Giorgio Metta is Vice Scientific Director at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Director of the iCub Facility Department at the same institute. He coordinates the development of the iCub robotic platform/project. He holds a MSc cum laude (1994) and PhD (2000) in electronic engineering both from the University of Genoa. From 2001 to 2002 he was postdoctoral associate at the MIT AI-Lab. He was previously with the University of Genoa and since 2012 Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Plymouth (UK).

He is also deputy director of IIT delegate to the training of young researchers. He is member of the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl, the European reference organization for robotics research. Giorgio Metta's 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 the author of more than 250 scientific publications. He has been working as principal investigator and research scientist in about a dozen international as well as national funded projects.

The Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a public research center that adopts the model of a private foundation, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, University and Research and the Ministry of Economy and Finance, established by Law 326/2003. IIT aims to promote excellence in basic and applied research and to encourage the development of the national economy through innovation. IIT scientific agenda develops along three broad areas of science and technology, namely: robotics, materials, and neuroscience. IIT’s activities span as far as the development of nanobot for advanced drug delivery, the study of new drugs, advanced optical microscopy, and a plethora of solutions for new MEMS sensors as e.g. tactile converging eventually in robotic solutions that applies to post-traumatic rehabilitation, environment monitoring, disaster recovery and personal assistance. IIT can count on an international staff (more than 50 countries represented) of about 1450 people with a large PhD program (500 students). IIT’s ability of attracting external funds topped about 25% of its yearly budget recently and the creation of a dozen of startup companies. IIT publication record places the institute among the top technology institutes worldwide with a normalized citation index (according to Scopus) above twice the world average.

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