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  • 2019/06/20 – 2 papers accepted at IROS 2019:
    • A Study of a Class of Vibration-Driven Robots: Modeling, Analysis, Control and Design of the Brushbot (with Siddharth Mayya, pre-print available on arXiv)
    • Non-Uniform Robot Densities in Vibration Driven Swarms Using Phase Separation Theory (with Siddharth Mayya, pre-print available on arXiv)
  • 2019/06/17 – 2 papers accepted at MRS 2019:
    • Passivity-Based Decentralized Control of Multi-Robot Systems With Delays Using Control Barrier Functions (with Jeremy Cai and Junya Yamauchi, pre-print available on arXiv)
    • Decentralized Minimum-Energy Coverage Control for Time-Varying Density Functions (with Siddharth Mayya and María Santos)
  • 2019/06/07 – The SlothBot is featured on Tech Briefs, Popular Mechanics and many other online blogs. Check out the videos on YouTube or on IEEE Spectrum Video Friday!

I’m a robotics PhD student at Georgia Tech, member of the GRITS Lab, advised by Dr. Magnus Egerstedt. In my research, I’m interested in constraints-driven control of multi-robot systems for long-duration autonomy. The goal is to develop control frameworks which allow robots to be deployed over long time scales and be robust to changing environmental conditions. More can be found here.

My quasiperiodic academic journey bounced several times between Italy and Germany: I started at the Università di Napoli “Federico II” with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, went to the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt for a M.Eng. in Automotive Engineering, then back to Napoli for a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and again back to Germany at Audi AG and finally back to Italy at the Italian Institute of Technology, before landing in Atlanta, Georgia. A more structured and complete version of this story can be found here.

In my spare time, I love playing the piano with a particular preference for classical music and jazz standards. I enjoy cycling, reading, traveling, building cool robots, discussing future (almost always improbable, if not even absurd) robotics research directions with friends.