Valeria Villani

Valeria Villani 2018-10-17T18:57:24+00:00

Research interests

Design of human-centred user interfaces for efficient cooperation between the human and industrial machines or robots

Signal processing for robot control and affective human-robot interaction

Biomedical signal processing, with emphasis on ECG signals: development of a novel framework for bioelectrical signal processing based on quadratic variation reduction, with applications to ECG, EEG, EMG and EOG signals

Curriculum vitae

Feb. 2017 – today: Assistant Professor in Robotics and Automation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Jan. 2015 – Jan. 2017: Post-doc research fellow in Robotics and Automation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

May 2013 – Aug. 2014: Research fellow at Echolight, spin-off of the National Council of Research, Lecce (IT)

Jan. 2010 – Apr. 2013:PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering at University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome.
Thesis: A framework for ECG signal processing based on quadratic variation reduction. 
Advisor: Prof. Giulio Iannello; Co-Advisor: Dr.Eng. Antonio Fasano

Mar. 2009 – Apr. 2010: Junior consultant at Di Renzo Regulatory Affairs, Rome (IT)

Feb. 2009: 
M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome Thesis: Analysis of biomedical images through the extraction of textures modelled as Markov random fields. Final grade: 110/110 cum Laude

Oct. 2006: 
B.E. in Biomedical Engineering at University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. Thesis: Systems for controlled drug delivery in the intracranial cavity: control and sensorization aspects. Final grade: 110/110 cum Laude

Awards

Mortara Fellowship at CinC 2014

Best Paper Award at ISABEL 2011

Editorial activities

Associate Editor for Mechatronics (Elsevier)

Member of the Program Committee of IFAC HMS 2019

Associate Editor for IEEE ICRA 2018 and 2019

Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Human-Robot Collaboration in Industrial Applications of Mechatronics (Elsevier), 2018

Co-organizer of the Workshop “WORKMATE 2018: the WORKplace is better with intelligent, collaborative, robot MATEs” at IEEE ICRA 2018

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2018

Loch, F; Fahimipirehgalin, M; Batut, M; Czerniak, J N; Mertens, A; Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Fantuzzi, C; Vogel-Heuser, B

An Adaptive Virtual Training System Based on Universal Design Conference

Proceedings of the 2nd IFAC Conference on Cyber-Physical and Human-Systems (CPHS), Miami, FL, USA, 2018.

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Talignani Landi, C; Villani, V; Ferraguti, F; Sabattini, L; Secchi, C; Fantuzzi, C

Relieving Operators' Workload: Towards Affective Robotics In Industrial Scenarios Journal Article

Mechatronics, 54 , pp. 144-154, 2018.

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Villani, V; Pini, F; Leali, F; Secchi, ; Fantuzzi, C

Survey on Human-Robot Interaction for Robot Programming in Industrial Applications Conference

Proc. 16th IFAC Symp. Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (INCOM), 2018.

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Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Levratti, A; Fantuzzi, C

An Industrial Social Network for Sharing Knowledge Among Operators Conference

Proc. 16th IFAC Symp. Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (INCOM), 2018.

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Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Czerniak, J N; Mertens, A; Fantuzzi, C

MATE robots simplifying my work: benefits and socio-ethical implications Journal Article

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 25 (1), pp. 37-45, 2018.

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Villani, V; Pini, F; Leali, F; Secchi, C

Survey on Human-Robot Collaboration in Industrial Settings: Safety, Intuitive Interfaces and Applications Journal Article

Mechatronics, 2018, ISSN: 0957-4158.

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Loch, F; Czerniak, J; Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Fantuzzi, C; Mertens, A; Vogel-Heuser, B

An Adaptive Speech Interface for Assistance in Maintenance and Changeover Procedure Conference

Human-Computer Interaction. Interaction Technologies, Springer, Cham, 2018.

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Lotti, G; Villani, V; Battilani, N; Fantuzzi, C

Towards an integrated approach for supporting the workers in Industry 4.0 Conference

Proc. 1st IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS-2018), IEEE 2018.

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Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Secchi, C; Fantuzzi, C

A Framework for Affect-Based Natural Human-Robot Interaction Conference

27th IEEE Int. Symp. Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 2018.

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Sabattini, L; Villani, V; Czerniak, J N; Loch, F; Mertens, A; Vogel-Heuser, B; Fantuzzi, C

Methodological Approach for the Evaluation of an Adaptive and Assistive Human-Machine System Conference

14th IEEE Conf. Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), IEEE 2018.

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Villani, V; Capelli, B; Sabattini, L

Use of Virtual Reality for the Evaluation of Human-Robot Interaction Systems in Complex Scenarios Conference

27th IEEE Int. Symp. Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 2018.

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Czerniak, J; Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Loch, F; Vogel-Heuser, B; Fantuzzi, C; Brandl, C; Mertens, A

Systematic approach to develop a flexible adaptive human-machine system Conference

Proc. 20th Congress International Ergonomics Association (IEA), 2018.

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2017

Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Secchi, C; Fantuzzi, C

Natural Interaction Based on Affective Robotics for Multi-Robot Systems Conference

Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems (MRS), Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2017.

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Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Secchi, C; Fantuzzi, C

A General Approach to Natural Human-Robot Interaction Conference

Human Friendly Robotics, Springer, Cham, 2017.

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Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Riggio, G; Secchi, C; Minelli, M; Fantuzzi, C

A Natural Infrastructure-Less Human-Robot Interaction System Journal Article

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2 (3), pp. 1640 - 1647, 2017.

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Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Riggio, G; Levratti, A; Secchi, C; Fantuzzi, C

Interacting With a Mobile Robot with a Natural Infrastructure-Less Interface Conference

Proc. IFAC 20th World Congress Int. Federation Autom. Control IFAC, IFAC-PapersOnLine 2017.

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Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Czerniak, J N; Mertens, A; Vogel-Heuser, B; Fantuzzi, C

Towards Modern Inclusive Factories: A Methodology for the Development of Smart Adaptive Human-Machine Interfaces Conference

22nd IEEE Int. Conf. Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA), IEEE 2017.

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Sabattini, L; Villani, V; Czerniak, J N; Mertens, A; Fantuzzi, C

Methodological Approach for the Design of a Complex Inclusive Human-Machine System Conference

13th IEEE Conf. Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), IEEE 2017.

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2016

Fasano, A; Longhi, S; Monteriù, A; Villani, V

A Detection-Estimation Approach with Refinement to Filtering for Gaussian Systems with Intermittent Observations Conference

Proc. 55th IEEE Conf. Decision and Control (CDC), Las Vegas, NV USA, 2016.

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Villani, V; Sabattini, L; Battilani, N; Fantuzzi, C

Smartwatch-Enhanced Interaction with an Advanced Troubleshooting System for Industrial Machines Conference

13th IFAC/IFIP/IFORS/IEA Symp. Analysis, Design, and Evaluation of Human-Machine Systems, Kyoto, JP, 2016.

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Villani, V; Battilani, N; Lotti, G; Fantuzzi, C

MyAID: a Troubleshooting Application for Supporting Human Operators in Industrial Environment Conference

13th IFAC/IFIP/IFORS/IEA Symp. Analysis, Design, and Evaluation of Human-Machine Systems, Kyoto, JP, 2016.

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2015

Fasano, A; Monteriù, A; Villani, V

A Detection-Estimation Approach to Filtering with Intermittent Observations with Generally Correlated Packet Dropouts Conference

Proc. 54th IEEE Conf. Decision and Control (CDC), Osaka, JP, 2015.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V

ECG Baseline Wander Removal with Recovery of the Isoelectric Level Conference

IEEE Comput. Cardiol. (CinC), Nice, FR, 2015.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V

Fast and Effective Estimation of Narrowband Components for Bioelectrical Signals Conference

Proc. 37th Annu. Int. Conf. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc. (EMBC), Milan, IT, 2015.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V

Statistical Assessment of Performance of Algorithms for Detrending RR Series Conference

Proc. 37th Annu. Int. Conf. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc. (EMBC), Milan, IT, 2015.

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2014

Villani, V; Fasano, A

A Framework for ECG Signal Preprocessing based on Quadratic Variation Reduction Conference

IEEE Comput. Cardiol. (CinC), 41 , IEEE, Cambridge, USA, 2014, ISSN: 2325-8853.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V

Fast estimation of narrowband components for ECG signals Conference

Quarto Congresso del Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria (GNB), Pavia, IT, 2014.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V

Fast Detrending of RR series for HRV analysis Conference

Quarto Congresso del Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria (GNB), Pavia, IT, 2014.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V

ECG Baseline Wander Removal by QVR Preserving the ST Segment Conference

8th Conf. European Study Group on Cardiac Oscillations (ESGCO), Trento, IT, 2014.

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Muratore, M; Conversano, F; Renna, M D; Villani, V; Casciaro, S

Osteoporotic Fractures: Risk Estimation, Possible Therapies and Related Costs Conference

3rd Imeko TC13 Symp. Meas. Biol. Med., Lecce, IT, 2014.

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Villani, V; Conversano, F; Aventaggiato, M; Chiriacò, F; Muratore, M; Casciaro, S

Implementation of a Model Database for a Novel Ultrasonic Approach to Bone Evaluation Conference

3rd Imeko TC13 Symp. Meas. Biol. Med., Lecce, IT, 2014.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V

Baseline Wander Removal for Bioelectrical Signals by Quadratic Variation Reduction Journal Article

Signal Process., 99 , pp. 48-57, 2014.

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2013

Villani, V; Fasano, A

Fast Detrending of Unevenly Sampled Series with Application to HRV Conference

IEEE Comput. Cardiol. (CinC), 40 , Zaragoza, ES, 2013.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V

Baseline Wander Removal in ECG and AHA Recommendations Conference

IEEE Comput. Cardiol. (CinC), 40 , Zaragoza, ES, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-4799-0886-8.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V

ECG Baseline Wander Removal and Impact on Beats Morphology: A Comparative Analysis Conference

IEEE Comput. Cardiol. (CinC), 40 , Zaragoza, ES, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-4799-0886-8.

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Villani, V

A framework for ECG signal processing based on quadratic variation reduction PhD Thesis

Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, 2013.

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2012

Fasano, A; Villani, V

Joint Denoising and Narrowband Artifact Rejection for ECG Signals Conference

IEEE Comput. Cardiol. (CinC), 39 , Krakow, PL, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-4673-2077-1.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V; Iannello, G

Fast and Effective Baseline Wander Estimation and Removal Conference

Terzo Congresso del Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria (GNB), Rome, IT, 2012.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V; Iannello, G

ECG Denoising and Power-line Interference Rejection by Local Quadratic Variation Reduction Conference

Terzo Congresso del Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria (GNB), Rome, IT, 2012.

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2011

Fasano, A; Villani, V; Vollero, L

ECG Smoothing and Denoising by Local Quadratic Variation Reduction Conference

Proc. 4th Int. Symp. Appl. Sci. Biomed. Commun. Tech. (ISABEL), Barcelona, ES, 2011.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V; Vollero, L

Fast ECG Baseline Wander Removal Preserving the ST Segment Conference

Proc. 4th Int. Symp. Appl. Sci. Biomed. Commun. Tech. (ISABEL), Barcelona, ES, 2011.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V; Vollero, L

Baseline Wander Estimation and Removal by Quadratic Variation Reduction Conference

Proc. 33rd Annu. Int. Conf. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc. (EMBC), Boston, USA, 2011.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V; Vollero, L

Denoising and Harmonic Artifacts Rejection for ECG P-Waves by Quadratic Variation Reduction Conference

Proc. 33rd Annu. Int. Conf. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc. (EMBC), Boston, USA, 2011.

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Fasano, A; Villani, V; Vollero, L; Censi, F

ECG P-Wave Smoothing and Denoising by Quadratic Variation Reduction Conference

Proc. 4th Int. Conf. Bio-Inspired Syst. Signal Process. (BIOSIGNAL), Rome, IT, 2011.

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Villani, V; Fasano, A; Vollero, L; Censi, F; Boriani, G

Measuring P-wave morphological variability for AF-prone patients identification Conference

Proc. 4th Int. Conf. Bio-Inspired Syst. Signal Process. (BIOSIGNAL), Rome, IT, 2011.

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