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Meet Mauro Bellone – first adjunct professor in FinEst Centre for Smart Cities

Mauro received the M.S. degree in Automation Engineering from the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy, where he also received the Ph.D. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 2014. His interests comprise mobile robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, energy, computer vision and control systems. His research is focused on the area of advanced sensory perception for mobile robotics and autonomous driving.


In 2013-14, as visiting researcher at University of Almerìa, Spain, he worked with the Automatic, Electronic and Robotics Research Group TEP-197 studying new advanced navigation techniques for mobile robotics and autonomous driving. From 2015 to 2020, he worked with the applied artificial intelligence research group of Chalmers University of Technology, where he was appointed as docent in cognitive robotics in 2020.


During his career he has actively contributed on several autonomous driving projects in collaboration with Volvo Trucks and several industrial and academic partners in Europe, including TalTech. The Sohjoa Baltic project was the glue of our initial collaboration.


In 2021, he was appointed as adjunct professor at FinEst Centre for Smart Cities working on smart transportation systems and autonomous driving perception, specifically in the „Future transport ecosystem management solution“ pilot project.


Mauro says that his main goal in FinEst Centre is to bring the practical experience on piloting autonomous buses to high level academic research by supporting the technical team in Tallinn.

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