The Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering Antonio Ruberti (Dipartimento di Ingegneria informatica automatica e gestionale - DIAG) is a center for research and education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Formerly known as Department of Computer and System Sciences (Dipartimento di Informatica e sistemistica- DIS), it was established in 1983. In 2001 it was named after Antonio Ruberti, the eminent scholar who founded it.
Internationally renowned research groups in computer science, system science, and management science are active at DIAG. Basic research is its main goal, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, on applications that stimulate basic research, and on technology transfer and dissemination of results. Every year DIAG publishes hundreds of papers in the foremost international journals and conference proceedings, and its members appear in the program and steering committees of the most prestigious scientific events and institutions. Numerous prizes and awards have been assigned to its members for their scientific and educational activities.
Strong collaborations are maintained with researchers in other universities, research institutions and companies, in Italy and abroad. National and European research contracts and grants are routinely acquired by department, totaling about two million euros a year.
On the educational side, the mission of DIAG is to train engineers for professional, research and teaching careers either in universities or in industries and public administration. To this end, education is provided by DIAG within several undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Engineering at Sapienza University, with main responsibility of the curricula in computer, control and management engineering. As an effort towards internationalization, the department offers two master programs that are entirely taught in English. Moreover, DIAG hosts two PhD programs, and cooperates with PhD programs offered by other departments.
DIAG has a number of laboratories that are devoted to education and research in the various areas of interest for the department. Through its library, it provides access to about 900 online/printed journals and to an outstanding collection of 11000 scientific volumes.
There are three main aspects in Ruberti's professional activity, that broadly correspond also to three successive phases in his life. The first was total dedication to research. He contributed to simulation of analog computers, with the design and realization of new components, to the control of AC electric motors based on hybrid simulation techniques, and to the foundations of system and control theory, with new methods for the realization of linear and bilinear systems. He published several scientific articles, and received wide international recognition and several awards for his technical and scientific achievements. As a second main aspect, Ruberti was an excellent professor and educator. He trained several young researchers and created a large school that spread from "La Sapienza" and is now represented in several Italian and foreign Universities.
Last but not least, in the third phase of Ruberti's activity, his political and social engagement pushed him to promote major institutional changes in the Italian university and public research system, as well as in international research and education programs.
In 1969, Ruberti founded the Institute of Automation at "La Sapienza", which he directed until 1976. DIS was born in 1983 as an evolution of this institute. He also created the Center for Control and Computing Systems of the Italian National Research Council (now IASI of CNR) the first research institution in Italy in Automation. Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (1973-1976), then Rector (1976-1987) of "La Sapienza", later Government Representative for Scientific and Technological Research (1987-1989), Ruberti has been from 1989 to 1992 Minister for the University and the Scientific and Technological Research, the first ever in Italy. He promoted several laws that paved the way to autonomy of university and research institutions, put the basis for the creation of new curricula of studies (including university bachelors and masters, and universities for remote teaching), and developed a modern policy for the right to higher education. He strived for a larger involvement of Italy's academic and political institutions in international activities. He published several essays on the politics of research and academy, and on the issues involved in technological innovation (e.g., the two books "Tecnologia domani" (1985) and "Europa a confronto" (1989)). In 1992, he was elected deputy with the socialist party in the italian Parliament, and in 1993 he was appointed european Commissioner for science, research, development, and education. At this EU level, he worked for establishing the Fourth Framework Programme (1994-1998) and other cooperation agreements, also with states of the former Soviet Union and with multinational institutions such as CERN and ESA. He promoted the creation of the European Science and Technology Assembly (ESTA). At the end of his term, in 1996 he was reelected deputy in the italian Parliament, where he chaired the Commission for the Policies of the European Union.