Bottarel F., Vezzani G., Pattacini U., Natale L.
GRASPA 1.0: GRASPA is a Robot Arm graSping Performance BenchmArk
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, (no. 2), pp. 836-843
Kim W., Lorenzini M., Balatti P., Nguyen D.H.P., Pattacini U., Tikhanoff V., Peternel L., Fantacci C., Natale L., Metta G., AJOUDANI A.
Adaptable workstations for human–robot collaboration: A reconfigurable framework for improving worker ergonomics and productivity
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Nguyen P.D.H., Bottarel F., Pattacini U., Hoffmann M., Natale L., Metta G.
Merging Physical and Social Interaction for Effective Human-Robot Collaboration
IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, vol. 2018-November, pp. 710-717
Conference Paper Conference
Awards and Achievements
Kim W., Lorenzini M., Balatti P., Nguyen P., Pattacini U., Tikhanoff V., Peternel L., Fantacci C., Natale L., Metta G., Ajoudani A.
KUKA Innovation Award 2018 Winner
Luvizotto A., Rennò-Costa C., Pattacini U., Verschure P.
Best conference award
Pattacini U.
IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
Pucci D., Pattacini U., Tikhanoff V., Jamone L., Petit M.
Building the iCub Mindware: Open-source Software for Robot Intelligence and Autonomy
Organized Events
Pattacini U., Tikhanoff V., Traversaro S., Salvi M., Vasco V., Genesio N., Caridà L., Di Piazza E., Maggia M.
Easy Peasy Robotics Online Crash Course WEB20
Natale L., Bartolozzi C., Pattacini U., Tikhanoff V., Pucci D.
Pattacini U., Tikhanoff V., Fantacci C., Vezzani G., Cardellino A., Caridà L., Natale L., Metta G.
Easy Peasy Robotics Crash Course at CPI17
Natale L., Bartolozzi C., Pattacini U., Tikhanoff V., Pucci D.