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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
Bratta A., Focchi M., Rathod N., Semini C.
Optimization-Based Reference Generator for Nonlinear Model Predictive Control of Legged Robots
MDPI Robotics, vol. 12, (no. 1)
Risiglione M., Barasuol V., Caldwell D. G., Semini C.
A Whole-Body Controller Based on a Simplified Template for Rendering Impedances in Quadruped Manipulators
2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Conference Paper Conference
Omar S., Amatucci L., Turrisi G., Barasoul V., Semini C.
Fast Convex Visual Foothold Adaptation for Quadrupedal Locomotion
4th Italian Conference in Robotics and Intelligent Machines (I-RIM)
Abstract Report Conference
Clemente L., Villarreal O., Bratta A., Focchi M., Barasuol V., Muscolo G.G., Semini C.
Foothold Evaluation Criterion for Dynamic Transition Feasibility for Quadruped Robots
Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 4679-4685
Boaventura T., Semini C.
Hydraulic Actuation
Encyclopedia of Robotics, Publisher: Springer
Book Chapter Book