Stefano Carpin is Professor and founding chair of the department of Computer Science and Engineering at UC Merced. He 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 Jacobs 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

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. From 2010 to 2014 he was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) and in 2015 he was a guest editor for a special issue of the Autonomous Robots journal on Constrained decision-making in robotics: models, algorithms, and applications. He is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), an associate editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), and regularly serves as associate editor or program committee member for the major international conferences in robotics automation (ICRA, IROS, CASE). 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. In 2018, he also won the Best Conference Paper Award at the yearly IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE).

Since he joined UC Merced his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, USDA, 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.