Daniele Reda
Email: dreda at cs dot ubc dot ca

I am a PhD student at University of British Columbia exploring applications of reinforcement learning to robotics, character animation, motions and autonomous driving with professor Michiel Van de Panne.

During my PhD, I've had the opportunity to collaborate with a lot of cool companies and apply reinforcement learning and physics simulation to different problems. I spent time at Sanctuary AI teaching robots how to use their hands to grasp different objects; at Meta Reality Labs I made animated characters move in virtual worlds; and at Inverted AI I worked on realistic driving simulators. Before, I was a reinforcement learning researcher at Wayve, applying machine learning to robotics control to teach cars how to drive themselves.

I completed my B.Sc. at Polytechnic University of Turin and my M.Sc jointly between Polytechnic University of Turin and Telecom ParisTech - Eurecom Research Center, in Sophia Antipolis. I was a visiting researcher at Berkeley AI Research at UC Berkeley where I did research for my master thesis related to graphical models and statistical learning with professor Ruzena Bajcsy.

When I am not in front of a screen, I am usually outdoors trying to split myself between rock climbing, hiking, mountaineering, trail running, skiing, and cycling. I always tell myself I should document these adventures more over here, but it rarely happens.

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Physical Simulation of Balance Recovery after a Push
Alexis Jensen, Thomas Chatagnon, Niloofar Khoshsiyar, Daniele Reda, Michiel van de Panne, Charles Pontonnier, Julien Pettré
The 15th Annual ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion, Interaction and Games (MIG), 2023
project page

Physics-based Motion Retargeting from Sparse Inputs
Daniele Reda, Jungdam Won, Yuting Ye, Michiel van de Panne, Alexander Winkler
ACM SCA 2023
project page | arXiv | Video

Learning to Brachiate via Simplified Model Imitation
Daniele Reda*, Hung Yu Ling*, Michiel van de Panne
(* indicates equal contribution)
project page (check the demo!)

Evaluating Vision Transformer Methods for Deep Reinforcement Learning from Pixels
Tianxin Tao*, Daniele Reda*, Michiel van de Panne
(* indicates equal contribution)
ICRA 2022 Scaling Robot Learning Workshop, 2022

Imagining The Road Ahead: Multi-Agent Trajectory Prediction via Differentiable Simulation
Adam Scibior, Vasileios Lioutas, Daniele Reda, Peyman Bateni, Frank Wood
24th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation (ITSC), 2021
(Also BEST PAPER AWARD at CVPR Workshop on Autonomous Driving: Perception, Prediction and Planning, ADP3, 2021)
arXiv | video

Learning to Locomote: Understanding How Environment Design Matters for Deep Reinforcement Learning
Daniele Reda*, Tianxin Tao*, Michiel van de Panne
(* indicates equal contribution)
The 13th Annual ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion, Interaction and Games (MIG), 2020
arXiv | project page | video

Urban Driving with Conditional Imitation Learning
Jeffrey Hawke* Richard Shen*, Corina Gurau*, Siddharth Sharma*, Daniele Reda*, Nikolay Nikolov*, Przemyslaw Mazur*, Sean Micklethwaite*, Nicolas Griffiths*, Amar Shah*, Alex Kendall*
(* indicates equal contribution)
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2020
(Also at ML for Autonomous Driving Workshop at NeurIPS, 2019)
arXiv | blog post | video

Learning to drive in a day
Alex Kendall, Jeffrey Hawke, David Janz, Przemyslaw Mazur, Daniele Reda, John-Mark Allen, Vinh-Dieu Lam, Alex Bewley, Amar Shah
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2019
(Also at ML for Intelligent Transportation Systems Workshop at NeurIPS, 2018)
arXiv | blog post | video



I am/have been a reviewer for NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, and various workshops in autonomous driving, reinforcement learning and physics-based simulation.

Last update: October, 2023