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Barbara Caputo

Barbara Caputo is Full Professor at the Politecnico of Torino, where she leads the Visual and Multimodal Applied Learning (VANDAL) Laboratory, and Principal Investigator at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), where she coordinates the newly founded IIT Division on Artificial Intelligence.  She received her PhD in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2005. From 2007 to 2013 she was Senior Researcher at the Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland, where she funded and guided the Artificial Cognitive Systems group. In 2013 she received a MIUR Professorship, and moved to the Sapienza Rome University as associate professor. Her main research interest is to develop algorithms for learning, recognition and categorization of visual and multimodal patterns for artificial autonomous systems. These features are crucial to enable robots to represent and understand their surroundings, to learn and reason about it, and ultimately to equip them with cognitive capabilities. Her research is sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR), the European Commission (EC), nVIDIA and the European Research Council (ERC). In 2014, she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for the project ‘RoboExNovo’, that is building the theory and algorithms necessary to teach robots how to learn autonomously from the Web.