Dr Mario Gianni
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Dr Mario Gianni

Lecturer in Robotics

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

Dr Mario Gianni is a Lecturer in Robotics at the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (SECAM), University of Plymouth (UoP), UK, since September 2017, and founder of the Autonomous Mobile Robotics in Extreme Environments (AMREE) Research Lab at SECAM.

From April 2015 to September 2017 he was Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering “A. Ruberti”, University “La Sapienza” of Rome, Italy.

His knowledge and expertise mainly focus on the design and development of models and methods combining AI, Machine Learning, Control Theory and Optimization to solve complex problems in Robotics.

Dr Mario Gianni is PI of projects granted by EPSRC (NCNR EP/R02572X/1 - FPF 18-1141) and Innovate UK (KTP011575 - AB Precision Poole) to enhance automation and situational awareness of robotic systems for radiological mapping of nuclear sites, explosive ordinance disposal and long-term blade inspections in offshore wind farms. He was also among six winners from Epson Europe’s first ever Win-A-Robot contest where, in collaboration with Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes, from the School of Art. Design and Architecture, has been awarded with three VT6L All-in-One 6-Axis robot manipulators.

Dr Mario Gianni successfully accomplished as WP leader the EU-FP7-ICT-609763 TRADR and the EU-FP7-ICT-247870 NIFTI projects deploying a team of ground and aerial robots to assess the damages to the historical buildings, churches and cultural artifacts of Amatrice and Mirandola cities in Italy, badly damaged by the earthquakes of 2012 and 2016.

Dr Mario Gianni’s research has been published in some of the most relevant journals of In-Field Robotics and targeted the major IEEE Robotic Conferences. He has also been appointed by the University of Winchester, UK, as external assessor for the Mock REF2 - Main Panel C, UOA 17 – REF2021.

He serves as peer reviewer and as committee member in several International Journals and Conferences in Robotics, including SSRR, Autonomous Robots, IROS, ICRA and the Journal of Field Robotics. He also act as reviewer of EPSRC, Innovate UK project proposals in the context of Robotics for Extreme Environments.

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Research interests

My previous research focused on Urban Search & Rescue Robotics. In this context, I designed an all-terrain 3D autonomous navigation framework for an articulated tracked robot and a framework for autonomous exploration, patrolling and coverage of rescue scenarios for a team of heterogeneous robots. Moreover, in 2012 and 2016, I participated in the deployment of ground and aerial robots to support the Italian National Fire Corp to assess the conditions of the interior and exterior of churches and buildings in Mirandola and Amatrice, in Italy, badly damaged by an earthquake.

Recently, my research moved toward the development of a framework for autonomous robotic inspection and radiological characterization of the interior of variable size, multi-path and non-planar stainless-steel pipes. My research activities are also devoted to developing enhanced automation, mobile navigation and situational awareness for remotely operated vehicles for explosive ordinance disposal.

My main interests are in pursuing efforts toward advancing the science and technology in modelling the dynamics of robotics systems also introducing the most advanced machine learning techniques, planning and control of these systems accounting for unknown and complex dynamic effects, different locomotion systems (mobile, legged, flying), resilience, dangerous environments and real deployment.

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Journals

Gianni, M. Toward Predictive Modelling for the Quality Assessment of Research Outputs in the Research Excellence Framework. International Journal of Multidisciplinary and Current Educational Research (IJMCER). Vol. 2 (5), pp. 108-112, October, 2020. ISSN: 2581-7027

Gianni, M. Uddin, M. S. Role and task allocation framework for Multi-Robot Collaboration with latent knowledge estimation. Engineering Reports. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. August 2020 DOI:10.1002/eng2.12225.

Gianni, M. Towards Expendable Robot Teaming in Extreme Environments. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research. Vol. 8, No. 6, pp. 830-838, November 2019. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.8.6.830-838

Freda, L. Gianni, M. Pirri, F. Gawel, A. Dubé, R. Siegwart, R. Cadena, C. 3D multi-robot patrolling with a two-level coordination strategy. Autonomous Robots. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s10514-018-09822-3

Freda, L. Gianni, M. Pirri, F. A Hybrid Approach for Trajectory Control Design. CoRR 2018.

Gianni, M. Nardi, F. Ferri, F. Cantucci, F. Ruiz Garcia, M. A. Pushparaj, K. and Pirri, F. MIOM:A MIxed-Initiative Operational Model in Urban Search and Rescue. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology International Journal of Computer and Information Engineering Vol:10, No:6, 2016

Gianni, M. Ruiz, M. and Pirri, F. Learning the Dynamics of Articulated Tracked Vehicles. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology International Journal of Computer and Information Engineering, Vol:10, No:6, 2016

Gianni, M. Ferri, F. Menna, M. and Pirri, F. Adaptive Robust Three-dimensional Trajectory Tracking for Actively Articulated Tracked Vehicles. Journal of Field Robotics. April 2015.

Kruijff-Korbayova, I. Colas, F. Gianni, M. Pirri, F. de Greeff, J. Hindriks, K. Neerincx, M. Ogren, P. Svoboda, T. and Wrost, R. TRADR Project: Long-Term Human-Robot Teaming for Robot Assisted Disaster Response. KI - Künstliche Intelligenz. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. February 2015.

Gianni, M. Krujiff, G.J.M. and Pirri, F. A stimulus-response framework for robot control. ACM Transaction on Interactive Intelligent Systems, January 2015.

Kruijff, G.J.M. Janicek, M. Keshavdas, S. Larochelle, B. Kruijff-Korbayova, I. Colas, F. Liu, M. Pomerleau, F. Siegwart, R. Neerincx, M.A. Looije, R Smets, N.J.J.M Mioch, T. van Diggelen, J. Gianni, M. Ferri, F. Menna, M. Pirri, F. Worst, R. Linder, T. Tretyakov, V. Surmann, H. Svoboda, T. Reinstein, M. Zimmermann, K. Petricek, T. and Hlavac, V. Designing, developing and deploying systems to support human-robot teams in disaster response. Advanced Robotics, Taylor & Francis. October 2014.

Chapters

Gianni, M. Ferri, F. and Pirri, F. ARE: Augmented Reality Environment for Mobile Robots. In Proceedings of the 14th Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, TAROS 2013. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Springer 2013. Oxford, UK 2013.

Kruijff, G.J.M. Janicek, M. Keshavdas, S. Larochelle, B. Zender, H. Smets, N. Mioch, T. Neerincx, M. Diggelen, J.V. Colas, F. Liu, M. Pomerleau, F. Siegwart, R. Hlavac, V. Svoboda, T. Petricek, T. Reinstein, M. Zimmerman, K. Pirri, F. Gianni, M. Papadakis, P. Sinha, A. Balmer, P. Tomatis, N. Wrost, R. Linder, T. Surmann, H. Tretyakov, V. Corrao, S. Pratzler-Wanczura, S. and Sulk, M. Experience in System Design for Human-Robot Teaming in Urban Search & Rescue. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Field and Service Robotics. July 2012, Matsushima, Miyagi, Japan.

Conference Papers

Jocas, M. Kurrek, P. Zoghlami, F. Gianni, M. Salehi, V. AI-based learning approach with consideration of safety criteria on example of a depalletization robot. Proceedings at the 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED2019). 2019

Caccamo, S. Parasuraman, R. Freda, L. Gianni, M. and Ogren, P. RCAMP: Resilient Communication-Aware Motion Planner and Autonomous Repair of Wireless Connectivity in Mobile Robots. Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), September 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Uddin, M. S. and Gianni, M. Long Range Robot Teleoperation System based on Internet of Things. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer and Communication Systems (ICCCS), July 11-14, 2017, Krakow, Poland.

Kruijff-Korbayova, I. Freda, L. Gianni, M. Ntouskos, V. Hlavac, V. Kubelka, V. Zimmermann, E. Surmann, H. Dulic, K. Rottner, W. and Gissi, E. Deployment of Ground and Aerial Robots in Earthquake-Struck Amatrice in Italy (brief report). In Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), Late Breaking, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dubé, R. Gawel, A. B. Freda, L. Gianni, M. Cadena Lerma, M. C. D. and Siegwart, R. 3D Localization, Mapping and Path Planning for Search and Rescue Operations. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), Late Breaking, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Gianni, M. Ruiz, M. Ferri, F. and Pirri, F. Terrain contact modeling and classification for ATVs. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Stockholm, Sweden, May 2016.

Ferri, F. Gianni, M., Menna, M. and Pirri, F. Dynamic obstacles detection and 3D map updating. In Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Hamburg, Germany, October 2015.

Menna, M. Gianni, M. Ferri, F. and Pirri, F. Real-time Autonomous 3D Navigation for Tracked Vehicles in Rescue Environments. In Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Chicago, Illinois, September 2014.

Menna, M. Gianni, M. and Pirri, F. Learning the dynamic process of inhibition and task switching in robotics cognitive control. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA). Miami, Florida, December 2013.

Cafaro, B. Gianni, M. Pirri, F. Ruiz, M. and Sinha, A. Terrain Traversability in Rescue Environments. In Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics. Linkoping, Sweden, October 2013.

Gianni, M. Gonnelli, G. Sinha, A. Menna, M. and Pirri, F. An Augmented Reality approach for trajectory planning and control of tracked vehicles in rescue environments. In Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics. Linkoping, Sweden, October 2013.

G.J.M. Kruijff, Tretyakov, V. Linder, T. Pirri, F. Gianni, M. Papadakis, P. Pizzoli, M. Sinha, A. Pianese, E. Corrao, S. Priori, F. Febrini, S. and Angeletti, S. Rescue Robots at Earthquake-Hit Mirandola, Italy: a Field Report. In Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Safety Security and Rescue Robotics. November 2012, College Station, Texas.

Papadakis, P. Gianni, M. Pizzoli, M. and Pirri, F. Constraint-free Topological Mapping and Path Planning by Maxima Detection of the Kernel Spatial Clearance Density. In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods. Vilamoura February 2012

Gianni, M. Papadakis, P. Pirri, F. Pizzoli, M. Awareness in Mixed Initiative Planning. In Proceedings of the AAAI 2011 Fall Symposium Robot-Human Team-Work in Dynamic Adverse Environment. November 2011, Arlington (VA).

Gianni, M. Papadakis, P. Pirri, F. Liu, M. Pomerleau, F. Colas, F. Zimmerman, K. Svoboda, T. Petricek, T. Kruijff, G.J.M. Zender, H. Khambhaita, H. A unified framework for planning and execution-monitoring of mobile robots. In Proceedings of the AAAI 2011 Workshop on Automated Action Planning for Autonomous Mobile Robots (PAMR), August 2011, San Francisco (CA).

H. Khambhaita, G. J. M. Kruijff, M. Mancas, M. Gianni, P. Papadakis, F. Pirri, M. Pizzoli . Help me help you: how to learn intentions, actions and plans. In Proceedings of the AAAI 2011 Spring Symposium Help Me Help You: Bridging the gaps in Human-Agent Collaboration. March 2011, Palo Alto (CA).

Other Publications

Parasuraman, R. Caccamo, S. Freda, L. Gianni, M. Ogren, P. and Byung-Cheol Min. An Approach to Recover from Communication Loss in Field Robots. In Proceedings of the RSS Workshop on Robot Communication in the Wild: Meeting the Challenges of Real-World Systems. June 2017. MIT Cambrige MA, USA.

Corrao, S. Guerrieri, T. Gianni, M. Pirri, F. and Pianese, M. Impiego futuro di unità robotiche nella valutazione di scenari incidentali di tipo USAR e CBRN: Stato dell’arte del progetto europeo "TRADR - Long Term Human-Robot Teaming for Robot Assisted Disaster”. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Valutazione e Gestione del Rischio negli Insediamenti Civili ed Industriali (VGR). Istituto Superiore Antincendi, Roma, Italy, September 2016.

Gianni, M. Pirri, F. and Ruiz, M. A. Dynamic contact sensing for articulated tracked vehicles. In Proceedings of the RSS 2015 Workshop on Learning for Visual and Tactile Interaction. Rome, Italy, July 2015.

Gianni, M. Kruijff-Korbayova, I. Worst, R. and the NIFTi Project Team. Human-robot teaming in disaster response - a user-centric approach. In Proceedings of the ICRA 2015 Workshop on Robotics & Automation Technologies for Humanitarian Applications: Where we are & Where we can be. Seattle, Washington, May 2015.

Ferri, F. Gianni, M. Menna, M. and Pirri, F. Point Cloud Segmentation and 3D Path Planning for Tracked Vehicles in Cluttered and Dynamic Environments. In Proceedings of the 3rd IROS Workshop on Robots in Clutter: Perception and Interaction in Clutter. Chicago, Illinois, September 2014.

Gianni, M. Papadakis, P. and Pirri, F. Shifting and inhibition in cognitive control. In Proceedings of the IROS 2012 Workshop on Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics, October 2012, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal.

M. Gianni, G.J.M. Kruijff, and F. Pirri. Learning cross-modal translatability: grounding speech act on visual perception. In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Learning for Human-Robot Interaction Modeling. RSS 2010, June 2010, Zaragoza (ES).