• Adriano Fagiolini

    Adriano Fagiolini is an Assistant Professor at the University of Palermo, Italy. He received the M.S. degree in Computer Science Engineering in 2004 and the Ph.D. degree in Robotics and Automation in 2009 from the University of Pisa. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the University of California at Riverside, in 2015 and in 2017, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He teaches Automatic Control Systems and Mobile Cooperating Robotic Systems at the University of Palermo, in the Department of Energy, Computer Science Engineering and Mathematical Models since 2012. He enrolled in the Summer Student Programme at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, in 2002, and in the International Curriculum Option of Doctoral studies in Hybrid control for complex, distributed, and heterogeneous embedded systems, in 2007. In 2008, he led the team of the University of Pisa during the first European Space Agency’s Lunar Robotics Challenge, which resulted in a second place prize for the team. He was one of the recipients of the IEEE ICRA's Best Manipulation Paper Award in 2005. His main research interests are in distributed coordination and misbehavior detection for systems of autonomous robots (including automated cars and aircrafts), coexisting in shared environments and interacting with each other according to sets of partially known “social behaviors", or common rules. His scientific interests also include distributed algorithms for consensus on set-valued Boolean information and for data clustering and estimation.

PhD Students

  • Maja Trumic

    Maja Trumić was born in Bor, Serbia in 1993. She received her Dipl. Ing. at the School of Electrical Engineering, University in Belgrade in 2016. During the internship in Military Technical Institute in Belgrade she did graduation thesis, titled Autopilot design for the self-guided short-range air-to-surface missile under the supervision of prof. dr Stevica Graovac. She did the internship in Robert Bosch GmbH in Renningen, Germany in summer 2016 in the field of testing procedures for the electrical drives. The following year (2017) she got the M.Sc. degree. Her master thesis under the title Analysis of low power DC motors vibration signals using wavelet analysis was done during the internship in Robert Bosch GmbH in Buehl, Germany under the supervision of prof. dr Željko Đurović and dipl. phys. Rüdiger Ruddies. In 2016 she got CLAD certificate (Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer) from National Instruments. Currently she is enrolled in joint PhD studies in University of Palermo and University of Belgrade in the field of robotics and control, supervised by prof. dr Adriano Fagiolini and prof. dr Kosta Jovanović.

  • Izzal Azid Sheick

    Sheikh Izzal Azid is Assistant Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Physics at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. Currently he is pursuing his PhD studies in the area of Robotics and Control at University of the South Pacific and in collaboration with University of Palermo. He attained his MSc in Engineering in 2010 in the area of Automation and Intelligent systems. His research interest includes Robotics, Controls, UAV’s and microprocessor applications. Azid worked as a consultant for FP7 and H2020 European Projects from 2010 to 2016. Azid is currently the President of IEEE Student Fiji Section.

  • Federico Massa

    Federico Massa ia a PhD Student in Information Engineering at the University of Pisa at the Research Center "E. Piaggio". He received his Bachelor Degree in Physics in 2013 from the University of Cagliari and his Master's Degree in Physics (Fundamental Interactions) in 2016 from the University of Pisa. He currently works under the supervision of Prof. Lucia Pallottino (UNIPI) and Adriano Fagiolini (UNIPA), and his research is in mobile robotics. He is working on observers of for hybris systems and has joined in the Italian Roborace Team. His research interests include applications of Machine Learning to robotics, action recognition, and model identification.


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Former PhDs

  • Damiano La Manna

    Damiano La Manna received his Master’s Degree in Automation Engineering in 2012 and his PhD in Automation Engineering in 2015 from the University of Palermo. He has been Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Riverside in 2015 where he has worked on the analysis of structural properties of selected classes of Cyber–Physical Systems and on the design of optimal strategies for network attack detection. He has been one of the recepients of the IEEE Best Research Team at the Intl. Conf. on Ecological Vehicles and Reneweable Energies in 2014. His interests are in mathematical models for real–time embedded control systems, design and realization of a photovoltaic monitoring systems, measurements and experimental setup on real photovoltaic plants.