Hao Ding (born in 1980) received his BSc on Automation at Beijing Institute of Technology, China, in 2003, and his MSc on Automation and Robotics at Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Germany, in 2006. From January 2007 to July 2009, he was a research assistant at the Chair of Automatic Control Engineering at Technische Universitaet Munchen, Germany. He obtained his PhD in Control and Robotics at Universitaet Kassel, Germany, in 2013. Since 2011, he has been with ABB Corporate Research Germany, where he is currently a Senior Scientist and a Project Manager. His research interest include human-robot/machine collaboration, machinery safety, robotic assembly, and factory automation. He is the author of about 50 papers in international/national journals and conferences, and book chapters. In 2006, Dr. Ding received the EU HYCON WP2 Solar Benchmark Exercise Award with his work on supervisory control of a solar air-conditioning system. With his work on optimizing motion of robotic manipulators in interaction with human and on optimized task distribution in mixed environments, he received the Best Paper Award in ICIRA in 2011 and the Best Application Paper Award in IEEE CASE in 2014, respectively. In 2011, he was awarded by the Chinese government as an outstanding self-financed student abroad. Dr. Ding has been the independent expert on robotics for evaluation of proposals for the European Commission.

Andrea Zanchettin was born in Cremona (Italy) in 1983. He received his BSc and the MSc in Computer Science Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in September 2005 and April 2008, respectively. From June to Dicember 2008, he was beneficiary of a research grant in the context of the research field "Control of mechanical systems with low resolution sensors". During Spring 2010, he spent a research stay at the Department of Automatic Control (Reglerteknik) at Lund University, LTH. He obtained his PhD in Information Technology in 2012. From January 2012 until February 2014 he has been a temporary research assistant at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB). Since March 2014 he has been a fixed-term assistant professor at DEIB. In September 2014 he received the I-RAS Young Author Best Paper Award for a paper published in the Robotics and Automation Magazine. Dr. Zanchettin has been Social Media Chair for IROS 2014 in Chicago, and currently serves the IEEE RAS Conference Editorial Board for both ICRA and IROS conferences.

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