Work Experience (excerpts)

May 2015 – current: Senior Lecturer (Lektor, July 2018 – current) / Associate Senior Lecturer (Biträdande Lektor, May 2015 – June 2018), at University of Skövde, School of Informatics – Skövde, Sweden.

  • Research: ‘Action and Intention Recognition  in Human Interaction with Autonomous Systems (AIR)’, funded by KK-SIDUS.
  • Lectures:
    • Scientific Theory in Informatics, ‘Cognition’ module (from 2015 – Doctoral and Master level);
    • Affective Interaction and Emotions – lecturer and course coordinator (from 2017 – Undergraduate level).

April 2013 – July 2015: Postdoc researcher at Aalto University, Department of Automation and Systems Technology – Helsinki, Finland. Supervisor: Prof. Ville Kyrki.

  • Research: ‘Multimodal Programming by Demonstration for In-Contact Tasks’, financed by the Academy of Finland;
  • Lectures:
    • ‘Human-Robot Interaction’ (Master level);
    • Supervision (“Instructor”) of  Master students.

February 2012 – July 2012: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – Lausanne, Switzerland. Supervisors: Prof. Silvestro Micera and Prof. Dario Floreano.

  • Scientific collaborator: organization of an European Master and Doctoral accreditation agency finalized to the Education Activities Program of the Robot Companions for Citizens coordination action.

August 2011 – March 2012: University of Skövde, Sweden. Supervisors: Prof. Vincent Müller and Dr. Ron Chrisley.

  • Scientific collaborator: development of the EUCog Wiki for EUCog (European network for the advancement of artificial cognitive systems, interaction and robotics).

February 2006 – April 2011: Doctoral research at University of Skövde, Sweden. Advisors: Prof. Tom Ziemke and Dr. Robert Lowe.

  • Research: cognitive systems (robot energy and motivational autonomy);
  • Lectures:
    • Adaptive Robotics (Master level, fall 2007 and 2008);
    • Artificial Intelligence for manufacturing automation (Master level, fall 2007);
    • Artificial Intelligence (undergraduate level fall 2006).

October 2000-November 2001: Research fellow at International School for Advanced Studies, Biophysics sector – Trieste, Italy. Supervisor: Prof. Vincent Torre.

  • Research:
    • Feasibility study of a prototype hybrid computing device formed by traditional electronic components and biological neurons (FET-EU grant “INPRO”);
    • Experimental acquisition/computer analysis of electrophysiological signals using multi-electrode arrays;
    • Theoretical analysis on the use of stochastic resonance in image processing.


  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Systems (June 2012, Linköping University – Sweden). Thesis: ‘Modeling the Role of Energy Management in Embodied Cognition’ (advisors: Prof. Tom Ziemke and Dr. Robert Lowe).
  • M.Sc. in Computer Science (January 2005, University of Skövde – Sweden). Thesis: ‘Towards navigation without sensory inputs: modelling Hesslow’s simulation hypothesis in artificial cognitive agents’ (advisors: Prof. Tom Ziemke and Dr. Henrik Jacobsson).
  • M. Eng. in Electronic Engineering (major in Biomedical Eng.; July 2000, University of Bologna – Italy). Thesis: ‘Cerebral blood circulation during strokes: a modeling study’ (advisor: Prof. Mauro Ursino).


Calculus; linear algebra; physics; computer science; electronics; control theory; dynamic systems; information theory; robotics; biomechanics; biomedical engineering; mathematical modelling; machine learning; philosophy of mind; neuroscience; cognitive neuroscience; cognitive science; microeconomics; academic pedagogy.


  • Languages: fluent English, native Italian, basic Swedish;
  • Cycling, running, swimming, cross-country skiing and Japanese shiatsu.