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Raffaello D'Andrea    

Entrepreneur, Engineer, Artist, Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control

Raffaello D'Andrea combines academics, business, and the arts to explore the capabilities of autonomous systems. As part of his research as professor of dynamic systems and control at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), he and his collaborators enchant viewers with works like the self-destructing, self-assembling Robotic Chair, or the Balancing Cube that can perch itself on its corners.

D’Andrea and his team created the Flying Machine Arena to test the gravity-defying abilities of their athletic flying robots. Building on research in the Flying Machine Arena, ETH Zürich partnered with its spin-off company Verity Studios and with Cirque du Soleil to create “Sparked,” a short film showcasing the unexpected airborne dexterity of quadcopters. D’Andrea is the co-founder of Kiva Systems, a robotics company that develops intelligent automated warehouse systems and that was acquired by Amazon in 2012.


Delivery Drones Hit Bumps on Path to Doorstep - WSJ
That performance is almost certainly impossible today with the eight-rotor prototype Amazon demonstrated in late 2013, said Raffaello D'Andrea, a robotics  ...
Raffaello D'Andrea: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek
Mr. Raffaello D'Andrea, also known as Raff, was the Technical Co-Founder and served as Chief Technical Advisor at Kiva Systems LLC (formerly Kiva Systems, ...
Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters
Watch TED Talks - Season 201306, Episode 06.01.13 - Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters: In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaelo ...
Flying robots learn mind-boggling tricks - CNN.com
Professor Raffaello D'Andrea isn't short of admirers for his autonomous flying robots and the amazing tricks they perform.

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