Short Biography

Dario Brescianini is a senior research scientist at Sony AI, working on novel imaging and sensing technology for robotic applications. He is the main developer of the Omnicopter, a novel high performance flying machine. His main interests are in Control and Planning, State Estimation, Computer Vision and Machine Learning.

In 2007, Dario began studying Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, receiving an Outstanding Bachelor Award for the best first year examinations and bachelor degree. During his master studies, he focused on control theory and mechanical systems and was awarded the Willi Studer prize 2013 for the best master degree in Mechanical Engineering. His master thesis “Quadrocopter Pole Acrobatics” received extensive media coverage. From 2013 to 2018, Dario was a doctoral student at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zürich under the supervision of Professor Raffaello D’Andrea. His doctoral research was carried out in the Flying Machine Arena, where he focused on the design and control of novel flying machines, trajectory planning, attitude control and learning. After finishing his doctoral studies, Dario joined the Robotics and Perception Group, University of Zurich, led by Professor Davide Scaramuzza as a postdoctoral research assistant. During his time at the University of Zurich, he led a team of doctoral students in a $1 million AI drone racing competition, where the team achieved the fastest autonomous flight out of more than 400 teams worldwide.


Present – Senior Research Scientist, Sony AI
2020 – Postdoctoral research assistant, Robotics and Perception Group, University of Zurich
2018 – PhD in Robotics, ETH Zürich
2012 – MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Specialization: Robotics, Systems and Control), ETH Zürich
2010 – BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Specialization: Mechatronics), ETH Zürich

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