Who We Are

The Autonomous Robotics Research Center (ARRC) at the Technology Innovation Institute is the region’s leading organisation advancing robotics, computer vision, and bio-inspired technologies.

We have built an international team of experts from top-tier academic institutions and research institutes that enjoy strong ties to peer scientists and researchers. Our robotics specialisation includes perception, communication, control and decision making, bio-inspiration, and modular and self-organised autonomous systems. We explore their application across multiple environments: air, land, on-sea and underwater.

Crucially, we have deliberately built a hybrid, interdisciplinary team of scientists, researchers, practitioners, prototype developers, quality assurance technicians and validators across the robotics fields of communication, decision-making and self-organisation.

Building on this hybrid approach, our methodology involves fundamental research that draws on: models and simulations; empirical experiments involving simulations and real hardware; prototype development, testing and validation; stress testing and optimisation; and large audience demonstrations.

ARRC is part of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a UAE-based research center that aims to lead global advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, quantum computing, cryptography and quantum communications, directed energy, secure communication, smart devices, advanced materials, and propulsion and space technologies.

We belong to the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), which oversees technology research in the emirate.

What We Do 

At ARRC, we research, develop, and apply novel technologies to innovate robotics solutions that are fully independent of human intervention and human infrastructure, while still being able to interact with humans and other biological systems in the environment.

Working in an open research environment in collaboration with academic partners, our long-term goal is to realise autonomous, fully distributed, situation-aware, hybrid, multi-robot biological societies that can operate in any environment.

Our solutions will solve problems in areas such as search and rescue, environmental monitoring, shipwreck recovery, oil-spill recovery, surveillance, mapping of confined or large environments, and reconstruction of damaged ecosystems.

Our priority areas include:

UAVs for indoor navigation denied communications

UAVs for indoor navigation denied communications

Heterogeneous swarms of drones coordination, decentralized control and perception

Heterogeneous swarms of drones coordination, decentralized control and perception

Long range navigation for GPSLESS environments

Long range navigation for GPSLESS environments

Autonomous wheeled vehicles for heterogeneous environments

Autonomous wheeled vehicles for heterogeneous environments

Drones for submarine missions

Drones for submarine missions

Nano and pico drone platforms

Nano and pico drone platforms

Racing autonomous vehicle

Racing autonomous vehicle

Our Team
Dr. Ray O. Johnson
Dr. Ray O. Johnson Chief Executive Officer Technology Innovation Institute and ASPIRE
Eliseo
Dr. Eliseo Ferrante Vice President
Enrico
Prof. Enrico Natalizio Vice President
Eloy
Dr. Eloy Roura Senior Director
Giulia
Dr. Giulia De Masi Principal Scientist
Giovani Pau
Dr. Giovani Pau Technical Director
Anour
Anouar Dhouibi Senior Director
Aaesha Al Shehhi
Aaesha Al Shehhi Associate Researcher
Abdulla
Abdulla Al Breiki Senior Associate Engineer
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Abdulla Al Mansoori Associate Researcher
Ahmed Khalifa Salem Mohamed Alghfeli
Ahmed Alghfeli Associate Researcher
Alketbi
Ahmed AlKetbi Associate Researcher
Ahmad
Ahmad Muaz Muttalib UGV Engineer
AlKatheeri
Ahmed Alkatheeri Senior Associate Engineer
Alexey Simonov
Alexey Simonov Senior Computer Vision and Machine Learning Engineer
Alya
Alya AlMarzooqi Senior Associate Researcher
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Amine Gaagouch Senior Project Manager
Amna Humaid Salem Khalfan Almehrzi
Amna Almehrzi Associate Researcher
Asraa Saeed Al-Ali
Asraa Al-Ali Associate Researcher
André Luis Fialho Jesus
André Luis Fialho Jesus Intern
Alberto Luvisutto, Intern
Alberto Luvisutto Researcher
Aristeidis Noulis
Aristeidis Noulis Software and Integration Engineer
Alejandro Garcia-Vaquero Velasco, Hardware Design and System Integration Engineer
Alejandro Garcia-Vaquero Velasco Hardware Design and System Integration Engineer
Andrea Finazzi
Andrea Finazzi Software Engineer Autonomous Platform
Amina Markabayeva
Amina Markabayeva Project Coordinator
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Amina Al Marri Associate Researcher
Artem Gorodilov
Artem Gorodilov Research Engineer Multimodal Communications
Arun Muraleedharan
Arun Muraleedharan Senior Researcher
Aysha Aleissaee
Aysha Aleissaee Associate Researcher
Bader
Bader Bamaes Associate Researcher
Christos Chrysikos
Christos Chrysikos Robotics Engineer
Claire Dabon
Claire Dabon Project Coordinator
Ahmad Danial
Danial Rahman UAV Engineer
Adrian Bojko
Dr. Adrian Bojko Senior Computer Vision and ML Researcher
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Dr. Agata Barcis Senior Researcher Swarm
Davide Aguiari
Dr. Davide Aguiari Senior Researcher
Davide Malatesta
Davide Malatesta Senior Engineer Software Platform
Debashisha
Debashisha Mishra Senior Researcher
Dimitrios
Dimitrios Pediaditis Senior Integration Engineer
Diogo Alexandre Martins
Diogo Alexandre Martins Intern
Claudio
Dr Claudio Tortorici Lead Researcher
Claudio
Dr. Claudio Zito Lead Researcher
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Dr. Cristino De Souza Junior Lead Researcher - Hardware Design & Prototyping
Dario
Dr. Dario Albani Principal Researcher
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Dr. Daniel Tortei Lead Perception and Sensor Fusion Researcher
Eric
Dr. Eric Pairet Lead Researcher
Evgenii Vinogradov
Dr. Evgenii Vinogradov Lead Researcher for Cellular Communications
Igor
Dr. Igor Zhilin Lead Researcher - Underwater Communications
Ionut Gheorghe
Dr. Ionut Gheorghe Senior Research Engineer
Jennifer Simonjan
Dr. Jennifer Simonjan Senior Researcher
Dr. Jeremy Nicola, Lead Researcher
Dr. Jeremy Nicola Principal Researcher
Karthikeyan Elangovan
Dr. Karthikeyan Elangovan Senior Mechanical Researcher
Nidhish Raj
Dr. Nidhish Raj Senior Robotics Researcher
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Dr. Osama Bushnaq Senior Researcher Communications
Paola
Dr. Paola Ardon Senior Researcher
Pietro Tedeschi
Dr. Pietro Tedeschi Senior Security Researcher
prasanna
Dr. Prasanna Raut Senior Researcher
Reem
Dr. Reem Ashour Senior Researcher
Vouloutsi
Dr. Vicky Vouloutsi Senior Researcher
Michal
Dr. Michal Barcis Senior Researcher Communications and Networking
Eugen Marin
Eugen Marin Lead DevOps
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Fares Al Neyadi Associate Researcher
Fakhrul
Fakhrul Zakuan Senior Engineer
Fatema Saif Khamis Khalaf Aldahmani
Fatema Aldahmani Associate Researcher
Fatima
Fatima Al Nuaimi Senior Associate Engineer
Gautier Focillon
Gautier Focillon Senior Project Manager
Geovane Mimoso
Geovane Mimoso Lead Underwater Robotics Engineer
Hashim Kamily
Hashim Kahily Senior System UAV and Perception Engineer
Hassan Abdalla Hassan Ali Alhosani
Hassan Ali Alhosani Associate Researcher
Himank Gupta, Research Engineer
Himank Gupta Research Engineer
Igor Campos, UAV Engineer
Igor Campos UAV Engineer
Israel Cerqueira Motta Neto
Israel Motta Neto Robotics Engineer
Jacopo Vivaldi, Researcher
Jacopo Vivaldi Researcher
Jamal
Jamal Zeddoug Lead Researcher
Jobin Mathew
Jobin Mathew Robotics Engineer
Jonas
Jonas Eschmann Senior Associate Engineer
John Mempin, UAV Engineer
John Mempin UAV Engineer
Khawla AlMazrouei
Khawla AlMazrouei Associate Researcher
Khalifa
Khalifa AlQaydi Associate Researcher
Leonardo Montecchiari, Intern
Leonardo Montecchiari Intern
Lorenzo
Lorenzo Bellone Researcher
Leonardo
Leonardo Plotegher Senior Engineer
Aohammed AlDhaheri
Mohammed AlDhaheri Associate Researcher
Marco Sicklinger
Marco Sicklinger Intern
Maryam Alhashmi
Maryam Abdulla Alhashmi Associate Researcher
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Mohammad AlShimmari Associate Researcher
Mohamed Abdulla Salem Mohamed Alsalami
Mohamed Alsalami Associate Researcher
Mehdi Belal, Associate Engineer
Mehdi Belal Associate Engineer
Mattia Miolato
Mattia Miolato Intern
Michael Bosello
Michael Bosello Intern
Halepota
Muhammad Junaid Halepota Integration Engineer
Murtadha Bazli
Murtadha Bazli Bin Tukimat Senior Embedded Systems Engineer
Murilo Mendonca
Murilo Mendonca Marine Robotics Engineer
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Nouf AlKaabi Associate Researcher
Nektarios Sfyris
Nektarios Sfyris Senior Robotics Engineer
Nidhi Raj
Nidhi Raj System Integration Engineer
Nikita
Nikita Mankovskii Senior Associate Engineer
Nikolaos Mitropoulos
Nikolaos Mitropoulos Robotics Engineer
Omar
Omar Al-Ali Associate Researcher
Maleki
Omar Al Maleki Associate Researcher
Paula
Paula Sanches Project Manager
Polina Koornneef
Polina Koornneef Senior DevOps Engineer
Rafael Fernandes
Rafael Fernandes ML Perception into Action Engineer
Reem Ahmad Matar Abdulrahman Almheiri
Reem Almheiri Associate Researcher
Ricardo De Jesus
Ricardo De Jesus Fabrication Engineer
Sai Avula
Sai Avula Computer Vision and Perception Engineer
Salma Aldhanhani
Salma Aldhanhani Associate Researcher
Salman
Salman Amiri Associate Researcher
Sara
Sara Aldhaheri Associate Researcher
Shamsa Ahmed Ali Alshughel Almehrzi
Shamsa Almehrzi Associate Researcher
Shamma
Shamma Al Muharrami Associate Researcher
Shamma Alhajeri
Shamma Alhajeri Associate Researcher
Suhair Kuruvampara Payanthapurath
Suhair Payanthapurath Robotics Engineer
Tiziano
Tiziano Manoni Senior Researcher
Tommaso Ferrari
Tommaso Ferrari Intern
Teguh Prabowo
Teguh Prabowo UAV Engineer
Vivek
Vivek Radhakrishnan Senior Researcher Design Engineer
Yuri De Matos Alves De Oliveira
Yuri De Matos Alves De Oliveira Intern
Scientific Advisory Board

We have assembled a scientific board of leading world-renowned scientists specialising in ARRC’s areas of expertise.

Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz
Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz
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Prof. Luca Benini
Prof. Marko Bertogna
Prof. Marko Bertogna
Prof. A. E. Eiben
Prof. A. E. Eiben
Prof. Giuseppe Loianno
Prof. Giuseppe Loianno
Prof. Martin Saska
Prof. Martin Saska