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 Marco Paleari was born in Turin (Italy) in 1981. He studied telecommunications engineering at Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) where he obtained a bachelor degree (ISCED 4A) in 2003 and a master degree in 2006.

 In 2004/2005 Marco spent a year at EURECOM (Sophia Antipolis, France) and he received an engineering diploma in computer science. During this time Marco also obtained a master degree from the Ecole Politechnique de l'universitè de Nice Sophia Antipolis in computer science with a specialization on multimedia. For his Master thesis, Marco spent 6 months as intern in the Affective Computing Social Group (Sophia Antipolis, France), where he worked on the interactions between artificial intelligence and emotions.

 In January 2006 he joined the EURECOM institute as Ph.D. Candidate at the Multimedia Information Processing Group in the Corporate Communication Departement under the supervision of prof. Benoit Huet.
In October 2009 Marco obtained his Ph.D. degree presenting a thesis titled "Affective Computing: Display, Recognition, and Computer Synthesis of Emotions". 

 In January 2010 Marco moved to Genova to work as a Post Doc at the TEleRobotics and Applications Department at IIT.

 Since January 2011 Marco is employed in IIT@Polito Center for Sustainable Future Technologies

 His research interests includes bioelectric signal acquisition and processing, electronic design, robotics, rehabilitation and neurorehabilitation, affective computing (recognition, generation/simulation, and display), ubiquitous computing, multimedia indexing and retrieval, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.


ReHand Technologies

 At IIT@PoliTo we have been working on the development of a mechatronic rehabilitative device for the hand. In 2015 we participated to Start-Cup Piemonte e Valle d'Aosta with a device (called ReHand) which does so with a particular under-actuated (patent pending) technique. I'm acting as CEO of this venture.
 In 2016 ReHand Technologies obtained the third prize at the Daejeon (South Korea) 2016 IROS StartUp contest. In 2017 ReHand Technologies participated to the Entrepreneurship Award at the European Robotic Forum in Edinburgh (Scotland - UK) and was awarded with the third price. in 2017 it was also featured in several printed, TV and Radio programs.

 ReHand is currently a working prototype at TRL 4/5: we have demonstrated the principle under patent and tested the device in controlled environments. Currently we are seeking seed funding to bring the device to market.


INAIL - IIT Partnership

 In 2014 IIT and INAIL launched a partnership, financed by INAIL itself, for the development of upper and lower limb prosthetic and rehabilitative devices. In Turin, IIT is responsible for the develompment of the electronic sEMG interfaces (single electrodes, multi-electrodes, ...) and for the control software. I am helping coordinating the technical team (with Paolo Ariano) and cooperating in this project as advisor for the control software (mainly developing pattern recongnition techniques).


MoRA: Motion Recognition Armband

 The MoRA feasibility study is a Regional project financed by the Mechatronic Pole of Piedmont region with the objective of studying a novel human computer interface in the shape of an electromyography - accelerometer wireless wearable armband.

 IIT is in partnership with OTBioelettronica for this project and I am the principal investigator for the scientific part.


HExEC: Hand Exoskeleton Electromyographic Control

 The HExEC project is about building and controlling a soft exoskeleton for the human hand. IIT CSHR is collaborating on this project with Politecnico di Torino and various companies from the Piedmont region.

 Marco, is working on this project as scientific coordinator (together with Paolo Ariano) as well as on most of the technical parts regarding challenging control of the soft exoskeleton via forearm EMG (ElettroMyoGraphy).

 The aim of such a device is to help people performing everyday activity by fostering and promoting the natural hand movements. This project has a huge impact to domains such as helderly care and stroke rehabilitation but its outcomes are in line with the center for space human robotics project on EVA (space Extra Vehicular Activities) glove exoskeleton and could be also used for prostetics and many other terrestrial applications.


CADET: Capture And DEorbiting Technologies

 CaDeT main objective is to conceive, build, and demonstrate CApture and DEorbiting Technologies such as a spaceship with integrated 3D vision capabilities approach the space debris, capture it and finally safely deorbit it. I took in charge the selection of the 3D vision technologies to be used in the close spaceship approach phase.

 Marco, is working on this project together with Paolo Ariano and Alain Favetto on most of the technical parts regarding the selection and customisation of appropriate vision technologies.

Selected Publications


    1. Rosa, S., Paleari, M., Ariano, P., Ariano, P., and Bona, B.
      Object Tracking with Adaptive HOG Detector and Adaptive Rao-Backwellised Particle Filter
      SPIE Electronic Imaging '12 - Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXIX: Algorithms and Techniques, January 22-26, 2012, San Francisco, CA, USA.
    2. Velardo, C., Dugelay, J.L., Paleari,M., and Ariano, P.
      Building the Space Scale or How to Weigh a Person with no Gravity
      ESPA '12, first IEEE International Conference on Emerging Signal Processing Applications, January 12-14, 2012, Las Vegas, NV, USA.
      They talked about it: Technology Review, Engadget, Crazyengineers


    1. Paleari, M., Margaria, V., Rosa, S., and Ariano, P.
      HExEC: Hand Exoskeleton Electromyographic Control
      HFR '11 4th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics, November 8-9, Twente, The Netherlands.


    1. Paleari, M., Chellali, R., and Huet, B.
      Bimodal Emotion Recognition
      ICSR'10, International Conference on Social Robotics, November 23-24, 2010, Singapore - Also published as LNCS Volume 6414/2010 , pp 305-314.
    2. Paleari, M., Huet, B., and Chellali, R.
      Towards Multimodal Emotion Recognition: A new approach
      CIVR 2010, ACM International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval, July 5-7, Xi'an, China , pp 174-181.
    3. Paleari, M., Chellali, R., and Huet, B.
      Features for Multimodal Emotion Recognition: An Extensive Study
      CIS'10, IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems, June 28-30, 2010, Singapore , pp 90-95.


    1. Paleari, M.
      Affective computing : display, recognition, and computer synthesis of emotions
      Ph.D. Thesis, October 2009.
    2. Paleari, M., Singh, V., Huet, B. and Jain, R.
      Toward environment-to-environment (E2E) affective sensitive communication systems
      In Proceedings of MTDL’09, Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Workshop on Multimedia Technologies for Distance Learning at ACM Multimedia, October 23rd, 2009, Beijing, China , pp 19-26.
    3. Paleari, M., Velardo, C., Huet, B., Dugelay, J.L.
      Face dynamics for biometric people recognition
      In Proceedings of IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing, October 5-7, 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , pp 1-5.
    4. Paleari, M., Benmokhtar, R. and Huet, B.
      Evidence Theory Based Multimodal Emotion Recognition
      In Proceedings of MMM 2009, 15th International MultiMedia Modeling Conference, January 7-9, 2009, Sophia Antipolis, France.


    1. Paleari, M., Schutz, A., Slock, D. and Huet, B.
      A Multimodal Approach to Music Transcription
      In 1st ICIP Workshop on Multimedia Information Retrieval : New Trends and Challenges, October 12, 2008, San Diego, USA.
    2. Paleari, M., Schutz, A., Slock, D. and Huet, B.
      Audio-visual guitar transcription
      In Jamboree 2008 : Workshop By and For KSpace PhD Students, July, 25 2008, Paris, France.
    3. Paleari, M. and Huet, B.
      Toward Emotion Indexing of Multimedia Excerpts
      In Proceedings of CBMI 2008, 6th International Workshop on Content Based Multimedia Indexing, June, 18-20th 2008, London, UK (alt Best Student Paper Award).


    1. Paleari, M., Huet, B. and Duffy, B.
      SAMMI, Semantic affect-enhanced multimedia indexing
      In Proceedings of SAMT 2007, 2nd International Conference on Semantic and Digital Media Technologies, 5-7 December 2007, Genoa, Italy | Also published as Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 4816.
    2. Paleari, M., Duffy, B. and Huet, B.
      ALICIA: An Architecture for Intelligent Affective Agents
      In Proceedings of Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2007, Sep, 17-19, 2007, Paris, France.
      (extended) (poster)
    3. Paleari, M., Huet, B. and Duffy, B.
      Using Emotions to Tag Media
      In Jamboree Workshop: one day Workshop by and for K-Space PhD Students, sep, 15, 2007, Berlin, Germany (alt Best Poster Award: 2nd Price).


    1. Paleari, M., Grizard, A. and Lisetti, C. L.
      Adapting Psychologically Grounded Facial Emotional Expressions to Different Anthropomorphic Embodiment Platform
      In Proceedings of Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, FLAIRS 2007, May, 7-9, 2006, Key West, Florida.
    2. Grizard, A., Paleari, M. and Lisetti, C. L.
      Adaptation d'une thèorie psychologique pour la gènèration d'expressions faciales synthètiques pour des agents d'interface
      In WACA 2006, 2eme Workshop sur les Agents Conversationnels Animès, 26-27 octobre 2006, Toulouse, France , pp 159-167.
    3. Paleari,M; Lisetti, C. L.
      Toward Multimodal Fusion of Affective Cues
      In Proceedings of 1st Workshop on Human Centered Multimedia at ACM Multimedia 2006, October, 23-27, 2006, Santa Barbara, California.
    4. Paleari,M; Lisetti, C. L.
      Demo: Agents for Learning Environment
      In 1st Workshop on Emotion and Computing at KI 2006, 29th Annual Conference on Arti icial Intelligence, June, 14-19, 2006, Bremen, Germany.
    5. Paleari,M; Lisetti, C. L.
      Psychologically Grounded Avatars Expressions
      In Proceedings of 1st Workshop on Emotion and Computing at KI 2006, 29th Annual Conference on Artificial Intelligence, June, 14-19, 2006, Bremen, Germany.


  1. Paleari,M; Lisetti, C. L.; Lethonen, M
    VALERIE: Virtual Agent for a Learning Environment, Reacting and Interacting emotionally
    In Proceedings of AIED 2005, 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, July 18-22, 2005, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  2. Paleari,M;
    ALICIA: Modeling Affective Intelligent Agents
    Master Report.


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Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.