Davide Scaramuzza (Universität Zürich)

Davide Scaramuzza

(1980, Italian) is Assistant Professor of Robotics at the University of Zurich and associate faculty of the newly-founded Zurich Wyss Institute. He is founder and director of the Robotics and Perception Group (http://rpg.ifi.uzh.ch), where he develops cutting-edge research on low-latency vision and visually-guided micro aerial vehicles. He received his PhD (2008) in Robotics and Computer Vision at ETH Zurich. He was Postdoc at both ETH Zurich and the University of Pennsylvania . From 2009 to 2012, he led the European project »sFly«, which introduced the world’s first autonomous navigation of micro quadro- tors in GPS-denied environments using vision as the main sensor modality. For his research contributions, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (2014) through the SNSF, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Early Career Award (2014), a Google Research Award (2014), the European Young Researcher Award (2012), and the Robotdalen Scientific Award (2009). He coauthored the book »Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots« (MIT Press). His research interests are field and service robotics, intelligent vehicles, and computer vision. Specifically, he investigates the use of cameras as the main sensors for robot navigation, mapping, ex- ploration, reasoning, and interpretation. His interests encompass both ground and flying vehicles.