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My name is Damiano Verda, I was born in 1985 and I worked as a fellow researcher at the italian National Research Center (CNR-IEIIT) in Genova for one year, being involved in the Interomics flagship project. My research also led to the inclusion of innovative features in the Rulex software suite. I'm presently a data engineer in the Rulex, Inc. company, which develops the above mentioned Rulex software. I obtained a PhD in Electronic, Computer, Robotic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Genova in April 2014: during the PhD, my research was focused on robotic perception.

One of the goals was to adapt SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, normally used in mobile robotics to automatically build a map of the explored environment and to estimate the followed path), to the use with wearable sensors. More specifically, a laser scanner and a 6-DOF Inertial Measurement Unit were used: both fixed on a helmet. Furthermore, an object category recognition technique, based on the data gathered by a Microsoft Kinect sensor, was developed. Both projects gave rise to scientific publications, on the Robotics And Autonomous Systems journal (Impact Factor 1.618, 5-year Impact Factor 1.659), edited by Elsevier, in December 2011 and December 2013 respectively. During the period spent abroad at the Robotic and Perception Group of the University of Zurich (led by prof. Davide Scaramuzza) I contributed to develop a position tracking technique for Micro Air Vehcile which uses a 3D model of the considered area. The results are described in the papers "Micro Air Vehicle Localization and Position Tracking from Textured 3D Cadastral Models", published in the proceedings of the ICRA (International Conference on Robotics and Automation) conference 2014 and "Air-ground Matching: Appearance-based GPS-denied Urban Localization of Micro Aerial Vehicles", published by the Journal of Field Robotics (Impact Factor: 2.059, ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 6/25, Robotics) in October 2015.

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Among my interests: writing, music, theater and chess.

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