I am Associate Professor at the Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering of the University of Rome La Sapienza, where I lead the Visual Learning and Multimodal Applications Laboratory (VANDAL). My main research interest is to develop algorithms for learning, recognition and categorization of visual and multimodal patterns for artificial autonomous systems. These features are crucial to enable robots to represent and understand their surroundings, to learn and reason about it, and ultimately to equip them with cognitive capabilities. My research is sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR), the European Commission (EC) and the European Research Council (ERC). I published more than 90 papers in the areas of visual recognition, multimodal and openended learning, semantic spatial modeling and adaptive control of prosthetic hands. My work has more than 6000 citations (Google Scholar Profile), and I served as area chair and keynote speaker at several conferences and events in the fields of Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Robotics.