Postdoctoral Researcher
UC Berkeley

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I am a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, working with Prof. Pieter Abbeel. My current research interests focus on making robots learn from multimodal sensory inputs through representation and reinforcement learning.

Before that, I received my Ph.D. at ETH Zurich in 2021, under the supervision of Prof. Raffaello D'Andrea. During my Ph.D. research, I worked on the design of vision-based, data-driven tactile sensors, and the applications of such sensors to robot control and dexterous manipulation.

My Ph.D. thesis was awarded the ETH Medal, and in 2022, I was selected as a Robotics Science and Systems Pioneer. I am also the recipient of an SNSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Best Paper Award at the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, and the 2017 ETEL Award.

I received a M.Sc. in Robotics, Systems and Control from ETH Zurich in 2016, and a B.Sc. in Automation Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. During my studies, I completed an exchange programme at Tongji University in Shanghai, for which I was awarded a Double Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology Engineering (2016).



This talk summarizes the vision of my PhD research (shorter version here):

An academic talk on my PhD research can be found here.

Select Publications

  1. fem
    HumanoidBench: Simulated Humanoid Benchmark for Whole-Body Locomotion and Manipulation
  2. fem
    The Power of the Senses: Generalizable Manipulation from Vision and Touch through Masked Multimodal Learning
  3. fem
    Zero-shot sim-to-real transfer of tactile control policies
    for aggressive swing-up manipulation