Paolo Robuffo Giordano


Paolo Robuffo Giordano

CNRS Senior Scientist (DR2 CNRS)


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.

Short bio

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.

In 2008 I received an award for the best Italian PhD Thesis in Automatic Control, in 2009 the Best Video Award at ICRA’09, in 2015 the Best Associate Editor Award at ICRA 2015, and 2019 the IEEE RA-L 2018 Best Paper Award.

I served in the Program Committee for RSS 2010, RSS 2011, RSS 2013, RSS 2016, RSS 2017, RSS 2018, and as Associate Editor for IROS 2011, IROS 2017. ICRA 2012–2020.
In 2011 I was Guest Editor for The International Journal of Robotics Research, co-organizing the special issue “Autonomous Physical Human-Robot Interaction” which was published in November 2012.
From September 2012 to October 2016 and from March 2018 to December 2018 I have served as Associate Editor for the journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics.
Starting from January 2019, I am Editor for the journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics.
In 2014, 2015 and 2019 I have served as Area Chair for the RSS Conference.
In 2016 I have served as Workshop and Tutorial Chair for the IROS 2016 conference.



PhD Students


Some videos showing selected results

Minimum-Time Trajectory Generation Under Intermittent Measurements, RAL/ICRA 2019

Shared-Control for Guided Multi-Target Robotic Grasping, IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 2019

Shared Planning and Control for Mobile Robots with Integral Haptic Feedback, IJRR 2018

Haptic Shared- Control Methods for Robotic Cutting under Nonholonomic Constraints, IROS 2019

Vision-Based Target Tracking while Avoiding Collisions and Occlusions, RAL/IROS 2018 (Best 2018 RAL Paper Award)

Balancing for a Humanoid Robot Performing High-Force Interaction Tasks, RAL/ICRA 2019

Aerial Locomotion exploiting Contacts, RAL/ICRA 2018

Bearing Rigidity Maintenance, ICRA 2017

Visual-Based Shared Control, IROS 2016

Coupling Active Estimation and Visual Control, IJRR 2017

Multi-target Exploration with Connectivity Maintenance, Autonomous Robots 2017

Fully-Actuated Quadrotor with Titling Propellers, IEEE T-CST 2015

Decentralized Rigidity Maintenance, IJRR 2015

Human-assisted Reactive Planning for Mobile Robots, ICRA 2014

Decentralized Connectivity Maintenance, IJRR 2013

Bearing-based Formation Control for Quadrotors, IJRR 2012


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