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:

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Perception and communication

 

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Control and decision making

 

autonomous systems robotics

Bio-inspired, evolutionary, and self-organised methodologies

 

Our Team

Dr Ray O. Johnson

Chief Executive Officer
Technology Innovation Institute

Eliseo
Dr Eliseo Ferrante

Senior Director

Enrico
Prof. Enrico Natalizio

Senior Director

Giulia
Dr Giulia De Masi

Principal Scientist

Eloy
Dr Eloy Roura

Principal Researcher

Dario
Dr. Dario Albani

Senior Researcher

Salman
Salman Amiri

Associate Researcher

Paola
Dr Paola Ardon

Senior Researcher

Reem
Dr Reem Ashour

Senior Researcher

Omar
Omar Al-Ali

Associate Researcher

Abdulla
Abdulla Al Breiki

Senior Associate Engineer

Aohammed AlDhaheri
Mohammed AlDhaheri

Associate Researcher

Sara
Sara Aldhaheri

Associate Researcher

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Nouf AlKaabi

Associate Researcher

AlKatheeri
Ahmed Alkatheeri

Senior Associate Engineer

Alketbi
Ahmed AlKetbi

Associate Researcher

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Mohammad AlShimmari

Associate Researcher

Alya
Alya AlMarzooqi

Senior Associate Researcher

Khawla AlMazrouei
Khawla AlMazrouei

Associate Researcher

Khalifa
Khalifa AlQaydi

Associate Researcher

Bader
Bader Bamaes

Associate Researcher

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Agata Barcis

Senior Researcher Swarm

Michal
Michal Barcis

Senior Researcher Communications and Networking

Mehdi Belal, Associate Engineer
Mehdi Belal

Associate Engineer

Lorenzo
Lorenzo Bellone

Associate Researcher

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Dr Osama Bushnaq

Senior Researcher Communications

Igor Campos, UAV Engineer
Igor Campos

UAV Engineer

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Dr Cristino De Souza Junior

Senior Researcher Hardware Design & Prototyping

Anour
Anouar Dhouibi

Principal Researcher

Jonas
Jonas Eschmann

Associate Researcher

amine
Amine Gaagouch

Senior Project Manager

Alejandro Garcia-Vaquero Velasco, Hardware Design and System Integration Engineer
Alejandro Garcia-Vaquero Velasco

Hardware Design and System Integration Engineer

Himank Gupta, Research Engineer
Himank Gupta

Research Engineer

Halepota
Muhammad Junaid Halepota

Integration Engineer

Alberto Luvisutto, Intern
Alberto Luvisutto

Intern

Maleki
Omar Al Maleki

Associate Researcher

Nikita
Nikita Mankovskii

Associate Engineer

Tiziano
Tiziano Manoni

Researcher

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Abdulla Al Mansoori

Associate Researcher

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Amina Al Marri

Associate Researcher

John Mempin, UAV Engineer
John Mempin

UAV Engineer

Debashisha
Debashisha Mishra

Associate Researcher

Leonardo Montecchiari, Intern
Leonardo Montecchiari

Intern

Ahmad
Ahmad Muaz Muttalib

UGV Engineer

Shamma
Shamma Al Muharrami

Associate Researcher

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Fares Al Neyadi

Associate Researcher

Dr. Jeremy Nicola, Lead Researcher
Dr. Jeremy Nicola

Lead Researcher

Fatima
Fatima Al Nuaimi

Senior Associate Engineer

Eric
Dr Eric Pairet

Senior Researcher

Dimitrios
Dimitrios Pediaditis

Integration Engineer

Leonardo
Leonardo Plotegher

Engineer

Vivek
Vivek Radhakrishnan

Senior Researcher Design Engineer

prasanna
Dr. Prasanna Raut

Senior Researcher

Claudia Rotella, Project Coordinator
Claudia Rotella

Project Coordinator

Paula
Paula Sanches

Project Coordinator

James Killian Scallon, University Partnership Manager
James Killian Scallon

University Partnership Manager

Aesha
Aaesha Al Shehhi

Associate Researcher

Alexey Simonov
Alexey Simonov

Senior Computer Vision and Machine Learning Engineer

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Dr Daniel Tortei

Senior Perception and Sensor Fusion Researcher

Claudio
Dr Claudio Tortorici

Senior Researcher

Jacopo Vivaldi, Researcher
Jacopo Vivaldi

Researcher

Vouloutsi
Dr Vicky Vouloutsi

Senior Researcher

Fakhrul
Fakhrul Zakuan

Senior Engineer

Jamal
Jamal Zeddoug

Senior Engineer

Claudio
Dr Claudio Zito

Lead Researcher

Igor
Dr Igor Zhilin

Senior Researcher

Scientific Advisory Board

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

Ian
Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz

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Prof. Luca Benini

Marko
Prof. Marko Bertogna

Eiben
Prof. A. E. Eiben

Giuseppo
Prof. Giuseppe Loianno

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Prof. Martin Saska