Alessandro De Luca

Elective in Robotics/ Control Problems in Robotics
(coordinator Prof. Marilena Vendittelli)
Module of

Physical Human-Robot Interaction

Prof. Alessandro De Luca
Dipartimento di Ingegneria informatica, automatica e gestionale Antonio Ruberti (DIAG)
Sapienza Università di Roma
Via Ariosto 25, 00185 Roma, Italy
office: A-210
tel: +39 06 77274 052
email: deluca [at] diag [dot] uniroma1 [dot] it


Academic year 2021-22 (second semester)

NOTICE FOR 2021-22. NEW MODULE: PAGE IN PRERARATION! This 3-credit module replaces from academic year 2021-22 the module on Locomotion and Haptic Interfaces.

Material for this module
Google group
How to complete the credits for this module
Booking of exams

Aims: This module treats the physical aspects of Human-Robot Interaction (pHRI), ranging from close coexistence in the same workspace to active collaboration with exchange of forces on shared tasks, with special emphasis on safety and control issues. It summarizes also the research results obtained over the years by our Robotics group within three European projects: FP6 PHRIENDS (2006-09), FP7 SAPHARI (2011-2015), and H2020 SYMPLEXITY (2015-18). See also the YouTube channel Physical human-robot interaction.

Detailed contents: tbd

Prerequisites: This module has no strict prerequisites. However, it is strongly recommended to have acquaintance with the basic topics of Robotics 1 and Robotics 2.

ECTS credits for this module: 3 credits (out of 12 or 6 credits, respectively for Elective in Robotics or Control Problems in Robotics)

Lectures for this module

Period: first part of second semester (February - April 2022; 4 to 6 weeks)
Begin: tbd
End: tbd

Schedule: [in progress]

Distribution of students according to the course of study:

2021-22: tbd

Material for this module

Teaching material (Videorecordings of the lectures, PDF of the slides, video clips, technical papers, etc.) will be available in this page.

Google group

A Google group will been created in 2021-22 to post questions about the content of the lectures, exchange information and discuss the topics of the module in general. New registrations are not accepted after the end of the lectures.

URL: tbd
Email: tbd
Access: Restricted to Sapienza students only. Please request admission at the URL using ONLY your institutional email address @studenti.uniroma1.it. When applying be sure to enter i) your first and last name as "Display Name", and ii) your Master program [Control Engineering (MCER) or AI & Robotics (MARR)], the course in your study plan [Control Problems in Robotics (CPR) or Elective in Robotics (EiR)] and any other useful information about your current status, as "Reason for joining".

How to complete the credits for this module

Students who have attended (in the classroom and/or remotely) at least 2/3 of the lectures can pass this module by either giving a presentation with slides on a certain topic (based on technical papers) or developing a short project (in general, involving simulations or experiments). Work can be done alone or in groups, typically by two students for presentations and three students for short projects. Presentations and projects should be completed as early as possible, but no later than by the end of December (of the solar year of attendance).

Note that in order to obtain the 12 credits of Elective in Robotics, it is necessary to complete all four modules (each of 3 credits). Altogether, each student should give two (2) presentations and complete two (2) short projects. For more details, see the main page of Elective in Robotics.

Similarly, in order to obtain the 6 credits of Control Problems in Robotics, each student has to complete two modules (each of 3 credits), giving one presentation and one short project. For more details, see the main page of Control Problems in Robotics.

Booking of exams

Please check the information in the main page of the Elective in Robotics or Control Problems in Robotics courses. In order to get the final grade you only need one registration. Book the exam when you have acquired the credits of all modules.

Last update: September 17, 2021