Seminar: Cosimo Della Santina, TU Delft/DLR, 9th Jul, 5p

The video for this talk is now available here:

When: Thurs 9th of Jul, 5p

Where: This seminar will be presented online, RSVP here.

Speaker: Asst Prof Cosimo Della Santina

Title: A model based view to the Grand Challenge of building an artificial brain for Soft Robots

Abstract: Taking inspiration from the animal body, researchers have started introducing compliant elements into robot mechanical structure, leading to the so-called Soft Robotic field. Leveraging the capabilities provided by their continuously deformable bodies, Continuum Soft Robots promise to have a disruptive impact on several fields of science, industry, and society. However, soft robotic systems need to robustly manage the intelligence embedded  in  their  complex  structure  in  order  to  generate reliable  and  repeatable  behaviors. Substantial  progress  has been  made  in  the  development  of  soft  robotic  bodies,  but developing control strategies suited for soft body control has remained challenging. In this talk, I will discuss the model based view to this grand challenge within the soft robotic field. I will show how simplified models can be combined with standard techniques in nonlinear control theory, leading to the execution of tasks that are precise and dynamic. I will also propose ways of integrating such views with data driven techniques, towards higher levels of control performance.

Bio: Cosimo Della Santina is currently Assistant Professor at Cognitive Robotics (CoR), TU Delft. He received a PhD in robotics (cum laude, 2019), from University of Pisa, Italy. He was a Visiting PhD student and a postdoc (2017 to 2019) of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. From 2020, he is affiliated to the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) as external research scientist. For the first six months of the same year he also held a post doc position at the department of Mathematics and Informatics, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. Cosimo has been awarded with EuRobotics Georges Giralt Ph.D. Award (2020), and the “Fabrizio Flacco” Young Author Award of the RAS Italian chapter (2019). He also has been a finalist of the European Embedded Control Institute PhD award. His main research interests include (i) Modelling for Control and Model Based Control of Soft Robots, (ii) Combining Machine Learning and Model Based Strategies with application to soft robotics, (iii) Soft Robotic Hands.


A/Prof Ian Manchester, Co-Director and Director of Research
Sydney Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems