The Board of Directors
From July 2009 Fiorella Operto serves as the Associations's President.
The Boarding Committee avails itself of the collaboration of the Association' s Scientific Committee.
Born in Italy from a family of teachers and scientists. From her parents she learned to love and cultivate both science and humanities.
Education in Philosophy. She speaks fluently French and English, and can read Spanish and German.
Following her studies, she moved to the United States for a while, where she worked for a Publishing House in Washington, D.C. Back home, she started a book series devoted to science dissemination (I Dialoghi, Di Renzo Editore). She has acquired specific experience in science dissemination and popularization, working in collaboration with Scientific Laboratories and Research Centres in Europe and in the United States, starting from the position that research in science and dissemination of scientific knowledge must go hand in hand. Her activity pivots around the use and invention of new means of communicating scientific discoveries and hypothesis to a non specific Readership, means mediated through every form of communication (novels, theatre, movies, documentaries, music, adverts), while maintaining the content true and accurate. From 1999 she has co-operated with the CNR-IAN Robotics Department of the National Research Council in Genoa, Italy, promoting the knowledge and understanding of the new science of Robotics. She is President of the School of Robotics, which she co-founded in 2000.
She likes learning languages; trekking and skiing.
He received the degree in electronic engineering from Genoa University, Italy, in 1980. From 1980 to 1983 he worked as a designer of fault-tolerant multiprocessor architectures for fail-safe control systems in the Automation Division of Ansaldo.In 1984 he joined the CNR-IAN in Genoa, as a Research Scientist. He has worked on real-time computer graphics for simulation, control techniques, and naval and marine data-collection systems. He founded the CNR-IAN Robotlab (1989-2003) with the aim to develop Experimental Robotics. His research interests encompass robot mission control, real-time human-machine interfaces, control system architectures for tele-robotics and Internet Robotics. His approach is the development of working prototypes to be exploited in a Virtual Lab environment. In 2007 he joined the CNR-IEIIT as a Senior Research Scientist.
He led the first Italian underwater robotics campaign in Antarctica during the 9th Italian expedition in 1993-1994 and the following 13th expedition in 1997-1998 and 17thh expedition in 2001-02.He led the first Italian underwater robotics campaign in Arctic during 2002.
He was the General Chair of the “IARP-IWUR 2005 International Workshop on Underwater Robotics”, Genoa, November 2005.He has been involved in projects of dissemination and education and in 2000 he founded the association “Scuola di Robotica” to study the complex relationship between Robotics and Society which led him to coin the term and propose the concept of Roboethics and to dedicate increasing resources to the development of this new applicative field of Ethics.
He was the General Chair of the “First International Symposium on Roboethics”, Sanremo, January 2004 and the “EURON Roboethics Atelier”, Genova, February 2006 and the IEEE ICRA07 Workshop on Roboethics.He is Corresponding Chair of the IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Roboethics.
Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy, in 2004 with a thesis on the modular worm robot. 2005, he has worked as designer for Telerobot, Inc. 2006-2007: responsible the organization of the Robot&School Network originally funded in 2005 by the Italian Ministry for Education. At the end of the fund, he lead the network as responsible for School of Robotics. 2008: leader of the Regional Center of Roberta goes EU European project.