Chiara Gabellieri obtains a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship!

Chiara Gabellieri was awarded the prestigious European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship for her project FlyFlic, supervised by Prof. Antonio Franchi. Starting from September 1st, she will carry out the two-year project at the Robotics and Mechatronics lab (RaM) of the University of Twente.

The Flyflic (FLYing companion for Floating LItter Collection) project will contribute to addressing plastic pollution, which is considered one of the most challenging environmental risks globally. Since rivers have been identified as a dominant pathway for the accumulation of plastic in the oceans, Flyflic will deploy a first-of-its-kind robotic platform composed of multiple unmanned aerial robots to effectively collect litter from rivers and canals, thus preventing such litter from reaching our oceans. The dynamic model of the complex manipulation aerial system embedding the water-related disturbances will be studied and a suitable control law designed accordingly. Eventually, all the components for autonomous functioning will be integrated into a prototype.

If you are interested in knowing more about the project and in possibly scientifically collaborating, or if you are a student and would like to take an assignment under Chiara’s supervision, you are invited to contact her at