Via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa (PI), Italy
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
TeCiP Institute (ReTiS Laboratory)
I am currently a Post Doctoral Researcher of the ReTiS Lab at the Scuola Superiore S.Anna, Pisa. In March 2017, I finished is Phd. in Emerging Digital Technologies, curriculum Embedded System at the ReTiS Lab of the Scuola Superiore S.Anna, Pisa, under the supervision of Professor Giorgio Buttazzo. From September 2015 I was a visiting PhD. Student for 6 months at the GRASP lab of University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of George J. Pappas.
My research focuses on Indoor Localization with RF rangings and RSSI and energy-aware path planning of mobile robots.
In my master thesis I developed an adaptive online channel estimator that exploits the information given by the Time of Flight technique to improve Received Signal Strength measurements. During my Ph.D., I continued the work on localization in different aspects: i) by improving the channel estimator with IMU information, ii) proposing a variant of the traditional on Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) capable of solving the ambiguities caused by translation, rotation, and flips at successive time instants, iii) designing a Calibration-free Network Localization algorithm with Non-Line-of-Sight Ultra-Wideband Measurements, and iv) deriving a mathematical formulation for MDS that includes the concept of anchors. In parallel, I was involved in a project called AVIAToR ( Autonomous Vehicles In AgriculTuRe) that aims at using fleets of drones to monitoring the growth of plants in farms and finding plant infections on time to prevent bad crops. Thanks to this project, after an initial stage in which I acquired practical skills with quadcopters, I proposed i) an Energy Aware Coverage path planning for UAVs ii) an energy model for predicting the cost of quadcopter trajectories that also consider the wind disturbances, and iii) offline and online safety mechanisms to guarantee the correct fulfillment of the missions. Despite my research focuses more on robotics, I also have a general knowledge about Real-time scheduling.
AVIATOR: is an innovative project, proposed by ReTiSLab and LandLAb of the Scuola Superiore S. Anna, that aims at using fleets of drones to monitoring the growth of plants in farms and finding plant infections on time to prevent bad crops. Using a team of cooperating drones that autonomously take off and inspects the entire field could drastically reduce the costs preventing extensive use of herbicides and reducing the manual effort of the farmer.
Click here to watch a short interview from a local TV about the project .