Giovanni Saponaro

Giovanni Saponaro Contact Information
tel. +351 21 8418050
room 7.26, Torre Norte (ext. 2050)


VisLab - Torre Norte, 7th floor
Institute for Systems and Robotics - Instituto Superior Técnico
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1
1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal

I am a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at VisLab - Computer Vision Laboratory (ISR/IST, U Lisboa) under the supervision of Prof. Alexandre Bernardino. I am co-supervised by Prof. Giampiero Salvi and Prof. Lorenzo Jamone.

My research focuses on robot perception (especially of object affordances and human gestures), ultimately to build decision algorithms that support human–robot interaction. I worked on the POETICON++ – Robots Need Language project (together with linguists, computer vision experts, neuroscientists and roboticists), developing mechanisms to make a robot execute a human verbal instruction in the presence of environment uncertainty. I visited the Speech, Music and Hearing department of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, designing an automatic gesture recognition system based on the principles of automatic speech recognition.

Publications (see also my Google Scholar profile)
Conferences and Events Attended ("Where Have We Met Before?")