Claudio Semini is the head of the Dynamic Legged Systems Lab in the Dept. of Advanced Robotics (ADVR) at the Italian Inst. of Technology. At ADVR he has developed a number of high-performance hydraulic robots, including HyQ, HyQ2Max, MiniHyQ and HyQ- REAL. Claudio Semini was born in Zurich, Switzerland. He graduated in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich in 2005. For his Master’s Thesis on Obstacle Avoidance for a Redundant Robot Manipulator he did research at the Shigeo Hirose Robotics Laboratory of the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, and subsequently worked at Toshiba’s Corporate Research and Development Center in Kawasaki, Japan until the end of 2006.

Since the beginning of 2007 Claudio Semini has been a member of the Advanced Robotics Department (ADVR) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), where he started the HyQ project as his PhD research under the supervision of Prof Darwin Caldwell. In 2010 he finished the design and construction of the first version of the HyQ robot and successfully defended his PhD with the title "HyQ - Design and Development of a Hydraulically Actuated Quadruped Robot". In the subsequent years, in close collaboration with Prof. Jonas Buchli, the HyQ team implemented a wide repertoire of motions ranging from highly dynamic tasks such as running and jumping, to carefully planned walking through challenging terrain.