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Research interests

My field is Automatic Control and its applications.
I work on the automatic design of controllers from data by integrating control theory and data science and proposing methods that reduce control design to the solution of data-dependent convex programs. 
Previously, I worked on networked and cyber-physical control systems, with applications to energy systems, for which distributed controllers were designed relying on a unifying passivity property that holds for electrical grids, district heating networks and data centres. I hold two patents for inventions related to these topics. 
In the context of cyber-physical control systems I studied the effect of information quantisation and asynchronous information transmission including their resilience to denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, for which we proposed a now widely accepted model.  
For my doctoral dissertation, I worked on the problem of detecting faults in nonlinear dynamical systems, solving the so-called Fundamental Problem of Residual Generation for nonlinear systems, based on the newly introduced differential-geometric concept of observability codistributions.


1997-2000 PhD student, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, University of Rome "la Sapienza", Rome, Italy

2000-2001 Research Associate, Department of Mathematics and Systems Science, Washington University, St. Louis MO

2001-2002 Research Associate, Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2002-2005 Tenure-track assistant professor, Department of Computer and System Sciences, University of Rome “la Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

2005-2009 Tenured assistant professor, Department of Computer and System Sciences, University of Rome “la Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

2009-2011 Full professor, Department of Mechanical Automation and Mechatronics University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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