Machine Intelligence Laboratory

Cambridge University Department of Engineering

Fabio Giardina Fabio Giardina

Position: PhD Student

E-mail: ffg20 [AT]

Office: BN3-02


I am currently working as a research associate in the Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge and my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland, in 2010, and 2012, respectively.

Research Interests

I am interested in the effect of morphology on the dynamics of locomotion in animals and robots. My approach is largely theoretical, but I have built various robots to test my hypotheses experimentally. Have a look at our YouTube channel


Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Giardina, F., & Iida, F. (2018). Collision-based energetic analysis of rolling and hopping over obstacles. PLOS ONE. Accepted.
Giardina, F., & Iida, F. (2018). Efficiency and stability of impulse-actuated locomotion robots with strictly convex foot shapes. IEEE Transactions on Robotics. Accepted.
Saar, K. A., Giardina, F., & Iida, F. (2018). Model-Free Design Optimisation of a Hopping Robot and Its Competition with a Human Designer. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.
Hughes, J., Culha, U., Giardina, F., Guenther, F., Rosendo, A., & Iida, F. (2016). Soft manipulators and grippers: A review. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 3, 69.
Hunt, J., Giardina, F., Rosendo, A., & Iida, F. (2016). Improving efficiency for an open-loop-controlled locomotion with a pulsed actuation. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 21(3), 1581-1591.

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

Giardina, F., & Iida, F. (2016, October). Discrete Foot Shape Changes Improve Dynamics of a Hopping Robot. In International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (pp. 113-122). Springer.
Giardina, F., & Iida, F. (2016, June). Simulation of forward hopping dynamics in robots and animals using a template with a circular foot and impulsive actuation. In Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), 2016 6th IEEE International Conference on (pp. 7-12). IEEE.
Gunther, F., Giardina, F., & Iida, F. (2014, May). Self-stable one-legged hopping using a curved foot. In Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014 IEEE International Conference on (pp. 5133-5138). IEEE.

Contributions to books

Culha, U., Hughes, J., Rosendo, A., Giardina, F., & Iida, F. (2017). Design Principles for Soft-Rigid Hybrid Manipulators. In Soft Robotics: Trends, Applications and Challenges (pp. 87-94). Springer International Publishing.

Contributions to international conferences

Giardina, F., & Iida, F. (2017). Towards limits of energy efficiency in legged locomotion. Dynamic Walking Conference.

General contributions to science

Culha, U., Giardina, F., (2015). Hot Glue Kit.
Rosendo, A., Hughes, J., Giardina, F., & Iida, F. (2016). News and Views: Soft Solutions for Hard Problems. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 23(3), 125-127.