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Alessandra Sciutti

Tenure Track Researcher, head of the CONTACT Unit
Researcher Tenure Track - Principal Investigator
COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies
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Alessandra Sciutti is Tenure Track Researcher, head of the CONTACT (COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies) Unit of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). She received her B.S and M.S. degrees in Bioengineering and the Ph.D. in Humanoid Technologies from the University of Genova in 2010. After two research periods in USA and Japan, in 2018 she has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant wHiSPER (www.whisperproject.eu), focused on the investigation of joint perception between humans and robots. She published more than 80 papers and abstracts in international journals and conferences and participated in the coordination of the CODEFROR European IRSES project (https://www.codefror.eu/). She is currently Associate Editor for several journals, among which the International Journal of Social Robotics, the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems and Cognitive System Research. The scientific aim of her research is to investigate the sensory and motor mechanisms underlying mutual understanding in human-human and human-robot interaction. For more details on her research, as well as the full list of publications please check the Contact Unit website or her Google Scholar profile.

Education

Title: Master's Degree in Neuroengineering
Institute: University of Genoa
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2004 To: 2006

Title: Bachelor's Degree in Bioengineering
Institute: University of Genoa
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2001 To: 2004

Title: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Humanoid Technologies
Institute: University of Genoa - IIT
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2007 To: 2010

Title: Master
Institute: ISICT - Institute of advanced studies in information and communication technologies
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2004 To: 2006

Experience External

Title: Assistant Professor
Institute: University of Genoa
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2018 To: 2018

Title: Visiting Researcher
Institute: Osaka University
Location: Osaka
Country: Japan
From: 2014 To: 2015

Title: Visiting Researcher
Institute: Rehabilitation Insitute of Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Country: USA
From: 2011 To: 2012

Top Publications
2020
Tanevska A., Rea F., Sandini G., Canamero L., Sciutti A.
A Socially Adaptable Framework for Human-Robot Interaction
Frontiers Robotics AI, vol. 7
2020
Di Cesare G., Vannucci F., Rea F., Sciutti A., Sandini G.
How attitudes generated by humanoid robots shape human brain activity
Scientific Reports, vol. 10, (no. 1)
2020
Barros P., Churamani N., Sciutti A.
The FaceChannel: A Fast and Furious Deep Neural Network for Facial Expression Recognition.
Springer Nature Computer Science, vol. 1, (no. 6), pp. 1-10
Article Journal
2020
Sciutti A., Sandini G.
To move or not to move: development of fine-tuning of object motion in haptic exploration
IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems
Article Journal
2019
Gonzalez-Billandon J., Aroyo A.M., Tonelli A., Pasquali D., Sciutti A., Gori M., Sandini G., Rea F.
Can a Robot Catch You Lying? A Machine Learning System to Detect Lies During Interactions
Frontiers Robotics AI, vol. 6
All Publications
2021
Barros P.A.D., Tanevska A., Sciutti A.
Affect-Aware Learning for Social Robots
UMAP 2021 - Adjunct Publication of the 29th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, pp. 130-132
Conference Paper Conference
2021
Di Cesare G., Pelosi A., Aresta S.M., Lombardi G., Sciutti A.
Affective Contagion: How Attitudes Expressed by Others Influence Our Perception of Actions
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 15
Article Journal
2021
Garello L., Lastrico L., Mastrogiovanni F., Sciutti A., Noceti N., Rea F.
A Generative Model Towards Conditioned Robotic Object Manipulation
3rd Italian Conference in Robotics and Intelligent Machines (I-RIM)
Abstract Report Conference
2021
Antonj M., Zonca J., Lastrico L., Casadio M., Sciutti A.
A pilot study towards the implementation of perceptual and motor adaptation in robots
3rd Italian Conference in Robotics and Intelligent Machines (I-RIM)
Abstract Report Conference
2021
Matarese M., Rea F., Sciutti A.
A User-Centred Framework for Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Human-Robot Interaction
AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction
Conference Paper Conference
Dissemination
2021
Sciutti A.
Building more "sensitive" robots
Blog: Le donne nella scienza (women in science)
Media
2021
Sciutti A.
Invited Speaker at the event “Women and STEM” (Donne e STEM: perché è importante scegliere facoltà scientifiche)
Festival “La scuola è” organized by DeAgostini Scuola. Media coverage on Alley Oop Sole24Ore
Outreach
2021
Sciutti A.
Press Conference on Promoting STEM for Girls
Press Conference organized by Regione Liguria (8th March 2021)
Public Event
2021
Sciutti A.
Robotics Research
Tg dei ragazzi - TGCOM24 (14th March 2021)
Media
2021
Sciutti A.
Robots and Emotions
Radio Blu - Program: "Le donne per Esempio" - 4th April
Media
Scientific Talks
2021
Sciutti A.
A Social Perspective on Cognitive Architectures
Cognitive Architecture for Robot Agents Workshop (TrasnsAIR 2021), 22-28 March 2021
Workshop/Symposium
2021
Sciutti A.
Cognitive Robotics for Intuitive Interaction
Women in Tech Ignite session of MATLAB EXPO 2021
Conference
2021
Sciutti A.
Cognitive Robotics for Mutual Understanding and Trust
Trust, Acceptance and Social Cues in Human-Robot Interaction (SCRITA) workshop at RO-MAN 2021
Workshop/Symposium
2021
Sciutti A.
Panel on Lifelong Learning and Personalization in HRI
Workshop on “Lifelong Learning and Personalization in Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction” at HRI 2021 Website: https://leap-hri.github.io/ Recording: https://youtu.be/A4k3B3uewBs [Virtual] – 8th March 2021,
Workshop/Symposium
2021
Sciutti A.
Robots as Tools to Understand Human Social Cognition
E-Workshop “Enacting Meaningful Worlds: Perspectives and Methods”, Cergy Paris Université, 9th March 2021
Workshop/Symposium
Oral presentations
2019
Sciutti A., Tinelli F., Gori M.
Context Dependency in Space Perception in Children with Movement Disorder
Child Vision Research Society (CVRS) 2019
Conference
2019
Sciutti A., Sandini G.
The role of object motion in visuo-haptic exploration during development
2019 Joint IEEE 9th International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, ICDL-EpiRob 2019, pp. 123-128
Conference
2019
Nicora E., Noceti N., Sciutti A., Rea F.
Why High-performance computing is important in robotics?
BMVA technical meeting: Computer Vision + High performance Computing
Conference
2018
Sciutti A.
Bi-directional intuitive communication in HRI
Neuroscience 4 HRI workshop in conjunction with HRI 2018 (5 March)
Conference
2018
Sciutti A., Melchiori C., Lombardi G., Sandini G.
The development of visuo-haptic exploration strategies in school-aged children
European Conference on Visual Perception
Conference
Awards and Achievements
2021
Niewiadomski R., Sciutti A.
Honorable Mention Award
2021
Garello L., Lastrico L., Rea F., Mastrogiovanni F., Noceti N., Sciutti A.
Selected as one of the finalists for the best paper with 'Property-Aware Robot Object Manipulation: A Generative Approach’
2020
Belgiovine G., Rea F., Zenzeri J., Sciutti A.
Best Contribution in AI for Robotics Award for the work 'Towards Effective Robot Tutoring for Skills Acquisition'.
2020
Belgiovine G., Rea F., Barros P., Zenzeri J., Sciutti A.
Best paper award for the paper "Sensing the Partner: Toward Effective Robot Tutoring in Motor Skill Learning"
2020
Pasquali D., Aroyo A.M., Billandon-Gonzalez J., Rea F., Sandini G., Sciutti A.
Honorable mention for the Late Breaking Report 'Your Eyes Never Lie: a Robot Magician Can Tell if You Are Lying'
Editorships
2020-2021
Sciutti A.
Frontiers in Robotics and AI - Human-robot Interaction
2019-2019
Sciutti A.
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
2019-2021
Sciutti A.
International Journal of Social Robotics
2019-2019
Sciutti A.
International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition
2018-2018
Sciutti A.
AI for Multimodal Human Robot Interaction Workshop
Organized Events
2021
De Carolis B., Gena C., Lieto A., Rossi S., Sciutti A.
Workshop on Adapted intEraction with SociAl Robots (cAESAR) - Second Edition
2020
Vignolo A., Sciutti A., Ivaldi S., Lohan K., Varni G.
Cognitive Robotics for Interaction (CIRCE) Workshop
2020
De Carolis B., Gena C., Lieto A., Rossi S., Sciutti A.
Workshop on Adapted intEraction with SociAl Robots (cAESAR)
2020
Barros P., Sciutti A.
Workshop on affective shared perception (WASP)
2019
De Carolis B., Gena C., Lieto A., Rossi S., Sciutti A.
Special Session on Adaptation and Personalization in Human-Robot Interaction