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Raffaello D’Andrea

Zurich, Switzerland
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World-leading expert on robotics and autonomous systems

Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zürich (2007-present)

Highly popular TED speaker

Raffaello D’Andrea is a brilliant keynote speaker combining academia, business, and the arts to explore the capabilities of autonomous systems. As part of his research as Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), he and his collaborators enchant viewers with works such as the self-destructing, self-assembling Robotic Chair, or the Balancing Cube that can perch itself on its corners.

Raffaello and his team created the Flying Machine Arena to test the gravity-defying abilities of their athletic flying robots. Building on research in the Flying Machine Arena, ETH Zürich partnered with its spin-off company Verity Studios and with Cirque du Soleil to create “Sparked,” a short film showcasing the unexpected airborne dexterity of quadcopters.

Raffaello is also the co-founder of Kiva Systems, a robotics company that develops intelligent automated warehouse systems and that was acquired by Amazon in 2012.

His talks are not only theatrical, but also provide expert insight into how the field of robotics is set to transform the way we live and do business. He has captivated audiences throughout the world, and his TED speeches have had over 9 million views.

Our Comment

"If there is a difference between having ideas and knowing which ones are possible, there is an even greater difference between knowing which ideas are possible and knowing how to turn those into physical, working realities. Raff believes that this kind of knowledge comes best through hands-on experience and a deep understanding of the fundamental principles at work. His presentations never fail to fascinate and inspire."


Meet the dazzling flying machines of the future (2016)


[youtube https://www.ted.com/talks/raffaello_d_andrea_meet_the_dazzling_flying_machines_of_the_future]

The astounding athletic power of quadcopters (2013)


[youtube https://www.ted.com/talks/raffaello_d_andrea_the_astounding_athletic_power_of_quadcopters]


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