Silvia Tolu

Silvia Tolu

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Technical University of Denmark


Building 326, room 110

2800 Kgs. Lyngby

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Keywords Bio-inspired | Motor control and motor learning | Cerebellar internal models | Adaptive control | Neuro-robotics

Field of interest: Neurorobotics - Connecting artificial brains to robots

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.

Longer perspective: to validate these models in realistic, dynamic and rich sensory tasks and environments. The robots will be able to adapt and learn from past experiences.

Short Bio: I am from Sardinia, an Italian island in the middle of the Mediterrean Sea. I graduated as electronic engineer from the University of Cagliari, Italy, and I got a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Granada, Spain.

My research at DTU is in the field of Neuro-robotics Engineering, in particular it is focused on an understanding of a modular approach for developing brain structures and to connect 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 on the following areas: Neuro-robotics, Neuromorphic Engineering, Bio-inspired control systems, Artificial Intelligence, Applied Computational Neuroscience.

Supervision: If you are interested in making a bachelor or master project in the areas above, you can get inspired from current and/or former student projects with me as supervisor. In addition, you can also find a general project suggestion here, more specific one here, or very specific here, or you can search them on the DTU projektbank.

Ongoing Research Projects and Roles:

  • 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.

Completed Research Project:

  • Principal investigator in Marie Curie Project BioModularBiomimetic Learning Control Scheme for control of Modular Robots. This project has been funded by the European Commission (H2020 MarieSlowdowska Curie Actions - Individual Fellowship 02/2017-01/2019). 
  • 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.

Main Ongoing Collaborations With:

  • The BioRobotics Institute at University of Pisa (Italy).
  • Dept. of Computer Architecture and Technology, University of Granada (Spain)
  • Dept. of Brain and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Pavia (Italy).
  • The  Neuroengineering lab at the Politecnico of Milan (Italy).
  • The Biorobotics Laboratory, EPFL (Switzerland)


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

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HBP Neuro-robotics

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