Federico Pecora

Federico Pecora

Associate Professor in Computer Science
Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, School of Science and Technology
Örebro University, S-70182 Örebro, Sweden
email: federico.pecora@oru.se, tel: +46 19 30 3319, fax: +46 19 30 3463

Short bio

I am currently Associate Professor in Computer Science at the Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS, Örebro University, Sweden). I am a graduate of Computer Science Engineering at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", where I earned my PhD in 2007. I was previously a research assistant at the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR), where I worked on AI tools for space mission planning on a grant from the European Space Agency.


Research

My research interests lie at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. I focus specifically on constraint reasoning, planning and scheduling, and meta-CSP techniques for hybrid reasoning.

Much of my work nowadays focuses on developing constraint reasoning algorithms for robot planning and for context recognition from sensor traces. In the past 5 years, I have been applying these techniques in two broad application areas: service robots/sensor systems for use in domestic environments; and decision support tools for industrial applications with large autonomous vehicles. I am fascinated by the problem of using AI for robots, and I find that some of the most compelling research questions in AI originate from the use of model-based approaches to robot control.

I am the initiator and principal maintainer of the Meta-CSP Framework (metacsp.org), a software API for supporting the theoretical study and implementation of hybrid reasoning algorithms.

An updated list of publications can be found on my Google Scholar profile.

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Current Projects

Semantic Robots (project coordinator, P.I. for planning research direction) / Funded by: Swedish Knowledge Foundation (KKS) / 2014-2020
iQMobility (P.I., autonomous bus fleet coordination) / Funded by: Vinnova / 2016-2020
Iliad (workpackage leader, fleet management) / Funded by: EU H2020 / 2016-2020
E-Care@Home (workpackage leader) / Funded by: Swedish Knowledge Foundation (KKS) / 2015-2019

Past Projects

Monarch (project scientist, social-aware planning planning) / Funded by: EU FP7 / 2012-2015
Robot-Era (project scientist, constriant-based planning in smart environments) / Funded by: EU FP7 / 2011-2015
RACE (P.I., leader of WP1 on Infrastructure for grounded knowledge representation and reasoning) / Funded by: EU FP7 / 2011-201
GiraffPlus (project scientist, constriant-based context recognition) / Funded by: EU FP7 / 2011-2014
Human-aware task planning for mobile robots (co-P.I. constraint-based human aware planning) / Funded by: Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) / 2011-2014

Publicly available software

Most of the software I maintain or contribute to is on GitHub. I am main developer and maintainer of the following software packages:

Meta-CSP Framework A Java API for Meta-CSP reasoning
coordination_oru package A library for combined motion planning, coordinatio and control
coordination_oru_ros stack A ROS interface for using the coordination_oru library with ROS

Teaching

Current and upcoming courses

Past courses