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Persoonlijk profiel


“My research focus is on bringing robots to a new level of dexterity, so that many human beings can be relieved from performing repetitive and non-ergonomic tasks.”

Research profile

Alessandro Saccon is an Assistant Professor in nonlinear control and robotics at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His areas of expertise include nonlinear control and estimation, robotics, numerical optimal control and optimization, multi-body mechanics, and geometric mechanics.

Alessandro’s research interests are focused on modeling, analysis, and control of complex and highly dynamical robotic and mechatronic systems. His current research efforts are directed toward the development and validation of innovative control strategies for robotic systems with multiple intermittent contacts, with application in the field of dynamic robot manipulation and locomotion.

Academic background

Alessandro Saccon received a PhD in control system theory from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2006. He also holds a degree with honors in computer engineering from the same University. Following his PhD, he held a research and development position at the University of Padova in collaboration with racing motorcycle company Ducati Corse. From 2009 to early 2013, he held a post-doctoral research position at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal working on geometric numerical methods for solving trajectory optimization problems.

Alessandro has held visiting positions at the University of Colorado, Boulder (2003 and 2005), at the California Institute of Technology (2006), and at the Australian National University (2011). He is the author and co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications across his various research areas.

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Trajectories Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Hybrid systems Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Motorcycles Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Optimal Control Rekenkunde
Controllers Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Projection Operator Rekenkunde
Motion planning Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Robots Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen

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5 Citaties (Scopus)
146 Downloads (Pure)

Direct force-reflecting two-layer approach for passive bilateral teleoperation with time delays

Heck, D., Saccon, A., Beerens, R. & Nijmeijer, H., 1 feb 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Robotics. 34, 1, blz. 194-206 13 blz., 8268547.

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Open Access
Remote control
Time delay
2 Citaties (Scopus)
56 Downloads (Pure)

On centroidal dynamics and integrability of average angular velocity

Saccon, A., Traversaro, S., Nori, F. & Nijmeijer, H., 2017, In : IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. 2, 2, blz. 943-950

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Open Access
Angular velocity
4 Citaties (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

Control of humanoid robot motions with impacts: numerical experiments with reference spreading control

Rijnen, M. W. L. M., de Mooij, E. B. C., Traversaro, S., Nori, F., van de Wouw, N., Saccon, A. & Nijmeijer, H., 21 jul 2017, ICRA 2017 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 29 May - 3 June 2017, Singapore. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, blz. 4102-4107 6 blz. 7989472

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29 Citaties (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Energy-optimal motion planning for multiple robotic vehicles with collision avoidance

Häusler, A. J., Saccon, A., Aguiar, A. P., Hauser, J. & Pascoal, A. M., 1 mei 2016, In : IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. 24, 3, blz. 867-883 17 blz., 7308015.

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Collision avoidance
Motion planning
29 Citaties (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Optimal control on lie groups : the projection operator approach

Saccon, A., Hauser, J. & Aguiar, A. P., 2013, In : IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. 58, 9, blz. 2230-2245 16 blz.

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Lie groups
Riccati equations
Vector spaces
Mathematical operators
Nonlinear systems


Claudio Maffezzoni best PhD thesis award

Alessandro Saccon (Ontvanger), 2006

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk



Flexible ILC with non-causal rational basis functions: application on an industrial printer

Auteur: Isil, G., 28 sep 2017

Begeleider: Blanken, L. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Oomen, T. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Boeren, F. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Saccon, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Steinbuch, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Hybrid trajectory tracking for hopping robots

Auteur: van Rijn, A., 27 okt 2016

Begeleider: Saccon, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van de Molengraft, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Rijnen, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Nijmeijer, H. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Hybrid trajectory tracking for impact motions of humanoid robots

Auteur: de Mooij, E., 31 aug 2016

Begeleider: van de Wouw, N. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Saccon, A. (Begeleider), Traversaro, S. (Begeleider) & Rijnen, M. (Begeleider)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Lazy motion planning for robotic manipulators

Auteur: Andrien, A., 28 sep 2016

Begeleider: Bruyninckx, H. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van de Molengraft, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Saccon, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Model predictive control applied to articulated robots

Auteur: Offermans, R., 24 nov 2016

Begeleider: Bruyninckx, H. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van de Molengraft, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Saccon, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Lunenburg, J. (Externe coach) & Sandee, J. (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master