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Arash Ajoudani

Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Human-Robot Interfaces and Physical Interaction
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Arash Ajoudani is a tenured senior scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), where he leads the Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI²) laboratory. He also coordinates the Robotics for Manufacturing (R4M) lab of the Leonardo labs, and is a principal investigator of the IIT-Intellimech JOiiNT lab. He received his PhD degree in Robotics and Automation from University of Pisa and IIT in 2014. 

He is a recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) starting grant 2019 (Ergo-Lean), the coordinator of the Horizon-2020 project SOPHIA, the co-coordinator of the Horizon-2020 project CONCERT, and a principal investigator of the HORIZON-MSCA project RAICAM.  He is a recipient of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Early Career Award 2021, and winner of the Amazon Research Awards 2019, of the Solution Award 2019 (MECSPE2019), of the KUKA Innovation Award 2018, of the WeRob best poster award 2018, and of the best student paper award at ROBIO 2013. His PhD thesis was a finalist for the Georges Giralt PhD award 2015 - best European PhD thesis in robotics. He was also a finalist for the Solution Award 2020 (MECSPE2020), the best conference paper award at Humanoids 2018, for the best interactive paper award at Humanoids 2016, for the best oral presentation award at Automatica (SIDRA) 2014, and for the best manipulation paper award at ICRA 2012. 

He is the author of the book "Transferring Human Impedance Regulation Skills to Robots" in the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR), and several publications in journals, international conferences, and book chapters. He is currently serving as an elected IEEE RAS AdCom member (2022-2024), and as chair and representative of the IEEE-RAS Young Professionals Committee. He has been serving as a member of scientific advisory committee and as an associate editor for several international journals and conferences such as IEEE RAL, ICRA, IROS, ICORR, etc. He is a scholar of the European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS). His main research interests are in physical human-robot interaction, mobile manipulation, robust and adaptive control, assistive robotics, and tele-robotics.

All Publications
2022
Villa N., Mobedi E., Ajoudani A.
A Contact-Adaptive Control Framework for Co-Manipulation Tasks with Application to Collaborative Screwing
31st IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication
Conference Paper Conference
2022
El Makrini I., Omidi M., Fusaro F., Lamon E., Ajoudani A., Vanderborght B.
A Hierarchical Finite-State Machine-Based Task Allocation Framework for Human-Robot Collaborative Assembly Tasks
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Conference Paper Conference
2022
Zhao J., Giammarino A., Lamon E., Gandarias J.M., Momi E.D., Ajoudani A.
A Hybrid Learning and Optimization Framework to Achieve Physically Interactive Tasks With Mobile Manipulators
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 7, (no. 3), pp. 8036-8043
2022
Lahr G.J.G., Garcia H.B., Ajoudani A., Boaventura T., Caurin G.A.P.
A hybrid model-based evolutionary optimization with passive boundaries for physical human-robot interaction
Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 1426-1432
Conference Paper Conference
2022
Santopaolo A., Lorenzini M., Privitera L., Ranavolo A., Ariano P., Ajoudani A.
A Learning-based Approach to Biomechanical Risk Assessment of Human Lifting Tasks via Multiple Sensor Data
IEEE International Conference on Humanoids
Conference Paper Conference
Scientific Talks
2022
Ajoudani A.
Intelligenza Artificiale e Robotica al Lavoro: impatti socio-economici
IULM: Università di comunicazione e lingue
Institute
2022
Ajoudani A.
Towards Context-Aware Robot Interaction Autonomy
RSS 2022 Workshon on Variable Impedance Robotic Skills: From the Foundations to the Current Challenges and Perspectives
Workshop/Symposium
2021
Ajoudani A.
A collaborative robotic approach to next-generation flexible manufacturing
ICRA 2021 WORKSHOP ON UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF HRC FOR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
Workshop/Symposium
2021
Ajoudani A.
Anticipatory Control of Human-Robot Interaction: Towards Enabling Flexible and Agile Work Practices
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Institute
2021
Ajoudani A.
Attualità e prospettive della biorobotica in Medicina del Lavoro
83°CONGRESSO NAZIONALE DI MEDICINA DEL LAVORO
Conference
Awards and Achievements
2022
Lamon E., Ajoudani A.
Finalist of Georges Giralt PhD Award 2022 - best European PhD thesis in Robotics.
2021
Merlo E., Lamon E., Lorenzini M., Fusaro F., Carfì A., Mastrogiovanni F., Ajoudani A.
Best Student Paper Award Finalist
2021
Ajoudani A.
IEEE RAS Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation, 2021.
2020
Mobedi E., Villa N., Kim W., Ajoudani A.
An Adaptive Control Approach to Robotic Assembly with Uncertainties in Vision and Dynamics (Best Paper Award Finalist in IEEE RO-MAN 2020)
2020
Balatti P., Lamon E., Fusaro F., Ajoudani A.
Finalist of the Solution Award 2020
Organized Events
2022
Maurice P., Huber M., Latella C., Ivaldi S., Ajoudani A.
ICRA 2022 Workshop on Integrating Multidisciplinary Approaches to Advance Physical Human-Robot Interaction: Challenges of Interfacing Wearable Robots with the Human Neuromotor System
2021
Peternel L., Kim W., Ajoudani A., Yoshida E.
Ergonomic Human-Robot Collaboration: Applications and Future Research
2021
Barresi G., Pucci D., Ajoudani A., Negrello F., Masci F.
Ergonomics in human-robot systems
2021
Barresi G., Pucci D., Ajoudani A., Negrello F., Masci F., Zenzeri J., Crea S., Vannucci F., Ficuciello F., Ranavolo A.
Ergonomics in Human-Robot Systems
2021
Benoussaad M., Ajoudani A., Tsuji T., Rakotondrabe M.
From human-robot interaction to collaborative control: a human centered perspective