Silvia Tolu

Associate Professor

Silvia Tolu

Department of Electrical and Photonics Engineering

Electro Technology Automation and Control


Building 326 Room 106

2800 Kgs. Lyngby





Bio-inspired Motor control and motor learning Cerebellar internal models Adaptive control Neurorobotics autonomous systems Robotics, Automation Brain

Field of interest: Neurorobotics - Connecting artificial brains to robots Short Bio: I am from Cagliari, Sardinia, an Italian island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. I graduated as an electronic engineer from the University of Cagliari, Italy, and I got a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Granada, Spain. My research at DTU is in the field of Neurorobotics, in particular, it is focused on an understanding of a modular approach for developing brain structures and connecting them for controlling different robotic platforms, e.g. modular robots, musculoskeletal robots, humanoids robots, and soft-robots. Most of my research has been performed in the context of European Projects (Sensopac, HBP, BioModular). Current research interests are in the following areas: Neuro-robotics, Neuromorphic Engineering, Bio-inspired control systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Applied Computational Neuroscience. The work has regarded adaptive motor control, human-robot compliant control, models of cerebellar control, and machine-learning algorithms. Leader of the NeuroRobotics Technology Lab (NRT-LAB) at DTU Watch here the inaugural talk (6 Sept. 2023). Our goal is: to combine neuroscience, computer science, and biology towards the design of bio-mimetic control architectures for real-time motor control and learning of compliant robotic systems. NRT-LAB Mission: The NRT-LAB mission is to open revolutionary paradigms in robotics and bio-inspired adaptive control to discover methods and technologies, which can be used for the benefit of society, i.e., in assistive robotics, in human-robot interactions, diagnosis and rehabilitation of neurodegenerative diseases. Student supervision: If you are interested in making a bachelor's or master project in the field of interest, you can get inspired from current and/or former student projects with me as supervisor, or you can search for them on the DTU projektbank (look for my name). Ongoing Research Projects and Roles:2022-2024 PI in LOCOPD project Funded by Lundbeck Foundation, LF experiment grant2022-2023 Co-Pi with DTI in Autonomous Robotic System for object grasping project funded by Odense Robotics2021-2024 Main Supervisor of 1 Ph.D. studentin EU Marie S. Curie ITN Project: AEROTRAIN2022-2025 Main Supervisor of 1 PhD student. Project: Compliant physical human-robot interactions by combining nonlinear model-based control with learning-based principles (DTU-TU/e Eurotech Joint Alliance) Completed Research Project and Roles:2016 - 2017 Researcher in Human Brain Project (HBP), SGA1, Neurorobotics SP10. HBP is a 10-years European project, which aims to map the human brain and create an ICT-based research infrastructure that can be used by researchers world-wide.02/2017-01/2019 Principal investigator in Marie Curie Project BioModular - Biomimetic Learning Control Scheme for control of Modular Robots. This project has been funded by the European Commission (H2020 MarieSlowdowska Curie Actions - Individual Fellowship). 2018-2020 Principal investigator in the Co-Design Project 2 (CDP2 HBP SGA2) about cerebellar implementations in robotic systems.2017 - 2020 DTU team leader and coordinator in the HBP - SGA2.2019 - 2021 PI in Bio-Inspired Compliant Control for Safe Human-Robot Interactions funded by A.N. Neergaard og Hustrus Fond. Main Ongoing International Collaborations With:PolyU, University of Hong Kong, Asst. Prof. David Navarro AlarcónThe BioRobotics Institute at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa (Italy), Prof. C. Laschi, Asst. Prof. E. Falotico.University of Bolonia, Italy, Prof. Andrea AcquavivaTechnical University of Munich, Germany, Prof. Joachim Hermsdörfer University of Copenhagen, Prof. Rune BergTechnical University of Eindhoven, Asst. Prof. Irene Kuling, Assoc. Prof. Yoeri van de Burgt In the news: 1. Robots contribute to mapping the brain 2. Researchers Develop an Artificial Cerebellum than Enables Robotic Human-like Object Handling 3.  ‘Results in Brief’ section of the European Commission’s CORDIS 4.  Complex model of the human brain controls robot 5. Audacious search for the roots of Parkinson's disease Links to my profiles: ORCID ORBIT Researchgate Google Scholar Linkedin HBP Neuro-robotics DTU Neuro-robotics