Riccardo Spica


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Riccardo Spica

Position: Diploma Student  Unit: Alumni Bülthoff

I am at the Max-Planck-Institut for Biological Cybernetics.


I am currently working with the Human-Robot Interaction group under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe OrioloDr. Paolo Robuffo GiordanoDr. Antonio Franchi.


My research deals with the problem of aerial grasping for a quadrotor.

Aerial Grasping on a quadrotor helicopter


This project deals with the problem of planning trajectories and developing controllers for a quadcopter during the grasping of a target object.


Both kinematic and dynamic constraints must be satisfied in order to accomplish the task in a feasible and safe way. Care must also be taken to avoid collisions with the ground and possibly with any other obstacle populating the environment.


Possible applications of the study are in search and rescue operations, goods transportation, research.



Master student

Electronic Engineering, "Sapienza - Università di Roma"  (Grade: 110/110 cum laude)


Bachelor student

Electronic Engineering, "Sapienza - Università di Roma" (Grade: 110/110 cum laude)



High school student

"Liceo Scientifico Statale Talete", Roma (Grade: 100/100)


My complete CV is available here.

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Conference papers (2):

Spica R, Robuffo Giordano P, Ryll M, Bülthoff HH and Franchi A (November-2013) An Open-Source Hardware/Software Architecture for Quadrotor UAVs, 2nd Workshop on Research, Education and Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (RED-UAS 2013), Pergamon Press, Oxford, UK, IFAC Proceedings Volumes, 46(30), 198-205.
Spica R, Franchi A, Oriolo G, Bülthoff HH and Robuffo Giordano P (October-2012) Aerial Grasping of a Moving Target with a Quadrotor UAV, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2012), IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, USA, 4985-4992.

Theses (2):

Spica R: Active camera motion optimization for structure from motion, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy, (2014). PhD thesis
Spica R: Planning and control of aerial grasping with a quadrotor UAV, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy, (2012). Master thesis

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