Andrea F. Daniele

Computer Engineer  •  Roboticist  •  Computer Scientist


I am a Computer Engineer and a Ph.D. student at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC), a philanthropically endowed academic computer science institute located on the University of Chicago campus. I’m also a member of the Robot Intelligence through Perception Laboratory (RIPL) where I work under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Walter.

Prior to joining TTIC, I was a Master’s student at the University of Rome - ”La Sapienza”, where I worked under the advisement of Prof. Daniele Nardi. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Calabria - UNICAL, Italy.

I am interested in developing robots that are able to move autonomously in unstructured environments and work alongside people. My research focuses mainly on human-robot cooperation and coordination based on natural language interaction. I am also interested in fleet-level communication and smart cities in the context of self-driving vehicles.




Education


Ph.D. in Computer Science
Sep. 2016 - present

Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

Chicago - IL - USA

M.S. in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Oct. 2013 - Dec. 2016

University of Rome - La Sapienza

Rome - RM - Italy

B.S. in Computer Engineering
Oct. 2009 - Jul. 2013

University of Calabria - UNICAL

Rende - CS - Italy





Experience


Teaching Assistant
Sep. 2017 - Dec. 2017

Teaching Assistant for the course 'Self-driving Vehicles: Models and Algorithms for Autonomy', colloquially known as Duckietown (a robotics education and outreach effort).

Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

Chicago - IL - USA

Visiting Student
Jan. 2016 - Aug. 2016

Research in natural language generation in the context of providing indoor route instructions.

Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

Chicago - IL - USA

Web Developer
Aug. 2013 - Jan. 2016

Developed and implemented Web-based applications, websites, web-APIs, and interactive applications for desktop environments and mobile devices.

Cloud4Service.net

Petilia Policastro - KR - Italy





Projects



2018


    

UR5-equipped Robot playing Checkers, 2018 National Robotics Week at MSI

April 2018 New!

Under the supervision of my adviser Prof. Matthew Walter, I and other colleagues showed our UR5-equipped Husky A200 robot safely playing Checkers against human opponents at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for the 2018 National Robotics Week exhibit. This robot is developed in the RIPL lab at TTI-Chicago.


2017


    

Duckietown 2017

September 2017 - present

In Autumn 2017 I joined the international team of Duckietown (a robotics education and outreach effort) working as a Teaching Assistant for the course TTIC 31240 - Self-driving Vehicles: Models and Algorithms for Autonomy taught by Prof. Matthew Walter at TTIC. Click on the blue button to see my contributions to the project.


    

Husky A200 robot for the National Robotics Week at the MSI-Chicago

April 2017

Under the supervision of my adviser Prof. Matthew Walter, I and other colleagues showed our Husky A200 robot at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for the National Robotics Week. This robot is developed in the RIPL lab at TTI-Chicago as part of the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA) research program. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole interviewed me on that occasion.


2016


    

NLIGEN - Natural Language Instruction Generation

January 2016 - September 2016

Under the supervision of my adviser Prof. Matthew Walter, I developed a model that enables robots to generate natural language instructions that allow humans to navigate a priori unknown environments. The model first decides which information to share with the user according to their preferences, then “translates” this information into a natural language instruction.





Publications


A Multiview Approach to Learning Articulated Motion Models.
Andrea F. Daniele, Thomas M. Howard, and Matthew R. Walter.
In Proceedings of the International Symposium of Robotics Research (ISRR), 2017, December 2017, Puerto Varas, Chile.

[ pdf, bibtex, abstract ]


Navigational Instruction Generation as Inverse Reinforcement Learning with Neural Machine Translation.
Andrea F. Daniele, Mohit Bansal, and Matthew R. Walter.
In Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), March 2017, Vienna, Austria.

[ pdf, bibtex, abstract ]


Natural Language Generation in the Context of Providing Indoor Route Instructions.
Andrea F. Daniele, Mohit Bansal, and Matthew R. Walter.
In Proceedings Robotics: Science and Systems Workshop on Model Learning for Human-Robot Communication, May 2016, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

[ pdf, bibtex, abstract ]