Automation & Control Systems

Submitted by gaetano.tartaglione on Fri, 10/06/2023 - 14:43
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The research group consists of three Faculties, namely: Marco Ariola, Francesco Montefusco and Gaetano Tartaglione.

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Marco Ariola
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Marco Ariola was born in Naples, Italy in 1971. He graduated in Electronic Engineering with honors in 1995 at the University of Naples Federico II. He worked for the Italian Aerospace Research Centre from 1995 to 1996, as a researcher in the group of Flight Mechanics and Control. Then he received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2000 from the University of Naples Federico II. In 1997 and 1998 he was a visiting researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and for several periods between 1998 and 2000 Visiting Researcher at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, USA. He has also spent long periods at research laboratories for controlled thermonuclear fusion, and particularly in Japan, Naka at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, and in England at the JET (Joint European Torus), where he was responsible for numerous experiments. Presently he is EUROfusion deputy project leader for DEMO diagnostic and control (WPDC).

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Marco Ariola
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Short description of research profile

The research activities of the group include both methodological topics, such as finite-time stability and stabilization of different class of dynamic systems, and different applications, such as control of nuclear fusion devices, control of unmanned vehicle and development of methods for systems and synthetic biology.


Representative publications

Ariola, M., & Pironti, A. Magnetic control of tokamak plasmas. Vol. 187. London: Springer, 2008.  
Amato, F., Ambrosino, R., Ariola, M., Cosentino, C., & De Tommasi, G. Finite-time stability and control. Vol. 453. London: Springer, 2014.
Tartaglione, G., Ariola, M., Cosentino, C., De Tommasi, G., Pironti, A., & Amato, F. "Annular finite-time stability analysis and synthesis of stochastic linear time-varying systems." International Journal of Control 94.8 (2021): 2252-2263.
Tartaglione, G., D’Amato, E., Ariola, M., Rossi, P. S., & Johansen, T. A.. "Model predictive control for a multi-body slung-load system." Robotics and Autonomous Systems 92 (2017): 1-11.
Montefusco, F., Procopio, A., Bulai, I. M., Amato, F., Pedersen, M. G., & Cosentino, C. "Interacting with COVID-19: How population behavior, feedback and memory shaped recurrent waves of the epidemic." IEEE Control Systems Letters 7 (2022): 583-588.