Education

1978: Laurea Degree in Electrical Engineering (Honors), Politecnico di Torino, Torino (I).
1979-1980: Fellowship CSS (Centro Studi Sistemi)-ATA (Associazione Tecnica dell’Automobile).
1981-1982: Fellowship ENEL-Politecnico di Torino.

Academic Appointments

2016-present: Director of the PhD Program in Information Engineering and Science, University of Siena, (http://phdies.ing.unisi.it/).
2015-present: Member of the Italian National University Council (https://www.cun.it), as Representative of the Industrial and Information Engineering Area.
2000-2012: Head of the Center for Study of Complex Systems, University of Siena, http://csc.unisi.it, Siena, Italy.
2004-2010: President of the Italian Automatic Control Society (SIDRA).
1999-2005: Dean of the Engineering Faculty, University of Siena, Siena, Italy.
2003-2005: Member of the Executive Board and Vice President of the Conference of Deans of Italian Engineering Faculties.
2001-2006: Director of the Master Program ‘Economia Digitale and E-business’, University of Siena.
2001-2007: Member of the Administrative Council of the CIRTER (Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo Studio della Forma del Territorio).
1996-1999: Head of the ‘Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione’, University of Siena, Siena, Italy.
1993-present: Professor of Control Systems, University of Siena, Siena, Italy.
1990-1993: Professor of Digital Control Systems, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Universita' di L’Aquila, Italy.
1987-1990: Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Sistemi e Informatica, Universita' di Firenze, Italy.
1983-1987: Assistant Professor, Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Professional Interests

Control and systems theory.
Systems Biology.
Mathematical modeling of biological systems.
Smart grids, energy efficiency, renewables management.
System identification.
Time series analysis: filtering and prediction.

Teaching Experience

Gave lectures and seminars at the Politecnico di Torino from 1983 to 1987 on courses of Control Systems, System Theory, Automation.
Taught courses of Control Systems at the University of Florence (1987-1990), University of L’Aquila (1990-1993), University of Siena (1993-present).
Taught advanced courses on Time Series Analysis, System Identification and Estimation, Robust Control, Finance.

Professional and Organizing Scientific Activities

2013: Member of the Organizing Committee of the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications, July 8-10, 2013, San Diego (USA).
2012: Program Co-Chair of the 9th IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education, June 19-21, 2012, Nizhny Novgorod (Russia).
2009: Program Chair of the 15th IFAC Symposium on System Identification, July 6-8, 2009, Saint-Malo (F).
2009: Member of the Int. Program Committee of the Asian Control Conference, Hong Kong.
2003-present: Member of the Scientific Steering Board of ARCO (Association for Research on Complexity).
1991-present: Chairman of several regular sessions at IFAC/IFORS Symposia on Identification and System Parameter Estimation.
1988-present: Chairman of several regular sessions on System Identification and Robust Control at IEEE Conferences on Decision and Control.
2006: Co-organizer of the International Workshop on ’Mathematical Methods and Modeling of BiophysicalPhenomena’, IMPA, Rio de Janeiro (Brasil).
2003: Member of the Int. Program Committee of the 13th IFAC Symposium on System Identification, Rotterdam (NL).
2002: Organizer and Coordinator of the Advanced School on ’Identification and Robust Control’, Siena (I), November 8-9.
2000: Organizer and Coordinator of the National Advanced School on ’Robust Control’, Bertinoro (I), July 17-22.
1993-2000: Member of the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Conferences on Decision and Control and American Control Conferences.
1998: Organizer and Coordinator of the International Workshop ‘Robustness in Identification and Control’, Siena (Italy), July 30-August 2.
1997: Organizer and chairman of the invited session ‘Identification for Control: Consistency, Complexity and Optimality’, 36th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, San Diego (USA).
1997: Organizer of the invited session ‘Design of Low Complexity Robust Controllers for Uncertain Systems’, IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design, Budapest (H).
1997: Organizer of the invited session ‘ Tools for Robustness Analysis of Control Systems with Structured Uncertainties’, IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design, Budapest (H), 1997.
1997: Member of the Program Committee of the IFAC-IFIP-IMACS Conference on Control of Industrial Systems, Belfort (F).
1997: Organizer of the invited session ‘Control of Robotic Systems’, at IFAC-IFIP-IMACS Conference on Control of Industrial Systems, Belfort (F).
1992: Co-organizer of the International Conference ‘L’analisi e la p revisione delle serie storiche’, Torino, Villa Gualino.
1991: Co-organizer of the session ‘Robust Identification and Control of Dynamic Systems with Bounded Uncertainty’ at the 9-th IFAC/IFORS Symposium on Identification and System Parameter Estimation, Budapest (H).
1989: Organizer and Chairman of the session ‘Robust Analysis and Control of Systems with Nonlinearly structured Perturbations’, at the 28-th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Tampa (USA).
1988: Co-organizer of the International Workshop on Robustness in Identification and Control, Torino, Italy, June.

Awards and main editorial appointments

2008: Fellow of the IFAC.
2000: Fellow of the IEEE.
1995-present: Associate Editor of Automatica.
1998-2008: Associate Editor at Large of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.
2006-2007: Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Part II.
2005: Guest Editor (with Lennart Ljung ) of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Special Issue ‘System Identification’.
2001: Guest Editor (with Andrea Garulli) of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control Special Issue ‘Robustness in Identification and Control’, June 2001.
1993-1997: Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.
Who’s Who in the World, 1997.

Main invited talks

2013: Invited Speaker at the ’Forward Looking Session: Academic, Government and Industrial Perspectives’, 2013 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications, San Diego (USA).
2007: Invited Speaker at the ’Panel Discussion on Future of Robust Control’, European Control Conference, Kos (GR).
2005: Invited Lecturer at the International Workshop on ’Mathematical Methods and Modeling of Biophysical Phenomena’, IMPA, Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)
2004: Invited Lecturer at the International Workshop on ’Mathematical Models Applied to the Biological Sciences’, Siena-Grosseto (I).
2003: Invited Lecturer at the International Workshop on ’Feedback Control and Optimal Control’, Siena (I).
2002: Invited Speaker at ’The Mohammed Dahleh Symposium’, Santa Barbara (USA). • 1996: Opening lecturer of the Academic Year 1996/97 at the University of Siena, ‘From the waterclock of Ktesibios to the automated highway’, Siena.
1990: Invited panelist at the Discussion Session Robustness in Control Theory, 11-th IFAC World Congress, Tallinn (USSR).
1990: Guest Lecturer at the Tutorial Workshop on ‘Robust Control’, 29-th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Honolulu (USA).

Main Research Grants and Projects

EC-FP7 Project: “ADDRESS: Active Distribution networks with full integration of Demand and distributed energy RESourceS” (http://www.addressfp7.org), 2008-2013 (PI of the Un. of Siena Team).
MPS Foundation: “Modeling and analysis of complex systems: neuroscience, medicine and finance”, 2009-2010 (First Proponent).
National Government: “Methods and techniques for identification and robust control of uncertain systems”, (PRIN National projects, First Proponent of the Un. of Siena Team), 2007-08; 2005-06; 2003-04.
MPS Foundation: “Innovative engineering techniques based on haptic interfaces for advanced medical applications, 2003-2004 (First Proponent).
MPS Foundation: “Research activities at the CSC: Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Siena”, 2000-2007 (First Proponent).
EC-FP6 Project: “DITTY: Development of an Information Technology Tool for the Management of European Southern Lagoons” (http://www.dittyproject.org), 2003-2005 (First Proponent of the Un. of Siena Team).
National Government - FIRB: “Techniques and algorithms for identification and robust control of dynamic systems”, 2002-2004 (National Project, First Proponent).
ASI (Italian Space Agency): “TEMA: Team-based Exploration by Mobile Agents, 2000-2002, (National project, First Proponent of the Un. of Siena Team) .
National Government: “Robustness techniques for control of uncertain systems”, (PRIN National Project, First Proponent and National Coordinator), 2000-2001.
EC-INTAS Project 93-1034: “Robust control with nonlinear dependence on uncertain parameters”– in cooperation with DLR-Munich (Germany), University of St. Petersburg (Russia), Accademy of Sciences of Moscow (Russia), 1996-1998 (General Coordinator and local scientific responsible of the University of Siena).
ASI (Italian Space Agency): “Dynamic Models and Estimation Techniques for Constructing and Updating Navigation Maps for Mobile Robots”, 1996-1999, (National project, First Proponent of the Un. of Siena Team).
CNR-National Research Council: “Algorithms for Identification and Robust Control of Uncertain Systems”, 1995-1997 (First Proponent and National Coordinator).
National Government (Ministry of Research): “ Robust Identification and Control of Uncertain Systems”, 1993-1998, (First Proponent).
ASI (Italian Space Agency) “Robust and Adaptive Design Techniques in Spatial Applications”, 1993-1994, (First proponent and coordinator of the University of Siena).
CNR-National Research Council , National Project: “Algorithms and Architectures for Identification, Robust and Adaptive Control”, 1991, 1992 (First proponent and coordinator of the University of L’Aquila Team).
National Goverment (Ministry of Research): “Control of Uncertain Systems”, 1990-1992, (First Proponent).
CNR-National Research Council “Analysis and Robust Control of Uncertain Dynamic Systems”, 1990, (First Proponent).
National Government (Ministry of Research): “Control of Uncertain Systems”, 1988-1989, (First Proponent).

Research activity and labs

Author of more than 270 publications in referenced international journals and conferences and one international monographic book; co-editor of 2 international books and 2 Special Issues in the Int. J. of Robust and Nonlinear Control and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control on the following research topics:
1. Robust control of uncertain systems.
2. System identification.
3. Smart grids and energy systems.
4. Systems biology.
3. Time series analysis and prediction.
4. Mathematical modeling, analysis and simulation of dynamical processes.
5. Mobile robotics.
6. Nonlinear dynamic systems stability.

Advisor or Co-advisor of 16 PhD students and 9 Research Associates. Advisor for more than 150 Master Degree Dissertations.
He has visited several Universities and delivered lectures and short courses; he activated several research group collaborations (e.g., UC at Santa Barbara, Texas A&M University, Linköping University, Columbia University, Stanford University, Cambridge University).
Since 1996, his group (http://control.dii.unisi.it) has set up 4 research labs:

Mobile Robotics Lab (http://control.dii.unisi.it/MobileRoboticsPage). The research lines active in this lab regard coordination and control of teams of autonomous agents performing exploration tasks in cooperation.

Haptics and medical robotics Lab (http://sirslab.dii.unisi.it/). The research lines active in this interdisciplinary lab regard medical problems, like ocular motility, simulation of the interaction with human organs, etc.

Process Control Lab. In this lab several applicative research lines are developed on automation and instrumentation for process control, in cooperation with enterprises and industries.

Automatic Control Telelab (ACT) (http://act.dii.unisi.it). This Telelab, which is covered by a copyright, is a remote lab for process control and mobile robotics. It is basically finalized to teaching. It obtained several international recognitions, the most important being the front cover of the Journal IEEE Control Systems Magazine, June 2004. It is presently used by students and classes from several international universities.

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