Alessandro Roncone received his BS in Biomedical Engineering and MS in NeuroEngineering at theUniversità degli Studi di Genova. In April 2015 he got a Ph.D. in Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies from the Italian Institute of Technology . During his Ph.D. he worked in the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences department and the iCub Facility in IIT, Genova, under the supervision of prof. Giorgio Metta. The goal of his Ph.D. project was to exploit insights from neuroscience in order to implement a model of Peripersonal Space (PPS) on the iCub humanoid robot.
He further elaborated on that line of research by exploiting this peripersonal space model toward two types of applications: i) better, richer body representations ii) distributed motor control via whole-body awareness. Furthermore, he extended the gaze stabilization framework he developed during his Ph.D. by integrating it with an existing gaze controller. He is also involved in a human-robot interaction project aimed at developing natural interaction(s) between the iCub humanoid robot and humans.
He is currently working as a Postdoctoral Associate under the supervision of Prof. Brian Scassellati at the Social Robotics Lab in Yale University.