People

The CRNS includes an international group of academics, postdoc and research students from a wide range of disciplines.

The CRNS includes an international group of academics, postdoc and research students from a wide range of disciplines. This creates a highly interdisciplinary community ranging from computer science and robotics to psychology and neuroscience. 

Opportunities

The centre provides research opportunities (including MPhil/PhD where available) and welcomes visitors. For further information, please get in touch directly with the individual staff in your field of expertise.

Active core members

Associate members

External associate members

  • Professor Stefani Nolfi (PhD Node at CNR Rome)
  • Dr Amedeo Cesta (PhD Node at CNR Rome)
  • Dr Gianluca Baldassarre (PhD Node at CNR Rome)
  • Dr Nikolas Hemion (PhD Node at Aldebaran Robotics)
  • Dr Angelica Lim (PhD Node at Aldebaran Robotics)
  • Dr Nikolas Hemion (PhD Node at Aldebaran Robotics)
  • Dr Michael Garcia-Ortiz (PhD Node at Aldebaran Robotics)
  • Dr Alban Laflaquière (PhD Node at Aldebaran Robotics)
  • Dr Natalia Lyubova (PhD Node at Aldebaran Robotics)
  • Dr Ian Philips (CRNS Visiting Professor) 
  • Dr Katerina Pastra (CRNS Visiting Fellow)

Visiting/adjunct professors

  • Dr Katerina Pastra, Visiting Associate Professor (CSRI Athens)
  • Dr Murukiah Arumugam (Broadline Inc)
  • Dr Ian Phillips (ARM)
  • Professor Christian Goerick, Honda Research Institute Europe

Research fellows

  • Dr Fotios Papadopoulos
  • Dr Severin Lemaignan
  • Dr Daniel Hernandez Garcia
  • Mriganka Biswas

Visiting students and researchers

  • Emily Shunk (Us Air Force Academy)
  • Tatsuro Yamada (Waseda University)
  • Luca Surace (University of Calabria)
  • Dr Junpei (Joni) Zhong (AIST Japan)
  • ​Nicolas Cantono, 2013
  • Naveen Kuppuswamy (Zurich University), 2012
  • Giuseppe Filippone (Calabria University, Italy), 2012
  • Professor Jing Li (Xidian University, China), 2011
  • Dr Oleksandr Burylko (Kiev, Ukraine) 2011
  • Felix Njap (University of Luebeck, Germany), 2011
  • Martin Tangermann (Hochschule Lausitz, Senftenberg Germany
  • Professor Guenther Palm (Einstein University Ulm, Germany)
  • Christos Melidis (Thessaloniki University), 2012
  • Anestis Fachantidis (Thessaloniki University), 2012
  • Victor Gonzales (University Carlos III Madrid), 2012
  • Hande Ceilikkanat (METU Ankara, Turkey), 2012
  • Nicholas Hemion (Bielefeld University), 2012
  • Francesco Pugliese (Naples University Federico II), 2012
  • Martin Stoelen (University Carlos III Madrid), 2011
  • Fernando Alonso (Madrid University), 2011
  • Dr Alessandro Di Nuovo (Catania University, Italy), 2011
  • Jorge Perez (University of Amsterdam), 2011
  • Neda Hantehzadeh (Southern Illinois University, USA), 2011
  • Daniele Caligiore (Bologna University), 2010
  • Hiroyuki Iizuka (University of Osaka, Japan), 2010
  • Joris Bleys (VUB, Brussels), 2010
  • Julie Chuang Weng (NTUST Taiwan), 2010

Research collaborators

  • Professor Friedemann Pulvermueller (Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany)
  • Professor Guenter Palm (Universitat Ulm, Germany)
  • Dr Max Garagnani (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
  • Professor Sue Denham (Wotelsat, Plymouth, UK)
  • Carlos Cifuentes, Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Serge Thill, Radboud University, the Netherlands.
  • Bram Vanderborght, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
  • Maria Silvia Carderelli-Gronau, BathSpa, UK
  • Prof. Karim Djemame, University of Leeds, UK
  • Dr. Iosif Mporas, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Dr. Georgios Keramidas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) / Think Silicon S.A

Current PhD students

  • Gabriel Esteban Aguiar Noury (2017-2021)
  • Oliver Smith (2019-2022 expected)
  • Paul Smith (2016-2022 expected)
  • Marius Varga (2016- 2022 expected)
  • James Hayter (2016- 2022 expected)
  • Bahar Irfan (2016-2020 expected)
  • Mathew Walter (2019-2022 expected)
  • Bushra Al-Saadi (2016-2022 expected)
  • Muna Al-Saadi (2016-2022 expected)
  • Madeleine Bartlett (2017-2020 expected)
  • Oksana Hagen (2016-2020 expected)
  • Nicola Milano (2016-2021 expected)

Former members/students

  • Dr Guido Bugmann
  • Professor Angelo Cangelosi
  • Dr Philip Culverhouse
  • Dr Torbjorn Dahl
  • Severin Lemaignan
  • Dr Giovanni Masala
  • Dr Alan Millard
  • Dr Giorgio Metta
  • Dr Serge Thill
  • Dr Karla Stepanova (Czech Technical University, Prague)
  • Dr Akita Taniguchi (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto)
  • Dr Martin Coath
  • Dr Max Garagnani
  • Dr Michael Klein
  • Dr Julian Tilbury
  • Dr Valerio Biscione
  • Dr Giovanni Siri Carmantini
  • Rosario Tomasello
  • Dr Sam Adams
  • Dr George Terzakis
  • Dr Roy Tucker
  • Dr Vieri Giuliano Santucci (PhD node at CNR Rome)
  • Dr Frédéric Delaunay
  • Dr Kristsana Seepanomwan
  • Dr Paul Baxter
  • Dr Frank Broz
  • Dr ​Samantha Adams
  • Dr Alessandro Di Nuovo
  • Dr Beata Grzyb (Marie Curie Fellow)
  • Dr Beibei Jiang
  • Dr Anthony Morse
  • Dr Ning Wang
  • Dr Joachim De Greeff
  • Dr James Humble
  • Dr Martin Peniak
  • Dr Salomon Ramirez-Contla
  • Dr Robin Read
  • Dr Timothy Rumbell
  • Dr Marek Rucinski (Airbus)



  • Dr Francesca Stramandinoli (IIT, Genoa)
  • Dr Christopher Ford
  • Dr Abul Al-Azad
  • Emili Balaguer-Ballester
  • Dr Gleb Basalyga
  • Barry Bentley (Cambridge University)
  • Dr Davi Bugmann
  • Dr Ali - Ali
  • Ullrich Bartsch
  • Pauline Campbell
  • Faith Budge
  • Dr David Chik
  • Dr Eduardo Coutinho (Liverpool University, UK)
  • Lucy Davies
  • Dr Kameliya Dimova
  • Dr Salvador Dure Bernal
  • Kristzina Horvath-Nimmo
  • Peter Gibbons
  • ​Dr João Gomes
  • Alicja Knast
  • Floortje Klijn
  • Chris Larcombe
  • Magdalena Leshtanska
  • Dr Manuel Lopes (INRIA Bourdeaux, France)
  • Dr Zoran Macura
  • Dr Mohammad Masud
  • Dr Gianluca Massera (CNR Rome)
  • Dr Mariagiovanna Mazzapioda (University of Rome La Sapienza)
  • Cathy McCabe
  • Dr Natalia Passynkova
  • Dr Fabio Ruini
  • Dr Jared Sommerville
  • Dr Vadim Tikhanoff (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
  • Dr Jonathan Waddington
  • Dr Anna-Lisa Vollmer (Marie Curie Fellow)
  • Dr Rachel Wood