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Francesco Mannella

Email:
francesco.mannella@istc.cnr.it
Telephone: 
+ 39 06 44595230
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+ 39 06 44595243
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Via San Martino della Battaglia 44 - 00185 Rome - Italy

Profile

Position: 
Research Fellow
Keywords:
  • Artificial Neural Networks;
  • Computational Neuroscience;
  • Emotions and Motivations;
  • Goal-directed behaviour;
  • motor control;
  • Neuromodulation;
  • Reinforcement Learning;
Short profile: 

I am a psychologist and a neuroscientist. My current work is about bio-constrained embodied computational modelling. The aim is building computational models of Pavlovian and operant conditioning, goal directed behaviour, decision making, and in general of the interaction between action, cognition, emotions and motivations. The models studied aim to explain the interaction between the real neural components in the brain of superior vertebrates, being constrained by bio-behavioural, neuro-anatomical and neuro-physiological data. My work includes building computational hypotheses about neuro-modulation, plasticity and learning. The built models are tested as control systems of real or simulated robots in order to solve tasks that are similar to those presented to real animals or humans. In building those model I use artificial neural networks, in particular continuous time recurrent networks, reservoir computing, attractor networks.

Publications


Journal articles

   2016
Mannella F., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G. Goal-Directed Behavior and Instrumental Devaluation: A Neural System-Level Computational Model. In: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 10 article n. 181. Frontiers Media, 2016.  image   image   image

   2015
Mannella F., Baldassarre G. Selection of cortical dynamics for motor behaviour by the basal ganglia. In: Biological Cybernetics, vol. 109 (6) pp. 575 - 595. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2015.  image   image   image

   2014
Fiore V., Mannella F., Mirolli M., Latagliata E., Valzania A., Cabib S., Dolan R., Puglisi-Allegra S., Baldassarre G. Corticolimbic catecholamines in stress: a computational model of the appraisal of controllability. In: Brain Structure and Function, pp. e1 - 15. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, [Online First 04 February 2014]  image   image   image
Fiore V., Sperati V., Mannella F., Mirolli M., Gurney K., Firston K., Dolan R., Baldassarre G. Keep focussing: striatal dopamine multiple functions resolved in a single mechanism tested in a simulated humanoid robot. In: Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 5 (124) pp. e1 - 17. Frontiers Media S.A, 2014.  image   image

   2013
Baldassarre G., Mannella F., Fiore V. G., Redgrave P., Gurney K., Mirolli M. Intrinsically motivated action-outcome learning and goal-based action recall: A system-level bio-constrained computational model. In: Neural Networks, vol. 41 pp. 168 - 187. Autonomous Learning. Elsevier, 2013.  image   image   image
Mannella F., Gurney K., Baldassarre G. The nucleus accumbens as a nexus between values and goals in goal-directed behavior: a review and a new hypothesis. In: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 7 pp. e1 - 29. Frontiers, 2013.  image   image   image

   2010
Mirolli M., Mannella F., Baldassarre G. The roles of the amygdala in the affective regulation of body, brain and behaviour. In: Connection Science, vol. 22 (3) pp. 215 - 245. 2010.  image

   2007
Mannella F., Baldassarre G. A neural-network reinforcement-learning model of domestic chicks that learn to localise the centre of closed arenas. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, vol. 362 (1479) pp. 383 - 401. 2007.  image

   2006
Mannella F., Baldassarre G. Punti di forza e di debolezza dei modelli di apprendimento per rinforzo: un'applicazione all'orientamento spaziale nei pulcini. In: Sistemi Intelligenti, vol. 18 (1) pp. 75 - 84. Il Mulino, 2006.  image

Contribution to Book/Monograph

   2013
Baldassarre G., Caligiore D., Mannella F. The hierarchical organisation of cortical and basal-ganglia systems: a computationally-informed review and integrated hypothesis. In: Computational and Robotic Models of the Hierarchical Organisation of Behaviour. pp. 237 - 270. G. Baldassarre, M. Mirolli (eds.). Berlin: Springer, 2013.  image   image

   2010
Mannella F., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G. The interplay of pavlovian and instrumental processes in devaluation experiments: a computational embodied neuroscience model tested with a simulated rat. In: Modelling Perception With Artificial Neural Networks. pp. 93 - 113. Tosh C. and Ruxton G (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.  image

Proceedings

   2009
Baldassarre G., Mirolli M., Mannella F., Caligiore D., Visalberghi E., Natale F., Truppa V., Sabbatini G., Guglielmelli E., Keller F., Campolo D., Redgrave P., Gurney K., Stafford T., Triesh J., Weber C., Rothkopf C., Nehmzow U., Condell J., Siddique M., Lee M., Huelse M., Schmidhuber J., Gomez F., Foester A., Togelius J., Barto A. The IM-CLeVeR project: intrinsically motivated cumulative learning versatile robots. In: EpiRob'2009 - Ninth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems (Venice, Italy, 12-14 November 2009). Proceedings, pp. 189 - 190. L. Canamero, P.Y. Oudeyer, C. Balkenius (eds.). (Lund University Cognitive Studies, vol. 146). Lund University Cognitive Studies, 2009.  image
Koene A., Mannella F., Baldassarre G. Distal place recognition based navigation control inspired by hippocampus-amygdala interactions. In: EpiRob2009 - Ninth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems, 2009. (Venice, Italy, 12-14 November 2009). Proceedings, pp. 215 - 216. L. Canamero, P.Y. Oudeyer, C.Balkenius (eds.). (Lund University Cognitive Studies, vol. 146). Lund University Cognitive Studies, 2009.  image
Mannella F., Koene A., Baldassarre G. Navigation via Pavlovian conditioning: A robotic bio-constrained model of autoshaping in rats. In: EpiRob2009 - Ninth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems, 2009. (Venice, Italy, 12-14 November 2009). Proceedings, pp. 97 - 104. L. Canamero, P.Y. Oudeyer, C. Balkenius (eds.). (Lund University Cognitive Studies, vol. 146). Lund University Cognitive Studies, 2009.  image

   2008
Fiore V. G., Mannella F., Mirolli M., Gurney K., Baldassarre G. Instrumental conditioning driven by neutral stimuli: A model tested with a simulated robotic rat. In: EpiRob'08 - Eighth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems (Brighton, UK, 30-31 July 2008). Proceedings, pp. 13 - 20. M. Schlesinger, L. Berthouze, C. Balkenius (eds.). (Lund University Cognitive Studies, vol. 139). Lund University Cognitive Studies, 2008.  image
Mannella F., Zappacosta S., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G. A computational model of the amygdala nuclei's role in second order conditioning. In: SAB 2008 - From Animals to Animats 10, 10th International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, SAB 2008. Proceedings (Osaka, Japan, 7-12 July 2008). Proceedings, pp. 321 - 330. M. Asada, J. C.T. Hallam, J.-A. Meyer, J. Tani (eds.). (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, vol. 5040). Springer, 2008.  image   image   image

   2007
Mannella F., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G. The role of amygdala in devaluation: a model tested with a simulated robot. In: EpiRob2007 - Seventh International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems, 2007. (Piscataway, NJ, 5-7 November 2007). Proceedings, pp. 77 - 84. L. Berthouze, C.G. Prince, M. Littman, H. Kozima, C. Balkenius (eds.). (Lund University Cognitive Studies, vol. 135). Lund University, 2007.  image   image

   2006
Mannella F., Baldassarre G. Possible roles of orbitofrontal-amygdala loop in modulation of basal ganglia activation. In: WIVA3 - Terzo Workshop Italiano di Vita Artificiale (Siena, Italy, 13-15 Settembre 2006). Atti, Acerbi A., Giansante S., Marocco D (eds.). 2006.  image
Ognibene D., Mannella F., Pezzulo G., Baldassarre G. Integrating reinforcement-learning, accumulator models and motor-primitives to study action selection and researching in monkeys. In: ICCM-06 - Seventh International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (Trieste, 5-8 April 2006). Proceedings, pp. 214 - 219. D. Fum, F. Del Missier, A. Stocco (eds.). Edizioni Goliardiche, 2006.  image

   2005
Mannella F., Baldassarre G. Alla ricerca del centro: un modello della navigazione nei pulcini. In: Secondo Workshop Italiano di Vita Artificiale (Roma, Italy, 2-5 Marzo 2005). Atti, Baldassarre G., Marocco D. Mirolli M (eds.). 2005.  image

Technical reports

   2011
Law J., Lee M., Shaw P., Huelse M., Caligiore D., Mannella F., Fiore V., Sperati V., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G., Barto A., Vigorito C., Konidaris G., Botvinick M., Niv Y., Dimitrakakis C., Lonini L., Toutounji H., Rothkopf C., Triesch J., Ring M., Schaul T., Kompella V., Pape L., Schmidhuber J., Formica D., Taffoni F., Keller F., Guglielmelli E., Lewis J., Chambers J., Redgrave P., Gurney K., Gatsoulis Y., Kerr E., Das G., Riano L., Condell J., Siddique N., McGinnity M. Hierarchical architectures. Deliverable D6.1 of the EU-funded Integrated Project "IM-CLeVeR - Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robots", contract no. FP7-ICT-IP-231722. Technical report, 2011.

Dissertations

   2009
Mannella F. Exploring the psychobiology of emotions and motivations through computational models. Scuola di Dottorato in Neuroscienze. Dottorato in Psicobiologia e Psicofarmacologia, Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza". Ph.D. Dissertation, 2009.  image

Abstracts

   2016
Caligiore D., Mannella F., Baldassarre G. Modelli neuro-computazionali di sistema per studiare il tremore nel morbo di Parkinson e testare terapie alternative. In: Convegno Italiano AIP-ISTC Le nuove tecnologie e il valore sociale della ricerca psicologica (Roma, 19 Settembre 2016).   image

   2015
Baldassarre G., Mannella F., Santucci V. G., Sperati V., Caligiore D., Cartoni E., Da Silva B. C., Mirolli M. Open-ended learning of skills in robots: insights from looking at the brain. In: RLDM2015 - The Second Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 7-10 June 2015). Abstract, pp. e1 - 5. University of Alberta, 2015.  image   image

   2014
Mannella F., Baldassarre G. Learning and selecting actions: a computational model of the basal-ganglia cortical dynamic interplay. In: SBDM 2014 - Fourth Symposium on Biology of Decision Making, 2014 (Paris, France, 26-28 May 2014).   image

   2013
Caligiore D., Mannella F., Pezzulo G., Miall C., Baldassarre G. Subcortical involvement in action understanding. In: ESF-FENS The Brain Conferences - ESF-FENS The Brain Conferences ''The Neurobiology of Action'' (Stresa, Italy, 20-24 October 2013).   image
Cartoni E., Mannella F., Puglisi-Allegra S., Baldassarre G. A Bayesian model for a Pavlovian-instrumental transfer hypothesis. In: RLDM2013 - The First Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (Princeton, NJ, USA, 25-27 October 2013). Abstract, pp. e1 - 5. University of Princeton, 2013.  image
Mannella F., Baldassarre G. The interaction between basal ganglia and cortex during action learning and selection: a computational model. In: ESF-FENS - ESF-FENS The Brain Conferences ''The Neurobiology of Action'' (Stresa, Italy, 20-24 October 2013).   image

   2011
Baldassarre G., Mannella F., Fiore V. G., Sperati V., Caligiore D., Mirolli M., Shaw P., Law J., Lee M., Taffoni F., Formica D., Keller F., Guglielmelli E. An experiment and a bio-constrained model of children's action-outcome learning driven by intrinsic motivations. In: ICDL-EPIROB 2011 - IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (Frankfurt am Main, 24-27 August 2011). Abstract, article n. e1-2. IEEE Xpress, 2011.  image
Mannella F., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G. A system-level neural model of the brain mechanisms underlying instrumental devaluation in rats. In: COSYNE 2011 - Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 24-28 February 2011). Abstract, article n. 1. Nature Precedings, 2011.  image   image   image

   2010
Fiore V. G., Mannella F., Mirolli M., Cabib S., Puglisi-Allegra S., Baldassarre G. A computational model of dopamine and norepinephrine dynamics in rats exposed to prolonged, inescapable stress. In: Neuroscience 2010 - 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (San Diego, USA, 13-17 November 2010). Abstract, article n. 1. Society for Neuroscience, 2010.  image

   2009
Fiore V. G., Mannella F., Mirolli M., Cabib S., Puglisi-Allegra S., Baldassarre G. A computational model of stress coping in rats. In: BCCN 2009 - Bernstein Conference on Computational Neuroscience 2009 (Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 30 September - 2 October 2009). Abstract, article n. 1. Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, 2009.  image
Mannella F., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G. A computational model of goal-driven behaviours and habits in rats. In: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Bernstein Conference on Computational Neuroscience (Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 30 September - 2 October 2009). Abstract, article n. 1. Zhu J., Krieg D (eds.). Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology, 2009.  image

   2008
Mannella F., Mirolli M., Baldassarre G. Computational principles underlying the functioning of amygdala in the affective regulation of behaviour. In: workshop on "The role of emotion in adaptive behaviour and cognitive robotics". (Osaka, Japan, 11-12 July 2008).   image