About me

I am currently doing my military service after having completed a brief postdoc in the Extreme Robotics Lab, School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham. Before that, I have finished my PhD in robotics at the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham were 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 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 robotics master-classes for the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the flagship organization for science outreach and education in UK. I was also 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 the robots of the Intelligent robotics lab. This was done through student projects, workshops and mainly by participating in the EU commission funded RoCKIN@Home robotics challenge in which we won several prizes.