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Federico Rossi


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219
Pasadena, CA 91101


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347N - Maritime and Multi-Agent Autonomy

Federico Rossi

Robotics Technologist


Federico Rossi is a Robotics Technologist with the Maritime and Multi-Agent Autonomy Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
He earned a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 2018, a M.Sc. in Space Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and the Diploma from the Alta Scuola Politecnica in 2013.

In his free time, Federico enjoys astronomy and photography.

For a full list of publications, see


Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University (2018). Advisor: Prof. Marco Pavone.
M.Sc., Space Engineering, Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino, Milan/Turin, Italy (2013).
B.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy (2010).

Research Interests

Federicos research focuses on optimal control and distributed decision-making in multi-agent robotic systems, with particular focus on (i) communication-aware computation and control in distributed robotic systems and (ii) centralized coordination, task allocation, and path planning in large-scale multi-robot systems. Applications include robotic planetary exploration and coordination of fleets of self-driving vehicles for autonomous mobility-on-demand in urban environments.


  1. Federico Rossi, Andrew Branch, Michael Schodlok, Timothy Stanton, Ian Fenty, Joshua Vander Hook, Evan Bock Clark, "Stochastic Guidance of Buoyancy Controlled Vehicles under Ice Shelves using Ocean Currents," IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 8657-8664, doi: 10.1109/IROS51168.2021.9635987, 27 September 2021.
  2. Evan Bock Clark, Andrew Branch, Rebecca Castano, Ian Fenty, Christine Gebara, Ara Kourchians, Daniel Limonadi, Gauri Madhok, Patrick McGarey, Flora Mechentel, Kelly Nguyen, Tyler Okamoto, Eric Rignot, Federico Rossi, Brendan Santos, Justin Schachter, Michael Schodlok, Dane Schoelen, Timothy Stanton, Joshua Vander Hook, Ben Wolsieffer, Xavier Zapien, "IceNode: a Buoyant Vehicle for Acquiring Well-Distributed Long-Duration Melt Rate Measurements under Ice Shelves," OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto, pp. 1-10, 20 September 2021.
  1. Federico Rossi, Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, Michael Wolf, Marco Pavone, "Review of Multi-Agent Algorithms for Collective Behavior: a Structural Taxonomy," IFAC Workshop on Networked & Autonomous Air & Space Systems (NAASS), 01 January 2018.