I am an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the Tandon School of Engineering of New York University.
I studied at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne where I received an engineering diploma in Computer Science in 2004 and a Doctorate in Science in 2008 under the supervision of Professor Auke Ijspeert. Between March 2009 and August 2012, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California with Professor Stefan Schaal. In September 2012 I started the Movement Generation and Control Group at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany where I became a W2 Independent Research Group Leader in September 2015. I moved to New York University in September 2017.
My research focuses on the planning and control of movements for autonomous robots, with a special emphasis on legged locomotion and manipulation but I am more broadly interested in problems at the intersection between decision making, automatic control, optimization, applied dynamical systems and machine learning.