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From Automaton to Autonomy: today’s robots as Leonardo machines and beyond (a Stoccarda)



From Automaton to Autonomy: today’s robots as Leonardo machines and beyond (a Stoccarda)

Conferenza in lingua inglese del Prof. Andrea Caiti (Università di Pisa - Research Center “E.Piaggio” Faculty of Engineering).

There is an obvious thread that links Leonardo visionary approach to machines and engineering design to the technological developments of the first industrial revolution and eventually to the current developments in robotics. Today’s robots are not anymore confined to industrial and manufacturing plants, but are becoming everyday life assistants to all of us, even in unexpected ways – have you ever wondered about the self-parking facility of your car? However, as robots are more and more present in our lives, our interaction becomes easier if their design takes hints from nature, revisiting some of Leonardo original ideas. But Leonardo’s machines were automata, operating in a fixed sequence of pre-defined moves. The great revolution of today’s robots is their capacity to adapt their behavior to the situation, to be aware of the context in which they are acting – sometime with simple rules, sometime through a complex interaction of sensing, decision-making, actions. The resulting human-robot collaboration goes probably beyond even Leonardo’s scientific imagination.

Andrea Caiti was born in Naples in 1963. He obtained the Master Degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Genova in 1988. Since 2007 he is Full Professor of Automatica (Systems and Control) at the University of Pisa, Italy. Before, he has been a staff Scientist at the NATO SACLANT Undersea Res. Ctr. (currently CMRE), La Spezia, Italy (1989-94),Adjunct Professor at the University of Genova (1995-96), Assistant Professor at the University of Pisa (1996-98) and Associate professor at the Universities of Siena (1998-01) and Pisa (2001-07). He teaches the courses of Automatic Control, System Identification, Underwater Systems.

He is coordinator of the Master Degree course in Robotics and Automation Engineering at the University of Pisa since 2015. Since 2018 he is coordinator of the Ph.D. course in Smart Industry, jointly held by the Universities of Pisa, Florence and Siena. He has been the coordinator of the Ph.D. Programme in Automation Robotics and Bioengineering of the University of Pisa from 2008 until 2015.

In the period 2001-08 he has been Director of the Italian Interuniversity Research Centre on Integrated Systems for the Marine Environment (ISME). Since November 1, 2015 to January 2017 he has been Director of Centro "E.Piaggio", University of Pisa.

His scientific interests are in the field of marine robotics and underwater acoustics, identification and estimation of nonlinear systems, system theory. He is/has been responsible of several research projects funded by the European Union or by National Agencies. He has edited 5 research books, and he has published more than 100 refereed papers in international journals or as book chapters, and more than 200 papers in conference proceedings.

He is Fellow of IEEE, participating in the Control System, Oceanic Engineering and Robotics&AutomationSocieties.

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Data: Gio 28 Nov 2019

Orario: Alle 19:00

Organizzato da : Italienisches Kulturinstitut Stuttgart

In collaborazione con : Italienzentrum Stuttgart

Ingresso : Libero


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