Leonardo Cencetti


I am a hardworking and ambitious engineer with a deep passion for technology, science and robotics. I have a clear, logical mind with a practical approach to problem-solving and a drive to see things through to their completion, without sacrificing quality or efficacy.
Through my past academic and work experiences, I have acquired a strong technical and interpersonal skillset, enabling me to interact and cooperate with people from a wide range of backgrounds.
I love being part of international and multicultural communities for I believe that diversity is the key ingredient in innovation and success. As such, I am always looking for new opportunities to further develop my professional skills in a challenging and stimulating working environment and become a valuable asset for the people I work with.



Lausanne, CH

R&D Engineer

Feb 2023 - Now

Development of the vision-based navigation stack for the ASIO drone. Development of tools and procedures for sensor calibration, data processing and visualization.
    • Sensor Fusion
    • Autonomous Navigation
    • VIO
    • SLAM


    Lausanne, CH

    Robotics Engineer

    Jul 2021 - Feb 2023

    Development of computer-vision, state estimation, calibration algorithms, as well as integration and testing of exteroceptive sensors into an embedded RTOS platform; development of software interfaces for 3D axial manipulators, and their integration with CI/CD workflows.
      • Sensor Integration
      • C/C++
      • Python
      • Zephyr RTOS
      • Embedded
      • CI/CD
      • Agile

      Aerial Robotics Trainee

      Mar 2021 - Apr 2021

      Continuation of the master's project as a hired trainee, completing data acquisition and field-experiments in pursuance of a scientific publication.
        • Metaheuristic Optimization
        • Kalman Filtering
        • ROS
        • MATLAB
        • Python

        Master Thesis Project

        Oct 2020 - Feb 2021

        Development of state estimation and optimization algorithms for a modular and reconfigurable delivery-drone. The project covered a blend of topics, from analytical modeling and state estimation using Unscented Kalman Filters, to global optimization using Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithms.
          • Metaheuristic Optimization
          • Kalman Filtering
          • ROS
          • MATLAB
          • Python

          Robotics Intern

          Feb 2020 - Aug 2020

          Integration of global positioning and inertial sensors, and development of Kalman state estimation algorithms for the ESA INTERACT rover, developed by ESA HRI Lab in collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
            • Navigation
            • Kalman Filtering
            • Distributed Delivery Services
            • C++
            • Python
            • MATLAB

            ClearSpace (EPFL)

            Lausanne, CH


            Sep 2019 - Feb 2020

            Mechanical and thermal characterization and testing of components of the CleanSpace One satellite, result of a collaboration of EPFL eSpace and ESA to design a mission to clean space debris from Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
              • MATLAB
              • Python
              • TwinCAT
              • Data Processing
              • Testing Procedures

              Robotics Trainee

              Jun 2019 - Sep 2019

              Design, development, and deployment of a drone-based bird-deterrent system capable of autonomous detection of targets (birds) and flight operations. The project was carried out in partnership with the SwissTech Convention Center (STCC).
                • TensorFlow
                • Python
                • Image Processing
                • Autonomous Navigation
                • UAV


                MSc in Robotics Engineering + Minor in Space Technology

                Lausanne, CH

                École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

                Sep 2018 - Feb 2021

                Master program in Mobile Robotics, with a 30 ECTS Minor in Space Technologies, covering topics of Control Theory, Estimation, Machine Learning with strong hand-on focus. Several curricular project were carried out in laboratories on and off-campus.

                BSc in Electronic & Communications Engineering

                Shanghai, CN

                TongJi University

                Aug 2016 - Jul 2017

                One-year exchange in China for the Politong double-degree program. I Qualified first in the ranked selection process, and was awarded the complementary scholarship. The program were taught in English, and included additional language and cultural courses.

                BSc in Electronic & Communications Engineering

                Turin, IT

                Politecnico di Torino

                Sep 2015 - Jul 2018

                Double degree program, entirely taught in English, covering a wide range of topics in the fields of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Control Theory, Signal Theory and Analysis, Microelectronics, Electronics Design, Communication Networks and EM waves.
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                  • Programming
                  • Python
                  • C
                  • C++
                  • Bash
                  • MATLAB
                  • HTML
                  • CSS
                  • JavaScript
                  • Zephyr RTOS
                  • CMSIS RTOS
                  • ROS
                  • Pybind11
                  • Agile
                    Developer Tools
                  • Git
                  • Pytest
                  • Pybind11
                  • GoogleTest
                  • Docker
                  • GitLab CI/CD
                  • Doxygen Doc
                  • Sphinx Doc
                  • Adobe Tools
                  • MS Office Tools
                  • LaTeX


                • Italian
                • English
                • Spanish
                • French


                • Photography
                • Traveling
                • Automation
                • Piano and Music
                • Cycling
                • Hiking
                • DIY

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