Advisory Board

Our consortium is supported externally by an ad-hoc Scientific Advisory Board of Multidisciplinary Experts from different key research areas (e.g. in AAL, Robotics management, Usability, Psychology, Sociology, Behaviour etc).

The tasks of this advisory board are the following:

  • Support the definition user requirement and technical specification
  • Evaluate how effective innovation management will be addressed
  • Evaluate in a multidisciplinary way the project results and achievement of Research Objectives


hagitaNorihiro Hagita

Dr. Norihiro Hagita is Board Director of ATR and ATR Fellow, director of Social Media Research Laboratory Group and Intelligent Robotics and Communication laboratories. He is visiting professors of Nara Institute of Science and Technology(NAIST), Osaka University and Kobe University, and serves as the project leader of Osaka Innovation Hub promoting startups. His major interest is cloud networked robotics, human-robot interaction, ambient intelligence, etc.

NicoleMirnig3x2Nicole Mirnig

Nicole Mirnig is working as a PhD Research Fellow at the Center for Human-Computer Interaction. She holds a Master’s Degree (2011) in Communication Studies from the University of Salzburg, Austria. She was engaged in the EU-project IURO (Interactive Urban Robot), focusing on improving human-robot interaction by the means of adequate feedback strategies. In 2013/2014, she spent nine months as a visiting researcher at the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research in Singapore, deepening her research in robot feedback. Nicole’s research focus lies in communication strategies for human-robot cooperation, taking into account different feedback modalities.

NeiraJose Neira

Full professor at the Computer Science and Systems Engineering dept., Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.  José has published more than 50 books, journal papers and conference papers on the subject of environment modelling for autonomous robots. He is one of the top 5% most cited researchers in robotics worldwide, according to Google Scholar, his work has received more than 4,500 citations.  José has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and has been invited editor for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, the Journal of Field Robotics, Autonomous Robots, and the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. José has been involved in the organization of many other scientific events, including Robotics: Science and System (RSS), the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), and the Conference on Artificial Intelligence of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).   José also is also involved as expert in the evaluation of FP7 and H2020 Research and Innovation programs of the European Commission, as well as the European Research Council grants programs.

PaduaLuca Padua

Luca Padua is an Italian neurologist and currently he is a Scientific Cordinator of Neuroscience Pole at Policlinico Agostino Gemelli (Rome, Italy) and Researcher in the Department of Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Rome, Italy). He is also member of the Board of Directors of the SINC (Società Italiana di Neurofisiologia Clinca) and member of the Board of Directors of the ASNP (Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Sistema nervosa Periferico). He took part at the organization of several TELETHON Clinical Grants.

StorkWilhelm Stork

Prof.  Wilhelm Stork studied Physics at the Universities of Munich and Erlangen. He did his Ph.D. in optical communication networks. In 1994 he joined Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Currently he is head of the Institute for Information Processing Technologies at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies. In 2005 he was also appointed as a scientific director at Research Center for Information Processing (FZI).  His research interests include any sensing technologies currently with main application areas at health care and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). Other  topics are  (wireless) sensor networks and optical sensors for industrial automation.

Jane Vincent 2013Jane Vincent

Jane Vincent researches information and communications technology users of all ages and in particular the close relationship people have with their smartphones and personalised digital devices. Jane holds Visiting Fellow positions at the LSE, where she studies young people’s use of mobile internet, and with University of Surrey’s Digital World Research Centre   participating in international projects including COST Action IS1402 on Ageism – a multinational interdisciplinary approach. She publishes widely and is lead editor of ‘Social Robots from a Human Perspective’ (2015) Springer.