Bodies, behaviors, interactions between observation and programming


Giulio Sandini is a founding Director of the Italian Institute of Technology where in 2006 he established the department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He has been full professor of bioengineering at the University of Genoa, research fellow and assistant professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and Visiting Research Associate at the Department of Neurology of the Harvard Medical School. In 1990 he founded the LIRA-Lab (Laboratory for Integrated Advanced Robotics, and in 1996 he was Visiting Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Lab of MIT.

Gabriele Sofia is a Maître de Conférences Habilité à Diriger des Recherches in Performing Arts at the Université Grenoble Alpes (Litt&Arts, UMR 5316). Ph.D in «Tecnologie digitali per la ricerca sullo spettacolo» and «Esthétique, Sciences et Technologies des Arts», he worked under the co-supervision of the Sapienza University of Rome and the Laboratoire d’Ethnoscénologie de l’Université Paris 8. Since 2006 he has been carrying out a transdisciplinary research project on the neurophysiology of the actor and the spectator. He edited and co-edited five books (one of them is Theatre and Cognitive Neurosciences, Bloomsbury, 2016), and authored two books: Le acrobazie dello spettatore. Dal teatro alle neuroscienze e ritorno (Bulzoni, 2013) and L’arte di Giovanni Grasso e le rivoluzioni teatrali di Craig e Mejerchol’d (Bulzoni, 2019). He is also a member of the editorial board of the review «Teatro e Storia».
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Antonio Camurri PhD in Computer Engineering, full professor at DIBRIS (Polytechnic School, University of Genoa), where he teaches Human Computer Interaction (MS in Computer Engineering; MS in Digital Humanities). As art influences science and technology, science and technology can in turn inspire art: recognizing this mutually beneficial relationship, his research interests combine scientific research in human-computer interaction with artistic and humanistic research, and includes non-verbal multimodal interactive systems; computational models of non-verbal full-body expressive gesture, emotion, and social signals; interactive multimodal systems for performing arts, for the active experience of cultural content, cultural wellbeing, therapy and rehabilitation, sport and edutainment. Scientific director of Casa Paganini-InfoMus (DIBRIS, University of Genoa), former member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE CS Tech. Committee on Computer Generated Music, member of the editorial boards of the Journal of New Music Research and of Plos One, and member of the ESF College of Expert Reviewers. He is member of the board of directors of Museo Palazzo Reale of Genoa. Author of over 150 scientific publications in international scientific journals and conferences. Coordinator of European funded projects in FP5 (IST MEGA), FP7 (ICT SAME, ICT FET SIEMPRE and FET SIEMPRE-INCO) and Horizon 2020 (DANCE -; FET PROACTIVE EnTimeMent, Principal Investigator in about 20 EU-funded projects and in contracts with industry and cultural institutions, co-owner of software patents. Co-director of the Joint Research Laboratory ARIEL (Augmented Rehabilitation Lab) with Giannina Gaslini Children Hospital.
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