Miss Ioanna Giorgi

Miss Ioanna Giorgi

Research Fellow in Robotics and Computational Intelligence

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



IOANNA GIORGI received her PhD Degree in Computer Science at the University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K., in 2022. She holds an MSc and BSc (Hons) in Telecommunication Engineering.

Dr. Giorgi specialises in brain-inspired architectures to explore the role of human language in high-level cognitive modelling in robotics. She joined the University of Plymouth first through a Research Placement on natural-language-facilitated cognitive and robotic architectures, at the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS), in 2018 and, next, as a Research Fellow in Computational Intelligence (CI) and Robotics in 2021 in the EU Interreg 2 Seas Mers Zeeën “AGE Independently” (AGE’IN) Project.


PhD in Computer Science

Roles on external bodies

Visiting Research Fellow in Computational Intelligence and Robotics at the School of Computing, University of Kent (UK).



Teaching interests


Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in Cognitive Robotics, Master Project and Mobile Systems at the Department of Computer Science, The University of Manchester.

Demonstrator in Security & Computer Networks, Wireless Technology and Network Programming at the School of Engineering, Computing, and Mathematics, the University of Plymouth.



Research interests

Brain-inspired cognitive architectures

Cognitive and developmental robotics

Human-language-facilitated neuro-robotics

Multilingual cognition

Human-robot interaction (HRI)

Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Understanding (NLU)





Giorgi, I., Tirotto, F., Hagen, O., Aider, F., Gianni, M., Palomino, M., and Masala, GL., 2022.  "Friendly But Faulty: A Pilot Study on the Perceived Trust of Older Adults in a Social Robot," in IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 92084-92096, 2022, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3202942.

Giorgi, I., Cangelosi, A., Masala, G.L., 2021. Learning Actions from Natural Language Instructions Using an ON-World Embodied Cognitive Architecture. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 15, p.48.

Giorgi, I., Golosio, B., Esposito, M., Cangelosi, A. and Masala, G.L., 2020. Modelling multiple language learning in a developmental cognitive architecture. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems.


Co-author of Chapter 9, Robotica dello sviluppo ed interazione uomo-robot. La Società dei Robot. Edition MONDADORI. 2022 (In Press).

Conference Papers

Palomino, M.A., Allen, R., Aider, F., Tirotto, F., Giorgi, I., Alexander H., and Masala, G.L., The Mood of the Silver Economy: A Data Science Analysis of the Mood States of Older Adults and the Implications on their Wellbeing. In Maria Ganzha, and Marcin Paprzycki, editors, Proceedings of the 17th Conference on Computer Science and Intelligent Systems, Sofia, Bulgaria, September 2022 (In Press).

Giorgi, I., Cangelosi, A. and Masala, G.L., 2020. A bilingual cognitive robot that learns like a toddler. In 2020 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI) (pp. 427-434). IEEE.

Giorgi, I., Watson, C., Pratt, C. and Masala, G.L., 2021. Designing robot verbal and nonverbal interactions in socially assistive domain for quality ageing in place. In Human Centred Intelligent Systems (pp. 255-265). Springer, Singapore.

Giorgi, I, Golosio, B, Cangelosi, A & Masala, G 2018, Annabell, a cognitive system able to learn different languages. in H Fujita & E Herrera-Viedna (eds), New Trends in Intelligent Software Methodologies, Tools and Techniques. vol. 303, IOS Press, International Conference on Intelligent Software Methodologies, Tools, and Techniques, Granada, Spain, https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-900-3-992. BEST PAPER AWARD



Reports & invited lectures

Invited Talk on Bilingual and Personalised Robot Companions, at the Summer School in Cloud and Service Robots, H2020 PERSEO ETN Project, Palma, Spain, September 20 – 22, 2022.

Conferences organised

Technical member in The International Workshop on Cognitive and Neural Systems in conjunction with The Sixth IEEE International Conference on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security (Event), 22 Sep 2019 - 25 Sep 2019

Other academic activities

Speaker at the International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition, 7th Edition, AIC19, ANNABELL, a cognitive neuroscience-inspired system able to talk in multiple languages, Manchester, UK, 10 Sep 2019 - 11 Sep 2019

Speaker at the 2nd Advanced Course on Data Science and Machine Learning, ACDL 2019, ANNABELL integrated on iCub: towards a grounded multi-language system, Siena, Tuscany, 15 Jul 2019 – 19 Jul 2019

Speaker at Advances in Data Science, 2019 ANNABELL integrated in iCub: towards a grounded multi language system., University of Manchester, Manchester, 20-21 May 2019.

Additional information

Mother tongue(s): Greek, Albanian (Bilingual Proficiency)

Other languages: English – Full Professional Proficiency, Italian – Full Professional Proficiency, French – Elementary Proficiency, Spanish – Limited Working Proficiency


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