Angelo Cangelosi

Angelo Cangelosi

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Angelo Cangelosi is Professor of Machine Learning and Robotics at the University of Manchester (UK). He also is Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Previously Angelo was Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Cognition, and founding director, at the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems at Plymouth University (UK). Cangelosi studied psychology and cognitive science at the Universities of Rome La Sapienza and at the University of Genoa, and was visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego and the University of Southampton. Cangelosi's main research expertise is on language grounding and embodiment in humanoid robots, developmental robotics, human-robot interaction, and on the application of neuromorphic systems for robot learning. He currently is the coordinator of the EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate “APRIL: Applications of Personal Robotics through Interaction and Learning” (2016-2019). He also is Principal investigator for the ongoing projects “THRIVE++” (US Air Force Office of Science and Research, 2014-1023), the H2020 project MoveCare, and the Marie Curie projects SECURE, DCOMM and STRoNA. He has been coordinator of the FP7 projects ITALK and RobotDoc ITN, as well as UK projects BABEL and VALUE. Overall, he has secured over £30m of research grants as coordinator/PI. Cangelosi has produced more than 250 scientific publications, and has been general/bridging chair of numerous workshops and conferences including the IEEE ICDL-EpiRob Conferences (Frankfurt 2011, Osaka 2013, Lisbon 2017, Tokyo 2018). In 2012-13 he was Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Autonomous Mental Development. He has been Visiting Professor at Waseda University (Japan) and at Sassari and Messina Universities (Italy). Cangelosi is Editor (with K. Dautenhahn) of the journal Interaction Studies, and in 2015 was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Development. His latest book “Developmental Robotics: From Babies to Robots” (MIT Press; co-authored with Matt Schlesinger) was published in January 2015, and recently translated in Chinese and Japanese.

My group

Cognitive Robotics Lab, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Dr Wenxuan Mou (US THRIVE++ project and UKRI TAS Trust Node)
  • Dr Samuele Vinanzi (US THRIOVE++ project)
  • Dr Marta Romeo (UKRI TAS Trust Node)
  • Vacancy for machine learning and robotics (UKRI TAS Trust Node "ENTRUST) 

PhD Students

  • Mohammad Thabet (ESR/PhD student, H2020 SECURE ETN)
  • Martina Ruocco (US THRIVE++ project)
  • Ioanna Giorgi (ANNABEL project)
  • Jacopo De Berardinis (machine learning and music)
  • Hazel Taylor (HRI for nuclear robotics)
  • Federico Tavella (PhD on robotics and vision)
  • Luca Raggioli (ESR eLADDA on robots and education)
  • Francesco Semeraro (ESPRC-BAE Systems CASE on human-robot interaction and machine leanring)
  • Wenjie Huang (PhD in robot consciousness)
  • vacancy for two H2020 ESRs (PhD) post in personalised robotics (H2020 ETN PERSEO) Advert
  • Splitsite student at Sponge - eLADDA ETN: Vas Giagloglou
  • Splitsite students at Italian Institute of Technology: Luna Gava, Uma Navare, Giulia D’Angelo, Diego Ferigo, Serena Marchesi, Elena Rampone, Lorenzo Rapetti, Giuseppe L’Erario, Fabio Bergonti


  • Prof Antonio Chella, University of Palermo Italy, Honorary Professor (2020-)
  • Prof Xiaofeng Liu, Hohai University China, Honorary Professor (2019-)
  • Dr Christian Goerick, Honda Reserach Institute Europe, Visiting Professor (2019-)
  • Dr Eduardo Coutinho, Liverpool University (2018-)
  • Dr Francresco Lanza, Palermo University (2019)
  • Dr Debora Zanatto, Plymouth University (2018)
  • Prof Juan G Victores, Carlos III University Madrid (2018)


  • Dr Gi Huyn Lim (Marie Curie Fellow)
  • Dr Daniel Hernandez (postdoc)
  • Dr Gabriella Pizzuto (PhD graduate)
  • Dr Baris Serhan (PhD graduate)


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow, British Computer Society

Senior Member, IEEE

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Habilitation, UK Accreditation for Teaching in Higher Education (TLHE-SEDA Certificate)

Award Date: 1 Aug 1998

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Psychology and Artificial Intelligence, Università di Genova

Award Date: 10 Jun 1997

Master in Science, Laurea in Psychology (General and Experimental Psychology), Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza

Award Date: 11 Dec 1991

External positions

Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow, AIRC, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology AIST

1 Dec 2018 → …

Fellow, Alan Turing Institute

1 Oct 2018 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth

1 Aug 201831 Jul 2020

Areas of expertise

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Science

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Digital Futures
  • Autism@Manchester


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Machine learning


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  • 2019 IEEE ICDL-EPIROB Modelbot Award

    Serhan, Baris (Recipient) & Cangelosi, Angelo (Recipient), 21 Aug 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)