Federico has been working with drones since 2009, starting with his bachelor’s thesis at ETH Zurich to his adventure with Verity, the global leader in autonomous indoor drone systems.

As Verity expanded from a small startup to a dynamic scaleup with more than 130 people, Federico navigated through a spectrum of roles—from R&D and creative endeavors to leadership positions. Now at the helm of Product, he’s committed on delivering products that generate value for Verity’s clients. As Head of Live Events, he has overseen the successful production of drone shows across four continents.

In 2017, he hosted a TEDx talk that shared insights on how to coordinate drones, design drone shows, and how Verity began building a drone-based system infrastructure.


Federico graduated top of his class from ETH Zurich and completed a PhD in Robotics in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control. During this time, he created flying robots that perform feats such as aerial ballets, interactions with humans, and the construction of structures—including a functional rope bridge. A list of publications can be found on Google Scholar.

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

Federico Augugliaro



Finalist for 2016 Georges Giralt PhD award

Top 5 – The award is given to the best robotics related PhD thesis defended during the year 2015 at a European PhD awarding institution

Hans-Eggenberger-Preis 2012

The prize is awarded for excellent theses in a field related to the use of electronics

Willi Studer Award 2012

The Willi Studer Prize is awarded to the best student in each ETH Zurich Master’s degree programme

Select talks

Rock ‘N Roll Fantasy, Pollstar Live!, Los Angeles, USA, 2019

UAV Safety in Live Events, Event Safety Summit, Lititz (PA), USA, 2017

Cooperating drones and drone shows, TEDx HSG, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2016

Macchine volanti e costruzione aerea, Wired next fest, Milano, Italy, 2015

Cubi equilibristi e macchine volanti: esempi di controllo automatico, Bergamo Scienza, Bergamo, Italy, 2014

Flying machines interacting with the environment, BuildX, Autodesk University, Las Vegas, USA, 2013

Media coverage

Night at the warehouse, ETH News, 2021

Filo Diretto, Interview, RSI, 2021

W wie Wissen, Das Erste, 2020

Dieci giovani ticinesi da tenere d’occhio, TicinoOnline, 2019

Creating moments that matter, AV Magazine, 2019

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca, Interview, CBS, 2016

Drones build rope bridge that humans can cross, BBC, 2015

Der Forscher, der die Flugroboter tanzen lässt, der Bund, 2014

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