Department of Computer Science
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e-mail: elt7 [at] aber [dot] ac [dot] uk
I am a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, Aberystwyth University (UK), where I am a member of the Intelligent Robotics group. I am also a Research Associate (Ricercatore Associato) with the Laboratory of Autonomous Robotics and Artificial Life (LARAL), of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), Italian National Research Council (CNR).In 2003, I received a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex, Brighton (UK). In 1996, I received a Laurea in Experimental Psychology from the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy. My final dissertaion was on foraging behaviour in monkeys (Cebus apella). My research interests concern the use of real or simulated artificial agents to look at questions related to the evolution or the develoment of cognitive and communication skills. In my studies, I looked at the ecological conditions that facilitate the emergence of communication in mobile autonomous robots. I studied the mechanisms used by an artificial robotic arm to carry out a perceptual discrimination task. I looked at the mechanisms used by a mobile autonomous robot to perceive time. I also investigated the evolutionary conditions that facilitate the emergence of individual and social learning mechanisms. More recently, my interests are within the domain of compositional semantics and language learning.