The central motivating theme of my research is to develop robot technologies that enable close, natural, and extended cooperation with humans. I envision mixed human-robot ecologies where complex control commands can be instructed through natural language, and robots are able to anticipate people’s needs, provide the best support to them, and even influence their intents and behaviors. My work focuses on the design of human-aware robot control systems that allow robots to embrace the interaction with the human and the external world by design. This will allow for humans and robots to accomplish together what neither of them can do alone.
My research bridges the gap between robot control, human-robot interaction, and artificial intelligence. Over the years, I have worked on i) exploring the breadths of how tactile systems can improve perception in the nearby space, ii) implementing state of the art control systems for humanoid robots, and iii) investigating how non-verbal and contextual communication can advance human-robot interaction and intelligent manufacturing.
Alessandro Roncone received his B.Sc. summa cum laude in Biomedical Engineering in February 2008, and his M.Sc. summa cum laude in NeuroEngineering in July 2011 from the Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy. In April 2015 he completed his Ph.D. in Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies from Università degli studi di Genova and Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), working in the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the iCub Facility departments under the supervision of prof. Giorgio Metta. The goal of his Ph.D. project was to exploit insights from the neurosciences in order to improve the sensorimotor capabilities of the iCub humanoid robot. In November 2015, he started working as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Social Robotics Lab in Yale University, under the supervision of prof. Brian Scassellati (a.k.a. Scaz). He will start as Assistant Professor in CU Bolder in Fall 2018.