After a postdoc at the GRASP Lab of the University of Pennsylvania, (advisers: Vijay Kumar and Kostas Daniilidis), he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich in 2012. He got promoted to Tenured Associated Professor in 2017 with double affiliation with the Departments of Informatics (University of Zurich) and the Dep. of Neuroinformatics (University of Zurich and ETH Zurich).

    His research lies at the intersection of Robotics, Computer vision, and Neuroscience. Specifically, he investigates the use of standard, event cameras, and inertial sensors to enable autonomous navigation of micro drones in challenging real-world scenarios, such as remote inspection and search and rescue after natural disasters. These scenarios bring up fundamental robotic problems, which are currently unsolved by the worldwide research community, but also touch him personally: he comes from the center of Italy, which is most affected by earthquakes (link).

    From 2009 to 2012, he led the European project sFly, which pioneered visual-inertial autonomous drone navigation in GPS-denied environments ([Bloesch, ICRA'10]) and led to the development of the PX4 autopilot (developed by Lorenz Meier), today a standard tool in over half a million hobby and commercial drones.