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Claudio Semini

Head of the Dynamic Legged Systems (DLS) research line
Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Dynamic Legged Systems
Research center

Claudio Semini (MSc 2005, PhD 2010) is the head of the Dynamic Legged Systems (DLS) lab at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) that developed a number of high-performance hydraulic robots, including HyQ, HyQ2Max, and HyQReal. He holds an MSc degree from ETH Zurich in electrical engineering and information technology. He spent 2 years in Tokyo for his research: MSc thesis at the Hirose Lab at Tokyo Tech and staff engineer at the Toshiba R&D center in Kawasaki working on mobile service robotics. During his PhD and subsequent PostDoc at IIT, he developed the quadruped robot HyQ and worked on its control. Since 2012 he leads the DLS lab. Claudio Semini is the author and co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and conferences and he received several awards for them. He is also a co-founder of the Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design of the IEEE-RAS Society. He is/was the coordinator/partner of several EU-, National and Industrial projects (including HyQ-REAL, INAIL Teleop, Moog@IIT joint lab, ESA-ANT, etc). His research interests include the construction and control of highly dynamic and versatile legged robots for field application in real-world operations, locomotion, hydraulic drives, and others.

All Publications
Amatucci L., Turrisi G., Bratta B., Barasuol V., Semini C.
Accelerating Model Predictive Control for Legged Robots through Distributed Optimization
2024 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Conference Paper Conference
Bratta A., Meduri A., Focchi M., Righetti L., Semini C.
ContactNet: Online Multi-Contact Planning for Acyclic Legged Robot Locomotion
2024 21st International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots, pp. 8
Conference Paper Conference
Adlerstein M., Bratta A., Soares J. C. V., Dessy G. B., Fernandes M. I. F., Gatti M., Semini C.
Creating a Segmented Pointcloud of Grapevines by Combining Multiple Viewpoints Through Visual Odometry
Advancing Sustainable Food Systems through Agri-Robotics Innovations, ICRA 2024 Workshop
Abstract Report Conference
Hosseini Rad S.A.M., Villa M., Bratta A., Zoppi M., Semini C.
Design of a Container Mechanism for Trash Collection on Quadruped Robots
International IEEE/ASME Conference on Mechatronic, Embedded Systems and Applications
Conference Paper Conference
Ordoñez-Apraez D., Kostic V., Turrisi G., Novelli P., Mastalli C., Semini C., Pontil M.
Dynamics Harmonic Analysis of Robotic Systems: Application in Data-Driven Koopman Modelling
Learning for Dynamics & Control Conference, vol. 242, (no. 1318-1329)
Article Conference