Alexis Holgado, Ph.D.

Project Researcher, International Research Center for Neurointelligence, The University of Tokyo
Email: alexisholgado [AT] ircn.jp

I am a robotics researcher with a holistic view on robot development and a strong focus on embodiment agents, i.e. robots with well-integrated hardware and software to physically explore the environment and learn from these interactions. My vision is to develop robots that can help overcome our currently biggest challenges derived from overpopulation, aging societies, environment contamination and income inequality. To achieve this goal, understanding the overall role and implications of robots in our society is paramount, and an integral and multidisciplinary view of science and humanities is necessary. I believe robots should work with us, be safe and help us lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. My previous works include a wide variety of projects like autonomous marine vehicles, rescue robots, safe collaborative robot arms with kinaesthetic teaching, and extended tactile sensors for robots. My research interests include (but are not limited to) robot skin and tactile interactions; embodiment, autonomous and intelligent agents; human-robot interaction; safety in robotics; cognitive systems; developmental robotics; collaborative and service robots.

Career

Career Experience

October 2020 – present Project Researcher, International Research Center for Neurointelligence, The University of Tokyo
2019 – 2020 Robot software developer, Hibot Corporation
2019 Visiting Researcher at Istituto Italiano di Technologia, Genoa, Italy (Prof. Natale’s group)
2016 – 2019 Teaching Assistant at Dept. of Modern Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University, Shigeki Sugano Laboratory (JST START project ‘Nicebot’)
2014 – 2015 Research Assistant at Dep. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Graduate school of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Shigeo Hirose and Edwardo Fukushima Laboratory)
2013 – 2014 Senior Software Developer, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Tradehelm
2007 – 2013 Senior Software Developer, S&P Capital IQ
2005 – 2007 Software Developer, Vyllo Software

Education

July 2020 Ph.D. degree in Engineering, Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (Shigeki Sugano Laboratory)
March 2017 Master degree in Engineering, Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (Shuji Hashimoto Laboratory)
December 2013 Electromechanical Engineer degree (5-year curriculum), Faculty of Engineering and Exact Sciences, Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Awards

  • Japan MEXT Full Scholarship Embassy Recommendation Graduate (April 2014 – March 2020)
  • Japan MEXT Full Scholarship Embassy Recommendation Undergraduate (April 2003 – March 2004)
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