2000 ‑ Ph.D. Degree in Electronics and Automation Engineering, University of Catania, Italy. Thesis: “An intelligent system for the fault diagnosis and data validation in the JET machine”

1996 ‑ Laurea cum Laude in Computer Engineering, University of Catania, Italy

1995 ‑ Erasmus Fellowship, spent at IRISA, Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, Rennes, France. Internship on Visual Servoing with Prof. François Chaumette and the TEMIS Group

Professional History

2015-Present Tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Control and Computer Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

2016-Present Visiting Professor at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Office of Innovation, Brooklyn NY, USA.

2013-2015 Visiting Full Professor at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Brooklyn NY, USA.

2002-2015 ‑ Tenured Assistant Professor of Automation, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

May-August 2012 and 2013 - Visiting Assistant Professor at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Dynamical Systems Lab, Brooklyn, NY, USA

1999-2002 – Professor of Robotics, University of Messina, Italy

1999-2001 consultant to ST Microelectronics, Catania, Italy

1998 ‑ appointed by EURATOM at JET Joint Undertaking, Culham,  for the development of artificial intelligence techniques for fault detection and sensor validation.

University Service

2012-present Member of the Professor Council in the Electric and Infrormation Engineering Ph.D. Program of Politecnico di Bari

2006-2012 Member of the Professor Council in the Information Engineering Ph.D. Program of Politecnico di Bari

2002 - present Component of the external tutor team in the Electronics, Automation and Complex System Control Ph.D. of Università degli Studi di Catania


At present, at Polytechnic Institute of New York University: Linear Control Theory and Design I (Graduate Class)

At Politecnico di Bari - Robot Control

During his visiting professorship at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University: Measurement Systems, Automatic Control. Summer term, 2012

Formerly also taught - Foundations of Linear Signals and Systems, System Theory, Digital Control Systems

Research Interests

Modelling and control of complex systems

Dynamical and complex networks

Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Soft Sensors

Monitoring, fault detection and sensor validation for industry and experimental physics laboratories

Nonlinear dynamics and cellular nonlinear networks

Awards and Patents

2001 – Best Paper Award at Fourth International ICSC Symposium on Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems for Industry, Paisley, Scotland, U.K., June 26 - 29, 2001

2002 – Award Winning Application at 15th Triennal IFAC World Congress, Barcelona, Spain

2002 – US Patent #6,738,313 “System for detecting distances using chaotic signals”

2002 – US Patent # 6,842,745 “Programmable chaos generator and process for use thereof”

2008 - Senior Member IEEE

2010 - IMACS Award 2010 (International Associations for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation) for the most successful papers published in 2009 in Mathematics and Computers in Simulation and Applied Numerical Mathematics, Elsevier. 

2010 - IMACS Honor Member

2012 - SIDRA (Società Italiana Docenti e Ricercatori in Automatica - Italian Association of Professors and Researchers in Automation) Award for the best contributions at the interactive sessions at the Italian congress of the association.

Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE

Invited Activity

2013 - Invited Lecturer at the School Analysis of Complex Networks: Structure and Dynamics, Milan, Italy, February 20-22

2012 - University of Ontario Institute of Technology - Ontario, Canada. IEEE Distinguished Lecture on “Soft Sensors for Monitoring and Control of Industrial Processes and Nuclear Fusion Experiments”.

2010 - MELECON2010, the 15th IEEE Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference, Malta Apr. 25-28 2010, NPSS-IEEE Distinguished Lecture on "Soft Sensors and Artificial Intelligence with Applications to Nuclear Fusion Experiments"

2009 - European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, Bruxelles, Third Monitoring and Control Concertation Week, Concertation Meeting on Control of Large-Scale Systems, Keynote Presentation on "Complex Systems: from Science to Technology"

2009 - 4th International Scientific Conference on Physics and Control, PHYSCON09, Catania, NPSS-IEEE Distinguished Lecture on "Soft Sensors and Artificial Intelligence with Applications to Nuclear Fusion Experiments"

2004 - International Conference "Foundation and Advances in Nonlinear Science", Minsk, Belarus, Plenary Talk on "Nonlinear Phenomena in IPMC Materials"

2001 - Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science - Contribution on "Complexity for System Engineering"

2001 - 3rd IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Technical Committee Meeting - Invited Talk on "Control, Data acquisition and Remote Participation for Fusion Research"

1999 - ENEA Frascati, Nuclear Fusion Division, Invited Talk on "Diagnostical Techniques for Tokamaks"

1999 - NJIT, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Invited Talk on "Nonlinear Circuits and Nonrecurrent Complex Systems: New Results"

Professional Society Service

IEEE, Nuclear and Plasma Science Society. Chapter Chair, Italy Section

IEEE, Circuits and System Society. Member of Cellular Neural Networks and Array Computing and Neural Systems and Applications Technical Committees

IEEE, Distinguished Lecturer of the Nuclear and Plasma Science Society

IEEE, Italy Section. Member of the Executive Committee

IPACS - International Physics and Control Society. Member.

IMACS - International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation - Honor Member for 2010.

Review/Advisory Panel - Editorial and Organizational Activity

Reviewer of research projects for the National Science Foundation, USA

Editor for the Ebook Series "Automation and Robotics" published by in co-operation with the Italy Section of the IEEE

Review committee member for IEEE and IFAC conferences

Reviewer for many scientific journals (IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Part 1; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics; Soft Computing, A Fusion of Foundations, Methodologies, and Applications, Springer-Verlag; Control Engineering Practice, Elsevier press; European Journal of Operations Research, Automatica, etc.)

Guest Editor for International Journal of Industrial Engineering (Inderscience), special issue on Multidisciplinary Design Optimization: Bridging the gap between theory and practice in an industrial and systems engineering perspective.

Guest Editor for IEEE Systems Journal, special issue on "Complexity in Engineering: from Complex Systems Science to Complex Systems Technology"

Member of the National Organizing Committee of the IFAC DCDS'09 Conference, 2th IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems 

Member of the International Scientific Committee of the International Conference PHYSCON09, 4th International Scientific Conference on Physics and Control

General Chair of the International Conference COMPENG2010, "Complexity in Engineering", organized by IEEE Italy Section and AEIT, Rome, February 22-24, 2010

Member of the International Program Committee of the International Conference ISIC 2011, IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, Denver (CO), USA, Sep 28-30, 2011

Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference IEEE COMPENG2012, Aachen, Germany, June 2012.

Research Partners

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dynamical Systems Laboratory, Polytechnic Institute of New York University (Prof. Maurizio Porfiri)

Department of Mathematical Sciences, Kent State University, USA (Prof. Richard S. Varga)

Department of Electrics, Electronics and System Engineering of Catania University, Italy

Mathematics Department of Messina University, Italy

JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, UK

ENEA-FTU, Frascati, Italy

National Optics Institute (INO), Firenze, Italy

International Vulcanology Institute (INGV) of the National Research Council (CNR), Catania, Italy

National Nuclear Physics Institute (INFN), National South Italy Lab, CNR-Catania, Italy;

ST Microelectronics (semiconductors), Catania, Italy

Fiat Research Centre (automotive), Valenzano (BA), Italy


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