Curriculum Vitæ of Paolo Fiorini

Dipartimento di Informatica Universita` degli Studi di Verona Strada Le Grazie 15, Ca’ Vignal 2 37134 Verona (ITALY)

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Personal Information Born in Verona (Italy) on February 1 1953, and living in Verona.

Languages Fluent in Italian, English and French.


(1995) Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (1994), Dissertation title: Robot Motion Planning among Moving Obstacles. Thesis advisor Prof. Zvi Shiller.

(1982) Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Irvine (1982), Thesis title:

Study of Manipulator Models and Controls. Thesis advisor Prof. Allen Stubberud.

(1976) Laurea in Electronic Engineering, Universita` degli Studi di Padova (1976), Thesis title: Cross Assembler for the microprocessor Intel 8080. Thesis advisor Prof. Luigino Benetazzo.

(1971) Diploma of Maturita` Scientifica (1971).


(2015) Consultant, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova (Italy).

(2011-present) Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona.

(2001-2010) Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona.

(1985–2000) Member of Technical Staff at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Tech- nology, Pasadena (CA-USA);

(1982–1984) Control System Analyst at Parker-Hannifin Corp., Irvine (CA-USA);

(1981–1982) Software Analyst at Studio di Informatica, Milano (Italy);

(1977–1980) Microprocessor System Designer at Zeltron, Zanussi Research Center, Udine (Italy);

(1976–1977) Military service in mountain artillery, Udine (Italy).

Free Time Activities Competitive sports (swimming, triathlon). I enjoy music and theatre performances.

Scientific Research My main research interests are in the area of Robotics and Advanced Teleoperation, specifi- cally robots surgery, search and rescue, networked robots, and haptics. My research was published in more than 200 journal and refereed conference papers.

Research Projects H2020 (MURAB), FP7 (EduFill, Eurosurge, I-SUR, Safors, Filose, C4C), FP6 (Rosta, Accurobas, Xpero), FP5(Medicate); Italian PRIN (AIDA, Matrics) and FIRB (Tiger); projects fun- ded by the Italian Space Agency, European Space Agency, Italian Agency for the New Energy, and Fondazione Zanotto of Verona.

Honors and Awards Finalist at the Entrepreneurship Workshop of the European Robotics Forum (2013), Antonio D’Auria Prize (2011), 3rd prize euRobotics Technology Transfer Award (2011), IEEE Fel- low (2009), Group Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics (2008), Finalist for Best Conference Paper at ICRA2000 Conference, Finalist for Best Student Paper at the ICRA1993 Conference, NASA Group Achievement Award (1991), 13 NASA Technical Awards (1990-2003).

Academic Duties My teaching philosophy is based on involving students in projects to strengthen their learning. This approach well matches the possibilities offered by Robotics as a specific subject and/or as a teaching tool for other subjects.

Teaching Undergrad. Courses: Systems and Signals, Graduate Courses: Robotics, Linear System Theory.

Administrative Activities University Coordinator of Innovation and Technology Transfer activities; De- partment Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Computer Science.

Laboratory (2001) Founded ALTAIR, to carry out research in service robotics.

Doctoral Thesis 16 PhD students, of which 6 are on going, at the University of Verona, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), and the Universitad Nacional de San Juan (Argentina).

Distinguished Visiting Professor the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Beckman Research Insti- tute, City of Hope Hospital (Duarte, CA-USA), September 2014.

Applied Research and Entrepreneurship

Companies Founded Surgica Robotica SpA, developed a new surgical robot. AltairMed Srl, and Tech- Trans Srl, to transfer academic technologies to industrial partners.

Main Contracts EU Ispra Joint Research Center of the EU, Opera Don Calabria and Foundation CariVe- rona, GlaxoSmithKline.

Service Activities


Academic Career : professors at King’s College, Worchester Polytechnic Insititute, Carnegie Mel- lon, U.C. Berkeley, University of Maryland, GEorgia TEch, Naval Postgraduate School and Indian Insititute of Science.

Proposals and Projects : Canadian, European, Kazakhstan, Czech, and Italian.

Editorial Activity

Guest Editor : Journal of Medical Robotics Research, 2016. Journal of Applied Bionics and Biome- chanics. Transaction on Automation Science and Engineering. Autonomous Robot Journal.

Associate Editor : BJUI Editorial Board Member, Journal of Intelligent Service Robots, Autono- mous Robot Journal, IEEE Transaction of Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Magazine.

European Robotics Network, EURON (2008-2010) Elected to the Board of Directors

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Associate Vice President of Conference Activity Board, Co-Chair of the Education Committee, Associate Vice President of Member Activity Board, Elected for two consecutive terms to the Board of Directors, Founder and first President of the Italian Chapter of the IEEE RAS, Chair of RAS Technical Committee on Service Robotics and Search Safety and Rescue Robotics.

Conference Organization

Organization of Scientific Festivals Since 2001 Discovery on Film, Science Museum of Rovereto, Rovereto (Italy).

Organization of Robotics Conferences European Robotics Forum 2014 (ERF2014), Program Co- Chair ICRA2013. Associate Editor ICRA 2012, 2011. Finance Chair ICRA 2007. Poster Chair, 2006. Editor IROS 2012. Chair of the Steering Committee and Member of the Organizing Committee of ICAR: 2017, 2015 Istanbul, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2005, 1997.

Membership in Program Committees ICRA: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004,

2003, 2002, 2001, 2000. IROS: 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001. CASE:

2008, 2007, 2006.

Pro-Bono Activities

High School teaching : Robotic classes and laboratories, using the LEGO Mindstorm to students and teachers.

Middle and Elementary Schools Short courses to teachers and seminars to pupils on science and robotic systems.

Adult Education Lectures to the students of the Adult Education to provide basic understanding of Robotics.

Lectures More than 100 public speaking engagements, and interviews on scientific topics and robo- tics.