Francesco Donnarumma

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Via San Martino della Battaglia 44 - 00185 Rome - Italy


Researcher (Fixed Term)
  • cognitive modelling;
  • cognitive robotics;
  • Machine Learning and Neural Networks;
Short profile: 

I am a Researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC-CNR), in Rome. I got a degree in Physics (Cybernetics) at the University of Naples Federico II and a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science at the  Department of Mathematics of the University of Naples Federico II.

My research focuses on computational modelling of brain functions. Now, I am working on an architecture (a multi-purpose interpreter) based on Dynamical Neural Networks endowed with the concept of programmability in such a way to exhibit multiple behaviours and “fast“ switching among them. I am working on applications for cognitive robotic systems and studying its machine learning consequences.
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Journal articles

Donnarumma F., Costantini M., Ambrosini E., Friston K., Pezzulo G. Action perception as hypothesis testing. In: Cortex, vol. 89 pp. 45 - 60. Elsevier, 2017.  image   image   image
Donnarumma F., Dindo H., Pezzulo G. Sensorimotor coarticulation in the execution and recognition of intentional actions. In: Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 8 p. 237. Frontiers, 2017.  image   image   image

Donnarumma F., Prevete R., De Giorgio A., Montone G., Pezzulo G. Learning programs is better than learning dynamics: a Programmable Neural Network Hierarchical Architecture in a multi-task Scenario. In: Adaptive Behavior, vol. 24 (1) pp. 27 - 51. SAGE, 2016. [Online First 29 October 2016]  image   image   image
Donnarumma F., Maisto D., Pezzulo G. Problem Solving as Probabilistic Inference with Subgoaling: Explaining Human Successes and Pitfalls in the Tower of Hanoi. In: PLoS Computational Biology, vol. 12 (4) pp. 1 - 30. PLOS, 2016.  image   image   image
Maisto D., Donnarumma F., Pezzulo G. Nonparametric Problem-Space Clustering: Learning Efficient Codes for Cognitive Control Tasks. In: Entropy, vol. 18 (2) article n. 61. MDPI, 2016. [Online First 19 February 2016]  image   image   image

Candidi M., Curioni A., Donnarumma F., Sacheli L. M., Pezzulo G. Interactional Leader-Follower sensorimotor communication strategies during repetitive joint actions. In: Journal of The Royal Society Interface, vol. 12 (110) pp. 1 - 12. The Royal Society, 2015. [Online First 02 September 2015]  image   image   image
Dindo H., Donnarumma F., Chersi F., Pezzulo G. The Intentional Stance as Structure Learning: A Computational Perspective on Mindreading. In: Biological Cybernetics, vol. 109 (4) pp. 453 - 467. Springer-Verlag, 2015.  image   image   image
Donnarumma F., Prevete R., Chersi F., Pezzulo G. A Programmer-Interpreter neural network architecture for prefrontal cognitive control. In: International Journal of Neural Systems, vol. 25 (6) article n. 1550017. World Scientific, 2015.  image   image   image
Maisto D., Donnarumma F., Pezzulo G. Divide et Impera: subgoaling reduces the complexity of probabilistic inference and problem solving. In: Journal of The Royal Society Interface, vol. 12 (104) pp. 1 - 13. The Royal Society Publishing, 2015.  image   image   image


Pezzulo G., Rigoli F., Donnarumma F., Chersi F. Hippocampal forward sweeps and the balance of goal-directed and habitual controllers: a Bayesian approach. In: Frontiers in Neuroscience. Abstract, vol. - (-) p. -. Conference Abstract: Neural Coding, Decision-Making & Integration in Time. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2012.  image   image   image