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Lorenzo Natale

Principal Investigator
Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Humanoid Sensing and Perception
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Lorenzo Natale is Tenured Senior Researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology. He received his degree in Electronic Engineering (with honours) and Ph.D. in Robotics from the University of Genoa. He was later postdoctoral researcher at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He was invited professor at the University of Genova where he taught the courses of Natural and Artificial Systems and Antropomorphic Robotics for students of the Bioengineering curriculum. Since 2020 he is visiting Professor at the University of Manchester. Lorenzo Natale has contributed to the development of various humanoid platforms. He was one of the main contributors to the design and development of the iCub platform, its software architecture and the YARP middleware. His research interests range from vision and tactile sensing to software architectures for robotics. He has been principal investigator and co-principal investigator in several EU funded projects. He was general chair of IEEE ARSO 2018 and served as Program Chair of ICDL-Epirob 2014 and HAI 2017. He is Specialty Chief Editor for the Humanoid Robotics Section of Frontiers in Robotics and AI, associate editor for IEEE-Transactions on Robotics and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. He is Ellis member and Core Faculty of the Ellis Genoa Unit.
Top Publications
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
Maiettini E., Pasquale G., Rosasco L., Natale L.
On-line object detection: a robotics challenge
Autonomous Robots, vol. 44, (no. 5), pp. 739-757
Article Journal
Mar T., Tikhanoff V., Natale L.
What Can i Do with This Tool? Self-Supervised Learning of Tool Affordances from Their 3-D Geometry
IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, vol. 10, (no. 3), pp. 595-610
Article Journal
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)
Article Journal
Vezzani G., Pattacini U., Battistelli G., Chisci L., Natale L.
Memory Unscented Particle Filter for 6-DOF Tactile Localization
IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 33, (no. 5), pp. 1139-1155
All Publications
Ceola F., Maiettini E., Pasquale G., Rosasco L., Natale L.
Fast Object Segmentation Learning with Kernel-based Methods for Robotics
IEEE-RAS International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Conference Paper Conference
Murali P. K., Sorrentino I., Rendiniello A., Fantacci C., Villagrossi E., Polo A., Ardesi A., Maggiali M., Natale L., Pucci D., Traversaro S.
In Situ Translational Hand-Eye Calibration of Laser Profile Sensors using Arbitrary Objects
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
Article Conference
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
Article Journal
Ferigo D., Parmiggiani A., Rampone E., Tikhanoff V., Traversaro S., Pucci D., Natale L.
Robot Platforms and Simulators
Cognitive Robotics, Publisher: MIT Press
Article in Press Book
Colledanchise M., Malafronte D., Natale L.
Act, Perceive, and Plan in Belief Space for Robot Localization
Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 3763-3769
Conference Paper Conference