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I’m Raffaello Bonghi an 🇮🇹 Italian enthusiastic 🤖 robotics engineer, born in the eternal city of 🛵 Rome and now I’m living in 🇬🇧 England.

I studied systems automation and design and mobile platform implementation at the Sapienza University of Rome and Universite Paris-Sud (where I made my PhD). But my passion for robots stems from my teens. I’d take apart everything, including the family TV, to see how things worked. Studying Greek and Latin by day (In Italy you can choose “Classic” studies) and electronics at night soon I built robots and entered competitions.

For a youth robotics club, I created a minisumo robot (Dark-Blade was my last one) with wheels to do battle in contests, similar to sumo wrestling events. Robots spot their enemy and fight, and his minisumo won.

As my robot-building skills developed and my university studies were enhancement me, I sought out to share all my knowledge online, making new robots such as:

During my last years I made open-source projects, below the most popular:

Below my professional 💼 Experience, 👨‍🎓 Education and my 🏆 Awards.


For my full resume watch my profile on LinkedIn

2021-NOW - NVIDIA - Developer Relations Manager - AI & Robotics

Website: NVIDIA
Location: Remote

2019-2021 - ARM - AI Technology Engineer

Website: ARM
Location: Manchester, UK

  • Use and make new models for Monocular Depth Estimation (MDE)
  • 3D localization using different technologies (Active and Passive Stereocameras, cams, lidars)

2017-2019 - NTT Data Italia

Website: NTT Data Italia

Oct 2018 - Sep 2019 - AI Engineer

Location: Milan, Italy

Design a crawler to autonomous recognize technologies from text in Social media and Websites

  • Use and Train NLP or NER to recognize sentences from text
  • Develop on Docker a service environment

Sep 2017 - Sep 2018 - Robotics engineer

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Center of excellence project for connected vehicles robotics and AI

  • Design and setup autonomous vehicles
  • ROS integration and application with Autoware
  • Develop robotic services in automotive environments

Mar 2017 - Sep 2017 - IoT and Robotics Engineer

Location: Rome, Italy for DICT laboratory for ENEL SpA

  • IoT research and scouting products in domestic and industrial environments
  • IoT analysis and design for new products
  • Control theory and cost optimization


2012-2016 - PhD in Automation

University of Rome “La Sapienza” - Italy & L2S, Supélec, Université Paris Sud XI - France

Thesis: Non linear sampled-data for mobile robotics
Italian tutor: Prof. Salvatore Monaco, DIAG, Sapienza
French tutor: Prof. Dorothee Normand-Cyrot L2S, Supélec

Download: RaffaelloBonghi-PhDThesis.pdf

2009-2012 - MSc in System and Control Engineering

University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Thesis: An autonomous mobile platform in an “Augmented reality” environment
Tutor: Prof. Salvatore Monaco, DIAG, La Sapienza
Score: 110 cum laude/110

Download: RaffaelloBonghi-MasterThesis.pdf

2006-2009 - BSc in Automation and System Engineering

University of Rome, “La Sapienza”

Thesis: Design and Realization of an autonomous mobile platform
Tutor: Prof. Salvatore Monaco, DIAG, La Sapienza
Score: 107/110

Download: RaffaelloBonghi-BachelorThesis.pdf


NVIDIA Jetson Champs

  • Date: Dec 2014
  • Honor issuer: NVIDIA

Offers inventive solutions to engineering problems, guidance on tricky mechanical issues and tutorials that help people of all ages learn the skills to build professional-quality robots.

Contribution of mobility

  • Date: Jun 2013
  • Honor issuer: Université Franco Italienne (UFI)

Contribution of mobility on joint program between the university of Rome “La Sapienza” and The Université Paris Sud (Paris XI) for the Thesis on:

  • [FRA] “Applications de l’automatique non linéaire échantillonnée à la robotique mobile”
  • [ENG] “Non linear sampled-data control for mobile robotics”

Excellent graduated “Sapienza” - 2011/2012

  • Date: Oct 2012
  • Honor issuer: Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’

Best thesis and course of study in Master degree of System and control theory engineering with thesis: “An autonomous mobile platform in an ‘Augmented reality’ environment”

Ph.D. Scholarship

  • Date: Oct 2012
  • Honor issuer: Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’

Ph.D. Scholarship in Italy for research and university studies on thesis:

  • ITA “Applicazioni dell’automatica non lineare a segnali campionati alla movimentazione robotica”
  • ENG “Non linear sampled-data for mobile robotics”