Industrial, mobile, cooperative, and service robotics


This research area pursues methodological and applicative advancements in the broad field of robotics. The main focus is in modeling, optimization, and control of single- and multi-robot systems. Applications are in industrial and service robotics, but also in the emerging fields of mobile and cooperative robotics.

Mobile and cooperative robotics are two emerging fields that are transforming the way we think about robotics. Mobile robotics focuses on the development of robots that can move autonomously in complex environments, such as outdoor areas, warehouses, and hospitals. These robots are equipped with sensors, cameras, and navigation systems that enable them to map their surroundings and avoid obstacles.
Cooperative robotics, on the other hand, focuses on the development of robots that can work together to accomplish tasks. These robots can communicate with each other, share information, and coordinate their actions to achieve a common goal. Cooperative robots have applications in manufacturing, construction, and search and rescue operations.
Mobile and cooperative robotics are interdisciplinary fields that require expertise in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and artificial intelligence.

Traditional modeling and control strategies are blended with novel paradigms based on artificial intelligence and data science, toward efficient and robust control systems that preserve some guarantees in performance and interpretability of the control action. Network theory is leveraged in combination with kinodynamics knowledge toward the realization of complex robotics fleet management and coordination, path planning, and task assignment strategies. A particular attention is posed on human-robot interaction and the social acceptability of robots in the execution of service tasks.

ERC sectors 

  • PE6_7 Artificial intelligence, intelligent systems, natural language processing
  • PE6_11 Machine learning, statistical data processing and applications using signal processing (e.g. speech, image, video)
  • PE7_1 Control engineering
  • PE7_3 Simulation engineering and modelling
  • PE7_8 Networks, e.g. communication networks and nodes, Internet of Things, sensor networks, networks of robots
  • PE7_9 Man-machine interfaces
  • PE7_10 Robotics
  • PE1_20 Control theory, optimisation and operational research
  • PE6_7 Artificial intelligence, intelligent systems, natural language processing
  • PE8_4 Computational engineering



  • Industrial robotics
  • Mobile robotics
  • Cooperative robotics
  • Service robotics
  • Swarm robotics
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Multi-robot systems