Dr. Alessandro Benini is a Optical Navigation Capability Lead at RedWire Space, Littleton, Colorado, USA. Previously, Dr. Benini was a Research Scientist at Germandrones GmbH, Berlin, Germany where duties included the design, development and implementation of navigation and control algorithms for VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) UAVs.
Until December 2016, Dr. Benini has worked as Research Scientist at the Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU2SRI), Denver, Colorado, USA. While at the University of Denver, Dr. Benini also served as Adjunct Professor for the course of Computer Vision, during Winter quarter 2016. In 2014 Dr. Benini worked as an Algorithm Engineer at Civitanavi Systems S.r.l., Italy, focusing on the development of Inertial Navigation Systems and AHRS, based on Civitanavi’s proprietary Fiber Optic Gyroscope technology. In 2013, Dr. Benini was an exchange Ph.D. Student at the University of Denver working on vision aided autonomous landing for UAVs, using inertial sensors and GPU-based parallel computing methods.
On March 2014, Dr. Benini received the Ph.D. degree in Automation Engineering at the Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy.
During the years as Ph.D. student, Dr. Benini has collaborated with Thales Italia in the development of localization algorithms using UWB (Ultra Wide Band) technology.
Dr. Benini's research interests include the development of algorithms for localization and navigation of UAVs, Sensor Fusion algorithms, image-processing and GPU-based computation.
Dr. Benini is author of 16 publications in International Conferences / Journals on Unmanned Systems. Furthermore, he is author of 2 patents, in collaboration with the University of Denver.
Below is a video of Dr. Benini's activities at the University of Denver, CO, USA.