Alberto Rovetta


Polytechnic of Milan




Alberto Rovetta was born in Brescia, Italy on June 19, 1940. After having followed the studies of classical culture with a philosophical approach, he graduated in electrical engineering as the youngest graduate from the Polytechnic of Milan in 1964. After having had technical experience in a high-tech headquarters for air flight control, he began his academic career at the Polytechnic of Milan in the courses of design of mechanical elements. He developed mechanical and electronics projects, engaging in the first innovative studies and applications of robotics. He obtained the chair of machine mechanics in 1980, at the Politecnico di Milano. He developed Gilberto, the first robot in the world with a voice interface, in 1978. He made more than 10 robot prototypes that are kept at the "Leonardo da Vinci" Science and Technology Museum in Milan. Since 1980 he has also dedicated himself to publications and thesis work, with a complex of more than five hundred international publications and over 260-degree theses. From 1990 to 2000 he created the first transoceanic connections of surgical telerobotics, between the Polytechnic of Milan and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, USA. From 2000 to 2008 he developed space robots, in particular the Ladyfly robot, with 6 legs + wheels, in the form of a colony of 5 robots, which was awarded worldwide with Google XPrize, in 2008: exemplary sample of robots in the colony for space explorations. In 2010 at the Shanghai Expo, he presented new models of robotic systems for waste collection. In 2013, he installed more than 130 robotic bins with artificial intelligence in central Beijing. He has developed more than 90 industrial projects. He has collaborated in Tsukuba Science City in Japan for a long period for the development of robotics and has collaborated for one year in Brazil with courses, and in Mexico and Russia with the main scientific and technical institutions in the field of robots and design. He created autonomous systems for terrestrial locomotion, used with artificial intelligence. He has participated in more than one hundred international conferences and has always presented publications.

Area of Interests

He created the DeeDee system, which develops the neuromotor investigation with bio-robotic models and allows the effects of emotionally important events to be detected in the person examined, creating accurate and precise diagnostics, especially in relation to neurodegenerative diseases and disorders of behavior. He works as a consultant for the application of new technologies also in developing countries. Within the United Nations, he organized the first African telemedicine conference in which all African countries participated. Since 2013 he is Emeritus Professor for life at the Beihang University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, in Beijing, for projects also in space robotics. Here he is developing the cooperation with Robotics Institute of Beihang for the NOROS Project, robotic system for space explorations. He intends to develop new bio-robotics models for the diagnosis and preventive treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. He wants to develop the links between the new artificial intelligence models and Aristotle's philosophy, creating modern IT and technological tools for the best quality of life.