Federico Augugliaro

Head of Live Events at Verity Studios

Federico is Head of Live Events at Verity Studios. At Verity, he and his team have overseen the successful production of drone shows across three continents, from concert touring to permanent installations and one-off events. As one of Verity’s leading creative heads, he has developed choreographies for dozens of shows, including for Metallica, Drake and at Madison Square Garden.

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

During this time, Federico’s passion for combining technology and the arts led him to explore creating flying robots that performed aerial ballets and interacted with humans. He also used a fleet of drones to build structures, including the world’s first structure built by autonomous flying machines. 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 of Verity’s drone performances can be found on the Verity’s Vimeo Channel. Some videos from my research at ETH can be found here

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


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