Posted on May 22, 2018

Dr. D’Andrea is the founder of Verity Studios, co-founder of Kiva Systems (Amazon Robotics), Professor at ETH Zurich and multimedia contemporary artist designing complex robotic installations.

Prof. D’Andrea will be speaking at 2:30 pm on June 7th in WLH 205 and everyone is welcome!

This talkis part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. More information on our Seminar Series page.

Raffaello D'Andrea presenting his TED talk


Spanning academics, business and the arts, Raffaello D'Andrea's career is built on his ability to bridge theory and practice. At the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, his research redefines the capabilities of autonomous systems.

D'Andrea is co-founder of Kiva Systems (acquired by Amazon in 2012, and now operating as Amazon Robotics), a robotics and logistics company that develops and deploys intelligent automated warehouse systems, with over 100,000 autonomous mobile robots deployed in Amazon warehouses alone. He was the faculty advisor and system architect of the Cornell Robot Soccer Team, four-time world champions at the international RoboCup competition. With his startup, Verity Studios, he recently created the flying machine design and choreography for Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway, Zhang Yimou’s 2047 Apologue, Metallica’s WorldWired tour, and the Knicks opening act at Madison Square Garden in New York.

In addition, he is a new media artist with exhibitions at various international venues, including the Venice Biennale, the FRAC Centre and the National Gallery of Canada. Other creations and projects include the Flying Machine Arena, the Distributed Flight Array, the Balancing Cube, Cubli, Flight Assembled Architecture, the Blind Juggler, the Robotic Chair and RoboEarth.

His TED talks, with millions of views, have inspired a generation to pursue engineering, robotics, and computer science.