Emilio Frazzoli

Emilio Frazzoli
Emilio Frazzoli

Biography

Emilio Frazzoli is a driving force in developing planning and control algorithms for the safe and reliable operation of autonomous vehicles in real-world environments. Frazzoli has created control software that allows autonomous cars to generate only trajectories that satisfy all “hard rules” (such as “do not hit pedestrians”) while satisfying as many “soft rules” (“if possible, stay in left lane”) as possible. His Rapidly-exploring Random Trees (RRT) algorithm is considered the state-of-the-art in motion planning. One of his projects helped gain understanding of the impact of autonomous cars on urban mobility. This project featured the first vehicle authorized to drive autonomously on public roads in Singapore using “rules of the road” planning and the first analysis of the social and economic impact of autonomous cars on a city.

An IEEE Senior member, Frazzoli is a professor with ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and the Chief Scientist of nuTonomy, Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA.