Raffaello D’Andrea is a professor at ETH Zürich and the founder/CEO of Verity, a self-flying drone systems company. He cofounded Kiva Sys-tems, which was acquired by Amazon and rebranded as Amazon Robot-ics. During his time as a professor at Cornell University, he cofounded the systems engineering program and led the Cornell Robot Soccer team to four world championships. He is also a founder of RoboGlobal, an organization that introduced the world’s first Robotics and AI Ex-change Traded Fund.
His work as a new media artist has been exhibited at the Venice Bien-nale and is part of the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada and France’s FRAC Centre. He is the co-creator of the Robotic Chair, a plain-looking wooden chair that falls apart and seems to defy the second law of thermodynamics by reassembling itself. He created the drone design and choreographies for Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway and Metallica’s WorldWired tour, and was executive producer for the drone light shows in Drake’s Aubrey & the Three Migos tour, Céline Dion’s Courage tour, and Justin Bieber’s Jus-tice tour.
In 2020 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. His TED and research videos, with tens of millions of views, offer an inspiring view into the world of engineering, robotics, and computer science.