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I am a lead researcher in Control, AI & Robotics at the Autonomous Robotics Research Centre (ARRC) at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII). The TII is a brand new research institute in Adu Dhabi (UAE). Formerly, I was a senior research fellow at the Extreme Robotics Lab, University of Birmingham (UK) and lecturer in AI at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham (UK).


My main research interest is in mapping perception into actions to model intelligent behaviours for next-gen AI systems. I am a trained scientist in AI, robotics, ML and computational vision. Proficient experience in leading and supervise high-quality research and science communicator. I am also a Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Neurorobotics, and a member of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Expert Group.


Further info:


Download my cv here. In the other tabs more details on my research interests, my latest achivements, and my publication list.


PhD positions are available @TII-ARRC in Abu Dhabi (UAE) for students interested in the following areas:

1. robot manipulation & grasping;

2. sensory fusion, navigation, & mapping;

3. human-robot interface, telepresence, intelligent teleoperation, & semi-autonomous robotics.


To apply for a PhD position @TII-ARRC email your CV to me (Claudio [dot] Zito [at] tii [dot] ae).


PhD Students
  • Laura Ferrante. CDT University of Birmingham.

  • Jonas Eschmann. TII-ARRC & Technische Universität Darmstadt.


Grants & Awards
  • Finalist Best Paper Award, ICORR 2019 (Karoline Heiwolt).

  • Birmingham International Engagement Fund (BIEF),
    Travel Grant for UoB & Waseda University Collaboration, Nov 2018.

  • Paul & Yuanbi Ramsay Research Fund, May 2018.

  • College Best Paper Awards, UoB, Feb 2018. [link]

  • Conference and Travel Awards.

  • Paul & Yuanbi Ramsay Research Fund, Dec 2017 

  • University of Birmingham, "Phd-led seminar funding".

  • Guarantor of Brain, "Support for short meetings & conferences".

  • Guarantor of Brain,"Support for short meetings & conferences".   

  • UK Research Council, "Roberts Skills Training Fund".   

  • EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, "Vulcanus in Japan".


Research Projects             
  • Work-package leader in EPSRC grant for Autonomous Robotics in Hazardous Environments, FEFE 18455 RRAH/RRAD, £700k.

  • Researcher in the European Robotic Challenge (EuRoC ), FP7-ICT-608849, €170k.

  • Work-package co-leader in PaCMan, FP7-2011-9-IST-600918, €1,452k

  • Doctoral Researcher in GeRT, FP7-2009-IST-248273, €908k

  • Researcher in EPSRC grant for research on Modelling Human's Grasping Strategies under Object-Pose Uncertainty, £20k.  


Invited speaker / Seminar / Dissemination   


MSc Students & Projects
  • T. Faycal & V. Mizaridis. Optimal Action Selection in RL Agents.

  • K. Heiwolt. Failure Detection for EMG Controlled Prosthetics.

  • A. Barsky. Multisensory Learning Framework for Robot Drumming.

  • C. Solari & T. Deregowski. AI Dexterous Grasp Assistant for Teleoperated Robotics

  • T. Brereton, & E. Davis & M. Ghazanfar. Mastering Match-3 Puzzle with Deep Learning.

  • J. Stuber. Two-Level Push-MDP: Learning Policies for Autonomous Mobile Robots.

  • D. Hill. Developing a Torque Based Model Of Control Using Reinforcement Learning.

  • V. Raman & R. Bansi & I. Lei. Web-Based Educational Tools to Develop the Understanding of AI Concepts.

  • X. Xue.  Developing a Graphical Tool for Teaching AI Searching Algorithms.


Scientific Journals/Conferences Reviewer

AURO, CASE, Humanoids, ICRA, IROS, JIST, Taros, ICORR, ISRR, RSS, Frontiers AI & Robotics.


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