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MEMBERS



Scientific Coordinator


Prof. Engr. Mariagrazia DOTOLI  




Research - Laboratories - Decision & Control

The D&C Lab has as its major objectives, the promotion of the results obtained in the field of the scientific research - achieved in collaboration with private and public partners, in a regional, national, and international context- and the advancement of technology transfer of these research results. The area of interest for the research is the scientific disciplinary sector of Automation (09/G1).



Previous Collaborators


2002-2014 Engr. Marco Falagario, PhD in Advanced Production Systems

Currently in the Research and Devopment Unit at Acquedotto Pugliese S.p.A.



2010-2012 Engr. Fabio Sciancalepore, PhD in Advanced Production Systems

Currently in the  Business Intelligence Unit at Exprivia S.p.A.



The staff of the laboratory provides research services and technology transfer in the following macro-areas:


Management and control of complex systems

·     Advanced algorithms and ICT applications to predict and solve upcoming situations in various applicative contexts (transport, production, health systems) with minimal or reduced human involvement.

·     Decentralized and distributed control and optimization for large scale systems

·     Decision Support Systems for planning and management of Intelligent transportation systems, road and railroad traffic, , dangerous freight transport.

·     Management and optimization of electrical mobility,

·     Decision Support Systems for the planning and management of Smart Cities and smart buildings;

·     Modelling and management of healthcare systems.

·     Modeling, simulation, and control of container terminals and mono and multi-modal logistic systems.


Modelling, control and optimization for industrial applications

·     Re-engineering and automation of manufacturing processes and systems.

·     Coordination of agents and sensors networks.

·     Fault detection and recovery.

·     Problems regarding the logistics area, production and distribution.

·     Scheduling and planning problems, workflow management.

·     Models for maximizing the effectiveness of technological products and processes.

·     Methods for the reduction of alternatives, particularly in case of high quantity of choices.


Management and control of energy systems

·     Strategic level: analysis and decision tools to support the urban policy maker in determining the optimal action plans for long-term energy efficiency in the following areas: building and building grids sectors, public street lighting sector, integrated management of urban energy systems.

·     Operational level: solutions for the control and scheduling of the energy activities of smart energy users, optimal planning of the energy activities of a smart home, networks of smart homes, management of the optimal charging of electric vehicles.



SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=6603204493

Please send an email to Prof. Mariagrazia Dotoli (mariagrazia.dotoli@poliba.it) if you are interested in getting the preprints of any publication by the Decision and Control Laboratory

CO-ORDINATION AND COLLABORATION OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

The D&C Lab promoted and is currently active in different research projects on the above described themes, in particular:

National projects:

•     Project PICO&PRO (integrated and connected processes for the industrial production  evolution), funded by the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) in the context of the National Research Program 2015-2020 for the development of smart manufacturing.

•     Project RAFAEL (System for risk Analysis and Forecast for critical infrastructure in the ApenninEs dorsaL Regions), funded by the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) in the context of the National Research Program 2015-2020 for critical infrastructure risk management and forecast in South Italy.

•     Project RES NOVAE (Networks, Buildings, Roads: New virtuous objectives for the Environment and Energy), funded by the Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) and by the Ministry of the Economic Development in the context of the National Operative Program for Research and Competitiveness 2007-2013 for the development of the Smart City.

•     Project “ERMES - Enhance Risk Management through Extended Sensors” (PON01_03113), funded by the Ministry for Education, University and Research and by the Ministry of the Economic Development in the context of the National Operative Program for Research and Competitiveness 2007-2013.


Regional projects

•     Project “UCCSM - Urban Control Center for the sustainable management of energy flows in Metropolitan Smart Cities” funded by the Apulian Region im the call “Technological Clusters” of the Operative Regional Program FESR 2007-2013.

•     Project “SEMINA – Evolved Systems for the Intelligent Mobility in Urban Agile Networks” funded by the Apulian Region in the call “Apulian ICT Living Lab” of the Operative Regional Program FESR 2007-2013.

•     Project “MinD – Mine Detection” funded by the Apulian Region in the notice “Regional partnerships for innovation” of the Operative Regional Program FESR 2007-2013.

•     Research and technological transfer project with the OM Carrelli Elevatori SpA company located in Modugno (BA), "SMMARTT-Development of an Advanced Warehouse Model for the reduction of the Throughput Time", funded by the Apulian Region in the context of the project Back to the Future – POR Puglia 2007 2013 Axis IV Human Capital.

•     Project “Innovative Models for Mechatronic Systems”, agreement of Framework Program in the context of “Scientific Research” of the Apulian Region, Approval CIPE 20/04, Intervention cod. DM01, Industrial research projects related to the realization strategy developed by the Mechatronics Technology District. Period: 2010-2011.


Academic projects

•     Research project funded by the research fund (ex 60%) of Polytechnic of Bari “Techniques for monitoring, control, and managing of energy flows in the metropolitan Smart City” (2016).

•     2012-2013 research project in conjunction between Polytechnic of Bari and École Centrale of Lille (France), titled “Management of discrete event logistics systems”, funded by the Polytechnic of Bari.

•     Research project funded by the research fund (ex 60%) of Polytechnic of Bari “Decision Support Systems for the sustainable management of the logistic transport systems, mono-, multi-, inter- and co-modal” (2012).

•     Research project funded by the research fund (ex 60%) of Polytechnic of Bari “Design of Distribution System in case of Uncertainty” (2011).



COLLABORATIONS WITH LABORATORIES OR RESEARCH CENTRES

The D&C Lab staff collaborates with the following foreign reserch groups:

•     Research group led by Professor Slim Hammadi (école Centrale of Lille, France) on modelling and control of co-modal transport systems, and control and operative management of manufacturing systems;

•     Research group led by Professor Bart de Schutter (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) on the topic of railway transport optimization;

•     Research group led by Professor Sergio Grammatico (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) on the topic of decision and control techniques for energy systems;•     Research group led by Professor Alexander Fay (Hamburg Helmut Schmidt University, Germany) in the area of factory automation;

•     Research group led by Professor Marek Miskowicz (Crakow University of Science and Technology, Poland) in the area of the control of manufacturing systems;

•     Research group led by Professor Bengt Lennartson (Chalmers University, Sweden) on the topic of scheduling techniques for automated manufacturing systems;

•     Research group led by Professor Prof. Samuel Jia (Tsinghua University, China) on the topic of discrete event systems;

•     Research group led by Professor Alessandra Parisio (Manchester University, UK) on the topic of decision and control techniques for energy systems;

•     Research group led by Professor Alessandro Giua (Aix-Marseille Université AMU, France) on the topic of discrete event systems;

•     Research group led by Professor MengChu Zhou (New Jersey Institute of Technology of Newark, USA) on the topic of control and management of distributed production systems;

•     research group led by Prof. Antoine Salvatore Tabbone (Université de Nancy, France).


The staff of the D&C Lab also cooperates with the following Italian research groups:

•     Research group led by Professor Carla Seatzu (Cagliari University) in the context of management and optimization of intermodal terminals.



COLLABORATIONS WITH AGENCIES AND COMPANIES OF THE TERRITORY:

•     Innolab S.r.l., spin-off of Politecnico di Bari (Members: Prof. Er. Mariagrazia Dotoli, Dr. Er. Marco Falagario, Dr. Er. Giuseppe Ardito, Politecnico di Bari; Board chair: Dr. Er. Nicola Epicoco), in consultancy, training, and assistance activities in the following areas: management and control engineering; energy savings and renewable sources; continuous improvement and quality control; management of private companies and optimization of resources in public bodies; re-engineering of business processes; organization, management, and control models (Italian Leg. Dec. 231/01).

•     IBM, word leader company in the computers industry, in the research project RES NOVAE for the realization of an urban control center for the energy management of Smart Cities;

•     Enel distribution, the largest electricity operator in Italy and Europe's second listed utility for installed capacity, in the research projects RES NOVAE on the definition of energy scheduling techniques in the smart home and UCCSM for the realization of an urban control center for the energy management of Smart Cities at a regional level, and in a PhD research about the study and development of an advanced model of storage management and control system;

•     Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A., an Italian company that develops innovative power units, vehicle systems, materials, methods and processes for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) products, in the research company PICO&PRO for the optimization of industry processes related to the production of automotive components;

•     Banque Centrale du Luxembourg, the central bank of Luxembourg,for a study on the application of muti-criteria decision methods to public procurement tenders;

•     TERA S.r.l. in Conversano (Bari), an SME providing energy efficiency and ICT solutions, in the research projects RES NOVAE on the definition of energy scheduling techniques in smart homes and UCCSM for the realization of an urban control center for the energy management of Smart Cities at a regional level;

•     Retegas Bari S.p.A. (Bari), the municipal gas distribution company in the capital city of the Apulian region, in a PhD research about machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques for management and control of smart meters;•     SimNT S.r.l. in Bari, an SME providing ICT services and products, in the research project UCCSM for the realization of an urban control center for the energy management of Smart Cities at a regional level;

•     Ferrovie del Sud Est e Servizi Automobilisti S.r.l., the largest public regional railway network in Italy, for a research project on offline and real-time trains scheduling;

•     GTS (General Transport Service) S.p.A. in Bari, a logistic company world leader, for a research project on the management and automation of intermodal transport;

•     Planetek in Bari, a company Italian leader in ICT for the use of geo-localized data, for a research project on the management and automation of urban mobility of passengers;

•     Macnil Gruppo Zucchetti in Bari, an SME providing ICT solutions, for a research project on the management and automation of urban mobility of passengers;

•     Nicola Veronico S.r.l.in Bari, an SME working in hazardous and special waste management, for a research project on Vehicle Routing for the Optimization of Hazardous Waste Collection;

•     Dream Project S.p.A. in Barletta (BAT), an SME leader in Italy in fashion distribution, for a research project on the management and automation of the company internal logistics;

•     Tangari S.r.l. in Corato (BA), an SME that is leader in Italy in the production of objects and vestments, for a research project on the management and automation of the company internal logistics;

•     Divella S.p.A. in Rutigliano (BA), a world leader company in the food production, in particularly of pasta, for a research project on warehouse logistics and management;

•     Cannillo S.r.l. in Corato (BA), a company active in the marketing of food, for a research project on integrated logistics to support the activities of procurement, distribution and supply of goods, within the cold chain;

•     Primadonna S.p.A. di Bitonto (BA), a world leading manufacturer of fashion footwear at low cost, for a research project on the implementation of an automated warehouse;

•     OM Carrelli Elevatori S.p.A. in Modugno (BA), an SME p forklift trucks, for a research project on the analysis and optimization of logistics.



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