David Naso
Full Professor of
Automatic Control

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e dell’Informazione (DEI)
Politecnico di Bari
Via Re David, 200 70125 Bari, Italy
Phone: +39 080 5963 649
Fax: +39 080 5963 410
Email: naso[AT]poliba.it








David Naso was born in Salerno, on April 29th, 1967. He received the Laurea degree with highest honors in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, both from the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy, in 1994 and 1998, respectively. During his Ph.D. studies, he has been also a Guest Researcher with the Operation Research Institute, Technical University of Aachen, Germany, in 1997. Since 1999, he has been with Department of Electric and Information Engineering of the Polytechnic of Bari, where he currently serves as Full Professor and Technical Head of the Robotics lab. During 2010-2015 he has been a member of the Executive Committee (Consiglio di Amministrazione) of his University. He has been visiting professor at the University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany, during the summer of 2013. He is one of the founders of “Energy Factory Bari”, an integrated multidisciplinary laboratory for research in aerospace and energy based on the partnership between Avio S.p.A. and the Polytechnic of Bari, in which he is also the head of the Control Systems division. His current research interests focus on control of innovative actuators based on smart materials, control of high-speed electrical motors and generators, distributed automation and multi-agent systems. He has published about 200 papers on these topics.


Research interests

  • control of innovative motion and force actuators based on smart materials
  • control of electrical machines for aerospace applications
  • adaptive and nonlinear control
  • distributed automation and multi-agent systems
  • numerical and combinatorial optimization, heuristics

5 Recent Journal Papers

  • G. Rizzello, D. Naso, A. York, and S. Seelecke, “Modeling, identification and control of a dielectric electro-active polymer positioning system,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 632–643, 2015. (Full Paper)
  • G. Binetti, A. Davoudi, D. Naso, B. Turchiano, and F. L. Lewis, "Scalable real-time electric vehicles charging with discrete charging rates", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 2211-2220, 2015.
  • Guagnano, G. Rizzello, F. Cupertino, D. Naso, “Robust control of high-speed synchronous reluctance machines”, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 3990-4000, 2016. (Full Paper)
  • G. Rizzello, F. Ferrante, D. Naso, and S. Seelecke, “Robust Interaction Control of a Dielectric Elastomer Actuator with Variable Stiffness,” IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 1705-1716, 2017. (Full Paper)
  • G. Rizzello, F. Fugaro, D. Naso, S. Seelecke, “Simultaneous Self-Sensing of Displacement and Force for Soft Dielectric Elastomer Actuators”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 1230 – 1236, 2018.


5 Recent conference papers

  • E. Bongermino, M.  Tomaselli, V.G. Monopoli, G. Rizzello, F. Cupertino, D. Naso, Hybrid Aeronautical Propulsion: Control and Energy Management,  CCA 2017, The IFAC Control Conference Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 7-8 December 2017.
  • G. Rizzello, M. Schmidt, S. Seelecke, M. A. Mandolino, D. Naso, “Modeling and simulation of a valve system actuated by polycrystalline shape memory alloy wires”, 2018 IEEE 15th International Workshop on Advanced Motion Control (AMC), Tokyo, Japan, March 2018, pp. 402 – 407.
  • Bonci, S. Longhi, M. Pirani, E. Lorenzoni, G. Rizzello, D. Naso, and S. Seelecke, “Simulation Analysis and Performance Evaluation of a Vibratory Feeder Actuated by Dielectric Elastomers," 14th IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, Oulu, Finland, 2-4 July 2018.
  • Petitti, A. Coratelli, D. Di Paola, R. Colella, A. Milella, D. Naso, E. Stella, “A Distributed Map Building Approach for Mobile Robotic Networks”, 14th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2018), August 20-24, 2018, Munich, Germany (Accepted paper).
  • D. Rotondo, G. Rizzello, D. Naso, “Robust control of systems with output hysteresis and input saturation using a finite time stability approach”, 2018 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Miami, FL, USA, December 17-19, 2018.


5 Recently funded research projects/contracts

·         Project: “PON 2013-2015 (Titolo III - art. 13), “Aerospace Technological District of Apulia Region”. Project title: “More Electrical Aircraft: Hybrid Energy Management” (MEA HEM, cod. PON03_PE_00067_8), 2014-2016. Main Partners: AVIO, Politecnico di Bari, Istituto di Tecnologie Avanzate per l’Energia CNR, Università del Salento. The project deals with the development of new hybrid propulsion systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and general aviation which achieve optimal performances and efficiency by means of increased use of electrical machines. Dr. Naso is the scientific coordinator for Politecnico di Bari.

·         Project: National Technology Clusters: Aerospace Cluster. Title of the project: "Greening the Propulsion” (cod. CTN_01_00236_494934), 2013-2015. Main Partners: Avio S.p.A. (leader), Secondo Mona S.p.A , BLUE Engineering S.r.l., BSim S.r.l. , EnginSoft S.p.A., Petroceramics S.p.A.,  P&G Soluzioni S.r.l., Progesa S.r.l. , HIT09 S.r.l. , Politecnico di Bari, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Universities of Salento, Genova, Roma “La Sapienza”. The project focuses on the development of new technologies for the increase of the use of electrical energy (in line with the more electrical aircraft paradigm) in UAVs and general aviation. The team coordinated by Dr. Naso is in charge of the development of new electrical machines and innovative control systems suitable to highly efficient energy conversion and storage in airplanes. Dr. Naso is the coordinator of the unit of Politecnico di Bari.

·         Project: PON 2007-2013. Project Title: INNOVHEAD “Innovative technologies for reduced emissions, consumption, and operational costs for heavy duty engines” 2013-2015. Main partners: Apulian Mechatronic District MEDIS, Centro Ricerche Fiat. a project of the Mechatronic Districts of Apulia. Objective: Developing a mechatronic camless valve control system for heavy-duty internal combustion engines, also exploring the possibilities offered by smart materials and unconventional actuators. Dr. Naso serves as coordinator of the research unit of his Department.

·         2012-2013, German Research Foundation (DFG), Transfer Project: “Development of a Magnetic Shape Memory Based Mechatronic System”, scientific coordinator prof. Hartmut Janocha, Laboratory of Process Automation, University of  Saarbrücken, funding period: 24 months (2012-2013) (co-operating scientist).

·         PON 2007-2013 – Project Title: MALET (cod. 430272). Development and validation of new technologies for propulsion systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for extended missions at high altitudes. Main industrial partners: Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale, Avio, Alenia (member of the research team).

Further details are provided in the extended CV at the link above.

Updated January 2019