Chiara Toffanin

Short Biography

Chiara Toffanin Chiara Toffanin is Associate Professor at the University of Pavia since 2022. She obtained her bachelor and master’s degree (both cum laude) in Computer Science Engineering in 2007 and 2009, respectively. She was enrolled in the XXV cycle of the Ph.D. program in Electronics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering between 2009 and 2012 at the University of Pavia, Italy. During this period, she spent 6 months at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) collaborating with the Doyle's group, currently Dean of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of the Harvard University. Until 2017, she has been with the Identification and Control Systems Laboratory of the University of Pavia as postdoctoral fellow, then she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering at University of Pavia (2017-2022). In 2015, she won a one-year postdoctoral fellow at the Oxford university related to a computational research project on the analysis of high-throughput screen data, in the context of a broader scientific collaboration.
Her research interests include identification and control techniques of linear systems, model predictive control, physical system modelling and supervised machine learning techniques, mostly applied to the artificial pancreas development. In particular, she has a decennary experience in model predictive control applied to the glucose regulation in type 1 diabetes patients, including control design and personalization techniques for both conventional therapy and closed-loop control. In the last years her work was mainly focused on the personalization of the therapy investigating adaptive and machine learning techniques.

C. Toffanin was a member of the Research unit of the University of Pavia for the European Project FP7-ICT-2009-4, “Bringing the Artificial Pancreas Home”. She was the scientific manager of 3 projects regarding the modelling of the processes in an autoclave. She was the organizer of the invited session entitled “Glucose Regulation and Biomedical Systems” at the 57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 17th – 19th December 2018 in Miami.
Author/co-author of 34 papers published in the main international peer reviewed journals, 40 conference papers and 2 chapter in international books, C. Toffanin is also member (Associate Editor) of the Conference editorial board of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS). She is coinventor of 1 international patent (accepted both in USA and Europe) on optimal methods of insulin delivery for artificial pancreas. In the last 10 years she was tutor of 3 PhD students (now one is Postdoc at Harvard University in Boston) and supervisor of 14 master and 32 bachelor students.