As a Ph.D. student, his research interests are focused on perception and control of robotic systems within complex and harsh environments. Indeed, he is currently investigating the development of perception-aware control strategies for aerial robots equipped with unconventional sensing systems, to enhance physical interaction with and navigation through cluttered, compliant environments, such as the dense network of branches of forest canopies.
Emanuele Aucone, born in Cassino (Italy) in 1995, is a Ph.D. student at ETH Zurich, with the Environmental Robotics Laboratory, since July 2020.
He received his B.Sc. Degree in Electronics Engineering for Automation and Telecommunication (cum laude), from University of Sannio in 2017, and his M.Sc. Degree in Robotics and Automation Engineering (cum laude), from University of Pisa in 2020. During his studies and external experiences he worked on several projects spanning different robotics disciplines, such as control, state estimation, navigation, manipulation, machine learning, and computer vision. From July 2018 to September 2018 he was a summer intern at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, implementing the control system of a Burn-in Thermal Chamber built to test the new silicon modules of the CERN CMS Outer Tracker. From November 2019 to March 2020 he was a Visiting Student Researcher at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, working on the development of several control strategies for the locomotion of DuAxel, a modular four-wheeled rover, over rough terrain such as Lunar lava tubes and Martian RSL.