Disclaimer 1: Paolo is my first name, Robuffo Giordano my two surnames.
Disclaimer 2: I am not interested in hosting students for summer internships (typically, from May to July). Therefore, please avoid contacting me for these requests.
I was born in Rome, Italy. In 2001 I received the “Laurea” degree (M.Sc.) in Computer Science Engineering (“Ingegneria Informatica”) from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and in 2008 the Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from the same institution. From November 2007 to October 2008 I was a Postdoc at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Space Agency (DLR) in Munich, Germany, headed by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hirzinger. From October 2008 until November 2012 I joined the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, as a Senior Research Scientist in the department of Prof. Heinrich H. Bülthoff. Over the years, I have created and led the “Human-Robot Interaction” group in the Bülthoff department.
In December 2012 I joined the Lagadic team of Inria/IRISA, Rennes, France, as a CNRS Permanent Researcher (CR1). In October 2016 I was promoted to CNRS Research Director (DR2). Since January 2018 I am the scientific leader of the Rainbow Team at Inria/IRISA.
My scientific interests include motion control for mobile robots and mobile manipulators, visual control of robots, active sensing, bilateral teleoperation, shared control, multi-robot estimation and control, aerial robotics. In general I like to tackle robotics problems by exploiting tools from systems theory, automatic control, estimation, planning.
2008 Best Italian PhD Thesis in Automatic Control (here the thesis)
2009 Best Video Award at ICRA’09
2015 Best Associate Editor Award at ICRA 2015
2019 IEEE RA-L 2018 Best Paper Award (for this paper)
Michel Monpetit – INRIA Award from the French National Academy of Sciences (Académie des sciences). I am very honored to have received this very prestigious award for my contributions to robotics ! Here a video of the award ceremony