DAUSY PhD research program

DAUSY PhD research program

The National Ph.D. Program in Autonomous Systems

📣 OPEN POSITION 📣 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗣𝗵𝗗 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 [𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽]

3 years fully paid Scholarship – Industrial PhD in Causal machine learning 


  • 3 years fully paid scholarship
  • 12 months of industrial experience in a leading company
  • 6 months study and research at Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany)
  • 12K Euros extra funding for personal support
  • Deadline for application: September 12, 2022
  • Starting date: November 1, 2022


The Altair Robotics Laboratory at the University of Verona invites applicants from aspiring Ph.D. students with a focus on algorithms for machine learning and causal inference.

The project is entitled “Causal representation learning for time series monitoring in continuous food manufacturing processes”.

The goal is to implement causal machine learning techniques to control and optimize continuous manufacturing productions within a plant-wise approach.

The candidate will be supervised by Professor Paolo Fiorini and co-supervised by Diego Dall’Alba.



The candidate should be highly motivated and interested in undertaking innovative and challenging research activities involving both theoretical analysis and experimental validation, in strong connection with an Italian company, specialized in processed food manufacturing, which will be the final user of the applications.

Technical and soft skills are strongly required to meet, during the research, a continuous trade-off between industrial needs and research challenges.



Applicants must hold a master’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering, with a good background in design, analysis, and implementation of ML algorithms or areas related to data driven modeling. Solid statistical and coding skills are necessary. Proficiency in both spoken and written English is required.



This scholarship is part of the National Doctoral program (Ph.D.) in AUtonomous SYstems (DAUSY) (Scholarship n°33).

The grant provides, in addition to the monthly salary, funding for a research period abroad of 6 months with the prestigious Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) and a year of industrial experience with the Mafin S.r.l. company (Padova, Italy), a European leader in snack pellet production with the possibility of employment at the end of studies.

The Ph.D. student will have at his/her/their disposal 12.000 Euros extra funds for the personal support (purchase of materials, participation in training events, etc.).



In order to enroll in the Ph.D. program, candidates must pass a public competition regulated by a specific Call for Applications. Info here http://dausy.poliba.it/phd/application/






HSMR 2022

HSMR 2022

We are glad to announce our contribution to the annual Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics from 26th – 29th June 2022 at the Royal Geographical Society, London UK.

The annual symposium is the highlight event of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, at Imperial College London. It provides a forum for international surgeons and engineers to network and share the latest developments in medical robotics, attracting world-leading scientists, engineers and clinical practitioners from a wide range of disciplines associated with medical robotics and surgery.

26th June 2022, 08.00 with Paolo Fiorini

Workshop on Low cost Medical and Surgical Robotics

In this workshop we want to explore the difficulties and the benefits of developing low cost medical robotic devices that can guarantee top performance at a fraction of the cost of current devices. 

> link here

26th June 2022, 08.00 with Diego Dall’Alba 

Workshop on Sensing and biophotonics for surgical robotics and in vivo diagnostics

This workshop will bring together clinicians and researchers to exchange ideas on the current state-of-the-art and future trends in sensing and biophotonics for surgical robotics and other clinical applications.

> link here

29th June 2022, 09.00 with Paolo Fiorini

Workshop on Autonomy and shared autonomy in endoluminal approaches for soft surgical robots

This workshop will give researchers and representatives from the field (clinic/industry) the opportunity to highlight the latest advances in embedding autonomy and shared autonomy in robotic approaches to endoluminal surgery and vascular interventions.

> link here

29th June 2022, 09.00 with Riccardo Muradore

Workshop on Image-Guided and Collaborative Medical Robotics 

The workshop will cover human-robot collaborative systems aimed at allowing safe, flexible, and swift operation in complex workspaces. Deployment designs and safety measures to overcome known technical drawbacks during human interaction will be discussed. The need for the integration of robotic systems into the interventional operating room (OR) will be covered including fast and reliable communication between all present devices.

> link here

Robotics at Univr

Robotics at Univr

Robotics @UNIVR: La robotica nella LM Computer Engineering for Robotics and Smart Industry

Martedì 24 Maggio 2022 dalle ore 15 alle 18 – presso l’Aula Verde del Dipartimento di informatica UNIVR. Evento gratuito su prenotazione via form online entro il 22/05.

L’evento è rivolto a studenti in informatica, bioingegneria e ai curiosi che desiderano avvicinarsi al mondo della robotica e sistemi intelligenti nel proprio percorso personale o accademico e ha l’obiettivo di far conoscere i campi applicativi e le opportunità di formazione, ricerca e impiego tramite la voce e l’esperienza di docenti e di aziende del settore.

Ospiti alcune importanti realtà del mondo dell’industria che collaborano con il nostro laboratorio quali Agade, GPI, SiproAdige S.p.a. BLM GROUP.


Ore 15 | Introduzione

La robotica e i sistemi intelligenti nella LM C.E.R.S.I. – Relatore: Prof. Riccardo Muradore

• Chirurgia, teleoperazione e Intelligenza Artificiale – Relatore: Diego Dall’Alba
• Robotica collaborativa, esoscheletri, educational – Relatore: Andrea Calanca


Ore 16 | Robotica e industria

Presentazione di alcune realtà aziendali che collaborano con ALTAIR:
Agade – Industrial exoskeletons
 GPI – Automated Pharmacy Warehouse
• SIPRO – Robot e sistemi programmabili
Adige S.p.a. BLM GROUP – Industries & Applications

Ore 17 | Lab Tour

Visita e Live demo presso il Lab. ALTAIR, seguirà un rinfresco finale.

Partecipa all'evento

Facci sapere che ci sarai compilando il modulo al link qui sotto entro il 22/05, ti aspettiamo!

Partecipa all'evento

Facci sapere che ci sarai compilando il modulo al link qui sotto entro il 22/05, ti aspettiamo!

COSER Summer School – Program and Speakers

COSER Summer School – Program and Speakers

program and speakers

2-5 May 2022 at Room Verde, Department of Computer Science, University of Verona – ITALY
Last editing: 6 April 2022 

Monday, May 2nd Tuesday, May 3rd Wed, May 4th Thur, May 5th
Talk Fiorini
Talk Ponzetto
Talk Vernon
Q&A Legal with Flor
Talk De Momi
Talk Rospocher
Talk Orlandini
10.30 - 11.00coffee breakcoffee breakcoffee breakcoffee break
11.00 - 12.30Q&A ROBOTIC SURGERY with invited speakers

Q&A NLP with invited speakers

Q&A with invited speakers

Melfi (virtual but live)
Student activities finalization
12.30 - 14.00lunch breaklunch breaklunch breaklunch break
14.00 - 14.45SURGERY
Antonelli (in person)
Q&A Robotic Surgery with Mathis UllrichETHICS
Talk Patuzzo
14.45 - 15.30Q&A Surgery with AntonelliGROUP WORKSQ&A Ethics with PatuzzoSTUDENTS' FINAL ASSESSMENT
15.30 - 16.00coffee breakcoffee breakcoffee breakcoffee break
16.00 - 17.30ROBOTIC SURGERY
Talk Mathis Ullrich

Talk Flor (recorded)


Enroll now

By 13 April fill up the registration form to express your interest to attend. Participants can join from anywhere. The number of participants is limited in accordance with the group activities. In person attendees will be advantaged.

Confirmed speakers per area 


Paolo Fiorini

Altair Robotics Lab – University of Verona
Full profile

Talk title: Commonsense in robotic surgery, unexpected need


Elena De Momi

NEAR Lab – Politecnico di Milano
Full profile

Talk title: Commonsense in surgical robotic design


Franziska Mathis-Ullrich

Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics at KIT Karlsruhe
Full profile

TALK TITLE: Context-sensitive robotics in minimally invasive surgery

ABSTRACT: Surgical robots have proven to provide safe and individual treatment to patients and allow for efficient use of health care personnel and resources. The next generation of cognitive surgical robots utilizes machine learning technologies to learn from and with human surgeons to provide context-sensitive support in the operation room. This talk introduces several cognitive robotic systems for minimally invasive surgical procedures being researched at the Health Robotics and Automation Lab at KIT, Germany. In particular, we will focus on the question how commonsense reasoning must be integrated into these learning systems to provide generalized care to patients with varying anatomies, to support surgeons with varying preferences, or to analyze individual instrument activity and tissues in different surgical domains.


Alessandro Antonelli

University of Verona Full profile

Talk title: The advances of robotics in urology: commonsense or evidences?


Franca Melfi

University Hospital of Pisa Full profile

Talk title: The impact of robotic surgery on healthcare and surgical training


Marco Rospocher

University of Verona Full profile

Talk title: Knowledge representation and reasoning with ontologies

ABSTRACT: In this class we will introduce the notion of ontology and we will see how an ontology can be used to formally represent knowledge so that an agent (e.g., a robot) can use and reason on the information encoded in it. We will overview some concrete applications and examples of ontologies, also in the surgical domain, and we will learn how to inspect the content of an ontology using an ontology editor.


Simone Paolo Ponzetto

University of Mannheim Full profile

Talk title: Natural language understanding and applications

ABSTRACT: In this class I will introduce a few advancements from the past decade on computational models that can be used to represent the meaning of words and sentences in context and methods to acquire such representations from textual evidence found in corpora. Moreover, we will look at how these encode dimensions of meaning that are useful for real-world applications (e.g., document search).


David Vernon

Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen
Full profile

Talk title: Commonsense reasoning as an extended form of episodic future thinking: insights from the situation model framework


Andrea Orlandini

National Research Council (CNR) Full profile

Talk title: Knowledge-based Autonomous Systems in Safety-critical Scenarios

ABSTRACT: The recent diffusion of autonomous systems (e.g., robots) in human environments entails the need of dealing with a wide range of operative and safety requirements. This lecture will provide an overview of plan-based control systems to realize safe and effective autonomous behavior for artificial agents. Particular attention will be provided to the integration of semantic technologies and formal methods to realize autonomous systems capable of exhibiting an augmented understanding of the environment and synthesizing robust plans in highly dynamic scenarios.


Sara Patuzzo

University of Verona Full profile

Talk title: Robotic surgery and artificial intelligence: bioethical issues

ABSTRACT: L’ingresso dell’intelligenza artificiale nella chirurgia ha dato vita a un settore tecnologicamente avanzato che include diversi saperi, quali in primis l’ingegneria robotica e la medicina. L’interdisciplinarietà che lo caratterizza non si esaurisce entro il campo scientifico, investendo anche il piano umanistico della riflessione, ivi comprese l’etica e la deontologia medica. Infatti, alcuni interrogativi morali si pongono alla nostra attenzione, alla ricerca di una consapevolezza e di un dibattito che li analizzi con rigore. Tra questi, a titolo di esempio, quale ruolo attribuire alla macchina considerata intelligente nella relazione con il medico e soprattutto con il paziente e, di conseguenza, la questione dell’informazione e del relativo consenso-dissenso all’intervento, oppure come valutare il rapporto tra l’efficienza del risultato atteso e l’assenza di emozione in una prassi medica dove il fattore umano può risultare non più l’unico e poi, forse, nemmeno il più decisivo. 


Roberto Flor

University of Verona Full profile

Talk title: Artificial intelligence, robotics, commonsense reasoning and legal responsibilities

Enroll now

By 13 April fill up the registration form to express your interest to attend. Participants can join from anywhere. The number of participants is limited in accordance with the group activities. In person attendees will be advantaged.