Latest news

  • 2020/06/27 – Paper on resilient task allocation accepted for presentation at the Workshop on Heterogeneous Multi-Robot Task Allocation and Coordination at RSS 2020 (paper available on the workshop website and video on YouTube)
  • 2020/06/17 – The SlothBot is making itself comfortable in its new home, the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Check out the new video!
  • 2020/06/17 – The Brushbot celebrates Napoli winning the Coppa Italia 2019-2020!
  • 2020/06/17 – Project What can robots teach us about the Covid-19 pandemic funded by the Embassy of the United States in Rome through the 2020 Alumni Small Grants program
  • 2020/06/16 – Paper on integral control barrier functions (with Aaron Ames, Yorai Wardi and Magnus Egerstedt) accepted for publication in L-CSS (pre-print available on arXiv)
  • 2020/02/27 – Paper on communication constrained distributed estimation accepted at the 2020 IFAC World Congress. Check out the video on YouTube!
  • 2020/01/21 – 3 papers accepted at ICRA 2020:
  • 2020/01/20 – Paper on persistification of robotic tasks accepted for publication in TCST (pre-print available on arXiv)
  • 2019/09/19 – The new SlothBot has been spotted on Georgia Tech campus
  • 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 María Santos and Siddharth Mayya, nominated for the outstanding paper award)
  • 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!
  • 2019/03/15 – The tutorial Control Barrier Functions: Theory and Applications, organized together with Aaron Ames, Samuel Coogan, Magnus Egerstedt, Koushil Sreenath and Paulo Tabuada, will be held at ECC 2019 (pre-print of the tutorial paper available on arXiv)
  • 2019/02/20 – Paper on optimal task allocation for heterogeneous robot teams (with Siddharth Mayya) accepted at ECC 2019 (pre-print available on arXiv)
  • 2019/02/19Swarm of 30 brushbots ready to be deployed! Thanks to Jeremy Cai and Yousef Emam) for the help in giving them life!
  • 2019/01/27 – Paper on constraint-driven control of multi-robot systems accepted at ACC 2019 (pre-print available on arXiv)
  • 2019/01/26 – Paper on coverage control for robots constrained on curves (with María Santos) accepted at ICRA 2019
  • 2019/01/26 – Paper on the design of the SlothBot (with Yousef Emam) accepted for publication in RA-L (will be presented at ICRA 2019)


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 robotic systems for long-duration autonomy. The goal is to develop control frameworks which allow robots to be deployed over long time horizons and be resilient 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.