Luca Carlone

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Leonardo Career Development Assistant Professor
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Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
31-243 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

lcarlone [at] mit.edu
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Luca Carlone is the Leonardo Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Principal Investigator in the Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems (LIDS). He received his PhD from the Polytechnic University of Turin in 2012. He joined LIDS as a postdoctoral associate (2015) and later as a Research Scientist (2016), after spending two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2013-2015). His research interests include nonlinear estimation, numerical and distributed optimization, and probabilistic inference, applied to sensing, perception, and decision-making in single and multi-robot systems. His work includes seminal results on certifiably correct algorithms for localization and mapping, as well as approaches for visual-inertial navigation and distributed mapping. He is a recipient of the 2017 Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award, the best paper award at WAFR’16, the best Student paper award at the 2018 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, the best paper award in Robot Vision at ICRA’20, and he was best paper finalist at RSS’15. He is also a recipient of the RSS Early Career Award (2020), the Google Daydream (2019) and the Amazon Research Award (2020), and the MIT AeroAstro Vickie Kerrebrock Faculty Award (2020). At MIT, he teaches “Robotics: Science and Systems,” the introduction to robotics for MIT undergraduates, and he created the graduate-level course “Visual Navigation for Autonomous Vehicles”, which covers mathematical foundations and fast C++ implementations of spatial perception algorithms for drones and autonomous vehicles.

Academic Degrees

B.S., 2006, Polytechnic University of Turin, with highest honors; S.M., 2008, Polytechnic University of Turin, with highest honors; S.M., 2008, Polytechnic University of Milan, with highest honors; Ph.D., 2012, Polytechnic University of Turin

Honors and Awards

RSS Early Career Award, 2020; Best Paper Award in Robot Vision, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2020; MIT AeroAstro Vickie Kerrebrock Faculty Award, 2020; IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award, 2018; Best Student Paper Award, Symposium on VLSI Circuits, 2018; Best Paper Award, Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR), 2016; Best Conference Paper Finalist, Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), 2015; Best Conference Paper Award, IEEE Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions, 2009; 
Best Oral Presentation Award, IEEE Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions, 2009

Society Memberships

Senior member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Senior member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Positions Held at MIT

Leonardo Career Development Assistant Professor, July 2020 - present; Charles Stark Draper Assistant Professor, 2017-2020; Research Scientist, 2016-2017; postdoctoral associate, 2015-2016

Positions Held outside MIT

Postdoctoral fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-2015; visiting scholar, University of California Santa Barbara, 2011; visiting scholar, University of Zaragoza (Spain), 2010

Specialization and Research Interests

Robotics, machine vision and perception, autonomous air/space/ground vehicles, numerical and distributed optimization, guaranteed inference and estimation, active sensing and control, real-time and embedded systems

Teaching Interests

Dynamical systems and control, sensing & estimation, optimization, autonomy, robotics

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