Stefano Carpin received his “Laurea” (MSc) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Padova, Italy in 1999 and 2003, respectively. From 2003 to 2006 he held faculty positions with the International University Bremen, Germany. Since 2007 he has been with the School of Engineering at UC Merced, where he established and leads the UC Merced robotics laboratory. He is also the founding director of UC Merced's Center for Autonomous and Interactive Systems (CAIS), and from 2008 to 2014 was the chair for graduate studies with emphasis area in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

His research interests include mobile and cooperative robotics for service tasks, and robot algorithms. He published more than 100 papers in international journals, conferences, and workshops, and he is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He routinely serves as associate editor or program committee member for the major international conferences in robotics. From 2010 to 2014 he was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and he is a guest editor for a special issue of the Autonomous Robots journal on Constrained decision-making in robotics: models, algorithms, and applications. From 2006 to 2009 he served as elected executive member of the RoboCup federation. Under his supervision, teams participating in the RoboCupRescue Virtual Robots competition won second place in 2006 and 2008, and first place in 2009.

Since he moved to UC Merced his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Lab, the Department of Commerce (NIST), the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), Microsoft Research, and General Motors.