Riccardo Bonalli

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Autonomous Systems Lab (Director Prof. Marco Pavone), Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University. I obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at Sorbonne Université under a collaboration between Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions (Prof. Emmanuel Trélat) and ONERA-The French Aerospace Lab (Dr. Bruno Hérissé). I also received a M.Sc. in Mathematical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Physical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

My research interests focus on optimal control with applications to robotics and aerospace systems. More specifically, I combine techniques from control and game theory, differential geometry and machine learning to design fast and theoretically guaranteed algorithms for the optimal control in real-time of complex autonomous robotic systems and launch vehicles. I am currently collaborating with NASA on the Astrobee Project and with Facebook Robotics to design new robust reinforcement learning paradigms.