I am a Lecturer (USA equivalent Assistant Professor) in the Dyson Robotics Lab, co-leading it with Andrew Davison. My research is centered around autonomous robot navigation: robots need dedicated sensing capabilities as well as algorithms for localisation inside a potentially unknown environment. This includes localisation and mapping with a suite of sensors, most importantly cameras, to be processed efficiently to yield accurate results at real-time. In the past, I have mostly worked with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), in order to allow them to fly autonomously and close to the ground.
I received a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2006, 2008, respectively, and a PhD in 2014, working at the Autonomous Systems Lab of ETH Zurich on Unmanned Solar Airplanes: Design and Algorithms for Efficient and Robust Autonomous Operation.
Current Main Research Interests
As detailed in the Projects tab, my main areas of interest are the following:
- Building scalable and high-quality maps for robot navigation using computer vision.
- Multi-sensor fusion for more robust and accurate state estimation and mapping, e.g. making use of Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) or knowledge about robot kinematics/dynamics.
- Novel camera systems, e.g. event cameras and how they could be used in robotic estimation.
- Interaction with the environment by linking robot estimation with control: from autonomous exploration to using manipulators in order to support active mapping and recognition.
- Application to real autonomous mobile robotic systems: ranging from domestic ground robots, e.g. the Dyson 360 Eye, to flying small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).