Lorenzo Rosasco is full professor at the DIBRIS Department at the University of Genoa, a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and external collaborator at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. He received his PhD from the University of Genoa in 2006 and has been visiting student at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago and at the Center for Biological and Computational Learning at MIT. He held a research scientist position at MIT between 2006 and 2009. He is the principal investigator of the Laboratory for Computational and Statistical Learning and a coordinator of the Machine Learning center of the University of Genova (MaLGa). In 2019 he obtained the ERC consolidator grant “Efficient algorithms for sustainable machine learning”. His research focuses on studying theory and algorithms for machine learning. He is known for his foundational work in machine learning as well as the development of sound large scale machine learning algorithms. He authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in international journals.
Agnieszka Wykowska is PI of the Social Cognition in Human-Robot Interaction (S4HRI) research line at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genova. She is also affiliated with the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden as adjunct professor in Engineering Psychology and with University of Manchester as Visiting Professor. She obtained PhD in Psychology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (LMU) in 2008. Her background is cognitive neuroscience (M.Sc. in neuro-cognitive psychology, LMU, 2006) and philosophy (M.A. in philosophy, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland, 2001). In 2016 she has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant “Intentional Stance for Social Attunement”: InStance Her research focuses on social cognitive neuroscience and human-robot interaction. She uses behavioral measures (eyetracking, psychophysics) and EEG in HRI research. She is Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Social Robotics and an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology (section Cognition). She is Core Member of the Ellis Society (European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems) and a Board Member of the Association of ERC Grantees (AERG). She has served as guest (co-)editor of a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B titled “From social brains to social robots: Applying neurocognitive insights to human-robot interaction (2018/2019), and she repeatedly serves as Program Committee member for various conferences, such as “International Conference on Social Robotics”, or “Human-Robot Interaction”.