Alumni

Gennaro Raiola worked as postdoctoral researcher at IIT from september 2017 until july 2019. He was amongst other things responsible for Development and maintenance of robot real-time control frameworks and communication systems with EtherCAT and software architecture development with the integration of control modules in current frameworks to make the robots capable of executing tasks in complex environments. As of August 2019 he is working as a postdoctoral researcher at NASA in the United States.

Marco Ronchi worked as mechanical engineer at IIT from 2018 until April 2019. He was responsible for mechanical work and design on the robots, he is amongst others responsible for a calibration rig for calibration of HyQReal and the belly protection protecting the robot from impacts when falling is also his design.

Jonathan Michael Brooks worked as a senior mechanical engineer at IIT from november 2017 until March 2019. He was responsible for overseeing the completion of the mechanical designs on HyQReal and has been working closely with Moog to minimize the space required for the internal hydraulic pump units (HPUs) and facilitated the proper commisioning of the HPUs, i.e. flushing, bleeding and charging of the system.

Fabrizio Romanelli worked as a software engineer at IIT from december 2017 until March 2019. He was responsible for developing the low level software architecture, hardware abstraction layer (HAL), low- and high-level real-time communication, safety and failure management and finite state machine architecture .

Alex Oleg Posatskiy worked as a Senior Design Engineer at IIT during the years of 2016 and 2017. During this time he built the design group in the DLS lab, built the Moog@IIT Joint Lab, and worked on new robot design concepts. This effort yielded HyQReal, the first power autonomous hydraulic quadruped at IIT and one of the few in the world.

Marco Frigerio completed his PhD degree in Robotics from Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (iit) in 2013, and he continued as a Post-Doc researcher at the Dynamic Legged Systems lab of iit until 2017. He contributed significantly to the software development for the hydraulic quadruped robots designed and realized in the lab. Since September 2017, he is Post-Doc researcher at the robotics group of the mechanical engineering department of KU Leuven, Belgium.

Stéphane Bazeille was a Post-doc from 2011 until 2015. He is now a Post-doc at Ecole des Mines de Nantes, Equipe Robotique, 4, rue Alfred Kastler - B.P. 20722, F-44307 Nantes, France. His main research activity is now focus on the perception of the environment on underwater robots in the FET - European Project subCULTron.

Jake Goldsmith moved to Italy and began working at the DLS lab at IIT as the Senior Design Engineer on the HyQ project in summer of 2011. During his time here he has made countless improvements to the current robot design, developed supporting technologies and worked tirelessly towards to realisation of the HyQ²Max. In October 2015, he moved to Boston, USA, to work as design engineer at Boston Dynamic Inc.

Ioannis Havoutis was a senior postdoctoral researcher and the head of Locomotion group of the Dynamic Legged System Lab from 2013 to 2015. He mainly contributed to a planning and control framework for quadrupedal locomotion in challenging terrain. In July 2015, he moved to Idiap Research Institute as researcher. Since April 2017 he is a departmental lecturer at Oxford Robotics Institute.

Jonas Buchli was the team leader of the HyQ project from 8/2010 to 8/2012 and considerably contributed to the following areas of the project: torque control, impedance control, rigid body inverse dynamics control, locomotion control and planning, software etc. In September 2012 he founded the Agile & Dexterous Robotics Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. In July 2013 we delivered a copy of HyQ, called HyQ-blue, to his lab in Zurich. Since 2018 he works as a research scientist for DeepMind.

Alumni - PhD

Romeo Orsolino completed his PhD on "Actuation Aware Simplified Dynamic Models For Robotic Legged Locomotion" in February 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Claudio Semini and Dr. Michele Focchi. After that, he served as Post-Doctoral researcher from February 2019 to September 2019. During his stay at DLS, Romeo worked on different online optimization strategies for the generation of legged locomotion on rough terrains that explicitly consider the feasibility constraints of the platform. In October 2019 he moved to the Dynamic Robot Systems (DRS) lab of the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) as Post-Doctoral researcher, under the supervision of Prof. Maurice Fallon, where he continues his work on motion planning and control as part of the RAIN hub.

Yifu Gao completed his PhD on ''Towards the Design and Evaluation of Robotic Legs of Quadruped Robots'' in April 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Claudio Semini and Dr. Victor Barasuol. In June 2018, he joint A.I. Labs-Robotics Lab in Alibaba Group as a Senior Engineer. He continued his career in robots research & development, where he focusses on the IOT-featured delivery robots.

Marco Camurri completed his PhD on "Multisensory State Estimation and Mapping on Dynamic Legged Robots" in April 2017. After that, he served as Post-Doctoral researcher from April 2017 to July 2018. During this period, he mainly contributed to the software framework for vision, perception and state estimation for legged locomotion of the DLS group. He also considerably contributed to the development and re-organization of the team's software framework. In July 2018 he moved to Oxford Robotics Institute as Post-Doctoral researcher, under the supervision of Prof. Maurice Fallon, where he continues his work on robot navigation as part of the THING European project.

Carlos Mastalli completed his PhD on "Planning and Execution of Dynamic Whole-Body Locomotion on Challenging Terrain" in April 2017. After that, he served as Research Fellow from April to December 2017. During this period, he mainly contributed to planning, perception and control framework for legged locomotion on challenging terrain. He also considerably contributed to the software development of the team. In December 2017 he moved to Gepetto Team at LAAS-CNRS as Postdoc researcher working on the topic of multi-contact motion planning.

Bilal Ur Rehma completed his PhD. on "Design and Control of a Compact Hydraulic Manipulator for Quadruped Robots" in April 2016. After that, he served as a Post-Doctoral researcher at DLS and MOOG@IIT joint lab. In November 2016, he joined HIAB AB Sweden as a Senior Control System Engineer. He also performs his duties as feature developer and software architecture for the next generation Control system for HIAB loader and forestry cranes. These cranes have lifting capacity from up to 30 Ton with outreach over 30 meters.

Hamza Khan completed his PhD that he successfully defended in April 2015 with the title "MiniHyQ- Development of a Lightweight Highly-Dynamic Hydraulic Quadruped Robot". In June 2015, he joined Prof. Sir Alfred Cuschieri's Group as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Institute for Medical Science & Technology (IMSaT), University of Dundee, Scotland.

Thiago Boaventura
did his MSc research in the HyQ group in 2009 and stayed in the group for his PhD that he successfully defended in April 2013 with the title "Hydraulic Compliance Control of the Quadruped Robot HyQ". In June 2013 he joined the Agile & Dexterous Robotics Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland as a postdoctoral researcher. Currently he's working as a professor at the University of Sao Paolo.

Alumni - Masters (& next destination)

Evie D'Elia (2016)
Pham Nguyen (2015).
Sven Hubacker (2014), PhD student at ..., ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Alexander Winkler (2013-2014), PhD student at ADRL, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Francesco Rovida (2013), PhD student at University of Copehange, Denmark.
Anis Meguenani (2013), PhD student at ISIR, UPMC, Paris, France.
Asif Arain (2012), PhD student at MR&O, Obrero University, Obrero, Sweden.

Alumni - Visitors (& affiliation)

Hector Adrian Ramirez Lara (2019).
Gabriel Urbain (2018). University of Mons, Belgium.
Job Angel Ledezma Pérez (2016). PhD student at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. 
Guido Tournois (2015). Delft University of Technology.
Hiroaki Kuwahara (2015). Toshiba corporation, Japan.
Tomoo Yoneda (2015), PhD student at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.
Satoshi Kitano (2014), PhD student at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan.
Luca Castangia (2014), PhD student at University of Parma, Parma, Italy.