Wednesday, November 7, 2018

2:30pm – 3:45pm

107 Surge Building – VT Campus

Dr. Davide Spinello

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Ottawa 


Flexible mobile robots made their appearance in the framework of service robotics, and are often chosen because of their agility, which enable the operation in environments that are too challenging for a conventional wheeled robot. System models of a class of continuous mobile slender mechanisms coupled with unstructured substrates are presented, addressing locomotion mechanics and coupling with the substrate. By including a substrate model, it the system can act as a mechanical sensor. An information filter is also presented to detect defects in the inner surface of a pipeline from data collected by an articulated robot.


Davide Spinello received a B.Sc. and a Laurea degree in environmental engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2001 and 2005, respectively, and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2006, working under the supervision of Romesh Batra. From January 2007 to July 2009 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Autonomous Systems and Control Laboratory at Virginia Tech. In September 2009 he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches courses on control, dynamical systems, and continuum mechanics. His research interests include cooperative and distributed control and estimation, dynamical systems, continuum mechanics and distributed parameter systems, micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems, multi-physics systems, and numerical methods.