Raffaello D'Andrea, TweetProfessor of Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich
Biography: Raffaello D'Andrea
Spanning academics, business and the arts, Raffaello D'Andrea's career is built on his ability to bridge theory and practice:
He is Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich, where his research redefines what autonomous systems are capable of. He is co-founder of Kiva Systems (acquired by Amazon in 2012), a robotics company that revolutionized material handling by deploying thousands of autonomous mobile robots in warehouses.
He was the faculty advisor and system architect of the Cornell Robot Soccer Team, four time world champions at the international RoboCup competition. He recently founded Verity Studios, a company developing a new breed of interactive and autonomous flying machines.
In addition, he is a new media artist with exhibitions at various international venues, including the Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica, the Smithsonian, and the Spoleto Festival; his work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada (Robotic Chair, Table), the FRAC Centre in France (Flight Assembled Architecture), and the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Germany (Blind Juggler).
Other creations and projects include the Flying Machine Arena, the Distributed Flight Array, the Balancing Cube, Cubli, the Actuated Wingsuit, and RoboEarth.
We are at the cusp of a revolution: we can now create machines that adapt their behavior based on their environment and the results of their actions. The enablers for this revolution are sensing, communication, and computation technologies, innovative designs and novel mechanisms, and the feedback control algorithms that rule the machines. These creations will have unprecedented effects on our lives - some welcome, others not.
In this talk, D'Andrea outlines how we got here, where we are going, and the consequences.
Presentation: TweetAcrobatic Flight
The key components of feedback control systems -- sensors, actuators, computation, power, and communication -- are continually becoming smaller, lighter, more robust, higher performance, and less expensive. By using appropriate algorithms and system architectures, it is thus becoming possible to "close the loop" on almost any machine, and to create new capabilities that fully exploit their dynamic potential. Flying platforms are particularly well-positioned to take advantage of these technological advancements.
This talk will feature our research in the area of acrobatic flight, including the Flying Machine Arena, the Distributed Flight Array, and Actuated Wingsuits.