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Dr. Marco De Stefano

DLR German Aerospace Center
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
Analysis and Control of Advanced Robotic Systems
Oberpfaffenhofen
Muenchener Str. 20
82234 Wessling

telephone: +49 8153 28-1150
email: Dr. Marco De Stefano

Marco De Stefano received his  bachelor degree in aerospace engineering (2008), his master degree cum laude in astronautical engineering (2011)  and a professional qualification as industrial engineer (2012) from the University of Rome "La Sapienza". In 2019, He received his PhD (summa cum laude) from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He conducted his Phd research on Energy-based Control for Simulation of Multibody Dynamics using Robotic Facilities at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, German Aerospace Center (DLR). His Ph.D. thesis has been selected as one of the four finalists of the 2020 Georges Giralt Award for the Best Ph.D. Thesis on Robotics in Europe.

Since 2012 He is a researcher associated with the department for Analysis and Control of Advanced Robotic Systems of the DLR. His current research interests include dynamics and control of space robot, control theory and stability analysis. He is part of the team developing the On-Orbit Servicing Simulator (OOS-SIM) at the institute.

 

Fields of Interest:

  • Space Robotics
  • Multibody Dynamics
  • Admittance and Impedance Control
  • Control Theory
  • Stability analysis

 

Main Projects:

  • DEOS: On-Orbit-Servicing Mission: Development of the tools for the capture, stabilization and de-orbiting of a non co-operative target by means of a free-flying robot.                                                 

    

DEOSScenario                                                   OOS-SIM facility

  • AEROARMS: European project on  Aerial Robotics http://aeroarms-project.eu/
  • e.Deorbit: European Space Agency (ESA) mission. Project on space debris removal (ENVISAT satellite).
  • COMRADE: European Space Agency (ESA) project. COntrol and Management of Robotics Active DEbris removal.

 

Publications*:

 

[C29] H. Mishra, M. De Stefano, A. Giordano, R. Lampariello, C. Ott  A Geometric Controller for Fully-Actuated Robotic Capture of a Tumbling Targetaccepted to 2020 American Control Conference (ACC), pp-, Denver, USA, July 2020,

[C28] J. Lee, R. Balachandran, Y. Sarkisov, M. De Stefano, A. Coelho, K. Shinde, M. J.Kim, R. Triebel, K. Kondak  Visual-Inertial Telepresence for Aerial Manipulationaccepted to 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp-, Paris, May 2020

[J27]  M. De Stefano, R.Balachandran, Cristian Secchi A Passivity-based Approach for Simulating Satellite Dynamics with Robots: Discrete-Time Integration and Time-Delay Compensation, IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO), 10.1109/TRO.2019.2945883, Sept. 2019

[C26]  M. De Stefano, L. Vezzadini, Cristian Secchi  “Time-delay Compensation Using Energy-tank for Satellite Dynamics Robotic Simulators”, 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robot and System (IROS), Macau, China, pp. - , Nov 2019

[C25] J. Cieslak, D. Henry, P. Colmenarejo, J. Branco, N. Santos, P. Serra , J. Telaar, H. Strauch,
A.M. Giordano, M. De Stefano, C. Ott, M. Reiner, J. Jaworski, E. Papadopoulos, G. Visentin, F.
Ankersen, J.G. Fernandez
  “Assessment of a Supervisory Fault-Hiding Scheme in a Classical Guidance, Navigation and Control Setup: the e.Deorbit mission”,  International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems (SYSTOL),
pp. 7-12 , Sept. 2019

[C24]  H. Mishra, M. De Stefano, AM. Giordano, Christian Ott  “A nonlinear observer for free-floating target motion using only position measurements”, IEEE American Control Conference (ACC), Philadelphia, USA, pp. 1114 - 1121, July 2019

[C23] D. Henry, J. Cieslak, P. Colmenarejo, J. Branco, N. Santos, P. Serra, J. Telaard, H. Strauch, A. Giordano, M. De Stefano, C. Ott, M. J. Reiner, J. Jaworski, E. Papadopoulos, G. Visentin, F. Ankersen, J. Gil. “Model-based fault diagnosis and tolerant control: the ESA’s e.Deorbit mission”,  IEEE European Control Conference (ECC), pp.4356-4361, 2019

[J22]   M. De Stefano, H. Mishra, R. Balachandran, R. Lampariello, C. Ott, and C. Secchi.  “Multi-rate Tracking Control for a Space Robot on a Controlled Satellite: a Passivity-based Strategy”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), pp. 1319-1326, 10.1109/LRA.2019.2895420, 2019

[J21]  S. Jaeckel, R. Lampariello, W. Rackl, M. De Stefano, N. Oumer, AM. Giordano, O. Porges, M. Pietras, B. Brunner, J. Ratti, Q. Muehlbauer, M. Thiel, S. Estable, R. Biesbroek, A. Albu-Schaeffer  “Design and Operational Elements of the robotics subsystem for the e.deorbit debris removal mission”, Frontieres in Robotics and AI, 5:100, 2018

[J20]  R. Lampariello, H. Mishra, N. Oumer, P. Schmidt, M. De Stefano, A. Albu-Schaeffer  “Tracking control for the grasping of a tumbling satellite with a free-floating robot”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 3 (4):3638-3645, Oct. 2018

[C19]  P. Colmenarejo, J. Branco, N. Santos, P. Serra, J. Telaar, H. Strauch, AM. Giordano, M. De Stefano, C. Ott, M. Rainer, D. Henry, J. Jaworski, E. Papadopoulos, G. Visentin, F. Ankersen, and J. Gil-Fernandez   “Methods and outcomes of the comrade project - design of robust combined control for robotic spacecraft and manipulator in servicing missionss”, 69th International Astronautical Congress 2018, Sept 2018

[C18]  MJ. Kim, R. Balachandran, M. De Stefano, K. Kondak, C. Ott  “Passive compliant control for Aerial manipulation”, 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robot and System (IROS), Madrid, Spain, pp. 4177-4184-, September 2018.

[C17]  H. Mishra, M. De Stefano, AM. Giordano, Christian Ott  “Tracking control with robotic system for a moving traget: A vector Lyapunov approach”, in Proc. of the 11th IFAC Symposium on Robot Control SYROCO 2018, Budapest, Hungary,  51(22):471-478, August 2018.

[C16]  Marco De Stefano, Ribin Balachandran, Alessandro Giordano, Cristian Secchi   " An energy-based Approach for the Multi-Rate Control of a Manipulator on an Actuated Base ",  2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Brisbane, Australia pp.1072 -1077, May 2018.

[C15] Pedro Rodriguez Perez, Marco De Stefano, Roberto Lampariello  “Velocity Matching Compliat Control for a Space Robot during Capture of a Free-Floating Target”,  2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, USA, pp. 1-9, March 2018

[J14]  J. Telaar, I. Ahrns, S. Estable, W. Rackl, M. De Stefano, R. Lampariello, N. Santos, P. Serra, M. Canetri, F. Ankersen, J. Gil-Fernandez  "GNC architecture for the e.Deorbit mission ", Acta Astronautica (under review), 2018

[W13]  Marco De Stefano and Jordi Artigas," The DLR On-Orbit Servicing Simulator: Reproducing free-floating dynamics with Robotic Facilites", Workshop on  "Gravity offload testbed for space robotic mission simulation",  2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robot and System (IROS), Vancouver, Canada, September 2017.

[C12]  Marco De Stefano, Jordi Artigas, Cristian Secchi, " A passive Integration Strategy for Rendering Rotational Dynamics on a Robotic Simulator", 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robot and System (IROS), Vancouver, Canada, pp.2806 -2812, September 2017.

[C11]  J. Telaar, I. Ahrns, S. Estable, W. Rackl, Marco De Stefano, R. Lampariello, N. Santos, P. Serra, M. Canetri, F. Ankersen, J. Gil-Fernandez  "GNC architecture for the e.Deorbit mission ",  7th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Science (EUCASS), Milan, Italy,  July 2017.

[C10]  Marco De Stefano, Ribin Balachandran, Jordi Artigas, Cristian Secchi   " Reproducing Physical Dynamics with Hardware-in-the-loop Simulators: A Passive and Explicit Discrete Integrator ", in Proc. of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Singapore, pp. 5899-5906, May 2017.

[C9]  Juergen Telaar, Stephane Estable, Marco De Stefano, Wolfgang Rackl, Roberto Lampariello, Finn Ankersen, Jesus Gil Fernandez  " Coupled control of chaser platform and robot arm for the e.deorbit mission", GNC 2017: 10th International ESA conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems, Salzburg, Austria, May 2017.

[C8]  Alessandro Giordano, Gianluca Garofalo, Marco De Stefano, Christian Ott, Alin Albu-Schaeffer, "Dynamics and control of a free-floating space robot in presence of nonzero linear and angular momenta", in Proc.of the 2016 IEEE  Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Las Vegas, USA, pp.7527-7534, December 2016.

[C7]  Marco De Stefano, Jordi Artigas, Cristian Secchi, " An optimized passivity-based method for simulating satellite dynamics on a position controlled robot in presence of latencies", in Proc.of the 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robot and System (IROS), Daejeon, Korea, pp.5419-5426, October 2016.

[C6] Jordi Artigas, Ribin Balachandran, Marco De Stefano, Michael Panzirsch, Jan Harder, Juergen Letschnik, Roberto Lampariello, Alin Albu-Schaeffer, “Teleoperation for On-Orbit Servicing Missions through the ASTRA Geostationary Satellite”, in Proc. of the 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, USA, pp. 1-12, March 2016

[C5]  Phillip Schmidt, Jordi Artigas, Marco De Stefano, Ribin Balachandran, Christian Ott.
“Increasing the Performance of Torque-based Visual Servoing by applying Time Domain Passivity”, in Proc. of the 11th IFAC Symposium on Robot Control SYROCO 2015, Salvador, Brazil, vol.48 pp. 13-18, August 2015.

[C4]  Marco De Stefano, Jordi Artigas, Wolfgang Rackl and Alin Albu-Schäffer  " Passivity of Virtual Free-Floating Dynamics Rendered on Robotic Facilities", in Proc. of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Seattle, USA, pp.781-788,  May 2015.

[C3]  Jordi Artigas, Marco De Stefano, Wolfgang Rackl, Roberto Lampariello, Bernhard Brunner,  Wieland Bertleff , Robert Burger, Oliver Porges, Alessandro Giordano, Christoph Borst, and Alin Albu-Schäff er The OOS-SIM: An On-ground Simulation Facility For On-Orbit Servicing Robotic Operations. in Proc. of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Seattle, USA, pp.2854-2860,  May 2015.

[C2]  Marco De Stefano, Jordi Artigas, Alessandro Giordano, Roberto Lampariello and Alin Albu-Schäffer On- ground experimental verification of a torque controlled free-floating robot. 13th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation 2015 (ASTRA 2015), ESA/ESTEC Noordwijk, Netherlands, May 2015,

[C1]  Marco De StefanoMotion Analysis of a free-tumbling satellite and experimentation of the grasping task with two fixed-base LWR robots. DLR-Interner Bericht. DLR-IB 572-2012/05.

 

*C: peer-reviewed conference J: Jounal

 

Last updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 by Dr. Marco De Stefano