venditt.jpg Marilena Vendittelli

Dipartimento di Ingegneria informatica, automatica e gestionale Antonio Ruberti - DIAG
member of the
Robotics Laboratory

Sapienza UniversitÓ di Roma
Via Ariosto 25
, 00185 Roma, Italy

tel +39 06 77274049

Google Scholar profile
ORCID: 0000-0002-5348-0525

Bio sketch
I received the PhD in Systems Engineering in 1997 from the University of Rome "La Sapienza". From April 1997 to October 1998 I held a post-doctoral position at LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse (France), supported by two Marie Curie Research Training Grants. From 1998 to 2016 I was with DIAG, first as post-doc student and then as Assistant Professor (2001-2016). From 2017 to 2019 I was with the Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications Department as Associate Professor and in 2020 I (re)joined DIAG. During the years, I have been Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University (2005), the Courant Institute of New York University (2012), the Simons Institute at UC Berkeley (2016).

From January 2010 to December 2013 I served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. I was Registration Chair for ICRA 2007, I was part of the National Organizing Committee of the 18th IFAC World Congress and I continue to serve in the program committee of numerous international conferences, including the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). I was one of the two General Chairs of I-RIM 3D 2023, the annual scientific event of the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines.

From 2021 to 2023 I was an appointed member of the Scientific Board of the Institut des Sciences de l'Information et de leurs Interactions (CNRS Sciences Informatiques, CNRS-INS2I), a research institute of the French CNRS. I was also part of various PhD committees in Italy and abroad, a member of the Scientific Research Committee for the evaluation of Sapienza research projects (2011-2012), a member of the panels for the evaluation of European projects within the H2020 programme.

My research interests involve both control theory aspects of robotic systems and applications to the medical and service robotics fields.

I currently teach: Medical Robotics (6 CFU, MS in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, LM in Biomedical Engineering), Automatic Control (6 CFU for the Degree in Electronic Engineering and for the Degree in Communications Engineering), Modeling and Control of Multi-Rotor UAVs (3 CFU), a module of the Elective in Robotics course (12 CFU, MS in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics). I also coordinate the Higher Education course (in italian) "Tecnologie robotiche e digitali in ambito medico: sicurezza e aspetti regolatori".

Recent papers
A citation overview can be found on google scholar.

Research interests
My research interests are in the area of robot motion planning and control, with particular emphasis on nonholonomic and redundant systems, navigation and perception for mobile robots, multi-robot exploration. Recently I started playing with humanoid robots too. For a detailed description of the most recent research activities visit the Robotics Laboratory research page. Selected videos from experiments are available at the laboratory YouTube channel.


Below there is the list of courses that I teach in the Academic Year 2022/23. The link associated to each course name points to teaching material available in the Sapienza e-learning platform. You need to enrol in the course to access the learnign environment.

For information on course schedules, link to online lectures, office hours, visit:
         First semester
Elective in Robotics

Fondamenti di Automatica

Second semester

Medical Robotics

Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie robotiche e digitali in ambito medico: sicurezza e aspetti regolatori"
Robotics Laboratory Homepage