Barbara Caputo is the coordinator of Vandal Laboratory at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Milan. She is a physicist and during her master thesis and PhD research she got interested in the field of image analysis. During her PhD she spent a period abroad, first in Germany, then in San Francisco (US), and then back to Europe in Stockholm, at KTH, in one of the most important lab in the world for computer imaging, artificial vision and robotics.
From 2005 to 2013 she worked as a senior researcher at the Indiap Research Institute in Martigny, Switzerland, where she founded the Artificial Cognitive Systems group. In 2013 she returned to Italy as Associate Professor at the University of Rome La Sapienza, where she founded the Vandal laboratory (Visual Learning and Multimodal Applications Laboratory).
In 2015, she won a grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for the RoboExNovo project, which aims to develop algorithms that allow robots to recognize objects in different environments by acquiring information from the web.
Since October 2017 she has been working at IIT, where she will further develop her project thanks to the two robotic humanoid platforms iCub and R1, with the aim to creating a “home robotics”, ie robots that are specialized in domestic environments.