I am a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Örebro, Sweden, where I head the AASS Cognitive Robotic Systems Lab since 1998 (formerly "Mobile Robotics Lab"). I hold a MSc in computer science from the University of Pisa, Italy, and a PhD in applied science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. My current research interests focus on the principled integration of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and on their applications to technology for elderly people. In the past I have also worked on non-standard logics for AI and on soft computing. I was a main contributor to the Saphira architecture for autonomous robots, and the inventor of a new approach to include robotic technologies in everyday life, known as Ecology of Physically Embedded Intelligent Systems. This approach is based on the combination of Robotics, Ambient Intelligence and the Internet of Things, and it has been used in several EU projects in the domain of elderly assistance.
I have published more than 180 research papers in international journals, books and conferences, with more than 7,400 citations and an H-index of 41 (data from Google Scholar). I have served in the organization of many conferences and scientific events. I was/am P.I. for eight EU projects, several EU networks, and many national projects. I am coordinating the AI and Robotics forum, that counts more than 500 members, and the euRobotics topic group on AI and Cognition in Robotics (AICoR). In am in the editorial board of the Artificial Intelligence journal and of the International Journal of Social Robotics. I am a member of AAAI, a senior member of IEEE, and an EurAI fellow.
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