Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS)

Following the current research trends and the European Robotics Research Roadmap (, the research topics investigated by the research lines in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at DIBRIS include:

How the robot or autonomous system senses the environment. In particular: sensor technologies to be employed within robots; models and algorithms for sensor data representation, reasoning, learning, and interpretation; multisensory integration; sensor-based state and parameter estimation;

How the robot moves and interacts with the environment. Specifically: robot control models and algorithms, action and motion planning and execution, paradigms for physical interaction with other robots, objects and people;

How the robot interacts with humans. In particular: paradigms for verbal and non-verbal interaction and communication by taking into account the user’s personality, emotions, and cultural identity; the integration of robots into smart ICT environments; ethical, legal and social implications of the use of robots;

How hardware and software components are integrated. In particular: distributed and networked hardware and frameworks for real-time control of robots and autonomous systems, real-time architectures for task scheduling and communication; robots and Internet Of Things.

The research projects are currently focused on innovative enabling technologies and on various application domains, including: Robotics for Industry 4.0 manufacturing; marine applications, including surface and underwater robotics; health-care, in particular to assist older persons; Search&Rescue.

ERC classification:
PE7_10 Robotics

Keywords: Robotics, Mechatronics, Autonomous Systems, Multi-Robot cooperation, Robot Software Architectures, Real-time architectures, Sensing, Control, Planning, Decision making, Knowledge Representation, Human-Robot-Interaction, Cognitive and intelligent control for robot and autonomous systems.

Contact person: Antonio Sgorbissa

Last update 12 January 2022