Gioele Zardini

Ph.D. Candidate
Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control
WEC D18
Weinbergstrasse 14
8092 Zurich, Switzerland

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Prof. Emilio Frazzoli's group, at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich. I received my BSc. and MSc. in Mechanical Engineering with focus in Robotics and Control from ETH Zurich in 2017 and 2019, respectively. During my studies, I worked seven months in Singapore at nuTonomy (then Aptiv, now Motional) and wrote my master's dissertation at Stanford University, in Prof. Marco Pavone's Autonomous Systems Lab. During my Ph.D. I visited Dr. Spivak's group at MIT to work on compositional systems theories.

My research interests include the co-design complex systems (all the way from future mobility systems to autonomous systems), compositionality in engineering, planning and control, and game theory. I am the recipient of an award (keynote talk) for our paper at the 2021 Applied Category Theory Conference, and of the Best Paper Award (1st Place) at the 2021 24th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC).

I organize the Autonomy Talks at ETH Zurich. Check out our webpage, have a look at the (over 60) recorded talks and contact me if you want to be the next speaker!

If you want to know more about compositional engineering, check out our workshops, our webpage (containing our work-in-progress book, and many recorded lectures), and our papers.

Open projects

As a Ph.D. student, I supervise theses at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control. Feel free to contact me if interested.
  • Smart Vehicles or Smart Cities? An Inside-Out Approach to AMoD (Master Thesis)
  • The logic of temporal resources and planning for embodied agents (Master Thesis)
  • Co-design and mobility games (Master Thesis)
  • Co-Design Applications in Engineering (Semester/Master Thesis)
  • Latest News


    11/20/2021 - New preprint about posetal games applied to trajectory selection!
    09/27/2021 - Great news! Our paper Game Theory to Study Interactions between Mobility Stakeholders has won the Best Paper Award (1st Place) at 24th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
    07/12/2021 - Our paper Analysis and Control of Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand Systems: A Review has been accepted to Annual Review of Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems!
    07/01/2021 - Our paper Co-Design of Embodied Intelligence: A Structured Approach has been accepted to the 2021 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)!
    06/29/2021 - New preprint about analysis and control of AMoD systems!
    06/15/2021 - Our paper Game Theory to Study Interactions between Mobility Stakeholders has been accepted to the 24th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
    06/07/2021 - Our paper Limits and Colimits in a Category of Lenses has been accepted to the 4th Annual International Applied Category Theory Conference, and has been awarded with a distinguished keynote talk.
    05/31/2021 - Check out our ICRA 2021 workshop Compositional Robotics: Mathematics and Tools
    05/15/2021 - New preprint on the category of lenses!
    04/21/2021 - New preprint on game theory and future mobility!
    02/26/2021 - Our paper Co-Design of Autonomous Systems: From Hardware Selection to Control Synthesis has been accepted at the European Control Conference 2021!
    02/08/2021 - Our workshop Compositional Robotics: Mathematics and Tools has been accepted to IEEE ICRA 2021!
    12/02/2020 - We just launched a new, free online course, called Applied Compositional Thinking for Engineers (ACT4E). Check out the teaser below, visit our webpage to subscribe, and help us advertising it!


    Recent Talks

    Co-Design of Embodied Intelligence: A Structured Approach
    IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), October 2021


    Game Theory to Study Interactions Between Mobility Stakeholders
    IEEE 24th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), September 2021
    Best Paper Award (1st Place)


    Limits and Colimits in a Category of Lenses (jointly with Vincent Wang)
    4th Annual International Applied Category Theory Conference (awarded distinguished keynote talk), July 2021


    Co-Design of Autonomous Systems: From Hardware Selection to Control Synthesis
    European Control Conference 2021, July 2021


    Categories for Co-Design (jointly with Dr. Andrea Censi)
    1st IEEE ICRA 2021 Workshop on Compositional Robotics: Mathematics and Tools, May 2021