MASSIMO BERGAMASCO – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy

Cognitive architecture for Virtual Humans and Androids

The concept of physical space has been recently juxtaposed to other digital entities like Augmented or Mixed Realities. Presumably, such new spaces will be occupied not only by digital objects but also by the digital equivalent of human beings, i.e. virtual humans. How present research in robotics and AI is going to define the behavior of humanoid robots, androids and virtual humans is something that can be formulated also in terms of ethical and social terms. The class provides a general picture on how the interaction between human beings and artificial entities can be foreseen on the basis of present technology development.An excursus on the different approaches to design cognitive architecture for virtual humans in provided.

Massimo Bergamasco is Professor of Theory of Mechanisms and Machines at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. At present he is the President of the ARTES 4.0 (Advanced Robotics and enabling digital Technologies & Systems 4.0) Competence Center in the framework of the Industry 4.0 of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development. He has been the founder of the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory. His research activity deals with the study and development of haptic interfaces and wearable robots for the control of the interaction between humans and Virtual Environments. His present research is focused on general aspects of perception and cognitive processes in the field of embodiment and humanoid robotics.



EMANUELE FRONTONI – Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Artificial Intelligence for Augmented and Virtual Reality content creation

Artificial intelligence is reshaping the way we manage and create multimedia 2D and 3D contents in AR and VR experiences. The talk will start from modern AI models that have gotten incredibly good at doing many of the things required to build AR experiences. Deep Neural Networks can detect vertical and horizontal planes, estimate depth and segment images and point clouds for realistic occlusion and meaningful content generator, and even infer 3D positions of objects in real-time. Because of these abilities, AI models are replacing some of the more traditional computer vision approaches underpinning AR experiences. On the other hand Generative Adversarial Networks can help on the creation of virtual contents or realisti human behaviors, useful for advanced VR experiences.

Emanuele Frontoni is Professor of “Fondamenti di Informatica” and “Computer Vision” at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Engineering Faculty. He received the doctoral degree in electronic engineering from the University of Ancona, Italy, in 2003. In the same year he joined the Dept. of Ingegneria Informatica, Gestionale e dell’Automazione (DIIGA) at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, as a Ph.D. student in “Intelligent Artificial Systems”. He obtained his PhD in 2006 discussing a thesis on Vision Based Robotics. His research focuses on applying computer science, artificial intelligence and computer vision techniques to mobile robots and innovative IT applications. He is a member of IEEE and AI*IA, the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence.



MARIANO ALCAÑIZ – Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Mariano Alcañiz is Full Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and Director of the Human-Centered Technology Institute (LabHuman). He is a professor of Biomedical Engineering and has courtesy appointments in Virtual Reality. His research interest is focused on how virtual reality related technologies can augment human abilities and performance in fields like medicine, health, education and marketing. From a scientific point of view, his interest is to understand and classify the relevant significance of each aspect of the human activity and how to use this information in computer mediated technologies for enhancing human abilities and quality of life. From a technological point of view, his objectives are to improve interactive technology in virtual environments used at different formats and the development of algorithms, methods and techniques for ubiquitous and non-obtrusive measurement of human activity. Alcañiz has over 100 publications in the area of computer mediated human activity and patents on augmented reality and computer aided surgery. He has been coordinator of various European projects and national research projects related to the area. He is also coordinator of several national R&D programs of excellence. He is the National Program Coordinator of the Information Society Technology (IST) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain and he is the Spanish representative for ICT area at the Horizon 2020 European Research Program Committee. He has been founder of several spin-off companies related with his research field.



DOMENICO PRATTICHIZZO – Università di Siena, Italy

Since 2015 Full Professor at the University os Siena. From 2002 to 2015 Associate Professor of Robotics at the University of Siena. Since 2009 Scientific Consultant at Istituto Italiano di Tecnoloogia, Genova Italy. In 1994, Visiting Scientist at the MIT AI Lab. M.S. degree in Electronics Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Robotics and Automation from the University of Pisa in 1991 and 1995, respectively.