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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. I introduced a methodology that reduces the design to data-dependent convex programs. 
Previously, I worked on networked and cyber-physical control systems, with applications to energy systems, for which I designed distributed controllers leveraging 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 I 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

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