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Davide Marocco

 

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Dr Davide Marocco

  • Job title: Lecturer in Cognitive Robotics & Intelligent Systems, School of Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science & Environment)
  • Address: A322, Portland Square, Drake Circus,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
  • Telephone: +441752586281
  • Facsimile: +44 (0)1752 586300
  • Email: davide.marocco@plymouth.ac.uk


Qualifications & background

  • 2004 Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, University of Calabria
  • 1999 Laurea in Philosophy, University of Catania (110/110 cum laude)
Previous appointments

  • 2004-2007 Researcher, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome, Italy
  • 2004-2008 Part time lecturer of Artificial Intelligence Systems, Faculty of Psychology, University of Catania, Italy
  • 2006 Visiting Researcher, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • 2005 Visiting Researcher, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • 2004 Research Assistant at Laboratory of Artificial Life and Robotics, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome, Italy
  • 2003 Visiting Scholar, Centre for Neural and Adaptive Systems, School of Computing, University of Plymouth
  • 2002 Visiting Scholar, Centre for Neural and Adaptive Systems, School of Computing, University of Plymouth
  • 2001 Visiting Scholar, Institute of Robotic Systems, Department of Micro-engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1999-2000 Research Fellow, Institute of Psychology (now Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies), National Research Council, Rome, Italy
 


Teaching interests
Currently teaching module SOFT336
Cross-platform application development in C++ 


Research interests

  • Evolutionary robotics and artificial life models of behavior and cognition 
  • Embodied cognition and active perception 
  • Evolution of communication and language with evolutionary robotics and artificial life techniques 
  • Evolutionary computation, genetic algorithm and neural networks 
  • Autonomous, bio-inspired and collective Robotics 
  • Swarm intelligence 
  • Artificial life
  • Artificial intelligence
 

UoP Research group membership

Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) 
Computer Science and Informatics 
i-DAT (Institute of Digital Art & Technology) 

Grants & contracts

  • European Space Agency (ESA) – ARIADNA measure (Co-applicant) “Evolution in robotic islands”, 2009
  • TIN Marie-Curie action (Co-applicant) “RobotDoc”, 2009
  • CONACYT Mexican government scholarship (Co-applicant) “Active vision in humanoid robots”, 2009.
  • Apple Research & Technology Support Grant (Principal Investigator), “P-ARTS: Plymouth Advanced Robot Training Suite” ($ 30.000). For this grant I have been awarded of the title of Apple Laureate, 2008
 


Publications
BOOKS

Marocco, D. (2006) Artificial intelligence systems. The new models, Acireale, Bonanno Editore (in Italian).

Nolfi S., Baldassarre G., Calabretta R., Hallam J., Marocco D., Miglino O., Meyer J-A, Parisi D. (2006). From animals to animats 9: Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour, LNAI. Volume 4095. Berlin, Germany: Springer Verlag.


ELECTRONIC CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Acerbi, A., Giansante, S., Marocco, D., (2006), Proceedings of the 3nd Italian Workshop on Artificial Life, Siena.

Baldassarre, G., Marocco, D., Mirolli, M. (2005), Proceedings of the 2nd Italian Workshop on Artificial Life, Rome.


REFEREED JOURNALS

D’Ambrosio D., Filippone G., Marocco D., Spataro W.(Accepted for publication). Efficient application of GPGPU for Lava Flow Hazard Mapping. International Journal of Supercomputing, Springer Press.

Di Nuovo A., Marocco D., Di Nuovo S., Cangelosi A. (2013)  Autonomous Learning in Humanoid Robotics Through Mental Imagery, Neural Networks., vol. 41, pp. 147-155.

Iizuka H., Marocco D., Ando H., Maeda T. (2012) Experimental study on co-evolution of categorical perception and communication systems in humans, Psychological Research, vol. 2.

Stramandinoli F., Marocco D., Cangelosi A. (2012) The Grounding of Higher Order Concepts in Action and Language: a Cognitive Robotics Model,  Neural Networks, vol. 32, pp. 165-173.

Uno R., Marocco D., Nolfi S., Ikegami T. (2011). Emergence of Protosentences in artificial communicating systems, IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development, vol. 3(2), pp. 146-153.

Borghi AM., Flumini A., Cimatti F., Marocco D., Scorolli C. (2011). Manipulating objects and telling words: A study on concrete and abstract words acquisition,Frontiers in Psychology 2:15. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00015

Marocco D, , Fischer K, Belpaeme T., Cangelosi A (2010) Grounding action words in the sensorimotor interaction with the world: experiments with a simulated iCub humanoid robot. Frontiers in Neurorobotics 4:7. doi: 10.3389/fnbot.2010.00007.

Acerbi A., Marocco D., Vogt P. (2008) Social learning in embodied agents, Connection Science, 20 (2/3), pp. 69 – 72.

Acerbi A., Marocco D. (2008) Social transmission of behaviours in a population of autonomous robots (in italian), Sistemi Intelligenti, 20 (2), pp. 259 – 247.

Marocco, D., Nolfi, S. (2007), Emergence of Communication in Embodied Agents Evolved for the Ability to Solve a Collective Navigation Problem, Connection Science, 19, 53-74, Taylor & Francis.

Marocco, D. (2006), Evolutionary Robotics, Sistemi Intelligenti (guest editor of Special Issue with Baldassare, G. and Mirolli, M. – in Italian). Bologna: Il Mulino.

Baldassarre, G., Marocco D., Mirolli M. (2006) The Italian Route to Artificial Life, Sistemi Intelligenti (guest editor of Special Issue with Baldassare, G. and Mirolli, M. – in Italian). Bologna: Il Mulino.

Floreano, D., Kato, T., Marocco, D., Sauser, E., (2004), Co-evolution of Active Vision and Feature Selection, Biological Cybernetics, 90(3), 218-228, Springer-Verlag.

Marocco, D., Cangelosi, A., Nolfi, S. (2003), Evolutionary robotics experiments on the evolution of language. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London - A, 361: 2397-2421.

Nolfi, S., Marocco, D. (2002), Evolving Robots Able to Visually Discriminate Between Objects with Different Size, International Journal of Robotics and Automation, (17) 4:163-170 Acta Press.

Nolfi, S., Marocco, D. (2001), Evolving Robots Able To Integrate Sensory-Motor Information Over Time, Theory in Biosciences, 120: 1-24, Urban & Fischer Verlag.


REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Filippone G., Spataro W., D’Ambrosio D., Marocco D. (2013). An Interactive Visualization System for Lava Flows Cellular Automata Simulations using CUDA - poster of GTC 2013 (GPU Technology Conference), San Jose, California, 18-21 March, 2013.

Peniak M., Bentley B., Marocco D., Cangelosi A., Ampatzis C., Izzo D., Biscani F. (2010). An evolutionary approach to designing autonomous planetary rovers. TAROS-2010: Towards Autonomous RObotics Systems Conference, Plymouth, 2010.

M. Peniak, D. Marocco, A. Cangelosi (2009). Co-evolving controller and sensing abilities in a simulated Mars Rover explorer. IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) 2009. Trondheim, Norway.

M. Peniak, D. Marocco, S. Ramirez-Contla and A. Cangelosi (2009). An active vision system for navigating unknown environments: An evolutionary robotics approach for space research. In: Proceedings of IJCAI-09 Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Space, Pasadena, California, 2009.

Acerbi A., Marocco D. (2009) Orienting learning by exploiting sociality: an evolutionary robotics simulation, in: IJCNN 2009 Conference Proceedings, , IEEE Press, Piscataway, NJ, pp. 20 – 27.

M. Peniak, B. Bentley, D. Marocco, A. Cangelosi, C. Ampatzis, D. Izzo, F. Biscani (2010). An island-model framework for evolving neuro-controllers for planetary rover control. International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) 2010.

M. Peniak, A. Cangelosi, D.Marocco (2008). Autonomous robot exploration of unknown terrain: A preliminary model of Mars Rover robot. 10th ESA Workshop on Advanced Space Technologies for Robotics and Automation. Noordwijk, Netherlands, November.

Marocco D., Acerbi A. (2007) Adaptation and Social Facilitation in a Population of Autonomous Robots, in: Berthouze, L. et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics, Lund, LUCS, pp. 85 – 91.

Cecconi, F., Zappacosta, S., Marocco D., Acerbi A. (2007) Social and individual learning in a microeconomic framework, in: Econophysics colloquium and beyond, Università di Ancona.

Acerbi A., Marocco D., Nolfi S. (2007) Social Facilitation on the Development of Foraging Behaviors in a Population of Autonomous Robots, in: Almeida e Costa, F. et al. (Eds.), Advances in Artificial Life. Proceedings of ECAL 2007, Berlin, Springer, pp. 625 – 634.

Uno, R., Marocco, D., Nolfi, S., Ikegami, T., (2007) Transition from imperatives to declaratives in artificial communicating systems, Proceedings of the Workshop on Social Learning and Embodied Agents.

Marocco, D., Nolfi, S. (2006) Origins of Communication in Evolving Robots. In Nolfi S., Baldassarre G., Calabretta R., Hallam J., Marocco D., Miglino O., Meyer J-A, Parisi D (Eds.). From animals to animats 9: Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour, LNAI. Volume 4095. Berlin: Springer Verlag.

Marocco, D., Nolfi, S. (2006), Communication in Natural and Artificial Organisms: Experiments in Evolutionary Robotics. In C. Lyon, C.L. Nehaniv, A. Cangelosi (Eds.), Emergence of Communication and Language. London: Springer Verlag.

Marocco, D., Nolfi, S. (2006). Self-Organization of Communication in Evolving Robots, L.M. Rocha, L.S. Yaeger, M.A. Bedau , D. Floreano, R.L. Goldstone and A.Vespignani (Eds.), Artificial Life X. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. Cambridge: The MIT Press.

Marocco, D., Nolfi, S. (2006). Emergence of Communication in Teams of Embodied and Situated Agents, Cangelosi A., Smith A, Smith K. (Eds.). The Evolution of Language.. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language, Singapore: World Scientific.

Stuart, L.J., Marocco, D., Cangelosi, A., (2005), Information Visualization for Knowledge Extraction in Neural Networks. In W. Duch, J. Kacprzyk, E. Oja & S. Zadrozny (Eds.) Artificial Neural Networks: Formal Models and Their Applications - ICANN 2005. 15th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (Part II) (LNCS 3697), Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 515-520

Marocco, D., Nolfi, S. (2005), Emergence of Communication in Embodied Agents: Co-Adapting Communicative and Non-Communicative Behaviours. In A. Cangelosi et al.(eds.), Modeling language, cognition and action: Proceedings of the 9th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop. Singapore: World Scientific.

Cangelosi A., Riga T., Giolito B. & Marocco D. (2004). The Emergence of Language in Grounded Adaptive Agents and Robots. In K. Hasida & K. Nitta (eds.), New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: Joint Proceeding of the 17th and 18th Annual Conferences of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. LNCS, Springer Verlag.

Nolfi, S., Baldassarre, G., Marocco, D. (2003), The Importance of Viewing Cognition as the Result of Emergent Processes Occurring at Different Time Scales. In K. Murase & T. Asakura (Eds.) Dynamic Systems Approach for Embodiment and Sociality, International Series on Advanced Intelligence, Volume 6, Magill, Australia: Advanced Knowledge International Press. pp 43-56.

Cangelosi, A., Marocco, D., Bilotta, E., P.A., Bertacchini (2003), Studying the Evolution of Language: Simulation and Robotic Approaches, in C. Usai & M. Zanobini (Eds.), Psicologia del ciclo di vita. Scritti in onore di Maria Teresa Bozzo (in Italian).

Nolfi, S., Marocco, D. (2002), Evolving Robots Able To Integrate Sensory-Motor Information Over Time, In R., Duro, J., Santos, and M., Graña, (Eds.) Biologically Inspired Robot Behavior Engineering, Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Nolfi, S., Baldassarre, G., Marocco, D. (2002), The Importance of Viewing Cognition as the Result of Emergent Processes Occurring at Different Time Scales. In T. Asakura and K. Murase (Eds.), Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Human and Artificial Intelligence Systems. Fukui, Japan: Fukui University Press.

Marocco, D., Cangelosi, A., Nolfi, S. (2002), The Role of Social and Cognitive Factors in the Emergence of Communication: Experiments in Evolutionary Robotics, Proceedings of the EPSRC/BBSRC International Workshop "Biologically-Inspired Robotics - The Legacy of W. Grey Walter" , Bristol.

Nolfi, S., Marocco, D. (2002), Active Perception: A Sensorimotor Account of Object Categorization, In B. Hallam, D. Floreano, J. Hallam, G. Hayes and J.-A. Meyer (Eds.), From animals to animats 7 - The Seventh International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, Cambridge: The MIT Press.

Marocco, D., Floreano, D. (2002), Active Vision and Feature Selection in Evolutionary Behavioral Systems, In B. Hallam, D. Floreano, J. Hallam, G. Hayes and J.-A. Meyer (Eds.), From Animals to Animats 7 – Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, Cambridge: The MIT Press.

Nolfi, S., Marocco, D. (2000), Evolving visually-guided robots able to discriminate between different landmarks. In J-A Meyer, A. Berthoz, D. Floreano, H.L. Roitblat, and S.W. Wilson (Eds.) From Animals to Animats 6. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior. Cambridge: The MIT Press.

Marocco, D., Miglino, O., Walker, R. (2000), Do it with rhytm - how internal clocks can simplify life in artificial and biological organisms, In R. Buccheri, V. Di Gesù, M. Saniga (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Interdisciplinary Workshop on "Studies on the Structure of Time: from Physics to Psycho(patho)logy", Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.


ABSTRACTS IN CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Marocco D., Spataro W., D'Ambrosio D., Filippone G., Rongo R., Iovine G., Neri M. (2013). Morphological evolution of protective works by Genetic Algorithms: An application to Mt Etna. EGU 2013 (European Geosciences Union), Vienna, Austria, April 7-12, 2013.

M. Peniak, B. Bentley, D. Marocco, C. Ampatzis, F. Biscani, D. Izzo, A. Cangelosi (2010). Designing Autonomous Robot Controllers for Planetary Exploration: A Model of a Mars Rover. Postgraduate Conference for Computing: Applications and Theory (PCCAT). Exeter, United Kingdom, June - Best Paper Award.

Uno R., Marocco D., Nolfi S., Ikegami T (2008). "Emergence of sentence types in simulated adaptive agents", The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference (EVOLANG7). 323-330.

Marocco, D., Nolfi, S. (2005), Emergence of Communication in Mobile Robots, Proceedings of the 2nd Italian Workshop of Artificial Life, Roma (in Italian).

Cangelosi, A., Riga, T., Giolito, B. & Marocco, D. (2004), Language emergence and grounding in sensorimotor agents and robots. First International Workshop on Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication, Kanazawa.

Marocco D., Cangelosi A. (2004). Evolutionary Robotics Experiments on the Emergence of Communication. 5th International Conference on the Evolution of Language. Leipzig.

Marocco, D., Stuart E.J., Cangelosi A. (2003), Visualizing Techniques in Artificial Life: The Method of the Parallel Coordinates, Proceedings of the 1st Italian Workshop of Artificial Life, Arcavacara di Rende (CS) (in Italian).

Marocco, D., Nolfi, S. (2003), Active Perception: Sensorimotor Strategies for Objects Discrimination, Proceedings of the 1st Italian Workshop of Artificial Life, Arcavacara di Rende (CS) (in Italian).

Marocco, D., Cangelosi, A., Nolfi S. (2002), Evolving Cognitive and Communicative Abilities on Neuro-Robotic Models, Proceeding of the Italian National Congress of Experimental Psychology , Bellaria-Rimini (in Italian).

Marocco, D., Nolfi, S., Bilotta, E. (2001), Sensorimotr Strategies on Visual Discrimination of Objects with Different Sizes. A Neuro-Robotic Model, Proceeding of the Italian National Congress of Experimental Psychology, Alghero (in Italian).


THESES

Marocco, D. (1999), Artificial Life Simulations, University of Catania (in Italian).

Marocco, D. (2004), Grounding Language on Cognitive and Sensorimotor Categories. Experiments on Evolutionary Robotics, University of Calabria (in Italian).
 

Reports & invited lectures

  • University of Tokyo, talk at the “Symposium on emergence of communication system in embodied and autonomous agents”. 
  • University of Catania, Catania, Italy. Title: “Psychological models applied to cogntive science and robotics”. 
  • University of Calabria, Cosenza, Italy. Title: “Origins and evolution of comunication on autonomous robots”. 
  • University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK. Title: “Evolving behaviour in interactive embodied agents. From individual to social behaviour”.Meeting on “Artificial Life Models”, 
  • Domus Galileiana, Pisa, Italy. Title: “Creare robot attraverso l’evoluzione artificiale”. 
  • International Summer School on “Neural Network Models of Perception, Action and Embodied Knowledge”, Bologna, Italy. Title: “Neural Network Models of Language Evolution”. 
  • Meeting on “Perception, Motion, Time and Consciousness” of the 21st Century COE (Center of Excellence) Program of the Research Center for Integrated Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. Title: “Active perception: a sensorimotor account of categorization”. 
  • University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. Title: “Self-Organization of Communication in Evolving Robots”. 
  • Behavior and Dynamic Cognition Lab, Brain Science Institute, Riken, Japan. Title: “Evolution of Communication in a Team of Autonomous Robots”. 
  • University of Calabria, Rende, Italy. Title: “Co-Adaptation of Communicative and Non-Communicative Behaviours”. 
  • University of Padova, Padova, Italy. Title: “evolutionary robotics experiments in language evolution:investigating the role of cognitive, social and cultural factors”.
 

Conferences organised

  • Workshop Organizer, European Conference on Artificial Life Workshop on “Social learning in Embodied Agents” (Lisbon, September 2007)
  • Conference Organizer, 9th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (Rome, September 2006)
  • Local Organizing Committee Chair, 6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Rome, April 2006)
  • Conference Organizer, 3nd Italian Workshop of Artificial Life (Siena, September 2006)
  • Conference Organizer, 2nd Italian Workshop of Artificial Life (Rome, March 2005)
  • Local Organizing Committee member, 1st Italian Workshop of Artificial Life (Arcavacata di Rende (CS), September 2003)