He is currently with The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa. He is also founder and CEO of Heron Robots, a company active in the development of advanced robotics solutions. He was professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid (www.uc3m.es, roboticslab.uc3m.es) where in 2009 he was awarded the Santander - UC3M Chair of Excellence in Robotics. He has been working in the R&D departments of several major Italian and American companies, mainly in the applications of intelligent systems and technology transfer with cordination/management responsibilities for some 20 years. He held academic research positions on robotics and lectured in robotics, industrial control systems and machine design at the Department of Mechanics of the University of Genova. He is author or co-author of more than 100 publications in the areas of robotics, cognition and manufacturing systems in the last few years, since he became an almost full time researcher. His first paper on robot control dates back to 1985.
He is puzzled by foundational and epistemological issues in (embodied) cognition and robotics, while chasing viable real world applications. He is a member of IEEE/RAS, AAAI, CLAWAR, and euCognition. He coordinates the EURON Special Interest Group on Good Experimental Methodology and Benchmarking in Robotics, he is a cochair of IEEE RAS TC-Pebras, and he was a board member of EURON III and a founding director of euRobotics aisbl.