Federico Augugliaro

Robotics engineer and drone choreographer

Federico is a robotics engineer and drone choreographer at Verity Studios, an ETH Zurich spinoff company that has established itself as a reliable, world-leading provider of indoor drone shows. At Verity Studios, he designs drone choreographies and writes algorithms to generate collision-free trajectories for hundreds of vehicles.

Federico has been working with drones since 2009. He studied at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he completed is PhD in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control.

His work features coordinated multi-vehicle flight, an 8 meter long rope bridge built by flying machines, a 6-meter tall tower built by quadrocopters out of 1500 foam modules, and physical human-quadrocopter interaction. During his internship in Vancouver, he worked on the Titanoboa, an 18-meter long electromechanical snake, performing initial research and proving that it would work.

Federico received his Master of Science in Robotics, Systems and Control from ETH Zurich in 2011, for which he was awarded the Willi Studer Award 2012 for the best master degree. He won the Hans-Eggenberger-Prize 2012 for his Master Thesis, and was among the finalists of the Georges Giralt PhD award 2016.

2015 – Doctor of Sciences ETH Zurich
2011 – MSc ETH in Robotics, Systems and Control
2009 – BSc ETH in Mechanical Engineering

Selected Work

More videos can be found on my YouTube channel

Selected talks

  • “Cooperating drones and drone shows”, TEDx HSG, St. Gallen, 2016
  • “Macchine volanti e costruzione aerea”, Wired next fest, Milano, 2015
  • “Cubi equilibristi e macchine volanti: esempi di controllo automatico”, Bergamo Scienza, Bergamo 2014
  • “Autonom. In der Luft. Moderner Mythos Flugroboter”, Schule für Gestaltung, Biel, 2014
  • “Flying machines interacting with the environment”, BuildX, Autodesk University, Las Vegas, 2013
  • “Aerial Construction: The Flight Assembled Architecture Installation”, ETH Summer School : Aerial Service Robotics, Zurich, 2012

Publications

A list of publications can be found on Google Scholar

Selected media coverage

  • “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca”, CBS, Interview, 2016
  • “How drones are poised to help build the cities of tomorrow”, Gizmodo, 2015
  • “Der Forscher, der die Flugroboter tanzen lässt”, Interview, der Bund, 2014
  • “Spider-drones weave high-rise structures out of cables”, New scientist, 2013