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Petar Kormushev

  • Ph.D.
  • Team Leader
  • Italian Institute of Technology, AR - Advanced Robotics
  • 59PublicationsNumber of items in Petar's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 9Followers


Petar Kormushev is a Team Leader (equivalent to Assistant Professor) at the Advanced Robotics department of the Italian Institute of Technology, doing research in robotics and machine learning. 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. Since 2012 he is 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.

Research interests

Recent publications

  • Learning Reactive Robot Behavior for Autonomous Valve Turning

    • Ahmadzadeh S
    • Jamisola R
    • Kormushev P
    • et al.
  • Online Discovery of AUV Control Policies to Overcome Thruster Failures

    • Ahmadzadeh S
    • Carrera A
    • Leonetti M
    • et al.

Professional experience

Team Leader

Italian Institute of Technology, AR - Advanced Robotics

October 2011 - Present

Senior Post Doc

Italian Institute of Technology, AR - Advanced Robotics

October 2009 - October 2011(2 years)



Tokyo Institute of Technology/Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems Science

March 2006 - September 2009(4 years)

MSc. in Artificial Intelligence

Sofia University, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics

October 1999 - March 2006(6 years)

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