About Us

GRAAL stands for Genoa Robotics and Automation Laboratory, and it is located at DIBRIS, Department of Computer Science, Bioengineering, Robotics, and System Engineering. Our department is part of the Polytechnic School of the University of Genova.

Our main research areas are marine robotics, cooperative control, embedded control systems and real time control architectures.

University of Genova is also part of the Interuniversity Center on Integrated Systems for the Marine Environment (ISME), and all the activities on marine robotics are carried out in close cooperation with other ISME laboratories. Facilities for experimental robotics, hardware and real-time software design, and simulation offer a complete support for all the research areas.

Undergraduate students may join the laboratory for stages and for their Bachelor or Master Thesis work. This is a very important opportunity for students to participate to the ongoing research activities.

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GRAAL Team

Enrico Simetti
Enrico Simetti
Director

Enrico Simetti received the M.S. degree cum laude in Computer Engineering from University of Genova in 2008. Afterwards, he worked as research assistant at the Department of Communication, Computer and System Science (DIST) of the University of Genova. He received the Ph.D. in Mathematical and Simulation Engineering in 2012. From 2008, he has done teaching support activities within DIST.

He is currently an Assistant Professor at DIBRIS, teaching the course of "Automation Systems" in the Mechanical Engineering course.

His main interests of research are focused on the development of control systems and coordination algorithms for robotic platforms. In particular, he is interested in ground vehicles, marine surface vehicles, underwater vehicles and industrial manipulators. He is also involved in the development of a surface vehicle prototype for securitiy and surveillance applications. In the last few years, he developed strong skills in real time software development and in the development of embedded system software. He is currently co-author and supervisor of most of the software developed in the Research Unit he is part of.

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Francesco Wanderlingh
Francesco Wanderlingh
Researcher

Francesco Norberto Wanderlingh received the B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Messina in 2012, and the M.S. double degree in Robotics Engineering from the University of Genoa and from the Warsaw Institute of Technology in 2014, within the European Master in Advanced Robotics (EMARO) programme.

He is currently a Ph.D. student in Robotics at the Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and System Engineering (DIBRIS) of the University of Genoa, on the topic "Smart Manufacturing 2020".

His main research interest are the design of multi-agent robotics systems for intervention and human-robot collaboration with main focus on the algorithm design phase and software developement aspect. He has also been involved in projects dealing with smartphone's sensor based Human Activity Recognition for elderly care.

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Giuseppe Casalino
Giuseppe Casalino
Former Director

Prof. Giuseppe Casalino is currently full professor at DIBRIS, University of Genova, holding the chair of "Industrial Robotics" and also teaching the course of "Automatic Control". Previous positions covered were at University of Pisa (full. prof., chair of "Industrial Robotics"), University of Calabria (full. prof., chair of "Automatic Control") and originally at university of Genova (associate prof. of "Multivariable Control Theory" and "Industrial Robotics").

His research activities are in the field of Robotics and Automation, with special interests devoted to all the aspects involving planning, motion and interaction control problems within sensorized multirobot structures. Particular applicative interests are directed toward the fields of Underwater and Space Robotics.

Within DIBRIS, he is currently the head of the Laboratory of Robotics and Automation. He is also the Director of the Interuniversity Center on Integrated Systems for the Marine Environment (ISME), and also Director of the research laboratories of the Ligurian Technological District on Integrated Intelligent Systems (SIIT).

He is, and has been, the responsible scientist of many EEC funded collaborative research projects and many of MURST, CNR, ENEA and ASI Nationally funded research projects, all in the field of robotics and automation. He is the author of more then hundred papers on the subject, published on international journal and conferences.

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Giovanni Indiveri
Giovanni Indiveri
Director

Giovanni Indiveri is Associate Professor, since 2011, in Systems and Control Engineering. He holds a Laurea degree in Physics since 1995 and a Dottorato di Ricerca (Ph.D.) in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science since 1998 (both from the University of Genova, Italy). From 1999 to 2001 he was a post-doc Researcher at the Fraunhofer (formerly GMD) Institute for Intelligent Autonomous Systems FhG - AiS of Sankt Augustin, Germany. From December 2001 to January 2011 he was Ricercatore (Assistant Professor) at the University of Salento. He is currently member of the IFAC Technical Committees 7.2 Marine Systems and 7.5 Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles of which he was Chair in the triennium 2009 - 2011. He is the Scientific Responsible of the University of Salento Research Unit of the Interuniversity Centre of Integrated Systems for the Marine Environment (ISME) since 2007.
His research interests are in the area of autonomous robotics and, in particular, of navigation, guidance and motion control for marine and underactuated robots. Specific research topics include modeling and identification of marine robots, pose regulation, trajectory tracking and path following for underactuated kinematic robot models, marine robot navigation, outlier robust parameter identification and state estimation. He has published over 100 papers in international journals and conferences proceedings on these subjects.

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