Who we are

The Autonomous Robotics Research Centre (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 centre 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

 

Bio inspired, evolutionary and self-organised methodologies

Bio-inspired, evolutionary, and self-organised methodologies

 

Our Team

Eliseo
Dr Eliseo Ferrante

Principal Scientist

Enrico
Prof. Enrico Natalizio

Principal Researcher

Giulia
Dr Giulia De Masi

Principal Scientist

Anour
Anouar Dhouibi

Principal Researcher

Abdulla
Abdulla Al Breiki

Senior Associate Engineer

Shamma
Shamma Al Muharrami

Associate Researcher

Fatima
Fatima Al Nuaimi

Senior Associate Engineer

Aesha
Aaesha Al Shehhi

Associate Researcher

Dario
Dario Albani

Senior Researcher

Salman
Salman Amiri

Associate Researcher

Reem
Dr Reem Ashour

Senior Researcher

Lorenzo
Lorenzo Bellone

Research Intern

Jonas
Jonas Eschmann

Research Intern

Nikita
Nikita Mankovskii

Associate Engineer

Tiziano
Tiziano Manoni

Associate Researcher

Leonardo
Leonardo Plotegher

Engineer

Vivek
Vivek Radhakrishnan

Senior Researcher Design Engineer

Eloy
Dr Eloy Roura

Lead Researcher

Rajan
Rajan Sebastian

University Partnerships Manager

Claudio
Dr Claudio Tortorici

Senior Researcher

Fakhrul
Fakhrul Zakuan

Senior Engineer

Jamal
Jamal Zeddoug

Senior Engineer

Claudio
Dr Claudio Zito

Lead 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

Luca
Prof. Luca Benini

Marko
Prof. Marko Bertogna

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Prof. A. E. Eiben

Giuseppo
Prof. Giuseppe Loianno

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Prof. Martin Saska