Short Bio

Mr. Federico Parietti is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. A native of Italy, he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) from the Polytechnic University of Milan. He graduated cum laude from the joint M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic Universities of Milan and Turin. Mr. Parietti was a visiting student at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Mellon University where he specialized in robotics. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in robotics at MIT. His research interests include wearable robotics and man-machine interfaces. In particular, he designs and controls robots that can be worn by human users, augmenting their skills.


Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (Sep. 2011 – Present)
PhD Candidate in the d’Arbeloff Laboratory. Research advisor: Prof. H. Asada

The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA (Mar. 2010 – Aug. 2011)
Visiting Scholar in the Quality of Life Technology Center. Research advisor: Prof. H. Geyer

Alta Scuola Politecnica, Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino, Italy (Sep. 2008 – Mar. 2011)
Double MSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics and Robotics). GPA: 4.0

Department of Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Sep. 2009 – Mar. 2010)
Exchange student in robotics. Research in the Sensory-Motor Systems (SMS) Lab. GPA: 3.96

Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy (Sep. 2005 – Sep. 2008)
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Final grade: 110/110 cum laude (GPA: 3.99)

Awards and Scholarships

MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition (MERE ’15): Excellence in Impact Award (Sep. 2015)
MERE is an exhibition featuring graduate research projects in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT

The Mechanical Engineering de Florez Design Award, First Place (May 2013)
Awarded by the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department in the graduate design competition

Full Tuition Scholarship for the Double Degree Master’s Program (Sep. 2008 – Mar. 2011)
Awarded by Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Includes research funding

Accenture Scholarship for Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student (Jul. 2009)
Awarded by the consulting company Accenture, Milan, Italy

Exchange Student European Scholarship (Sep. 2009 – Jan. 2010)
Granted at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Full Tuition Scholarship for the Bachelor’s Degree (Sep. 2005 – Sep. 2008)
Awarded by Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Research Experience

d’Arbeloff Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (Sep. 2011 – Present)
Lead researcher in the Supernumerary Robotic Limbs project. Responsible for the design and control of the wearable robot.
The project has been featured in interviews and articles on Fortune, BBC, FOX News, The Independent, The Verge

The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA (Mar. 2010 – Aug. 2011)
Researcher in the lab of Prof. H. Geyer. Developed reactive algorithms to allow humanoid robots to walk and balance

Laboratory of Action, Perception and Cognition, Hospital San Raffaele, Milan, Italy (Sep. 2009 – Nov. 2010)
Realization of a haptic device for the study of human perception. Prototyped at ETH (SMS Lab)
Supported by Professors R. Riener, L. Guzzella (ETH Zurich), G. Baud-Bovy (LAPCO Lab, Milan)

Collegio delle Università Milanesi, Milan, Italy (Sep. 2008 – Sep. 2009)
– Student in the honors housing, recognized by the Italian Ministry of University and Research
– Home Delivery Project for Coca Cola HBC. Final presentation in front of Company’s CEO

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy (Mar. 2008 – Jul. 2009)
– Undergraduate research on a 6 dof manipulator for the SATIN haptic interface (EU program)
– Virtual Prototyping Summer School 2009: a course on haptic technology and man-machine interfaces

Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal (Mar. 2008)
“Learning Robots” intensive course, promoted by the ATHENS European Program

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway (Aug. 2007)
Integrated Operations course by ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, BEST (Board of EU Students of Technology)

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