Giorgio Metta

Bio: Giorgio Metta is the Scientific Director of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). He holds a MSc cum laude (1994) and PhD (2000) in electronic engineering both from the University of Genoa. From 2001 to 2002, Giorgio was postdoctoral associate at the MIT AI-Lab. He was previously with the University of Genoa and from 2012 to 2019 Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Plymouth (UK). He was member of the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl, the European reference organization for robotics research.
Giorgio Metta served as Vice Scientific Director of IIT from 2016 to 2019. He coordinated IIT’s participation into two of the Ministry of Economic Development Competence Centers for Industry 4.0 (ARTES4.0, START4.0). He was one of the three Italian representatives at the 2018 G7 forum on Artificial Intelligence and, more recently, one of the authors of the Italian Strategic Agenda on AI. Giorgio coordinated the development of the iCub robot for more than a decade making it de facto the reference platform for research in embodied AI. Currently, there are more than 40 robots reaching laboratories as far as Japan, China, Singapore, Germany, Spain, UK and the United States. Giorgio Metta research activities are in the fields of biologically motivated and humanoid robotics and, in particular, in developing humanoid robots that can adapt and learn from experience. Giorgio Metta is author of more than 300 scientific publications. He has been working as principal investigator and research scientist in about a dozen international research as well as industrial projects.

Nadia Magnenat Thalmann

Bio: Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann has pioneered research into Virtual Humans over the last 30 years. After being a Professor at the University of Montreal in Canada, she moved in 1989 to the University of Geneva where she founded the interdisciplinary research group MIRALab.
She has published numerous landmark papers on the modelling of 3D faces and bodies as well as pioneered the field of cloning in 3D legendary stars and the physical modelling of clothes. She has started very early research on 3D telepresence projects as playing tennis over the internet (1995) and developing early Real-Time VR and AR as the simulation of human life in Pompeii (2000).
Recently, she advanced the field of social robotics with her humanoid robot Nadine that can show emotions, speak naturally and remember facts and emotions. She has received many international Awards and several Honorary Doctorates. She is a life Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.
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