Across my academic career, I have developed consistent expertise in interdisciplinary research concerning biological minds, artificial “minds”, and their connection. I have collaborated with internationally established scientists as well as with young talents, and published the results of my work in diverse yet related fields, including neurocomputing, cognitive robotics, physical human-robot interaction, and pedagogy for higher education.
My background in engineering gives me a solid technical/quantitative competence and vision. Engaging in research at the borderline with soft science (i.e. cognitive systems) has opened my mind to themes that, despite their importance, we are still incapable of treating with equal rigor. Mastering the delicate balance between technology and (biological and artificial) cognition characterizes me as a researcher, teacher in higher education, and developer of innovative solutions.
I currently serve as a Senior Lecturer (ongoing evaluation for “Docent” level – approx. equivalent to Associate Professor) at the University of Gothenburg, Department of Applied IT, and at the University of Skövde, School of Informatics. I hold a Ph.D in cognitive Systems from Linköping University, a M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Bologna and a M.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Skövde.
My research interests include:
- Biological and artificial minds (adaptive behavior, anticipation, multiple time scales, perception, embodied and situated cognition, metabolic embodiment);
- Physical Human-Robot interaction and Robotics;
- Machine Learning (e.g. Programming by demonstration);
- Dynamic systems.