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ABOUT ME

Since 2021 I am Assistant Professor at the Identification and Control of Dynamic Systems Laboratory of the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering of the University of Pavia, Italy. I am also Guest Researcher in the Discrete Technology & Production Automation group of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

From 2017 to 2020, I was Postdoc in the Discrete Technology & Production Automation group of the University of Groningen under the supervision of Professor Jacquelien Scherpen.

I received the PhD degree (with the highest evaluation) from the University of Pavia in 2018 in the field of Systems and Control under the supervision of Professor Antonella Ferrara. My PhD thesis was entitled: "Design and Analysis of Sliding Mode Control Algorithms for Power Networks"

As visiting PhD student, from April 2016 to June 2016, and from February 2017 to March 2017 I was with the Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Groningen under the supervision of Professor Arjan van der Schaft.

I received the Master degree (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pavia in 2014. My thesis was developed in the Process Control Lab at the University of Pavia in the field of Systems and Control. My Master thesis was entitled: "Sliding Mode Control for Microgrids''.

I received the Bachelor degree (cum laude) in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pavia in 2012. My thesis was developed in partnership with MCM Energy Lab, spin-off from the Polytechnic of Milan, in the field of applied research in renewable energy. My Bachelor thesis was entitled: "Micro Hydro Power Plants for Energy Recovery in Water Distribution Network''.

My research activities are mainly in the area of nonlinear control with application to the energy domain and smart systems. I have (co-)authored the book Advanced and Optimization Based Sliding Mode Control: Theory and ApplicationsSIAM, 2019.

I received the following awards:

 

  • SIDRA Award 2018 for the best PhD Thesis in the field of Systems and Control Engineering.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Systems and Control

  • Nonlinear Control

  • Sliding Mode Control

  • Event-Triggered Control

  • Distributed Control

  • Power Networks

  • Power Systems

  • Microgrids

  • Smart Grids

  • Electric Vehicles

  • District heating systems

  • Smart e-mobility

EDUCATION

2014 - 2017

University of Pavia

PhD degree, Electronics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (Excellent).

PhD thesis: "Design and Analysis of Sliding Mode Control Algorithms for Power Networks".

2012 - 2014

University of Pavia

Master degree, Electrical Engineering (110/110 cum laude).

2009 - 2012

University of Pavia

Bachelor degree, Industrial Engineering (110/110 cum laude).

2004 - 2009

High School Science E. Fermi, Ragusa

Scientific Diploma (100/100 cum laude).

 

Community

  • I am Associate Editor for the European Control Conference since November 2018.

  • I am member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Smart Cities.​ 

  • I am member of the IEEE and Control Systems Society.

  • I am IFAC affiliate.

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