Bruno Siciliano

Interview Location: Italy

Interview Synopsis

In this interview, Bruno Siciliano discusses his career and work in robotics, such as his involvement with RoManSy and with the development of the Springer Handbook of Robotics. Describing his involvement with robotics projects and the robotics community, he outlines the challenges of the field, the evolution and limitations of the Italian education and funding system, and its relationship with other disciplines.


Bruno Siciliano is Professor of Control and Robotics, Director of the Interdepartmental Center for Advanced Robotics in Surgery (ICAROS) and Coordinator of the PRISMA Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at University of Naples Federico II. His research interests in robotics include manipulation and control, human–robot cooperation, and service robotics. He has co-authored 14 books, 100 journal papers and 270 conference papers/book chapters; his book Robotics: Modelling, Planning and Control is one of the most widely adopted textbooks worldwide and has been translated into Chinese, Greek and Italian. He has delivered more than 150 invited lectures and seminars at institutions worldwide, and he has been the recipient of several awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME and IFAC. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series, the Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics series, and has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals as well as Chair or Co-Chair for numerous international conferences. He co-edited the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the AAP PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics and was also the winner in the category Engineering & Technology. His group has been granted twenty European projects, including an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. He has served the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society as President, as Vice-President for Technical Activities and Vice-President for Publications, as a member of the AdCom, and as a Distinguished Lecturer. Professor Siciliano is currently a Board Director of the European Robotics Association.