Vito Cacucciolo

Dr.  Cacucciolo , Vito


Ph.D. Student

About Me: 

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from April 2016 - Visiting Researcher at EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

LIS - Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (Prof. D. Floreano)
LMTS - Microsystems for space technology lab (Prof. H. Shea)


NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York, NY, US

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (curriculum: controls and dynamical systems), GPA 3.96/4.00, 2013


Polytechnic of Bari, Bari, Italy

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 2013

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, 2010



Soft Actuators

Advanced Manufacturing

Stretchable Mechatronics

Mathematical modelling

Dynamical and Complex Systems

Soft, Bioinspired, Marine Robotics


Evolutionary computation

Numerical methods




1st prize, thesis award MIMOS (Italian movement for modeling and simulation, 2013. Thesis title "Biomechanics analysis of a human knee joint", supervisors: Prof. Nikhil Gupta (NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering), Prof. Carmine Pappalettere (Politecnico di Bari).

Innovation Fellowship 2012/13, Office of graduate admission, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (




CAD3D/CAM/CAE: CATIA (Dassault Systemes), SOLID EDGE (Siemens)

Programming Languages: MATLAB, C++

Computational software: Mathematica (Wolfram Research)

Optimization software: modeFRONTIER (ESTECO)

Certificates (2012): TOEFL ibt 102/120, GRE quantitative 160/170


PROJECTS (completed):

Bio-mechanical model and analysis of a human knee joint using FEA, Thesis Project, NYU Poly-Politecnico di Bari,2013.

Analytical and numerical modeling of Spider Webs under constant wind and bugs impact, NYU Poly, 2013.

Electrically actuated micro-cantilever beam (MEMS) immersed in a viscous fluid, NYU Poly, 2012.

Gyro-stabilized remote head for multi-rotor drone, Politecnico di Bari, 2012.

Optimization design of wind turbines using RSM, Politecnico di Bari, 2012.

Comparison of structural configurations of hat-stiffened panels (under buckling loads), Thesis Project, Politecnico di Bari, 2010.

Selected Publications: 

Vito Cacucciolo, Federico Renda, Ernesto Poccia, Cecilia Laschi, and Matteo Cianchetti, “Modelling the Nonlinear Response of Fibre-reinforced Bending Fluidic Actuators,” Smart Matererials and Structures, vol. 25, no. 10, 2016.

Federico Renda, Vito Cacucciolo, Jorge Dias, and Lakmal Seneviratne, “Discrete Cosserat Approach for Soft Robot Dynamics: a New Piece-wise Constant Strain Model with Torsion and Shears,” in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016), 2016.

Vito Cacucciolo, Matteo Cianchetti and Cecilia Laschi, 2014. "Comparison of optimization algorithms for the indirect encoding of a neural controller for a soft robotic arm". Proceedings of IEEE EMS 2014, European Symposium on Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation.

Vito Cacucciolo, Matteo Cianchetti and Cecilia Laschi, 2014. "A model-based framework to investigate morphological computation in muscular hydrostats and to design soft robotic arms". Proceedings of Artificial Life 14, the fourteenth international conference on the synthesis and simulation of living systems.

Vito Cacucciolo*, Francesco Corucci*, Matteo Cianchetti and Cecilia Laschi, 2014. "Evolving optimal swimming in different fluids: a study inspired by batoid fishes". Living Machines 2014, the 3rd Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid systems.

Vito Cacucciolo, Matteo Cianchetti and Cecilia Laschi, 2014.  "Muscular hydrostat biomechanical model to investigate morphological computation in grasping with soft structures". RoboSoft plenary meeting 2014.