Alessandro Astolfi - Biography#

Alessandro Astolfi was born in Rome, and graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Rome in 1991. In 1992 he ecame studet at ETH-Zurich and a M.Sc. in Information Theory in 1995 and the Ph.D. degree with Medal of Honor in 1995 with a thesis on discontinuous stabilization of nonholonomic systems. In 1996 he was also awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Rome ”La Sapienza” for his work on nonlinear robust control.

Since 1996 he has been with the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department of Imperial College London, London (UK), where he is currently Professor in Nonlinear Control Theory and Head of the Control and Power Group. From 1998 to 2003 he was also an Associate Professor at the Dept. of Electronics and Information of the Politecnico of Milano. Since 2005 he has also been a Professor at Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ingegneria Informatica, University of Rome Tor Vergata. He has been a visiting lecturer in “Nonlinear Control” in several universities, including ETH-Zurich (1995-1996); Terza University of Rome (1996); Rice University, Houston (1999); Kepler University, Linz (2000); SUPELEC, Paris (2001).

His research interests are focused on mathematical control theory and control applications, with special emphasis for the problems of discontinuous stabilization, robust and adaptive control, observer design and model reduction. He is the author of more than 120 journal papers, of 30 book chapters and of over 240 papers in refereed conference proceedings.

He has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear control theory and has developed successful applications of control to aerospace systems (under-actuated satellite, autonomous aircraft), power systems (multi-machine systems), game theory (population dynamics, multi-agent systems), and industrial systems (model reduction of industrial processes).

He is the recipient of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) A. Ruberti Young Researcher Prize (2007) and of the IEEE CSS George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (2012). He is an IEEE Fellow and “Distinguished Member” of the IEEE CSS. He is the author (with D. Karagiannis and R. Ortega) of the monograph “Nonlinear and Adaptive Control with Applications” (Springer-Verlag). He has also served in the IPC of various international conferences. He is currently the Chair of the IEEE CSS Conference Editorial Board.
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