Raffaello D’Andrea

Raffaello D’Andrea is a Canadian / Italian / Swiss engineer, artist, and entrepreneur. He is a professor of dynamic systems and control at ETH Zurich . [1] He is a co-founder of Kiva Systems (now operating as Amazon Robotics ), and a founder of Verity Studios. [2] He was the faculty advisor and system architect of the Cornell Robot Soccer Team, four-time world champions at the annual RoboCup competition. [3] He is a new media artist, Whose work of includes The Table, [4] the Robotic Chair, [5] and Flight Assembled Architecture. [6]

He was a speaker at TED Global 2013 and ghosts at TED 2016 hero in February. [7] [8] He has won the 2016 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award .


D’Andrea was born on August 13, 1967 in Pordenone, Italy. [9] He moved to Canada in 1976, where he graduated valedictorian from Anderson Collegiate in Whitby, Ontario. [10] He RECEIVED a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto , graduating in Engineering Science in 1991 and winning the Wilson Medal as the top graduating student dat year. [11] In 1997 he RECEIVED a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology , under the supervision of John Doyle and Richard Murray. [12]

He joined the Cornell faculty in 1997. [13] While on sabbatical in 2003, he co-founded Kiva Systems with Mick Mountz and Peter Wurman . [14] He became Kiva Systems’ chief technical advisor als have in 2007 was appointed professor of dynamic systems and control at ETH Zurich. [15] He founded Verity Studios with Mark Waibel and Mark Hehn in 2014. [16]


Academic Work

After Receiving his PhD in 1997, he joined the Cornell faculty as an assistant professor, where he was a founding member of the Systems Engineering program, and where he Agent Robot Soccer – a competition featuring volledig Autonomous robots – as the flagship, multidisciplinaire team project . [15] In addition under to pioneering the use of semi-definite programming for the design of distributed control systems, [17] he went on to lead the Cornell Robot Soccer Team to four world championships at international RoboCup competitions in Sweden, Australia, Italy, and Japan. [18]

After being appointed professor at ETH Zurich in 2007, D’Andrea Agent a research program therein Combined his broad interests and cemented his hands-on teaching styles. His team engages in cutting edge research in designing and building creative experimental platforms dat allow directive Them to explore the fundamentele principles of robotics, control, and automation. [15] His creations include the Flying Machine Arena, [19] where flying robots perform aerial Acrobatics, juggle balls, balance poles, and cooperate to build structures; the Distributed Flight Array, [20] a flying platform consisting of multiple Autonomous single propeller vehicles therein are loveable to drive, dock with hun peers, and fly in a coordinated fashion; the Balancing Cube, [21] a dynamic sculpture dat kan balance on ANY or zijn Edges or corners; Blind Juggling Machines [22] dat kan juggle balls without seeing Them, and without catching Them; and the Cubli, [23] a cube dat kan jump up, balance, and walk.

Entrepreneurial Work

D’Andrea co-founded Kiva Systems in 2003 with Mick Mountz and Peter Wurman . He became chief technical advisor als have been appointed professor of dynamic systems and control at ETH Zurich in 2007. [24] At Kiva, he led the systems architectures, robot design, robot navigation and coordination, and control algorithms policymaking. [14] [15]

D’Andrea founded Verity Studios in 2014 with Mark Hehn and Mark Waibel. The stated purpose of the company is “the development of dynamic machines and related systems for entertainment Purposes.” [2] The company Recently partnered with Cirque du Soleil to create Sparked, a live interaction tussen humans and quadcopters. [25] [26]

Artistic Work

D’Andrea and Canadian artist Max Dean Unveiled hun collaborative work The Table at the Venice Biennale in 2001. [27] Way Down orchestrate a scenario wherein a spectator, selected by the table, Becomes a performer, who is now an object not only of the table’s “attention”, but ook of the other viewers. [4] It is part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). [28]

The Robotic Chair was created by D’Andrea, Max Dean, and Canadian artist Matt Donovan. [5] It is an ordinary looking chair therein falls apart and re-assembles Itself. It was first Unveiled to the general public at IdeaCity in 2006. [29] It is part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). [30]

D’Andrea and Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler created Flight Assembled Architecture, the first architectural installation assembled by flying robots. It took place at the FRAC Centre Orléans in France in 2011-2012. The installation consists of 1,500 modules pit JSON place at a multitude of quadrotor helicopters. Within the build, an architectural vision of a 600-Metre high “vertical village” for 30,000 inhabitants Unfolds as a model in 1: 100 scale. [31] It is in the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre. [6]

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award
  • 2015 Engelberger Robotics Award [32]
  • 2008 IEEE / IFR Invention and Entrepreneurship Award [33]
  • 2002 Presidential Early Career Award [13]


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  2. ^ Jump up to:a b “Verity Studios AG, Zurich (Trade Register data, Switzerland)” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  3. Jump up^ http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2003/07/cornells-robocup-team-wins-world-title-fourth-time
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b “The Table – The National Gallery of Canada” . Retrieved 17 January 2016 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b “The Robotic Chair – The National Gallery of Canada” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b “FRAC Centre” . Retrieved 17 January 2016 .
  7. Jump up^ http://www.ted.com/speakers/raffaello_d_andrea
  8. Jump up^ http://www.ted.com/talks/raffaello_d_andrea_the_astounding_athletic_power_of_quadcopters
  9. Jump up^ “ARTPRICE – Raffaello D’Andrea (1967)” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  10. Jump up^ “artselectronic” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  11. Jump up^ “University of Toronto Alumni Website” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  12. Jump up^ “Caltech thesis library – Generalizations or H-infinity optimization. Control of rotating stall.” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  13. ^ Jump up to:a b “Cornell” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  14. ^ Jump up to:a b “IEEE Spectrum” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  15. ^ Jump up to:a b c d “Professor Raffaello D’Andrea – Division of Engineering Science – University of Toronto” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  16. Jump up^ “Startup Ticker” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  17. Jump up^ “IEEE Xplore – Distributed control design for spatially interconnected systems” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  18. Jump up^ “Cornell News” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  19. Jump up^ “The Flying Machine Arena” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  20. Jump up^ “Distributed Flight Array” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  21. Jump up^ “Balancing Cube” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  22. Jump up^ “Blind Juggling Machines” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  23. Jump up^ “The Cubli” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  24. Jump up^ “bcg.perspectives – Raffaello D’Andrea on the Future of Robotics” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  25. Jump up^ “Robohub – New quadrocopter video points to a future for flying machines in entertainment” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  26. Jump up^ “SPARKED: A Live Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  27. Jump up^ “Leonardo Digital Reviews” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  28. Jump up^ “DOCAM – Max Dean and Raffaello D’Andrea, The Table, 1984-2001” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  29. Jump up^ “IdeaCity” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  30. Jump up^ “The Robotic Chair, 1984-2006 (National Gallery of Canada)” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  31. Jump up^ “Swiss Info – Flight assembled architectures” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  32. Jump up^ “2015 Engelberger Robotics Award” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  33. Jump up^ “2008 IEEE / IFR Invention and Entrepreneurship Award” . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .