Program Chairs

Mariacarla Staffa

Mariacarla Staffa is Assistant Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Robotics and Computer Science at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. She received the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Naples Federico II with honors, in 2008. She got a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Automation Engineering from the University of Napoli in 2011. She was visiting researcher at the “Institute de Système Intelligentes et de Robotique” of the University of Paris “Pierre et Marie Curie”. She is member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the EUCognition - European Society for Cognitive Systems (ID: 2037). She is also part of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee for Cognitive Robotics. She serves as Expert Reviewer for European Commission Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Area: AI and Robotics). She is member of the PRISCA (Projects of intelligent robotics and advanced cognitive systems) Laboratory, making research in the fields of Cognitive Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Social and Assistive Robotics and affiliated to the ICAROS center (Interdepartmental Center for Advances in Robotic Surgery) of the University of Naples Federico II, aiming at creating synergies between clinical and surgical practice and research on new technologies for computer/robot assisted surgery. She is mainly interested in exploring computational neuroscience and cognitive robotics to generate innovative strategies and solutions for scientific problems and technological limitations. She authored several works on Social Assistive Robots, Adaptive Human Robot Interaction, Human Behaviour and Emotion interpretation, etc.


Silvia Rossi
Silvia Rossi

Silvia Rossi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies of the University of Naples Federico II since March 2009. She is currently the chief manager of the PRISCA (Intelligent Robotics and Advanced Cognitive System Projects) lab. She received the M.Sc. degree in Physics from University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2001, and the Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Trento, Italy, in 2006. During her career, she was research assistant at the Division on Cognitive and Communication Technologies - ITC-irst (Italy), and at the institute of Cybernetics E. Caianiello - National Research Council (Italy), and visiting researcher at the Center for Human-Computer Communication - Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon (USA). She was in the program/organization committee of several international conferences on Human-robot interaction and Multi-agent Systems. Her research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Multi-agent System, Cognitive Robotics and Human‐Robot Interaction.


Mehdi Khamassi
Mehdi Khamassi

Mehdi Khamassi has a double background in Computer Science (Engineering diploma in 2003 from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique pour l'Industrie et l'Entreprise, Evry with specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Statistical Modeling) and Computational Neuroscience (CogMaster in 2003 from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris; top rank). Then he obtained a PhD at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 2007. Since 2010, he has been a tenured research scientist employed by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and working at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Sorbonne Université. His main topics of research include decision-making and reinforcement learning in robots and humans, and the role of social and non-social rewards in reinforcement learning. He is co-director of studies for the CogMaster program at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. He is also Associate Editor for the journal Frontiers in Neurorobotics.


Francesca Cordella
Francesca Cordella

Francesca Cordella is Assistant Professor at the Unit of Advanced Robotics and Human-centred Technologies at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. She received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. in Computer and Automation Engineering both from the University of Naples Federico II. In 2011, she was visiting student at the Institut fur Robotik und Mechatronik, Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR). Until June 2013 she has been Assistant Researcher at the University of Naples Federico II. From 2013 to 2018 she was Assistant Researcher and from November 2018 she is Assistant Professor both in the Research Unit of Advanced Robotics and Human-Centred technologies at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. She is member of the Technical Program Committee of several International Conferences and Workshops. She is Guest Editor of the journals Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, Frontiers in Neuroscience and Robotics. She organized the 1st workshop on Assistive user interfaces and control strategies for adaptive human-robot interaction at BioRob conference in 2018. Since 2015 she is an expert and reviewer for the European Commission within H2020- ICT research program. She was/is involved in several EU-funded and national projects in her fields of interest. She is Project Manager for the National Project RehabRobo@Work “Bio-cooperative robotic system for upper-limb rehabilitation in working environments” and co-PI of the national project PPR AS 1/3 “Implantable system for the control of upper limb prostheses with invasive neural interfaces and wireless communication”. She has authored/coauthored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications appeared in international journals, books and conference proceedings.


Daniela Conti
Daniela Conti

Daniela Conti is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University in United Kingdom. She is a graduate (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) in Psychology (2008, 2010) and B.Sc. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Social Education (2002), all awarded with the highest distinction (110/110 cum laude), and received the Ph.D. in Neuroscience at University of Catania, Italy (2016). During her Ph.D., she was visiting scholar for one year the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems in UK. Her work mainly focuses on the applicability of robotics to autism spectrum disorder with intellectual disability, and the acceptability of robotics in clinical settings. She is currently Visiting Professor at the Humanities Department of the University of Catania. Author of numerous scientific publications, her work has been supported by the H2020 research and innovation program of the European Union, CARER-AID, project "Controlled Autonomous Robot for Early Detection and Rehabilitation of Autism and Intellectual Disability", Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship. She is a licensed clinical psychologist certified by National Board of Psychologists (Italy), since September 2011.