I am currently a research fellow in the Extreme Robotics Lab, School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham UK and my research is part of the newly founded National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR). I received my PhD in Robotics from the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham where I was supervised by Prof. Rustam Stolkin, Prof. Nick Hawes and Prof. Kimron Shapiro.
My work is highly interdisciplinary combining Artificial Intelligence, Human-Robot-Interaction, human factors and psychology in order to make remotely teleoperated robots (e.g. in Search and Rescue) more efficient. I am particularly interested in actively assisting the human operator with the use of Human-Initiative and Mixed-Initiative variably autonomy control.
During my PhD I was also actively involved in teaching, public communication and engagement of robotics. More specifically, among other outreach activities, I was delivering the “robotics master-classes” for the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the flagship organization for science outreach and education in UK. Moreover, I had the oportunity of being a teaching assistant in the Robot Programming module in the School of Computer Science. Lastly, I was co-leading the Birmingham autonomous robotics club (BARC) in which students had the opportunity to get hands-on experience on using robots. That was done through student projects, workshops and by participating in robotics competitions such as the EU commission funded RoCKIN@Home robotics challenge.