Gioele Zardini

ETH Zurich
Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering
Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control

Incoming Assistant Professor (Fall 2024)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS)

I recently defended my doctoral thesis in Prof. Emilio Frazzoli's group, at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich. I am currently serving as a PI and will be joining the faculty at MIT in Fall 2024 (I am recruiting!). Before joining MIT, I will spend few months as a Postdoc at Stanford University, working with Marco Pavone. I received my BSc. and MSc. in Mechanical Engineering with focus in Robotics, Systems and Control from ETH Zurich in 2017 and 2019, respectively. I spent time in Singapore at nuTonomy (then Aptiv, now Motional), at Stanford University, in Marco Pavone's Autonomous Systems Lab, and at MIT.

Driven by societal challenges, the goal of my research is to develop efficient computational tools and algorithmic approaches to formulate and solve complex, interconnected system design and autonomous decision making problems. My 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 created the Autonomy Talks at ETH Zurich. Check out our webpage, have a look at the (over 150) 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.

I am thrilled to share that I will join MIT as a faculty in Fall 2024. At MIT, I will be part of LIDS, CEE, and IDSS.
Interesting in joining my group and working with me? Please have a look here!

Latest News

07/12/2023 - I gave an invited seminar at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, hosted by Domenico Campolo
06/12/2023 - I gave an invited seminar at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, hosted by Greg Chirikjian
21/11/2023 - I gave an invited talk at the MERL Seminar Series
14/11/2023 - I successfully defensed my doctoral thesis at ETH Zurich! :)
31/10/2023 - I gave an invited talk at the Apple Special Projects Seminar
01/10/2023 - I gave an invited talk at the IROS workshop on Multi-Agent Dynamic Games, titled "Strategic Interactions Across Scales: From Autonomy to Mobility".
13/07/2023 - Two papers accepted at ITSC 2023! Bilbao here we come.
05/24/2023 - I gave an invited talk at MIT Media Lab's Computational Social Science Seminar, hosted by Dr. Takahiro Yabe!
05/08/2023 - Our tutorial on Computational Co-Design for Robotics has been accepted to IROS 2023, in Detroit!
04/27/2023 - I gave an invited talk at MIT's JTL and Transit Groups, hosted by Prof. Jinhua Zhao.
03/15/2023 - Both our workshop and special session on Co-Design and Coordination of Future Mobility Systems have been accepted at ITSC'23. Bilbao, here we come!
April'23 - I accepted a faculty position at MIT LIDS, CEE, and IDSS! Very excited!
Jan-April'23 - I gave a bunch of job talks about Co-Design of Complex Systems at a number of places, including UW, MIT, UC Berkeley, UIUC, Cornell, Imperial College London, KTH, UCI, UBC, USC, and University of Michigan
02/01/2023 - I'm in Boston until the end of May! I'm visiting Munther Dahleh's group at MIT.

Upcoming Talks

12/12/2023 - Invited talk at CDC 2023 in Singapore, at the workshop on Learning Enabled Control and Coordination for Societally-aware Transportation Systems