Fabio Bonsignorio

Fabio Bonsignorio is currently a Professor at the Biorobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. He has been professor in the Department of System Engineering and Automation of the University Carlos III of Madrid until 2014. In 2009 he was awarded the Santander Chair of Excellence in Robotics at the same university. He is founder and CEO of Heron Robots (advanced robotic solutions), see He has been working in the R&D departments of several major Italian and American companies for more than 20 years. He is a Founding Director of euRobotics aisbl, the private part of SPARC, the Eu Robotics PPP. He is currently a member of the Research Board of Directors of SPARC. He coordinated and has been the main teacher of the ShanghAI Lectures 2013, 2014, 2015 (, edition an advanced network MOOC teaching initiated several years ago by Rolf Pfeifer. He is currently coordinating the 2016 edition. His preferred research topics are in advanced robotics: cognition, control, modeling, software architectures, epistemological issues in robotics, performance evaluation and foundational issues like ’morphological computation’. He has pioneered and introduced the topic of Reproducible Research and Benchmarking in Robotics and AI, where is one of the leading experts. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine. He is author or co-author of about 140 publications in the areas of robotics, cognition and manufacturing systems in the last few years since he became an almost full-time researcher. He coordinated the EURON Special Interest Group on Good Experimental Methodology and Benchmarking in Robotics, is cochair of the IEEE RAS TC-Pebras and has been a board member of EURON III. He is a member of the Euron Training Board (the GeorgeGiralt PhD Award jury). He has been reviewer for several conferences and journals inside and outside IEEE. He is project reviewer for Ecsel and has been for FP7. He was a member of the joint Europ-Euron-other experts restricted team preparing the Robotics Public Private Partnership in Horizon 2020, the successor program at EU level of FP7. He contributed together with other 9 leading European experts in robotics to the Echord report on the state of robotics in USA and Asia. He is the coordinator of the euRobotics Topic Group on Experiment Replication, Benchmarking, Challenges and Competitions and is co-chair of the IEEE TC-Pebras. He has participated to design and launch the new euCognition society, he is now a member of the euCogniton society steering commitee. He has been publication chair in the 2014 IEEE RAS Humanoids 2014 conference. He has been general co-chair of the IEEE RAS 2015 Summer School on Replicable and Measurable Robotics Research. He has been the corresponding and more active editor of the Special Issue on Replicable and Measurable Robotics Research on IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, appeared in September 2015. This special issue is the very first example of a higher impact archival robotics journal issue with replicable and measurable results pioneering Reproducible Research in RAS and to a certain extent IEEE at large.

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