Paolo Rocco was born in Busto Arsizio (Italy) in 1966. He received the 'Laurea' degree cum laude in Electronic Engineering and the Doctorate degree in Computer Science and Automation in 1991 and 1995, respectively, both from Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
From Spring to Fall 1995 he was a visiting scholar at the School of Mechanical Engineering of Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA, working with Prof. Wayne J. Book on flexible manipulators control.
Since 1996 he has been with the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione of Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently Full Professor in Systems and Control. He teaches Automatic Control to Mechanical and Aerospace engineering students and Industrial Robotics to Computer Science and Automation engineering students.
He has served as co-chair in a Master Program on Design of Mechatronic Systems at Politecnico di Milano. At present he is a member of the advisory board of the PhD Program on Information Technology, and Secretary of the BSc and MSc Programs on Automation Engineering. He is the author of about 100 papers in international journals, book chapters and both international and national conferences.
Paolo Rocco has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics from 2004 to 2008. He has also served in the International Program Committee of the IEEE/ASME Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics for the editions 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2010, as well as in other international conferences (including RSS 2008). He is also a member of the Conference Editorial Board (CEB) of the Robotics and Automation Society of the IEEE, serving for ICRA07, ICRA08, ICRA09, and ICRA10. He has been co-editor of a special issue on Mechatronics of the IFAC journal "Annual reviews in control".
Paolo Rocco has been in charge of several research projects with industrial partners and public bodies (the Lombardy Region, the European Union, the Foundation of Politecnico). At present he is the person in charge for Politecnico di Milano in the FP7 four years long European Integrating Project ROSETTA (ICT - 230902) on robotics.
Dr. Rocco’s research interests include industrial robotics, physical human-robot interaction, redundant manipulators, use of computer vision in robotics, control of servomechanisms, and mechatronics in general.