Via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa (PI), Italy
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
TeCiP Institute (ReTiS Laboratory)
Carmelo Di Franco is currently a PhD. Student in Embedded Systems of the ReTiS Lab at the Scuola Superiore S.Anna, Pisa. He graduated cum laude in 2013 in Computer Engineering at University of Pisa. His research focuses on localization, navigation, and coordination of mobile robots. In particular, he works on Multi-sensor data fusion, distance-based relative Localization, Multidimensional Scaling, and Coverage Path Planning issues. He is 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. From September 2015 he was a visiting PhD. Student for 6 months at the GRASP lab of University of Pennsylvania.
My research topics are:
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 .