Director

Prof. Gioele Zardini

Prof. Gioele Zardini


Rudge (1948) and Nancy Allen Assistant Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (PI)

Institute for Data, Systems and Society (Affiliate Faculty)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Doctor of Science ETH Zurich, December 2023

Email: gzardini at mit dot edu

Gioele is the Rudge (1948) and Nancy Allen Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a PI in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), and an affiliate faculty with the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS).

He received his doctoral degree in 2024 from ETH Zurich, and holds both a BSc. and a MSc. in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, Systems and control from ETH Zurich.

Before joining MIT as a faculty, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University (January to June 2024), and held various visiting positions at nuTonomy Singapore (then Aptiv, now Motional), Stanford, and MIT.

Driven by societal challenges, the goal of his research is to develop efficient computational tools and algorithmic approaches to formulate and solve complex, interconnected system design and autonomous decision making problems.

His interests include the co-design complex systems, all the way from future mobility systems to autonomous systems, compositionality in engineering, planning and control, and game theory.

He is the recipient of an award (keynote talk) at the 2021 Applied Category Theory Conference, the Best Paper Award (1st Place) at the 2021 24th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), and Amazon and DoE awards.

He created the Autonomy Talks. Check out the webpage, and have a look at the (over 180) recorded talks.

Research Team

Meshal Alharbi
Meshal Alharbi

Graduate Student (EECS)


Yujun Huang
Yujun Huang

Graduate Student (CEE)


Jiarui Li
Jiarui Li

Graduate Student (CEE)


Xinling Li
Xinling Li

Graduate Student (TR)


Visiting Students

Marius Furter
Marius Furter

Visiting Ph.D. student from University of Zurich

Maximilian Stölzle
Maximilian Stölzle

Visiting Ph.D. student from TU Delft

Jiaying Yang
Jiaying Yang

Visiting student from Tongji University and UC Berkeley

Research Affiliates

We often work with exceptional researchers beyond our core group, inside and outside MIT. Here is a list of the current collaborators.
Vincent Abbott (Australian National University)
Luigi Di Lillo (intersection of creativity and technology)
Youngseo Kim (Cornell University)
Dejan Milojevic (EMPA)
Marc Neumann (ETH Zurich)
... and more to be added!