Support to the courses of the Machine Mechanics Group.

Mail: d.costa@univpm.it – Phone: 071 220 4418


In 2011, he attained his master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. In 2015, he attained his second master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Università Politecnica delle Marche. In July 2016, he participated to the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Challenge – Europe (SAUC-E) in La Spezia, Italy, at the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), where the submitted bio-inspired project won the Innovation Award. In 2019, he received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Università Politecnica delle Marche. From 2019 to 2021 he is a post doctoral researcher at Università Politecnica delle Marche.From 2022 he is a Researcher at the Department of Industrial Engeneering and Mathematical Sciences.


His main research interests fall within the following subjects:

  • Swimming Bio-Mechanics – Study, simulation (by means of computational fluid dynamics tecqniques) and experimental validation (by using force measurements and flow visualizations) of propulsive mechanisms in marine biological systems
  • Robotics – Underwater Vehicles mechanics: dynamic analysis, by means of multi-body simulation techniques, of underwater vehicles navigation. Design and manufacturing of bio-inspired AUVs.
  • Educational Robotics – design and prototyping by means of additive manufacturing techniques (3d printing) of robotic fish adopted as a didactic tool to teach SRTEM subjects in Italian schools.
  • Collaborative Robotics


  • Costa, D., Scoccia, C., Palpacelli, M., Callegari, M., Scaradozzi, D., “Design of a Labriform‐Steering Underwater Robot Using a Multiphysics Simulation Environment”, Robotics, 2022.
  • Costa, D., Palmieri, G., Scaradozzi, D., & Callegari, M. “Experimental Validation of a Bio-Inspired Thruster”. Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 143(8), 2021.
  • Costa, D., Palmieri, G., Palpacelli, M. C., Scaradozzi, D., & Callegari, M., “Design of a Carangiform Swimming Robot through a Multiphysics Simulation Environment”. Biomimetics, 5(4), 2020.
  • Costa, D., Palmieri, G., Palpacelli, M., & Scaradozzi, D. “Design of a Thunniform Swimming Robot in a Multiphysics Environment”. Mechanisms and Machine Science, 84, 2020.
  • Carbonari, L., Costa, D., Palmieri, G., & Palpacelli, M. C. “Reconfigurability analysis of a class of parallel kinematics machines”. Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, Vol. 11(2), 2019.
  • Cossu, G., Sturniolo, A., Scaradozzi, D., Bartolini, A., Costa, D., Caiti, A., Ciaramella, E., “Sea-trial of Optical Ethernet Modems for Underwater Wireless Communications”, Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 36(23), pp. 5371-5380, 2018.
  • Costa, D., Palmieri, G., Palpacelli, M-C., Panebianco, L., Scaradozzi, D., (2017). “Desing of a Bio-inspired Autonomous Underwater Robot”.  Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems (JINT), pp. 1-12, 2018.
  • Scaradozzi, D., Palmieri, G., Costa, D., & Pinelli, A., “BCF swimming locomotion for autonomous underwater robots: a review and a novel solution to improve control and efficiency.” Ocean Engineering, 130, 437-453, 2017.
  • Scaradozzi, D., Palmieri, G., Costa, D., Zingaretti, S., Panebianco, L., Ciuccoli, N., … & Callegari, M., “UNIVPM BRAVe: A Hybrid Propulsion Underwater Research Vehicle”. International Journal of Automation Technology (IJAT), 11(3), 404-414, 2017.