Educational and Academic
I received the ’Laurea’ degree in Electrical Engineering (1982) and the Ph.D. in Systems Engineering (1987), both from Sapienza Università di Roma (formerly, Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"). I was then a Research Associate at the School of Engineering of the same University (1988-1992) (now renamed Facoltà di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Informatica e Statistica). I became an Associate Professor at the Università di Milano in November 1992 and moved back to Sapienza in November 1993. Since then, I have been with the Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica "A. Ruberti" (DIS), renamed Dipartimento di Ingegneria informatica, automatica e gestionale Antonio Ruberti (DIAG) in July 2011. I am Full Professor since November 2000. Since 2013, I am the Director of the Master of Science in Control Engineering, a new two-year program fully taught in English and attracting about 40 students per year (more than the half have an international background or took their bachelor in a different Italian University). In 2017, I became a Senior Research Fellow of the Sapienza School of Advanced Studies (Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati Sapienza).
Research Projects and Teaching Activities
I was a visiting scholar at the Robotics and Automation Laboratory of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA (September 1985 to May 1986) and a visiting researcher at CINVESTAV, Mexico City, Mexico (November 1989). Between September 2005 and April 2006, I spent a sabbatical period at the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, with a Helmholtz-Humboldt Research Award for foreign scientists.
Societies and Editorial Activities
I am an IEEE Fellow (class of 2007; student member in 1982, member in 1986, senior member in 2005), active in the Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). I have served as RAS AdCom elected member in 2008-10, RAS Associate VP for Publication Activities in 2010-11, and RAS Vice-President for Publication Activities in 2012-13. See who was in the RAS ExCom and RAS PAB in 2012-13 (these are pdf screenshots of the related RAS web pages), or go to the list of board members of the current RAS PAB).
I have been an Associate Editor (1994-1998), an Editor (1998-2003), and then the Editor-in-Chief (2003-04) of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation (T-RA). I have been the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) from its first issue in August 2004 to the end of my term in September 2008 (some memories here). Take a look at the latest issue of T-RO in IEEE Xplore. I am currently in the Steering Committee of the new IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).
I have been General Chair of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'07) that has been held in Rome, April 10-14, 2007 (a few pictures here), Publications Chair and CEB Editor of the 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'11, San Francisco), Vice Co-Chair of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'13, Karlsruhe), and Program Chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'16, Stockholm).
Between 2006 and 2012, I was a member of the Search Committee for Physical Sciences (Technical Sciences up to 2010) of the Körber European Science Award, granted by the Körber Foundation (see who was in the Committee). I have been the Chair of Panel PE7 (Systems and Communication Engineering) of the European Research Council (ERC) for the evaluation of Advanced Grants (AdG) in 2009, 2011, and 2013 (alternate years), and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics between 2015 and 2017.