Marco Pavone wins award for young Italian researchers

On Nov. 8 MARCO PAVONE, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, was awarded the 2017 Franco Strazzabosco Award for Engineers from the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF). Pavone, who is also director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at Stanford, was recognized for his work on “algorithmic foundations for real-time and dependable spacecraft motion planning.”

Marco Pavone at Stanford
Marco Pavone (Image credit: Norbert von der Groeben)

Research from Pavone’s lab focuses on the control of autonomous robotic systems, including autonomous spacecraft, self-driving cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, large-scale robotic networks and rovers for exploring other objects in our solar system.

“ISSNAF affiliates spearhead research, pioneer science and constantly push forward the boundaries of our knowledge,” said the Italian Ambassador to the United States, Armando Varricchio, at the annual ISSNAF Awards, held at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. “They are an asset both for Italy and North America, and a true bridge between the two sides of the Atlantic. The young winners of the ISSNAF awards are a crucial asset in the context of relations between the USA and Italy. Their hard work and energy are a reason for Italy to be proud, and provide a strong impetus of innovation and progress to our companies.”

Pavone was one of five awardees, each representing different scientific areas of research. As part of the ISSNAF Award, he received $3,000. The Franco Strazzabosco Award for Engineers commemorates the late Italian engineer, who worked in the field of hydroelectric power and contributed to Italy’s energy development. The Strazzabosco family established the award as a “tribute to the entrepreneurial courage of Italian engineers, who strive in applying scientific discoveries to public advantage.”