Angelo Cangelosi


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Angelo Cangelosi is Professor of Machine Learning and Robotics at the University of Manchester (UK) and co-director and founder of the Manchester Centre for Robotics and AI. He was awarded a European Research Council (ERC Advanced) project in 2023. Cangelosi also is Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute London, and Visiting Professor at Universita' Cattolica Milano and Hohai University. His research interests are in cognitive and developmental robotics, neural networks, language grounding, human robot-interaction and trust, and robot companions for health and social care. Overall, he has secured over £38m of research grants as coordinator/PI, with currently many UKRI/Horizon/US grants active (e.g. ERC Advanced, UKRI TAS Trust Node and CRADLE Prosperity, Horizon RIA PRIMI, MUSAE and TRAINCREASE, the Horizon MSCA TRAIL, PERSEO, eLADDA, and the US AFRL THRIVE++). Cangelosi has produced more than 300 scientific publications. He also has projects funding collaboration with industries such as Honda, BAE Systems and Jacobs. Cangelosi is Editor-in-Chief of the journals Interaction Studies and IET Cognitive Computation and Systems, and in 2015 was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Development. He has chaired numerous international conferences, including ICANN2022 Bristol, and ICDL2021 Beijing. His book “Developmental Robotics: From Babies to Robots” (MIT Press) was published in January 2015, and translated in Chinese and Japanese. His latest book “Cognitive Robotics” (MIT Press), coedited with Minoru Asada, was recently published in 2022.

My group

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

Job Opportunities: We currentkly have 7 Postdoc positions open on Horizon and UK projects. Contact [email protected] if interested.


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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 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 Professor (Laurea Magistrale in Media Education, Facolta' Scienze della Formazione), Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore

2019 → …

Fellow, Alan Turing Institute

1 Oct 2018 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth

1 Aug 201831 Jul 2020

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


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
  • Creative Manchester


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Machine learning
  • Language learning


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