De Luca
Professore ordinario
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PhD in Systems Engineering in 1987. Researcher in 1988. Associate professor at the Università di Milano in 1992, moved to Sapienza in 1993. Full professor since 2000.
Associate Editor (1994-98), Editor (1998-2003), and Editor-in-Chief (2003-04) of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (2004-08).
General Chair of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Roma, 2007). Elected member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) AdCom (2008-10). Vice-President for Publication Activities of IEEE RAS (2012-13). Program Chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Stockholm, 2016).
IEEE Fellow (class of 2007). Member of the Search Committee for Physical Sciences of the Körber European Science Award (2006-12) and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (2015-17). Chair of Panel PE7 (Systems and Communication Engineering) of the European Research Council for the Advanced Grants in 2009, 2011, and 2013.
National coordinator of the MIUR PRIN project SICURA (2008-10).
Principal investigator of the European projects PROMotion, PHRIDOM, FP6 CyberWalk, FP6 PHRIENDS, H2020 SYMPLEXITY. Team member of H2020 COMANOID project.
Coordinator of the European project FP7 ICT-287513 SAPHARI (Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction) 2011-15.
Director of the Master of Science in Control Engineering (since 2013), a new program fully taught in English. Senior Research Fellow of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati Sapienza (2017-2020).


More than 200 journal or conference papers and book chapters.
Author for the Springer Handbook of Robotics (1st and 2nd Edition).

Bibliometric indices (May 2019):

ORCID: 0000-0002-0713-5608

Google Scholar: My Citations h-index = 58, with 11936 citations (since 2014: h-index = 35, with 5181 citations),  i10-index =145 (since 2014: i10-index = 97)
Scopus Author ID#: 7201948195 h-index = 42, with 6469 citations (and 93 coauthors)
ISI-WoK ResearcherID: F-3835-2011 h-index = 31, with 3699 citations


IEEE George Saridis Leadership in Robotics and Automation Award in 2019 "for contributions to the robotics and automation community through research innovation and education, and for leadership in publication and conference activities in RAS"
Mechanism and Machine Theory 2017 Award for Excellence (article in the list of top 10 most cited papers since journal publication)
IEEE RAS-EMBS BioRob 2012 Best Conference Paper Award
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Distinguished Service Award in 2009 "for outstanding leadership and contributions as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and for service as the ICRA 2007 General Chair"
IEEE/RSJ IROS 2008 Best Application Paper Award
IEEE Fellow (class of 2007) "for contributions to modeling and control of robotic systems"
Helmholtz-Humboldt Research Award in 2005
IEEE ICRA 1998 Best Conference Paper Award


Research area: 
Research interest: 

Modeling, motion planning, and control of flexible manipulators, kinematically redundant manipulators, underactuated robots, wheeled mobile robots and mobile manipulators. Hybrid force-velocity control. Nonlinear control of nonholonomic mechanical systems. Control of locomotion platforms. Iterative learning. Dynamic feedback linearization. Visual servoing. Fault detection and isolation. Physical human-robot interaction.

Selected results of my research are in the playlists of the YouTube channel RoboticsLabSapienza of the DIAG Robotics Laboratory:

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