Antonio Andriella

Researcher Scientist @

Pal Robotics

Last update: 10 April 2023

I’m a Research Scientist at Pal Robotics awarded with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie cofund fellowship in the H2020 project PRO-CARED (no.801342) which aims at designing social robots with proactive personalised behaviour during long-lasting interactions. I received my PhD with a thesis entitled “Personalising robot assistance for cognitive training therapy” from the IRII under the supervision of Dr. Guillem Alenyà and Prof. Carme Torras. I was an Early Stage Researcher in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) project called SOCRATES, which focused on Quality of Interaction in Eldercare. Prior to IRII, I worked at Cogisen as Artificial Intelligence lead. I was a visiting student at the University of Naples (2021) and University of Hamburg (2018-19). I’m currently visiting researcher at the University of Naples Federico II under the supervision of Prof. Silvia Rossi.

My main research interests are in the areas of human-robot interaction (HRI) and human-centered design technologies. My work focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating interactive social systems that can be personalised and that can adapt to their users over short-term and long-term interactions, based on individual’s unique needs and goals. I’ve organised workshops on topics realated to trust, ai, ethics and personalisation at HRI, RO-MAN and ICSR conferecences. I’ve served as guest editor of several special issues of journals such as International Journal of Social Robotics, Paladyn Journal of Behaviour and Interaction Studies and as associate editor at IROS and ROMAN.


  • Human-Centered Robotics
  • Socially Assistive Robotics
  • Short- and Long-term Personalisation
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Automated Planning
  • Experimental Design
  • Proactive Behaviour
  • Mental Models


  • PhD in Control, Robotics and Vision, 2022

    Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial, CSIC-UPC

  • MEng in Artificial Intelligence, 2009

    Sapienza, University of Rome

  • BSc in Computer Engineering, 2006

    Sapienza, University of Rome

Latest News

Mar 2023
I’m very humbled to be the recipient of the George Giralt PhD Award for my thesis entitled “Personalising robot assistance for cognitive training therapy”.

Mar 2023
Our workshop WARN: Weighting the benefits of Autonomous Robot persoNalization has been accepted at RO-MAN 2023

Jan 2023
Our work Social robot-delivered customer-facing services: an assessment of the experience has been published in the Service Industries Journal

Dec 2022
I’m very happy to be the recipient of the 2022 AIHUB.CSIC prize for the best AI PhD Thesis by the AI Hub of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Dec 2022
Our work Implications of Robot Backchannelling in Cognitive Therapy has been presented at ICSR 2022



Researcher Scientist

Pal Robotics

Feb 2022 – Present Barcelona, ESP
Marie Curie fellow in the EU PRO-CARED project funded by the H2020 Program and Acció. The aim of the project is to develop social robots to help children and adults learn a second language, focusing primarily on people arriving from foreign countries. Language learning is the first obvious barrier to the integration of this population and their adaptation to different cultures. I focus on designing and developing mechanisms for personal robots to proactively interact with students providing them with adaptive and personalised assistance in an educational context.

Researcher and PhD Student

Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial

Mar 2017 – Feb 2022 Barcelona, ESP
Designed and developed a fully autonomous personalised-robot assisted cognitive training for patients affected by cognitive impairment. Tacked personalisation by designing robots that are both adaptable and adaptive. Adaptable in such a manner as to enable therapists to set them up and customise their high-level behaviour. Adaptive in such a manner that they can tailor their intervention to suit the individual’s unique needs as they evolve through time. Developed a novel framework called aCtive leARning agEnt aSsiStive bEhaviouR (CARESSER) which enables therapists to customise the robot’s assistive behaviour (adaptable) and allows the robot to learn in situ personalised patient-specific policies (adaptive) in a fully autonomous fashion. Evaluation of the robotic system in a healthcare centre with 22 patients affected my mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia.

Artificial Intelligence Lead


Jan 2012 – Oct 2016 Rome, IT
Worked on developing a set of machine learning algorithms aiming to go beyond the current limitations. The algorithms had been used for gaze tracking technology with RGB cameras as well as for image and video compression. The platform I worked on, allowed for the quick creation of models to capture and follow specific sparse changes of information in the frequency domain.

Artificial Intelligence Expert


Jan 2010 – Jan 2012 Rome, IT
Worked on the first gaze tracking solution for an F1 simulator at Ferrari. Furthermore, developed a silhouette detection pipeline for a kart simulator for a Ferrari Driver Academy pilot.

Artificial Intelligence Consultant


Jul 2009 – Jan 2010 Rome, IT
Analysed and evaluated the opportunity to introduce artificial intelligence into the automotive market.

MEng in Artificial Intelligence

La Sapienza, University of Rome

Jan 2007 – Mar 2009 Rome, IT
Studied the generation of rational behaviors through the planning of actions for teams of robots that follow different objectives. The thesis work consisted of three different activities: i) formalize the domain in Situation Calculus, ii) formulate an approach to find a solution that takes into account both the cooperative aspect of the team as well as the conflict situations, iii) validate the proposed approach in a rescue scenario.

BSc in Computer Engineering

La Sapienza, University of Rome

Sep 2003 – Dec 2006 Rome, IT
Analysis and evaluation of the object recognition algorithm, SIFT.