Alexander Oliva

Department / Institute
Mechanical Engineering


Alexander Oliva is a postdoc in the Dynamics and Control Group of the Department of Mechnical Engineering working with Dr. Alessandro Saccon. He is involved in the European H2020 I.AM. (Impact-Aware Manipulation) project, which aims to enhance current robotic manipulation capabilities in logistics by exploiting impacts. His main research focuses on the dynamic modelling, identification and validation of bellows suction-cup gripper models, which will subsequently serve as the basis for planning, identification and control aspects of impact-aware manipulation.


After receiving his Master's degree in Computer and Control Systems Engineering in November 2015 from the University of L'Aquila (Italy), Alexander gained some experience working as an Embedded Software Engineer in both the telecomm and automotive sectors. 
He then switched to research working with Dr. Agostino Martinelli as Research Engineer at Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA) in Grenoble (France), on topics such as Visual-Inertial Sensor Fusion and Structure-from-Motion for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). 
Alexander received his Ph.D in February 2022 in Robotics from University of Rennes 1 (France) on the coupling of Vision and Force control of robotic manipulators, supervised by Dr. Paolo Robuffo Giordano and Dr. Fran├žois Chaumette. 
During his Ph.D, Alexander visited the Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM) Lab at KU Leuven to work with Prof. Joris De Schutter.
From April 2022, he is a postdoc within the Dynamics and Control group of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) working with Dr. Alessandro Saccon.
His research interests range from robot control, to dynamics modelling and identification, to sensor-based control and visual servo control. 

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