BIO-SKETCH


I was born in Napoli (Italy). I received both my M.Sc. and B.Sc. from the University of Naples Federico II in Automation Engineering.

My B.Sc. thesis was the result of a collaboration between the University of Naples Federico II and the Italian Aerospace Centre (CIRA). I worked on a survey of swarm intelligence algorithms to use in a multi-robot scenario (specifically post-catastrophic events).


Master thesis (ETH)

For my M.Sc. thesis, I worked at the ETH Zurich and Disney Research Zurich for 6 months under the supervision of Javier Alonso Mora, Konrad Rudin, and Paul Beardsley. The topics addressed were the ones of estimation of wind effects on a quadrotor UAV.


Research Scientist (ZFT)

After obtaining my M.Sc. I moved to Germany at the Zentrum fur Telematik where I worked for 13 months under the supervision of Prof. Klaus Schilling and Kai Schwedelm. There, I worked mainly on the control of Dielectric Elastomers Generators (DEGs) and on a project called EUROPAS. The latter was dealing with the payload choice of a fixed-wing UAV. I also supervised groups of students for their projects regarding the SpaceMaster and participated in the preparation and submission of two proposals for the H2020 European framework.


Ph.D. Student (INRIA Rennes, Boston University)

In October 2014 I started a Ph.D. in Robotics at the Irisa/INRIA Rennes Bretagne Atlantique under the supervision of Paolo Robuffo Giordano, in the LAGADIC team lead by Francois Chaumette. The main goal of my Ph.D. was the autonomous navigation of a group of Unmanned-Aerial-Vehicles (UAVs) in GPS-denied environments through camera information. In order to do that we chose as the core of my work the algebraic graph theory and, specifically, the rigidity theory.

During my Ph.D. I had the great opportunity of spending 6 months at Boston University under the supervision of Roberto Tron. I worked on the observability properties of a group of quadrotor UAVs in order to estimate the scale of the formation.

I defended my Ph.D. thesis on the 11th of January 2018 and between February and July 2018 I was a researcher with CNRS, working always at INRIA Rennes. Since February my focus is to use cameras onboard UAVs in order to extract bearing information.


Scientific collaborator / Postdoctoral researcher (EPFL)

In August 2018 I moved to Lausanne for a Scientific collaborator/Postdoctoral researcher position at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) at the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). I am in the group of Prof. Dario Floreano were, among other things, I am leading the research line of Aerial Swarms. 

At EPFL my main activities are:

  • Supervision of the Ph.D. work of Fabian Schilling and Enrica Soria
  • Supervision of the Ph.D. work of Matteo Macchini
  • Preparation of multiple proposals, national (e.g., SNSF) and international (e.g., H2020)
    • I am leading the preparation of the technical work package of an H2020 proposal which already passed the 1st stage. We are currently in preparation of the text for the 2nd (and last) stage.
  • Lecturer for the Aerial Robotics course
    • I am responsible, with my colleague William Stewart, of giving lectures at the course of Aerial Robotics for the Master in Robotics at the EPFL, held by Prof. Dario Floreano.
      My lectures include topics related to control, estimation, navigation, perception in flying robots as well as insect-inspired flight control, the basics of a motion capture system and other challenging topics.
  • Supervision of several master thesis (TODO: look here for videos of some of them)
  • Supervision of multiple semester projects (TODO: look here for videos of some of them)
  • Supervision of two interns in a project meant to scare birds from sensitive buildings
  • Contact for external companies interested in working with academia (e.g., Swisscom)
  • Lab visits


In the map below you find the places where I’ve lived

 

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Ph.D. thesis defense – 11th of January 2018

I defended my thesis with the title Bearing-based Localization and Control for Multiple Quadrotor UAVs in fron of a stellar committee: Alcherio Martinoli / Rapporteur, Associate Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland Nicolas Marchand/ Rapporteur, Directeur de Recherche CNRS – HDR, GIPSA-lab Grenoble, Control Systems Department, France [not in the picture] Bruno Siciliano / Examinateur, Full professor, Università degli … Continue reading Ph.D. thesis defense – 11th of January 2018

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