• HDR in Computer Science, University of Lorraine
    Title: From humans to humanoids : learning and interaction for human-humanoid collaboration
    President of Jury: Bernard Girau
    Reviewers: Philippe Fraisse, Christine Chevallereau, Tamim Asfour
    Examiners: Aude Billard, Bruno Siciliano
    Invited: Francesco Nori
    Date and place of defense: 25/11/2022, University of Lorraine
  • PhD in Humanoid Technologies, University of Genoa and Italian Institute of Technology
    Title: From humans to humanoids : a study on optimal motor control for the iCub
    Distinctions: excellent (maximum)
    Supervisor: Giorgio Metta
    President of Evaluation Committee: Tamim Asfour
    Members of Jury : Darwin Caldwell, Gabriel Baud-Bovy, Ryad Chellali, Giulio Sandini
    Date and place of defense: 28/04/2011, Italian Institute of Technology
  • MS with highest honors in Computer Engineering – Specialization Robotics and Automation, University of Genoa, Italy
    Thesis title: Optimal control of communication channels through team theory and Extended Ritz method
    Supervisors: Marco Baglietto, Riccardo Zoppoli
  • BS with highest honors in Computer Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy
    Thesis title: Study and implementation of an algorithm for feature tracking in image sequences
    Supervisor: Giorgio Cannata

Professional experience

  • 10/2023-now: Director of research (DR2) in INRIA Nancy
  • 03/2023-04/2023: Visiting expert at HRI Lab in ESA / ESTEC
    Hosts: Thomas Kruger and Gianfranco Visentin
  • 09/2017-09/2023: Research scientist (CR-CN) in INRIA Nancy
  • 12/2016-08/2017: Research scientist (CR1) in INRIA Nancy
  • 11/2014- 12/2016: Research scientist (CR2) in INRIA Nancy
    Main collaborations: Francois Charpillet, Francis Colas, Jean-Baptiste Mouret
  • 05/2014 – 10/2014: Postdoc in Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab, TU Darmstadt
    Supervisor and main collaborations: Jan Peters, Gerhard Neumann
  • 05/2011 – 04/2014: Postdoc in ISIR, UMR 7222 CNRS & UPMC, Paris
    Supervisor and main collaborations: Olivier Sigaud, Vincent Padois, Mohamed Chetouani, Anis Sahbani, Freek Stulp
  • 01/2007 – 04/2011: Research Fellow at the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Science Dept, Italian Institute of Technology
    Supervisors and main collaborations: Francesco Nori, Giorgio Metta, Bastien Berret
  • 02/2006 – 11/2006: Research internship at Neural Optimization Control and Complexity Lab (Nocclab)
    Supervisors: Marco Baglietto, Riccardo Zoppoli
  • 02/2004 – 09/2004: Research internship at Mechatronics and Automatic Control Lab (Maclab)
    Supervisors: Giorgio Cannata, Federico Guido



  • 2022-…: Associate VP of IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Member Activities Board (RAS MAB)
  • 2022-2023: Co-Chair of the IEEE ICRA Steering Committee (RAS ICRA SC)
  • 2021-2023: co-leader of the Working Group on Humanoid Robots (GT7 Humanoïde) of the French Robotics Society (GDR Robotique)
  • 2021-2022: international judge of the ANA Avatar Xprize competition

at Inria

  • 10/2022-02/2024: member of Bureaux de Comité des Projets (BCP) of Inria Nancy Grand-Est
  • 2022-2024: head of researchers (responsable des permanents) of Team Larsen

International Conference co-organisation

International Workshops co-organisation

National events co-organisation

Editorial service – Journals

Editorial service – Conferences

  • Program Chair, ARSO 2023
  • Program Chair, HUMANOIDS 2019
  • Area Chair: CORL 2022
  • Senior PC Committee: IJCAI 2021
  • Senior Editor: IEEE HUMANOIDS 2023
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Humanoids, IEEE ICRA, IEEE IROS, IEEE ICDL
  • PC Committee: CORL 2017, HFR 2017, …
  • Reviewer: ICRA, IROS, Humanoids, RSS, …
  • Award committee member:
    • best Conference paper – HFR 2019
    • best Cognitive Robotics paper – ICRA 2021
    • best Student Conference paper – ICRA 2023

at Inria:

  • 2023: member of Program Committee of Scientific Days (Journées Scientifiques Inria JSI 2023)