Arash Ajoudani received his PhD degree in Robotics and Automation from Centro "E Piaggio", University of Pisa, and Advanced Robotics Department (ADVR), Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy (July 2014). He is currently a tenure-track scientist and the leader of the Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI²) lab of the IIT.
He was a winner of the Amazon Research Awards 2019, the winner of the Solution Award 2019 (Premio Innovazione Robotica at MECSPE2019), the winner of the Werob best poster award 2018, winner of the KUKA Innovation Award 2018, a finalist for the best conference paper award at Humanoids 2018, a finalist for the best interactive paper award at Humanoids 2016, a finalist for the Georges Giralt PhD award 2015 (best European PhD thesis award in robotics), a finalist for the best oral presentation award at Automatica (SIDRA) 2014, the winner of the best student paper award and a finalist for the best conference paper award at ROBIO 2013, and a finalist for the best manipulation paper award at ICRA 2012.
He is the author of the book "Transferring Human Impedance Regulation Skills to Robots" in the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR), and several publications in journals, international conferences, and book chapters. He is currently serving as the executive manager of the IEEE-RAS Young Reviewers' Program (YRP), chair and representative of the IEEE-RAS Young Professionals Committee, and co-chair of the IEEE-RAS Member Services Committee. He has been serving as a member of scientific advisory committee and as an associate editor for several international journals and conferences such as IEEE RAL, Biorob, ICORR, etc. His main research interests are in physical human-robot interaction and cooperation, robotic manipulation, robust and adaptive control, assistive robotics, and tele-robotics.
For more information, please visit the HRI² laboratory's page: https://hri.iit.it
A list of Current and Past projects is available at https://hri.iit.it/projects
Recent PRESS and NEWS are available at https://hri.iit.it/news
Recent Reserach Videos are available at: https://hri.iit.it/videos
Winner of the Robotics Solution Award (Premio Innovazione Robotica) - MECSPE 2019 (Italy's largest industrial organisation)
Winner of the Amazon Research Awards 2019
Winner of the Best Conference Paper (poster category) Award - WeRob 2018
Best Conference (oral presentation category) Award Finalist - IEEE Humanoids 2018
Winner of the KUKA Innovation Award 2018 - Hannover Messe 2018
Best Interactive Paper Award Finalist - IEEE Humanoids 2016
Georges Giralt Phd Award (Best European PhD Thesis in Robotics) Finalist 2015 - ERF2015
Best Presentation Award Finalist - Automatica.it 2014
Winner of the Best Student Paper Award - IEEE ROBIO2013
Best Conference Paper Award Finalist - IEEE ROBIO2013
Best Manipulation Paper Award Finalist - IEEE/RAS ICRA 2012