Francesco Vigni

M.Sc. Computer and Automation Engineering
Be curious, Grow


Hello, I’m Francesco Vigni, a robotic scientist and a licensed engineer in computer and automation currently based in Naples, IT.

I’m currently an early-stage researcher in the European project PERSEO (Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955778), focusing on exploiting the social cues during multimodal Human-Robot Interactions in order to e.g. influence persuasion.

I’m affiliated with the Interdepartmental Center for Advances in Robotic Surgery – ICAROS and conduct my activities at the PriscaLab with the support of Prof. Silvia Rossi.

I’m an energetic person, with a particular focus on formality, who loves to understand the problems and to change approaches in order to get to the solution.

I started my career when I was 8, placing a little magnet on a toy car and binding the car with a rope. At that time the problem I was solving was the fall of clothespins from the balcony where my mum hung the clothes.

At 15 I mounted a micro camera on a remote-controlled car, receiving the video stream on an old tv, using mid frequencies for communication.

At 24 I received my Degree in Ingegneria Gestionale (Management Engineering) at Università degli studi di Siena.

At 27 I received my Master Degree in Computer and Automation Engineering in the track Robotics and Automation Engineering with the highest score possible. 110/110 con Lode at Università degli studi di Siena.

At 28, my very first published article was awarded as Finalist for the award Best Paper in Human-Robot Interaction at ICRA2019. nomination-icra-2019/

I was fortunate to spend my years studying in the amazing city of Siena, at 28 I started my position as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Prof. Haddadin at the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence – TUM in Munich.


I value trust and responsibility within a Team, together with a well-oiled feedback culture. It’s normal to adjust behaviours and avoid mistakes. Still, it’s even more important to accept critics in a constructive way, provide satisfaction whenever possible and enable a great work-life balance. I believe that these values are the ground for long-term growth.

I believe that the most important skill a scientist can have is to be curious.

Nowadays we are facing an abrupt change in society, and Robots and Artificial Intelligence will have an increasing impact on our daily life. Therefore, the humans behind the definitions of these machines must be aware of their actions.


Senza lilleri ‘un si lallera

old tuscan quote

This old Tuscan quote literally translates to: ‘can’t go far without money’. Therefore, this message reminds me of the risk of focusing too much on technicality and forgetting about the funds. In other words, remember that your technical skills have an economic impact.

Some hints:

Set your goal as soon as possible and split it mini goals. The latter is easier to achieve, easy to work on and likely to happen more often -> satisfaction!


No dream is too big for you. >> bullshit sentence? It’s proven that our time available on this planet is limited (there are proper theories about the sequel) therefore you should challenge yourself with something big, hard, and difficult. if you fail there will be plenty of room for easier things.

Teleoperated robotic arms
Human-Robot handshake prototype
ICRA – Montreal 2019


  • 11.2021

    Early Stage Researcher – MSCA

  • 07.2021

    Robotics Engineer

  • 12.2020

    Licensed Engineer

    State examination in Computer Science sector A

    Directive 2005/36/EC – Politecnico di Torino

  • 04.2020

    Autonomous System Developer

    STtech GmbH – Munich

  • 04.2019

    Research Assistant

    Design and development of an anthropomorphic robot hand

    TUM – Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence link

  • 01.2019

    First published article

    The Role of Closed-Loop Hand Control in Handshaking Interactions Prize ICRA 2019

  • 10.2018

    M.Sc. Computer and Automation Engineering

    Course completed with 110 e Lode/110. projects available at link
    Università degli Studi di Siena – Thesis abstract

  • 10.2015

    B.Sc. Management Engineering

    Università degli Studi di Siena – Thesis abstract

  • 07.2011

    High school degree

    Ex. Istituto Tecnico Commerciale C. Matteucci link – Forlì