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Short biography

Dr Petar Kormushev is a Lecturer (equiv. to: Assistant Professor) in Robotics and Computing at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London, UK. He is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London, UK. Until 2015, Dr Kormushev was a Research Team Leader at the Advanced Robotics department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, Italy. In 2009 he graduated with a PhD degree in Computational Intelligence  from Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research interests include various forms of robot learning and machine learning algorithms, especially reinforcement learning for intelligent robot behavior. He holds a MSc degree in Artificial Intelligence, a MSc degree in Bio- and Medical Informatics, and a BSc degree in Computer Science from Sofia University. He has participated in many scientific projects, including European INFRAWEBS project for designing the future Semantic Web, and Japanese NEDO project for developing a common basis for next-generation robots. During 2012-2015 he was a technical coordinator of two FP7 projects (PANDORA and STIFF-FLOP) at IIT, and a co-chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robot Learning. He has won a number of prestigious awards, including a “John Atanasoff” scholarship, a “St. Kliment Ohridski” award, and a 4-year Monbukagakusho/MEXT Japanese research fellowship.