Paolo Rocco was born in Busto Arsizio (Italy) in 1966. He received the 'Laurea' degree cum laude in Electronic Engineering and the Doctorate degree in Computer Science and Automation in 1991 and 1995, respectively, both from Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
From Spring to Fall 1995 he was a visiting scholar at the School of Mechanical Engineering of Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA, working with Prof. Wayne J. Book on control of flexible manipulators.
Since 1996 Dr. Rocco has been with the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering of Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently Full Professor in Systems and Control. He teaches Automatic Control to Mechanical and Aerospace engineering students and Control of Industrial Robots to Automation engineering students.
From 2013 to 2018 he has served as Chair of the BSc and MSc Programs in Automation and Control Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.
Dr. Rocco has served in the executive board of SIDRA, the national society of Italian Professors in Automatic Control, and of ANIPLA, the Italian National Association for the Automation.
At present he serves in the Board of Directors of euRobotics, the association of all stakeholders in robotics in Europe, private part in the PPP (Public Private Partnership) SPARC.
He is co-founder of Smart Robots, a spin-off company of Politecnico di Milano.
Dr. Rocco served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics from 2004 to 2008. He has also served in the International Program Committee of the IEEE/ASME Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics for several editions as well as in other international conferences (including RSS 2008). He has been co-editor of a special issue on Mechatronics of the IFAC journal "Annual reviews in control".
Paolo Rocco has been a member of the Conference Editorial Board (CEB) of the Robotics and Automation Society of the IEEE, serving as an Associate Editor for ICRA (2007-2013) and IROS (2009-2011).
He has also served as a member (2010-2016) of the EURON, later EuRobotics, Education and Training Board, in charge of the evaluation of candidates for the PhD Thesis award.
At present Paolo Rocco serves as a Senior Editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters and as an Associate Editor for the IFAC journal Mechatronics.
Paolo Rocco has been in charge of several research projects with industrial partners and public bodies (the Lombardy Region, the Italian Ministry for Research and University, the European Commission).
In particular he has been the person in charge for Politecnico di Milano in the FP7 four years long European Integrating Project ROSETTA (ICT - 230902) on robotics, recently completed.
Dr. Rocco’s research interests include industrial robotics, physical human-robot interaction, redundant manipulators, use of computer vision in robotics, control of servomechanisms, and mechatronics in general. He is the author of about 150 papers in international journals, book chapters and both international and national conferences.
He serves as an expert for the European Commission and for the Italian Ministry of University and Research for the evaluation of proposals and ongoing projects.