I am looking for students!!

In particular, people who think robotics is cool.


Want do to robotics? I am looking for graduate students and research assistants to join my lab at University of Colorado Boulder and conduct research in Human-Robot Interaction, Robot Control and Artificial Intelligence. For more information about my research, please visit my homepage. If you want to see a list of student projects, please take a look at this page [LINK].

Who you are

  • Somebody who likes robotics
  • Somebody dedicated to achieving their graduate and career goals
  • Somebody who works hard without being pushed by me (in return, I will work hard for your success)
  • Somebody with experience in and/or exposure to (depending on level of seniority):
    • C++ and/or Python
    • Git and/or some other versioning system
    • Kinematics, Computer Vision, Robotics, Control, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing (in no particular order)
    • Linux (all the robot code runs on Ubuntu)
    • ROS, the Robot Operating System
  • You don’t need to be an expert programmer if you have strong background in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or industrial/product design.

It is not necessary to have all the skills I listed above, however, experience with at least one of the tools/techniques and willingness to learn others as needed will allow us to do some cool research! At the end of your project, you will have expertise in (in random order):

  • ROS, the Robot Operating System
  • Robotics perception
  • Robotics control
  • Computer science skills
  • Machine learning (depending on project)
  • Optimization techniques (depending on project)

If all goes well, a conference publication for the senior projects is more than reasonable. Plus, a cool robot demo is always something to be proud of!! :sunglasses:

If you are a current CU student

If you are a current CU graduate or undergraduate student, please send me an email with the subject: [RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY]. Please explain in your email why you want to work with me, and attach a transcript of your classes and a CV. If you have an online portfolio or code repository, provide a link to them as well in your email.

If you are a prospective graduate student

If you are a prospective graduate student (PhD or MS), please apply to the graduate program! Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions. For Fall 2019, the application submission deadline is December 15th, 2018. If you want to know more about the graduate program, please go here. Here is an overview of the research performed in the Computer Science Department at CU Boulder:

If you are looking for postdoctoral positions

First, good choice! Doing a post-doc was my best decision ever. Second, as I am currently building up my laboratory, I am not explicitly looking for post-docs, but if you really want to work with me, shoot me an email and we can talk about it!

Our robots

Currently, our lab has a Sawyer robot and a Kuri robot. More platforms are coming!

Sawyer Robot

Sawyer robot

Kuri Robot

Kuri robot

Who am I

  • Someone who thinks robotics is cool!!
  • Someone who thinks robotics is cool because:
    1. There are a lot of scientific problems to solve
    2. There is a lot of engineering involved (and the engineering component is a scientific pursuit in its own right)
    3. Both of them are challenging and interesting topics to work on
  • Someone with a couple cool robots waiting for people to use them
  • Someone who loves running, hiking, skiing, beach volley (but is not necessarily good at any of them)


Personal website of Alessandro Roncone, also known as alecive, Ph.D. in robotics engineering, computer scientist, interaction designer, father and runner. From Fall 2018, he is an as Assistant Professor in the CS Department at University of Colorado Boulder.

Alessandro has more than nine years' research experience in robotics. He worked full time with the iCub, one of the most advanced humanoid robots, on machine perception and artificial intelligence. His mastery of C++ and the YARP/ROS software architectures has been employed for research in human-robot interaction, kinematics, tactile perception and robot control. I am looking for students! [LINK]