I am Cosimo Della Santina (Della Santina is the surname!). I am Assistant Professor at CoR department, TU Delft. I am also a researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and Lecturer at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), both in Munich, Germany.
To discuss about opportunities, collaborations, research (yours, mine, or someone else's) the easiest is to send an email (see below).
My current main interest is in building the body (model based design, sensors, actuators) and the brain (control, perception, learning, planning) of Soft Robots of both articulated and continuum kinds.
In case you wonder what a Soft Robot actually is, we attempted to provide a general definition in THIS paper.
You can find HERE my (reasonably up-to-date) CV with publications.
I am also interested in
Theory of Nonlinear Oscillations,Robotic Hands, and Prostheses,Manipulation of Soft/Flexible Objects, Modelling of Human Motor Control,Control of Rigid Robots,Control of Pandemics (started with THIS CoVid - 19 control paper).
Some recent publications:
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Recent and upcoming talks and other activities:
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Theses, internships, and
other visiting opportunities
I am always open to discuss about supervising students and hosting visiting researchers (e.g. PhD students, internships).
You can send me an email (see homepage) and we can discuss about possible opportunities.
You can check my research page to get an idea about the topics that are currently available.
You can find HERE a general description of some of the topics. Note that this document is not super-updated. These are some other topics about using Control Theory and Robotics to combat pandemics as CoVid-19.
Internships are also possible at TU Delft (same topics as above) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) on nonlinear oscillations, robot locomotion, full body manipulation, and soft robotics.
See the group page for some examples of ongoing and past theses/internships.
Rules of Engagement
When you contact me, please
Include as attachment the list of your exams with grades, and your CVlet me know if you are a theoretical-minded person or if you are good with your hands,provide examples of previous projects proving your skills in one direction or the other,use some informative subject something like "Application for MSc Thesis @ TU Delft", or "Application for Internship @ DLR", or ...extra general informations on your background and your interests are also welcomed.
I was born in Pontedera, Italy, the 6th of October 1989.
I hold a Bachelor in Computer Engineering and a Master in Robotics and Control Theory from the University of Pisa.
I was PhD student at the University of Pisa and IIT (Advisors: Prof. Antonio Bicchi, Prof. Lucia Pallotino), visiting researcher and post doc at MIT-CSAIL (Advisor: Daniela Rus), and senior post doc at TUM (Advisor: Alin Albu-Schaeffer).
I am now Assistant Professor at CoR department, TU Delft. I am also a researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and Lecturer at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), both in Munich, Germany.
2020 EuRobotics Georges Giralt PhD Award for my PhD thesis work.2020, Best Reviewer Award, at ICRA2020.2019 IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Honorable Mention, with the paper Della Santina and Rus "Control Oriented Modeling of Soft Robots: The Polynomial Curvature Case"Finalist of 2019 European PhD Award on Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems for my PhD thesis work.2019 IEEE RAS Italian Chapter "Fabrizio Flacco" Young Author Best Paper Award with the paper Della Santina, et al. “Toward Dexterous Manipulation With Augmented Adaptive Synergies: The Pisa/IIT SoftHand 2” Transactions on Robotics.2017 Best Robotics Paper, Best Student Paper at ICMUT17, Both awarded to the paper Averta, Della Santina et al. "From Humans to Robots: the Role of Cutaneous Impairment in Human Environmental Constraint Exploitation to Inform the Design of Robotic Hands"2016 Robotic Grasping and manipulation Competition IROS2016, Hand-by-hand track.2015 Best Interactive Paper at Humanoids15, awarded to my first paper, Della Santina et al. "Dexterity augmentation on a synergistic hand: the Pisa/IIT SoftHand+".
2020-2023 Associate Editor IEEE RA-L2020-2023 Associate Editor IEEE ICRASince 2019 Review Editor Frontiers in Soft Robotics2018-2020 Guest editor IJRR Sage, for a special issue on Control of Soft Robots...
PhD students and PostDocs
Padmaja Kulkarni (PhD student), working on manipulation of soft objects using Reinforcement Learning. Co-supervised with Jens Kober, and Robert Babuška.Davide Calzolari (PhD student @TUM/DLR, mentoring), working on nonlinear control of complex mechanical systems, strict modes, and nonlinear modes. Main supervisor: Alin Albu-Schaeffer.
Open Positions (PhD, PostDoc, ...)
Short term internship @ TU Delft, CoR
I have a short term opening in my group ( Technische Universiteit Delft) for an internship on #covid-19 and #deeplearning. This is a temporary position, for 2 months, grade 10 in dutch salary scale, to start AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
This project is supported by the TU Delft Covid rensponse fund.
Topic: Deep Learning for Nonlinear Inference of Covid-19 spreadingIf you are interested, please send and email to me with subject "[TUD-COVID-DL] <your surname>".The review of applications will start right away. The intended starting date is AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.Remote working is compatible with this position.Holding a (or close to) MSc degree is mandatory.Experience with #PyTorch and developing Deep Learning based solutions is required, together with some knowledge of graph theory, and a lot of enthusiasm. A basic understanding of dynamics (possibly on networks) is much welcomed.
Your work would be part of an ongoing collaboration with Daniela Rus ( Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Francesco Di Lauro, and Istvan Kiss ( University of Sussex).
The first output of this line of research was focused on control theory, and can be found here
Open PhD position @ TU Delft, CoR
Click HERE for the call.
Topic: Model-Based and Data-Driven Nonlinear Control of Continuum Soft Robots If you have specific questions about this position, please send and email to me with subject "[TUD00517] <your surname>". Send your application at the following email address (NOT to my personal address): application-3mE@tudelft.nl The review of applications will start on October 15th, 2020. The intended starting date is January 1st, 2021.
Master Students and Interns
Yannik Wotte (from UTwente), Internship@DLR, "Numerical Evaluation of Nonlinear Modes in Multi-Body Systems." Co-Supervised with: Arne Sachtler.
Current MSc students (at and from TU Delft if not differently specified):
Grace Lee, Msc, "Teleopration of the Robotic Hand Pisa-IIT SoftHand 2."Lars Besselaar, Msc, "..."Francesco Stella, Msc, "..."Ario Maleeq, Msc, "..." Co-Supervised with: Dr. Michaël Wiertlewski.Markus Wagner (from TU Munich), MSc@DLR, "Dynamic Locomotion of the Quadruped Bert using DCM Framework." Co-Supervised with: Dr. Johannes Englsberger, George Mesesan, Prof. Alin Albu-Scheffer.Luigi Bono Bonacchi (from Politecnico di Milano), MSc@DLR, "Repetitive control for efficient pick and place motions." Co-Supervised with: Dr. Maximo Roa.
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