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Lucia Pallottino

Associate Professor | Centro di Ricerca "E. Piaggio" & the University of Pisa

Lucia Pallottino

Associate Professor | Centro di Ricerca "E. Piaggio" & the University of Pisa


Lucia Pallottino is currently Associate Professor at the Centro di Ricerca “E. Piaggio” and the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione at the University of Pisa.  She received the “Laurea” degree in Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics in the University of Pisa in 1998. She got a Doctoral degree in Robotics and Industrial Automation at Centro “E. Piaggio” at the Faculty of Engineering, in January 2002. She has been Assistant Professor from 2007 to 2015. She has been Visiting Scholar at M.I.T. (2000-2001) in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS). She has been Visiting Researcher at UCLA, (2004) in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department (MAE).

She is (or has been):

– Deputy Director of Centro di Ricerca “E. Piaggio” (since Jan. 2017);

– Responsible of the CrossLab in Advanced Manufacturing (since March 2018);

– Co-founder of  Proxima robotics srl; – Chair of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Italian Chapter (I-RAS) (Jan. 2015- Dec. 2018);

– Associate Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (since 2017) and of the IEEE Transaction on Robotics (2014-2017).

– Principal Investigator of the ILIAD European project. – Scientific collaborator in the WALK-MAN European project.

Her main research interests within Robotics are in motion planning and control of humanoid robots and of multiple nonholonomic vehicles, optimal control of constrained systems, coordination of multi–robot vehicles, distributed algorithm for multi-vehicles management and quantised control.

She has published more than 70 papers in International Journal and Conferences (Google scholar h–index=17, Scopus h-index =15).

Finalist of the “ICRA Best Paper Award on Human-Robot Interaction” for the paper: “Deconfliction of Motion Paths with Traffic Inspired Rules in Robot-Robot and Human-Robot Interaction” by F. Celi, L. Wang, L. Pallottino, M. Egerstedt published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 2227-2234, 2019.

Receipient of the 2019 RAS Chapter of the Year Award as the Chair of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Italian Chapter, with co-chair Andrea Maria Zanchettin.

Recipient of the  “IEEE-RAS Italian Chapter Young Author Best Paper Award 2009” for the paper: L. Pallottino, V.G. Scordio, A. Bicchi, E. Frazzoli, “Decentralized cooperative policy for conflict resolution in multivehicle systems,” on IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 23 (6):1170-1183, 2007.

Top 10 Best Research Papers (2000 to 2009) in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems}: L. Pallottino, E. M. Feron, and A. Bicchi, “Conflict resolution problems for air traffic management systems solved with mixed integer programming,” IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 311, March 2002.

She has served IEEE (CASE, ICRA, IVS, IROS, ARMS, IRAM, SAC) as a Program Committee member and was a co-chair of the Technical Program Committee of CONET2012 workshop. She is also external Reviewer for research projects such as the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) in the Computer Sciences and Engineering field, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for “Discovery Grant” research projects and the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) in Brussels.