[VIRTUAL] Fall 2020 GRASP SFI: Matthew Piccoli, IQ Motion Control, "Trading Complexities: Smart Motors and Dumb Vehicles"


We will discuss my research journey through Penn making the world's smallest, simplest flying vehicles, and in parallel making the most complex brushless motors.  What do they have in common?   We'll touch on why the quadrotor went from an obscure type of helicopter to the current ubiquitous drone.  Finally, we'll get into my life after Penn and what tools I'm creating to further drone and robot designs of the future.

Presenter's biography

Matthew Piccoli earned his BSE (09), MSE (10), and PhD (16) in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with minors and concentrations in Computer Science Engineering and Robotics from The University of Pennsylvania.  Always drawn to machines that move, Matt earned his pilot’s license, was the electrical lead of the school’s Formula SAE race car team, and performed research in a modular robotics lab as an undergraduate.  He continued his work under the guidance of Mark Yim in the modular robotics lab, named ModLab, for his master’s and doctoral degrees.  It was during this time that Matt created the world’s smallest self-powered flying vehicle, named Piccolissimo, as well as began work on the motor controllers that laid the foundation for his startup, IQ Motion Control.  


Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States


Matthew Piccoli