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I am a Post-Doc Research Fellow at Sapienza University of Rome, in the Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering "Antonio Ruberti" (DIAG).

I received the Master Degree in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in 2015, at Sapienza University of Rome. I spent four months at LIRMM in Montpellier, France, to work on a Master thesis about vision-based navigation of vehicles driven by humanoid robots.

In 2019, I received a Ph.D. in Automatica, Bioingegneria e Ricerca Operativa (ABRO) at Sapienza University of Rome, working with the Robotics research group. The thesis, entitled "Vision-based methods for state estimation and control of robotic systems with application to mobile and surgical robots", fully covered my research areas.

In particular, I dealt with humanoid navigation in cluttered environments, surgical needle pose estimation and dense vision-based active perception methods for Structure-from-Motion problems. The latter topic has been developed during a Visiting Scholarship at IRISA-INRIA of Rennes, France.

As a sideline, I contributed to develop a surgical simulator in augmented reality for the da Vinci robot system. Visit the Research page for more details.

Currently, my research topics regard interaction force estimation problems for needle insertion procedures in surgical context and robot-assisted localization and positioning of thermal applicators for oncology hyperthermia treatments.

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08-10-2021 The manuscript M. Ferro, C. R. Gaz, M. Vendittelli, "Online needle-tissue interaction model identification for force feedback enhancement in robot-assisted interventional procedures" has been accepted for publication to the international journal IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics & Bionics (T-MRB) and is available in Early Access at the IEEE Xplore digital library.

18-04-2021 The paper L. Saiella, A. Cristofaro, M. Ferro, M. Vendittelli, "Fault-tolerant formation control of a team of quadrotors with a suspended payload" has been accepted to the 2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS 2021) to be held in Athens, Greece, on June 15-18.

19-03-2021 The manuscript M. Ferro, C. R. Gaz, M. Vendittelli, "Enhanced sensing of needle-tissue interaction force in interventional procedures supported by robots" has been submitted to the international journal IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics & Bionics (T-MRB). The paper is currently under review.

04-06-2020 I presented the abstract M. Ferro, C. R. Gaz, M. Vendittelli, "A framework for sensorless identification of needle-tissue interaction forces in robot-assisted biopsies" at ICRA 2020 Workshop on Shared Autonomy: Learning and Control (SALC).

26-02-2020 I pursued the qualification from French National Council of Universities (Conseil National des Universites), to be eligible for an application as Maitre de Conferences in French Universities.

29-08-2019 The paper G. A. Fontanelli, M. Selvaggio, M. Ferro, F. Ficuciello, M. Vendittelli and B. Siciliano, "Portable dVRK: an augmented V-REP simulator of the da Vinci Research Kit" is published in the Special Issue 2019 on Platforms for Medical Robotics Research of the journal Acta Polytechnica Hungarica. See further details about this project here.

09-08-2019 I joined the International Program Committee of the fourth IEEE International Conference on Robotic Computing (IRC 2020), that will be held in Taichung, Taiwan, on March 09-11, 2020.