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I'm Gianluca Corsini, a passionate roboticist hailing from Misano Adriatico, a nice city in the province of Rimini, Italy.
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I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Automation and Control Engineering from Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) in 2016. This program provided me not only with good foundations in math, physics, programming and control theory but also ignited my curiosity to delve deeper into these topics. Motivated to expand my knowledge, I pursued a Master of Science degree in Automation and Control Engineering from the same university.

During this time, I had the chance to fortify my fundamentals and strengthen my theoretical background. Moreover, I applied for an optional extracurricular course entitled UAV Lab held by the Aerospace Systems & Control Laboratory in Polytechnic of Milan. These courses fall under the umbrella of the Passion in Action, a list of ''open participation teaching activities that the Politecnico offers to students to support the development of transversal, soft and social skills and to encourage/facilitate students in enriching their personal, cultural and professional experience''. This course gave me the opportunity to enter into contact with the domain of autonomous systems, and more precisely with the control of multi-rotor aerial vehicles (MRAVs). It provided me with a general background on these robots ranging from mechanical design and assembly, main electronic components and architecture, modelling and control.

Driven by a thirst for diving more into the control of autonomous systems, I accepted a master thesis opportunity at the laboratory LAAS-CNRS, in Toulouse (France) in the spring of 2019. The thesis was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Franchi (University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands and the Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy)" and Prof. Marcello Farina (Polytechnic of Milan, Milan, Italy). This invaluable experience allowed me to work alongside brilliant minds in the field of robotics, further refining my skills and deepening my knowledge in the field of control, navigation and perception of MRAVs.

After a 1-year contract as "ingénieur d'étude" (CDD), inspired by the rich academic environment and cutting-edge research, I embarked on a PhD journey at the same laboratory in 2020. My advisors are MdC Daniel Sidobre (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France and LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France) and Prof. Antonio Franchi (University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands and the Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy). Over the course of my doctoral studies, I delved into control problems for aerial robots. Particularly, the subject of my thesis is the development of control algorithms allowing aerial manipulators - ie aerial robots equipped with robotic arms - to physically and safely interact with human operators in industrial settings. The research is conducted within the ANR French project The Flying Coworker aimed at creating a flying coworker to help and assist human workers in a handover or collaborative scenario.

During these 3 years, I have been learning a lot, especially about research. However, still driven by my curiosity about robotics, I had the opportunity to improve my technical skills as well, especially in designing and implementing software algorithms for autonomous systems. Moreover, I am actively maintaining the hardware platform I am using for the validation of my research activities.

Throughout my academic career, I have developed a broad range of interests and expertise within robotics and control of autonomous systems, especially multi-rotor aerial robots. Some of my key areas of focus include the mechanical and electronic design of autonomous systems (focus on MRAVs), modelling of poly-articulated robotic systems (aerial manipulators), control algorithms and actuators, perception and sensors (cameras, ...), planning and navigation, development of embedded software, simulations and experimental activities.

I am excited to share my expertise, experiences and to tell more about my work through this website.

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