Ciao, I'm Riccardo

Ciao, I'm Riccardo, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Lincoln Center for Autonomous Systems (LCAS), University of Lincoln (UK). I am also associate member of the Autonomous Learning Robots (ALR) Lab, Karlsruher Institut fur Technologie (KIT) (Germany). I am currently involved in the European H2020 BACCHUS project, focused on mobile robotic platforms for active inspection and harvesting in agricultural areas. I am still part of the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR), a project funded by EPSRC and comprising many international leaders in AI and Robotics. In the project I'm involved, my duties are related to the development of learning-based solution for autonomous navigation and recovery of a mobile manipulator. My direct advisors are Marc Hanheide, Gerhard Neumann and Grzegorz Cielniak.

Previously, I was a PhD candidate at the Autonomous Marine Systems research group, University of Plymouth, UK. There, I applied model-free deep reinforcement learning techniques to the autonomous landing of a drone on the deck of an unmanned surface vehicle. I also got a BSc and MSc in Computer Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

What excites me most about these fields are the challenging, multidisciplinary problems that require me to use my background in Computer Engineering, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to develop an integrated solution. I am particularly motivated by the development and efficient implementation of novel algorithms that enable robots to acquire information from different sensors, integrate them and find a safe path for navigation purpose.

If you are interested in my work, please let me know—I would be very interested to hear of potential collaborations!