March 9, 2018

Antonio Andriella

Topic: Robot personalisation (ESR 9)



Supervisors: Dr. Guillem Alenyà and Prof. Carme Torras

Short Bio

Antonio Andriella is a PhD student at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, working at Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC. His focus is on Robot Personalisation in Eldercare.

The goal of his research is to endow robots with the ability to assist people. Socially Assistive Robotics can address the healthcare crisis originating from both the shortage of formal caregivers and a growing population of older adults in need of tailored assistance. In particular, his work focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating interactive social systems that personalize and adapt to their users over short-term and long-term interaction, based on individual needs and goals.

Through his work, he aims to empower caregivers, providing them with a tool to increase the effectiveness of their therapies. He believes in the future, robotic systems will be able to take over repetitive tasks such as cognitive and physical training, leaving time for therapists to focus on activities that better leverage their medical skills.


Andriella, A., Torras, C. and Alenyà, G. (2020). Cognitive System Framework for Brain-Training Exercise Based on Human-Robot Interaction, Cognitive Computation.

Andriella, A., Torras, C. and Alenyà, G. (2019). Short-Term Human-Robot Interaction Adaptability in Real-World Environments. International Journal Of Social Robotics.

Andriella, A., Suárez, A., Segovia, J., Torras, C. and Alenyà, G. (2019). Natural Teaching of Robot-assisted Rearranging Exercises for Cognitive Training. Accepted at the 11th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR19), Madrid, Spain.

Andriella, A., Torras, C. and Alenyà, G. (2019). Learning Robot Policies Using a High-level Abstraction Persona-behaviour Simulator. Accepted at the 28th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN19), New Delhi, India. 10.1109/RO-MAN46459.2019.8956357

Andriella, A., Lobo, J., Torras, C. and Alenyà, G. (2019). Robot interaction adaptation for Healthcare Assistance. 2019 Workshop on Artificial Intelligence & Robotics in Service Interactions, 2019, Zaragoza, pp. 159-172

Andriella, A., Alenyà, G., Hernández-Farigola, J. and Torras, C. (2018). Deciding the Different Robot Roles for Patient Cognitive Training. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS), volume 117, pages 20–29.