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Giorgio Metta

PhD, robotics guru
Scientific Director
Scientific Directorate
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Giorgio Metta is the Scientific Director of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). He holds a MSc cum laude (1994) and PhD (2000) in electronic engineering both from the University of Genoa. From 2001 to 2002, Giorgio was postdoctoral associate at the MIT AI-Lab. He was previously with the University of Genoa and from 2012 to 2019 Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Plymouth (UK). He was member of the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl, the European reference organization for robotics research. Giorgio Metta served as Vice Scientific Director of IIT from 2016 to 2019. He coordinated IIT's participation into two of the Ministry of Economic Development Competence Centers for Industry 4.0 (ARTES4.0, START4.0). He was one of the three Italian representatives at the 2018 G7 forum on Artificial Intelligence and, more recently, one of the authors of the Italian Strategic Agenda on AI. Giorgio coordinated the development of the iCub robot for more than a decade making it de facto the reference platform for research in embodied AI. Presently, there are more than 40 robots reaching laboratories as far as Japan, China, Singapore, Germany, Spain, UK and the United States. Giorgio Metta research activities are in the fields of biologically motivated and humanoid robotics and, in particular, in developing humanoid robots that can adapt and learn from experience. Giorgio Metta is author of more than 300 scientific publications. He has been working as principal investigator and research scientist in about a dozen international research as well as industrial projects.
Top Publications
Cataldi P., Dussoni S., Ceseracciu L., Maggiali M., Natale L., Metta G., Athanassiou A., Bayer I.S.
Carbon Nanofiber versus Graphene-Based Stretchable Capacitive Touch Sensors for Artificial Electronic Skin
Advanced Science, vol. 5, (no. 2)
Natale L., Bartolozzi C., Pucci D., Wykowska A., Metta G.
iCub: The not-yet-finished story of building a robot child
Science Robotics, vol. 2, (no. 13)
Camoriano R., Pasquale G., Ciliberto C., Natale L., Rosasco L., Metta G.
Incremental robot learning of new objects with fixed update time
Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 3207-3214
Roncone A., Hoffmann M., Pattacini U., Fadiga L., Metta G.
Peripersonal space and margin of safety around the body: Learning visuo-tactile associations in a humanoid robot with artificial skin
PLoS ONE, vol. 11, (no. 10)
Bartolozzi C., Natale L., Nori F., Metta G.
Robots with a sense of touch
Nature Materials, vol. 15, (no. 9), pp. 921-925
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