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
Giulia
Dr Giulia De Masi
Principal Scientist
Eloy
Dr Eloy Roura
Senior Director
Dario
Dr. Dario Albani
Principal 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
Fatema Saif Khamis Khalaf Aldahmani
Fatema Aldahmani
Associate Researcher
Aohammed AlDhaheri
Mohammed AlDhaheri
Associate Researcher
Sara
Sara Aldhaheri
Associate Researcher
Ahmed Khalifa Salem Mohamed Alghfeli
Ahmed Alghfeli
Associate Researcher
Maryam Alhashmi
Maryam Abdulla Alhashmi
Associate Researcher
Kaabi_2
Nouf AlKaabi
Associate Researcher
AlKatheeri
Ahmed Alkatheeri
Senior Associate Engineer
Alketbi
Ahmed AlKetbi
Associate Researcher
Shamsa Ahmed Ali Alshughel Almehrzi
Shamsa Almehrzi
Associate Researcher
Mohamed Abdulla Salem Mohamed Alsalami
Mohamed Alsalami
Associate Researcher
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Mohammad AlShimmari
Associate Researcher
Reem Ahmad Matar Abdulrahman Almheiri
Reem Almheiri
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
Researcher
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Dr Osama Bushnaq
Senior Researcher Communications
Igor Campos, UAV Engineer
Igor Campos
UAV Engineer
Christos Chrysikos
Christos Chrysikos
Robotics Engineer
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Dr Cristino De Souza Junior
Lead Researcher - Hardware Design & Prototyping
Anour
Anouar Dhouibi
Senior Director
Karthikeyan Elangovan
Dr. Karthikeyan Elangovan
Senior Mechanical Researcher
Jonas
Jonas Eschmann
Senior Associate Engineer
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
Ricardo De Jesus
Ricardo De Jesus
Fabrication Engineer
André Luis Fialho Jesus
André Luis Fialho Jesus
Intern
Alberto Luvisutto, Intern
Alberto Luvisutto
Researcher
Maleki
Omar Al Maleki
Associate Researcher
Nikita
Nikita Mankovskii
Senior Associate Engineer
Suhair Kuruvampara Payanthapurath
Suhair Payanthapurath
Robotics Engineer
Davide Malatesta
Davide Malatesta
Senior Engineer Software Platform
Tiziano
Tiziano Manoni
Senior Researcher
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Abdulla Al Mansoori
Associate Researcher
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Amina Al Marri
Associate Researcher
Diogo Alexandre Martins
Diogo Alexandre Martins
Intern
John Mempin, UAV Engineer
John Mempin
UAV Engineer
Mattia Miolato
Mattia Miolato
Intern
Debashisha
Debashisha Mishra
Senior Researcher
Nikolaos Mitropoulos
Nikolaos Mitropoulos
Robotics Engineer
Leonardo Montecchiari, Intern
Leonardo Montecchiari
Intern
Ahmad
Ahmad Muaz Muttalib
UGV Engineer
Shamma
Shamma Al Muharrami
Associate Researcher
Marco Sicklinger
Marco Sicklinger
Intern
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Fares Al Neyadi
Associate Researcher
Israel Cerqueira Motta Neto
Israel Motta Neto
Robotics Engineer
Dr. Jeremy Nicola, Lead Researcher
Dr. Jeremy Nicola
Principal Researcher
Aristeidis Noulis
Aristeidis Noulis
Software and Integration Engineer
Fatima
Fatima Al Nuaimi
Senior Associate Engineer
Eric
Dr Eric Pairet
Lead Researcher
Dimitrios
Dimitrios Pediaditis
Senior Integration Engineer
Leonardo
Leonardo Plotegher
Senior Engineer
Teguh Prabowo
Teguh Prabowo
UAV Engineer
Yuri De Matos Alves De Oliveira
Yuri De Matos Alves De Oliveira
Intern
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 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
Lead Perception and Sensor Fusion Researcher
Claudio
Dr Claudio Tortorici
Lead Researcher
Murtadha Bazli
Murtadha Bazli Bin Tukimat
Senior Embedded Systems Engineer
Jacopo Vivaldi, Researcher
Jacopo Vivaldi
Researcher
Hassan Abdalla Hassan Ali Alhosani
Hassan Ali Alhosani
Associate Researcher
Vouloutsi
Dr Vicky Vouloutsi
Senior Researcher
Fakhrul
Fakhrul Zakuan
Senior Engineer
Jamal
Jamal Zeddoug
Lead Researcher
Claudio
Dr Claudio Zito
Lead Researcher
Igor
Dr Igor Zhilin
Lead Researcher - Underwater Communications
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