Paolo Rocco was born in Busto Arsizio (Italy) in 1966. He received the 'Laurea' degree cum laude in Electronics 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 Aerospace engineering students, Fundamentals of Robotics and Control of Industrial Robots to Automation engineering students, and Industrial Automation and Robotics to Management engineering students.
From 2013 to 2018 he served as Chair of the BSc and MSc Programs in Automation and Control Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. At present he sits in the Board of Governors of Politecnico di Milano, for the triennium 2022-24.
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. He has also served in the Board of Directors of MADE, the Industry 4.0 Competence Center based in Milano, where he is currently scientific responsible for the technology transfer projects. At present, he sits in the Board of Directors in euRobotics, the association of all stakeholders in robotics in Europe and of I-RIM, the association of robotics and intelligent machines in Italy. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the CLC-South of EIT-Manufacturing.
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.
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.
A Senior Member of IEEE, Paolo Rocco served as a Founding Senior Editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters and is currently serving as a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 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 was 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 200 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.