Aurelio Piazzi

Department of Engineering and Architecture
University of Parma
Parco Area delle Scienze 181A
43124 Parma, ITALY

Phone +39 0521 905733

I graduated magna cum laude in nuclear engineering in 1982 at the University of Bologna and in 1987 I got a PhD degree in systems engineering at the same university. From 1990 to 1992 I was research associate in system theory with Professor Giovanni Marro at the University of Bologna. In November 1992, I moved to the University of Parma to teach Automatic Control as an associate professor. In this university, since 2001 I am full professor of Systems and Control Engineering. [brief CV (English Italian)]


A list of publications can be accessed here. A citation report is here.


Control and systems theory
Feedforward-feedback control systems
Inversion-based control systems
Vision-based control systems
Optimal control of processes and mechatronics systems
Motion control of autonomous vehicles
A description of research contributions is reported here.


Fondamenti di Controlli Automatici, 9 CFU (Foundations of Automatic Control, 9 credits)
Lessons from March to June
Nonlinear Systems, 6 CFU (6 credits)
Lessons from March to June
Students can access the materials of these courses on the Elly website.


* COOKIES (quality COntrOl of baKIng status of ovEn productS) in collaboration with Colussi s.p.a. Perugia
This project has been funded by the European Commission under the 5th Framework Programme, EUropean Take-up of essential Information Society Technologies - Integrated Machine Vision (EUTIST-IMV); Project Partners: University of Parma, Satukunta Polytecnic (Finland), Colussi s.p.a Perugia (Italy), ATE-Applied Technical Engineering Oy (Finland). The final activity report is accessible here. The follow-up of COOKIES has been a know-how transfer agreement with EyePro System.

* Advanced control and identification techniques for innovative applications, Research Project of National Interest PRIN 2006, supported by the Italian Ministry of University and Research
Within this PRIN project, the unit of Parma's University has developed the topic High-performance control methods for constrained systems.

* PAVISYS (Pantograph Automatic Vision-based Inspection SYStem) in collaboration with Rete Ferroviaria Italiana RFI, Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato
This bilateral research project has been devoted to the automatic inspection of pantographs for electric traction by artificial vision. The software prototype (the PAVISYS system), developed in collaboration with Prof. Stefano Cagnoni, has been experimentally adopted by RFI for the monitoring of pantographs on the Italian railway network (December 2008). PAVISYS has been presented at the PACIFIC Conference in Amiens (France) on 8 December 2011. The proceedings report is here. Currently, further development of PAVISYS is carried out by HENESIS by means of a know-how transfer agreement endorsed by SPINNER 2013.


ACtLab (Active Control Laboratory)
This laboratory is the main facility for didactical and research activities in automation and control systems at the University of Parma.

Interesting links

IEEE Control Systems Society
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
IFAC-PapersOnLine: It's the (partially) open access archive of the International Federation of Automatic Control.
IEEExplore: It's the the digital library of IEEE, the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology. The IEEE documents can be accessed full text online within the IP domain of Parma's University.
OPAC Sebina OpenLibrary - University of Parma: It's the online catalog of Parma's library system. Here you can search for books and journals. If you are an engineering or architecture student at the University of Parma, probably you will be interested in searching among the 15000 books of the of Polytechnic Library of the University of Parma.