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Research interests

My current research focuses on building smart spaces combining sensors, actuators and robots working together to accomplish complex tasks while also adapting to new environments and to changing and evolving requirements with minimum human supervision. This can lead to cheaper, smarter and more useful applications for IoT and Robotic technology. My long-term goal is to further the potential of these systems by improving their ability to interact with humans and to operate in a wide range of application domains.


I received a BSc (110/110 Cum Laude) degree in Computer Science from Bologna University, in 1999, and worked as a software developer and project manager in the software industry before returning to academia and receiving a PhD degree from University College Dublin (UCD), in 2009. Between 2009 and 2011 I was a postdoctoral researcher in UCD, where I worked in the Adaptive Information Cluster (AIC) and in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. I have been co-principal investigator on a number of European/National projects in the area of embedded sensor systems, wireless sensor networks and intelligent buildings spaces including the EU projects FIEMSER (http://www.fiemser.eu/) and HOBNET (http://hobnet-testbeds.eu/). In 2011 I initiated the FP7 project RUBICON (Robotic UBIquitous Cognitive Network, http:/www./fp7rubicon.eu), a 2.5 million EUR project (completed in 2014) that has posed the foundations for self-adaptive ecologies of robotic and sensing devices. I have successfully led an international scientific team exploring this domain, leading to numerous publications, open source software, industrial prototypes and demonstration systems in smart housing and transport. From 2014 to 2016 I was a Research Fellow with the Distributed Systems Group (DSG), School of Computer Science and Statistics.

Since 2016, I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. My research expertise includes robotics, human-robot interaction, multi-agent systems, software engineering and internet of things. I am one of the PhD supervisors at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and I am co-investigator in the UK projects ORCA-Hub (orcahub.org) and USMART (research.ncl.ac.uk/usmart), developing intelligent sensors and robot networks for monitoring of underwater environments. I also set up the Robotic Assisted Living Tested, a home-like environment where roboticists and computer scientists, and also usability and health experts, psychologists, and sociologists, can work alongside people with assisted living needs and those supporting them, to co-design and test innovative solutions for healthy ageing and assisted living.

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Robotics Engineering & Materials Science
Ecology Engineering & Materials Science
Robots Engineering & Materials Science
Sensors Engineering & Materials Science
Testbeds Engineering & Materials Science
Human robot interaction Engineering & Materials Science
Sensor networks Engineering & Materials Science
Software engineering Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2005 2019

An ambient intelligence approach for learning in smart robotic environments

Bacciu, D., Di Rocco, M., Dragone, M., Gallicchio, C., Micheli, A. & Saffiotti, A., 31 Jul 2019, In : Computational Intelligence.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ambient Intelligence
Mobile robots
Chemical activation
Smart Environments

Ocean Monitoring Framework based on Compressive Sensing using Acoustic Sensor Networks

Mourya, R., Saafin, W., Dragone, M. & Petillot, Y., 10 Jan 2019, OCEANS 2018 MTS/IEEE Charleston. IEEE, 8604663. (OCEANS Conference).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Sensor networks
Underwater acoustics
Fusion reactions

Reaching and Grasping of Objects by Humanoid Robots through Visual Servoing

Ardón Ramirez, P., Dragone, M. & Erden, M. S., 6 Jun 2018, Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications. Springer, p. 353-365 13 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 10894).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Visual servoing
Stereo vision
Inverse kinematics
End effectors

Robust TDA-MAC for practical underwater sensor network deployment: Lessons from usmart sea trials

Morozs, N., Mitchell, P. D., Zakharov, Y., Sherlock, B., Neasham, J. A., Tsimenidis, C. C., Mourya, R., Petillot, Y. R., Gibney, T., Dragone, M., Sayed, M. E., McConnell, A. C., Aracri, S. & Stokes, A. A., 3 Dec 2018, Proceedings of the 13th ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems. ACM, 11

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sensor networks
Underwater acoustics
Sensor nodes
Network protocols

The Internet of Robotic Things: A review of concept, added value and applications

Simoens, P., Dragone, M. & Saffiotti, A., 26 Feb 2018, In : International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. 15, 1, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

Open Access
Internet of things


Spirit of Heriot-Watt Awards 2017, Outward Looking

David Michael Lane (Recipient), Katrin Solveig Lohan (Recipient), Patricia A. Vargas (Recipient), Helen Hastie (Recipient), Frank Broz (Recipient), Sethu Vijayakumar (Recipient), Michael Hermann (Recipient), Mary Ellen Foster (Recipient), Sabine Hauert (Recipient), Micael S. Couceiro (Recipient), Lynne Baillie (Recipient), Mustafa Suphi Erden (Recipient), Iain James McEwen (Recipient), Alistair Campbell McConnell (Recipient), Robert Goodfellow (Recipient), Mauro Dragone (Recipient), Fulvio Mastrogiovanni (Recipient), Christian Dondrup (Recipient), Mei Yii Lim (Recipient), Sarah Anne Murphy (Recipient), Marta Vallejo (Recipient), Siobhan Duncan (Recipient) & Mohd Khairul Azmi Hassan (Recipient), 1 Jul 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Invited talk

From robotic ecologies to internet of robotic things: artificial intelligence and software engineering issues

Mauro Dragone (Speaker)
6 Oct 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Workshop of Socially Intelligent Robot and Smart Cities, Where the Smarter World’s Future Lies, euRobotics Forum 2016

Mauro Dragone (Invited speaker)
31 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Developer Conference, ScotSoft2016

Mauro Dragone (Invited speaker)
6 Oct 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference