Guido Schillaci

guido.schillaci (at)



About me

I am a Post-Doc at the Adaptive Systems Group where I investigate the development of motor and cognitive skills in robots. I apply learning behaviours typical of infants' development, such as self-exploration, into different robotic platforms, with the aim of making artificial systems more autonomous and adaptive. I investigate computational models inspired on human brain mechanisms, such as the formation and maintenance of internal body representations and predictive processes, and implement them into robots. I study mechanisms of anticipation of sensory and motor information for the implementation of basic cognitive skills in artificial agents. I found out that such processes can have an important role in capabilities like behaviour recognition and arbitration, tool-use and intelligent exploration behaviours driven by artificial curiosity. Moreover, my research on predictive and sensory attenuation processes aims at providing insights in the understanding of subjective experiences typical of humans, such as self-awareness, self-other distinction, sense of agency and sense of object permanence, and in the possibility of implementing an artificial Self into robots.

I apply these mechanisms into different robotic platforms, such as humanoid robots, mobile platforms, micro-farming robots and underwater and marine drones (which I design and develop, see here for more details).

I am currently editing a book on "Self and Sense of Agency in Artificial Systems". I am editor of a Research Topic on Re-enacting sensorimotor experience for cognition, in collaboration with Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Specialty Section: Humanoid Robotics.

I am a member of IEEE and EUCognition.


I am currently involved in the EU-H2020 project on Robotics for Microfarms, ROMI.

Previous projects

- EU-FP7 project on Embodied Audition for RobotS, EARS.

- EU-FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) on INTeractive RObotics, INTRO, where I was appointed as an Early Stage Researcher.

- Exploration Behaviour in Humans and Robots, funded by MatNat II, Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin


Some videos of my previous work...

2018.06.21 - EU-H2020 ROMI Robot exploring and learning visuo-motor coordination


2016.09.06 - EU-FP7 EARS - Humanoid Robot learning auditory-motor mappings


2013.06.12 - EU-FP7 Marie Curie ITN INTRO - Could imperative pointing behaviours in robots emerge from the development of reaching and grasping?


2013.06.12 - EU-FP7 Marie Curie ITN INTRO - Self-exploration behaviours in the humanoid robot Nao