Antonella Ferrara

Short Biography

Antonella Ferrara Antonella Ferrara was born in Genova, Italy, in 1963. As a student at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Genova, she got the "IEEE North Italy Section Electrical Engineering Student Award" in 1986. She received the Laurea Degree in Electronic Engineering (cum Laude) in 1987 and the Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electronics in 1992 from the University of Genova. She was Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Computer and System Sciences of the University of Genova (1992-1998). In November 1998 she became Associate Professor of Automatic Control at the University of Pavia. Since January 2005 she is Full Professor of Automatic Control, first in the Department of Computer Engineering and Systems Science of the University of Pavia (2005-2011), and then in the newborn Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE) of the same university.
At the University of Pavia, she is Reference Person for International Mobility of Computer Engineering and Computer Science students and member of several committees. She teaches "Process Control and Robotics" and "Advanced Automation and Control" (both in English) in the Master Degree Programs in Computer Engineering and Industrial Automation Engineering. She also teaches "Control of Vehicle Dynamics" (in English) in the Post-Bachelor Program on Design and Development of Vehicle Dynamics. She was invited to give 3 Plenary lectures and one Semi-plenary. She is frequently invited to give lectures in International Schools for Ph.D. students. She was Visiting Professor at Graz University of Technology, and Invited Lecturer at Harvard University, University of Minnesota, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Stuttgart, Technical University of Delft, INRIA Grenoble, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Jeddah, Hanyang University, Seoul, and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Her research activities are mainly in the area of advanced automatic control of complex systems, with application to mechanical systems, automotive control, robotics, power systems control, process control, and vehicular traffic control.
She was and still is a coordinator and member of several research units in national and European research projects. In particular, she was the UNIPV coordinator in the PRIN project "Control of Advanced Transmission, Suspension, Steering and Braking Systems for the Management of Vehicle Dynamics" (2006-2007), and in the European Project PROTECTOR (Preventive safety for un-protected road user) ended in 2003. At present, she is coordinator of the Italian research team in the European Projects ITEAM (Interdisciplinary Training Network in Multi-Actuated Ground Vehicles, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action) started on January 1st, 2016.
She was scientific leader of several research projects funded or co-funded by companies.
She has authored or co-authored more than 370 scientific papers, with 115 international journal papers, 2 published scientific books and a third book to appear soon. Moreover, she contributed, with invited chapters, to 23 edited books. From 2000 to 2004 she was Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. From 2007 to 2012 she was Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. Since January 2014, she has been Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. Since 2017, she has been Subject Editor of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. Since 2018 she has been Associated Editor of Automatica. She was and currently is member of the International Program Committee of several international conferences and events. She was Program Vice-Chair of the European Control Conference ECC14 held in Strasbourg, France, and Program Vice-Chair of the 22nd IEEE Mediterranean Conference on Control & Automation Med14 held in Palermo, Italy. She is Editor of the IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems CTS 2018 to be held in Savona, Italy, Publication Chair for IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2019 to be held in Nice, France, and Editor of the European Control Conference ECC19 to be held in Naples, Italy.
She is Senior Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society, member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Variable Structure and Sliding Mode Control, member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Automotive Control and member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Transportation Systems. She was "appointed member" of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society for year 2012. She was Chair of the Women in Control Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society (July 2013-December 2016) and, at present, she is member of the Advisory Board of that committee. She is "elected member" of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society for the the triennium 2016-2018. Since July 2015 she has been serving as Member of the European Control Association (EUCA) Council.
Since June 2018 she has been Series Editor of the book series "Advances in Industrial Control" published by Springer.
Since 2017 she has been member of the "Consiglio Scientifico del Working Group Trasporti" of the CNR Foresight Project, and member of IEEE Control System Society Outreach Task Force.

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Robotica (Ing. Informatica, Laurea Specialistica)
Controllo dei Processi (Ing. Informatica)
Automatica(Ing. Informatica)

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