Industrial and Information Engineering PhD Programme

PhD Board (XXXVIII cycle)

The research and training activities of the IIE-PhD are managed by the Doctoral Board, which is led by the Coordinator of the Doctorate: Prof. David Esseni.

Indicatively the Doctoral Board meets every three-four months to discuss and plan the research and training activities of the doctorate and to assess and ensure the quality of the research work carried out by the PhD fellows.

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Antonio Affanni received the M. S. in Electronic engineering from University of Parma, Parma, Italy in 2003. In 2007 he got the PhD degree in Information Technologies from the same University. Since 2009 he joined the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture at University of Udine, Udine, Italy as researcher and since 2022 he is Associate Professor in Electronic Measurements. His scientific interests are in the fields of wearable sensors, industrial sensors and lab-on-chip.

He is director of the Laboratory of Biosensors and Biosignals (Biosens Lab) at the University of Udine.

He has been Session Chair in several international conferences, e.g. 2012 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA), 2019 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS), 2021 IEEE Metrology for Automotive (Metroautomotive).

He is reviewer for Journals: IEEE Transactions Instrumentation and Measurement, Elsevier Measurement, MDPI Sensors.

He is Guest Editor for the Journal MDPI Sensors, special Issues “Electromagnetic Sensors for Biomedical Applications” and “Advanced Sensors and Sensing Technologies in Biomedical Signal Acquisition and Processing”.

He is inventor of three International Patents: Method to analyze the cluster formation process in a biological fluid and corresponding analysis apparatus, PCT WO2013164676, EP2845002; Apparatus for analyzing the process of formation of aggregates in a biological fluid and corresponding method of analysis, PCT WO20174162285, EP EP2981818, US20160047827; Method and device for measuring the temperature in electric power resistors, PCT WO2019030690.

He participated to the research activity for the funded projects: PRIN2005 2005091051_002, PRIN 2009 LTRYRE_001.

From 2014 to 2020 he held the Course entitled “Measure your Health” for the training courses addressed to PhD students of the Industrial and Information Engineering PhD Programme DOT13Y25QP at the University of Udine.

Since 2009 he holds the courses “Electrical Measurements” for the BSc in Electronic Engineering and “Electronic Measurements, Instrumentation and Sensors” for the MSc in Electronic Engineering at the University of Udine

Franco Blanchini was born on 29 December 1959, in Legnano (Italy). He is Director of the Laboratory of System Dynamics at the University of Udine. He has been involved in the organization of several international events: in particular, he was Program Vice-Chairman of the conference Joint CDC-ECC 2005, Seville, Spain; Program Vice-Chairman of the Conference CDC 2008, Cancun, Mexico; Program Chairman of the Conference ROCOND, Aalborg, Denmark, June 2012 and Program Vice-Chairman of the Conference CDC 2013, Florence, Italy. He is co-author of the book “Set theoretic methods in control”, Birkhauser. He is the recipient of 2001 ASME Oil & Gas Application Committee Best Paper Award as a co-author of the article “Experimental evaluation of a High-Gain Control for Compressor Surge Instability”. He is the recipient of the 2002 IFAC prize survey paper award as author of the article “Set Invariance in Control — a survey”, Automatica, November 1999. He later received the High Impact Paper Award for this work. He received the 2017 Nonlinear Analysis and Hybrid Systems Best Paper Award for he paper “A switching system approach to dynamic race modeling, Nonlinear Analysis and Hybrid Systems, vol. 21, no. 8, pp. 37-48, 2016. He has been speaker for the plenary lecture “Lyapunov and invariance methods in control design”, IFAC Joint Conference, Grenoble, February 2013; for the plenary lecture “Set invariance and Lyapunov methods”, 32nd Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control; for the semi-plenary lecture “Structural Analysis: The Control Language to Understand Mechanisms”, 59th Conference on Decision and Control – Jeju Island, Republic of Korea – December 14th-18th 2020. He was nominated Senior Member IEEE in 2003. He has been an Associate Editor for Automatica, from 1996 to 2006, and for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, from 2012 to 2016. He has been an Associate Editor for Automatica, from 2017 to 2020. He has been Editor for IEEE CSS Letters from 2016 to 2018.

Francesco De Bona received the M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in Applied Mechanics from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy in 1983 and 1987 respectively. He was head of the Micromechanics laboratory at Sincrotrone Trieste from 1988 to 1995. Since 1996 he is at DPIA, University of Udine, currently as full professor of Machine Design. His research activity includes computational and experimental mechanics in biomechanics, aerospace, microfabrication and microsystems design. Recently he was involved in several industrially oriented research project mainly related to multiphysics simulation, thermal fatigue and cyclic plasticity. He was scientific coordinator of 3 EU research projects. He is author of more than 100 scientific publications and 3 patents.

Francesco Driussi received the Laurea degree and the Ph.D in Electronics in 2000 and 2004, respectively. He is Associate Professor at the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture (DPIA) of the Università degli Studi di Udine (Italy).

His expertise includes device level characterization and physics-based modeling of transistors and memory cells, with special focus on new devices and materials for electronic applications. Francesco Driussi is author of 113 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences (over 1400 citations, H-Index of 20, source: Google Scholar).

Francesco Driussi collaborates with important Semiconductor companies (NXP, ST Microelectronics), European Research centers (CEA-Leti, KTH, AMICA-AMO, NaMLab, IMM-CNR and Elettra) and prestigious European Universities.

Francesco Driussi serves as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Electronics. He is or has been part of the Technical Program Committee of IEDM and ICMTS Conferences and of the Organizing Committee of several International Conferences held in Udine: INFOS, 2001; IEEE ULIS, 2008; Annual Meeting of “Gruppo Elettronica”, 2013; ICMTS, 2014; INFOS, 2015; SISPAD, 2019; IEEE EUROSOI-ULIS, 2022.

Francesco Driussi is or was involved in the following EU Projects: BeFerroSynaptic, H2020, GA: 871737; E2SWITCH, 7FP, GA: 619509; GRADE, 7FP, GA: 317839; STEEPER, 7FP, GA: 257267; MODERN, European ENIAC-JTI; NANOSIL, 7FP, GA: 21671; GRAND, 7FP, GA: 215752; GOSSAMER, 7FP, GA: 214431; PULLNANO, 6FP; SINANO, 6FP, IST-506844. He also participated to projects funded by the Italian MIUR: PRIN 2017 – 2017SRYEJH; PRIN 2015 – 2015WMZ5C8; FIRB 2010 – RBFR10XQ28; FIRB 2006 – RBIP06YSJJ; FIRB 2001 – RBNE012N3X.

Francesco Driussi is part of the “Collegio di dottorato” of the Ph.D. program in Industrial and Information Engineering of the DPIA. In the framework of the Ph.D. program, he has been teaching the course of “Atomistic models and application to Engineering”.

David Esseni received the Ph.D in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bologna, and since 2015 he has been Professor of Electronics at the University of Udine, Italy. During year 2000 he was a visiting scientist at Bell Labs -Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill (NJ-USA), and in 2013 he spent six months as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame (IN, USA). His research interests are mainly focused on the modelling and the design of advanced semiconductor devices, early assessment of emerging nanoelectronic technologies and neuromorphic computing.

D.Esseni is a Fellow of the IEEE EDS Society, and in 2013 was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholar Fellowship.

Esseni is co-author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, of the book ”Nanoscale MOS transistors: Semi-classical transport and applications” (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK), 2011) and of several book-chapters. In particular, he is co-author of more than 40 papers presented at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), which is the worldwide leading conference for electron devices. He also holds three U.S.A. patents in the field of non-volatile memories and steep slope transistors.

He was the General Chair of the “International Conference on Simulation of Semiconductors Processes and Devices, SISPAD 2019” held in Udine. He is presently co-chair for the track ‘Emerging Computing Devices and Circuits’ of the European Solid-State Device Research Conference, ESSDERC. He is or has been part of the Technical Program Committee for International Electron Devices Meeting, IEDM, (2003-04 and 2015-16), International Reliability Physics Symposium, IRPS, (2007-2010), European Solid-State Device Research Conference, ESSDERC, (since 2006), International Conference on Simulation of Semiconductors Processes and Devices, SISPAD (since 2016). He has been Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices and is presently editor of Frontiers in Electronics.

David Esseni has been the principal investigator (PI) at the University of Udine for the EU funded projects: BeFerroSynaptic, H2020, GA: 871737 (2020-2023), STEEPER, FP7, GA:257267 (2010-2013), and NANOSIL, FP7-ICT-2007-1 (2008-2011), as well as for the PRIN 2017 project FIVE2D (2017SRYEJH 2020-2024). He was work-package leader for modelling and simulations in the EU funded III-V-MOS project, FP7, GA:619326 (2014-2017), and presently is work-package leader in the BeFerroSynaptic project. In year 2017 he was PI for an exchange a collaboration project between the University of Udine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA).

He has also been the PI for industry driven projects funded by NXP Semiconductors (2008-2010) and TSMC (2011-2016).

He has been the thesis advisor for about 40 students, the supervisor for 12 PhD students (2 current), and has supervised the research activities of several postdocs. All his former students have continued a successful career in research centers, in high technology companies or in the academia.

Stefano Filippi is presently Full Professor of Design and Methods in Industrial Engineering at University of Udine, Italy. He is the director of the Product Innovation Research Group – PIRG, and his research is mainly focused on Knowledge Based Innovation Systems, Interaction Design, Geometric and Solid Modelling, and Rapid Prototyping. The main application domains are industrial engineering, medicine (orthopaedic and maxillo-facial surgery) and cultural heritage. His research generated more than 140 international publications, published in the International Journal of Production Research, Research in Engineering Design, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, IEEE Robotics&Automation Magazine, International Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, etc., and in proceedings of several international conferences and symposia.

Andrea Fusiello graduated with a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Udine in 1994 and received his PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Trieste in 1999. From 2000-2011, he worked at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Verona.

In 2012 he moved to the University of Udine, where he teaches Fundamentals of Computer Science (undergraduate) Computer Graphics and Computer Vision.  Overall he supervised 11 PhD and 59 Master’s students.

Fusiello’s research focuses on Computer Vision, Photogrammetry, and Image Analysis with a focus on 3-D modelling/reconstruction. He has published over 150 papers, which have received 6497 citations according to Google Scholar and has an h-index of 41. He has served on the Program Committee of several top-tier Computer Vision conferences (CVPR, ECCV, ICCV) and has been Associate Editor of “Pattern Recognition” (2006-09), IET Computer Vision (2013-16) and since December 2020, he is A.E. of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He was the General Chair of 3DV18, Workshops Co-chair at ECCV20 and ECCV12, Posters Co-chair at Eurographics 2019 and 2012. Fusiello was a recipient of the Best Paper – Honorable Mention award at the International Conference on Computer Vision 2021.

He  has been involved as an investigator in three EU projects (FP4, FP6, FP7) and two PRIN (2004, 2010). He has also led the SPATA (POR FESR 2014-2020) and 3-SHIRT (PRIN 2006) projects as P.I. and participated/led several industry-funded projects. He is also the co-founder of a university spinoff (3Dflow srl).

Paolo Gardonio was born in Pordenone – Italy, in 1966. He joined the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton (UK) in 1995 as a Research Fellow and became Professor of Systems Dynamics and Control in 2006. In December 2009 he moved to the University of Udine (IT) as Professore Ordinario of “Automatica”. During the period 1999-2009 he was the coordinator of the “European Doctorate in Sound and Vibration Studies”, a Marie Skłodowska Curie EU programme, which has supported the PhD of 126 young researchers at ten European University Centres. Also, during the period 2012-2016, he was coordinator of the “Dottorato di Ricerca in Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione” Università di Udine. Besides, from 2015 to 2020 he was the University of Udine representative for the collaborations with the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences CISM where, between 2017 and 2020 he acted as deputy Secretary General. Finally, since 2011 he has been the coordinator of the DPIA laboratory on automation and control. He has been involved in research projects focused on the theory and practical implementation of passive, semi-active and active sound and vibration control systems. In particular, he has carried work on smart materials encompassing MEMS and distributed transducers, tuneable structured fabrics, small-scale self-contained and self-powered vibration control units. Also, he has investigated the synthesis of excitations with temporal and spatial stochastic distribution, the detection of vibration and sound radiation with optical cameras. His research activities have resulted in about 250 publications, with 105 articles in renown international journals, which have received a total of 4315 citations and an H-index of 36 (from Scopus database), Also he co-authored a popular monograph on Sound and Structural Vibration ( and has published a successful review paper “On the origins and development of mobility and impedance methods in structural dynamics” ( He was cited in the database of 100,000 top scientists presented in PLOS BIOLOGY. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Kenneth Harris James Prize awarded by the Aerospace Industries Division Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK). He has been invited to give 33 public talks at national and international conferences, workshops and courses. Since 2010 he is Associate Editor of the scientific journal CEAS AERONAUTICAL JOURNAL and since 2015 he is Associate Editor of the scientific journal ACTA ACUSTICA united with ACUSTICA. Also, he is a regular member of the Scientific Committee of ISMA conference, which is organised every other year by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE). He has been involved in the technical implementation and the administration of 33 research projects (18 as principal investigator and 15 as co-investigator) funded by MIUR-PRIN (IT), EPSRC (UK), Royal Society (UK), FP4-Fp7-Horizon2020 European Community (EU), British Council (UK), Regione FVG (IT) and Industries. Overall, he has supervised/co-supervised 26 PhD students (16 as principal tutor) and 9 Post Doc researchers.

Alessandro Gasparetto (Rovigo, Italy – 26 October 1968) received the MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1992; the MSc in Mathematics from University of Padova, Italy, in 2003; the PhD in Mechanics of Machines from University of Brescia, Italy, in 1996. He is Full Professor of Mechanics of Machines at the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Udine (Udine, Italy), where he is the head of the research group in Mechatronics and Robotics, as well as the Head of the Department (since 2021). He has been included in the the ranking of the top 2% most quoted and authoritative scientists in the world, published by researchers at Stanford University (2019 and 2021). Since 2017, he is the Chair of IFToMM Italy, the Italian branch of IFToMM (the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science). Since 2018, he is the Chair of the IFToMM Permanent Commission for th History of Mechanism and Machine Science.

Prof. Gasparetto is the head of the Laboratory of Mechatronics and Robotics of the University of Udine, in which the research activity of the group led by Prof. Gasparetto is carried out. His research activity has been, and is currently carried out in the following fields: robotics; mechatronics; industrial automation; modeling and control of mechanical systems; mechanical vibrations.

He is author of more than 200 international publications, and has been involved in the scientific and organizing committees of several conferences, as well as in many research projects, at the regional, national and European level.

Up to date, Prof. Gasparetto tutored more than 300 Bachelor and Master students, as well as 10 PhD students of the PhD school in Industrial and Information Engineering at the University of Udine, and one PhD student of the National PhD school in Robotics and Intelligent Machines. Moreover, he tutors and has tutored several research fellows, also in the framework of his international relations.

Barbara Motyl is an associate professor of design and methods for industrial engineering at the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture (DPIA) at the University of Udine. Her current research interests include creativity and innovation methods for product development, additive manufacturing, computer-aided modeling, and design-for-X methods. She is a member of the Product Innovation research Group (PIRG) and conducts research at the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (LAMA). She has carried out research on various regional and national projects and was a visiting scientist at the Department of Mechanics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.

In addition to her research work, she is also actively involved in teaching technical drawing for the BS degrees in Management Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Udine. Since 2017, she has been a member of the Ph.D. Board of the Ph.D. program in Industrial and Information Engineering at the University of Udine, where she conducts seminar activities.

Furthermore, she collaborates with the Universities of Brescia and Cassino on an inter-university group for research on engineering graphics teaching. She also works with the “Technical Aids for People with Disabilities” group, led by Professor Baronio at the University of Brescia.

Barbara MOTYL is an editor of Sustainability (MDPI) and SN Social Sciences (Springer) journals and is a reviewer for several indexed journals. She has authored over 30 papers published in international journals and proceedings of international conferences.

Full professor of Management Engineering (ING-IND/35) at the University of Udine, Ph.D. in Industrial Innovation at the University of Padua, master’s degree in industrial engineering at the University of Udine. Research Interests: Industry 4.0 and its impact on strategy and management, new production models and advanced buyer-supplier interactions, supply chain / network management, international manufacturing and sourcing, sustainability. On these topics he has published more than 170 scientific works, most of them on leading international journals, and several books (published by Sage, Palgrave Macmillan, Gower).

Editorial Responsibilities: Area Editor of Operations Management Research, member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, former Associate Editor of the Journal of Operations Management. He has been member of the scientific committee of several editions of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA), the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (Ipsera), the Production & Operations Management, the European Decision Sciences Institute (EDSI), the Associazione italiana di Ingegneria Gestionale (AiIG) conferences. He has chaired the 20th Associazione italiana di Ingegneria Gestionale conference and has co-chaired the 8th Annual Conference of the European Decision Sciences Institute (EDSI).

Among the awards received: Best Research Conceptual paper + Best Student paper at 51st Decision Science Institute Conference (2020), Chris Voss Best Paper Award at the 24thEuropean Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Conference (2017), Chris Voss Highly Commended Award at the 22nd EurOMA conference (2015), best Reviewer Award from the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management (2006). He has participated, also as Principal Investigator, in many EU-funded projects. The latest is the “European Reshoring Monitor” project, entrusted by the European Union agency EUROFOUND to a consortium of four Italian universities. He has been Dean of the Management Engineering Faculty (2008-2015) and the President of Friuli Innovazione (2014-2016), i.e. the research and technology transfer centre based in Udine

Giancarlo Panizzo is a researcher within the ATLAS group at DPIA, UniUD, where he is Physics lecturer for Engineering students since 2018. He teaches the course “Introductory Quantum Mechanics for Engineers” within the IIE-PhD programme.

He was born on 29 August 1985, in Treviso (Italy). He completed his PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Trieste in 2015. He was a Research Fellow at CERN (Geneva) in 2017, and in 2018 first an INFN research associate, winning later that year a post-doc fellowship at the International Center of Theoretical Physics in Trieste. He is part of the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN since 2018, where he has been Generator and Infrastructure group convener within the Physics Modeling Group since April 2021. He is currently the INFN local responsible for the Future Circular Collider (FCC) accelerator effort. His current research topics focus on the Physics of the quarks Top and Bottom, using data collected at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Ginevra. He is also involved in feasibility studies for physics analyses at the Future Circular Collider, mainly concerning the Z boson.

Marco Pala received the physics degree and the PhD in electronical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy in 2000 and 2004, respectively. From 2004 to 2005 he was a post-doc at CEA-LETI in Grenoble, France. He joined the French CNRS as research scientist in 11/2005 at the IMEP-LAHC laboratory in Grenoble. In 2012 he obtained the “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” (HDR) delivered by the University of Grenoble. From 2016 he is with the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Palaiseau, France, where he is the leader of the computational electronics group. In 2022 he become CNRS research director. In the past he worked on several topics such as spin-dependent transport in 1D and 2D structures, charge fluctuations in single-electron transistors, scanning-gate microscopy, steep slope and ultimate CMOS transistors. At the present time his main research interests concern the electronic and transport properties of nanoscale devices. His recent interests concern quantum transport calculations based on ab-initio methods to assess the use of new materials in nanoelectronics. He is the co-author of 87 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 49 proceedings in international conferences. Since 2005 he supervised the work of 15 PhD students and 6 post-docs. Has was involved as scientific leader for his institution in 8 European projects and 11 French national projects and was the P.I. in 2 of them. He was the scientific chair of the summer school MIGAS 2007, Autrans, France and organized the 2016 IEEE-EDS Mini-colloquium in Grenoble, France. He has served as member of the technical committee in renowned international conferences such as IWCN, ESSDERC and IEDM. In 2022 he was nominated IEEE Senior Member.

Pierpaolo Palestri was born in 1973. In 1998, he received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering (cum laude) from the University of Bologna, Italy, with a thesis on impact ionization in bipolar transistors. From 1998 to 2000, he received a research grant from the University of Udine, Italy, where he worked on the simulation and optimization of bipolar transistors and on the analysis of hot electron phenomena in MOS devices and non-volatile memories. From July 2000 to October 2001 he was a Post-Doctoral Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs (Lucent Technology, Murray Hill, New Jersey), working on the simulation and experimental characterization of silicon-germanium bipolars.

In November 2001, he became Assistant Professor at the University of Udine, where he then finished his PhD in 2003. Since November 2005, he has been Associate Professor of Electronics at the University of Udine teaching in the bachelor and master degrees in Electronic Engineering as well as in Management Engineering.

The scientific activity of P.Palestri is mainly focused on the development of sophisticated modeling tools for electron devices (bipolars, MOSFETs, non-volatile memories, bio-chemical sensor, particle and X-ray detectors) as well as in the modeling and design of basic building block for RF systems (phase-locked-loops, low-noise-amplifiers, voltage-controlled-oscillators, frequency dividers) and  interfaces for high-speed serial communication. These activities have been carried out in the framework of many EU and national projects as well as in collaboration with many companies, among them Infineon Technology Villach Austria, Lucent Technologies USA, Philips Eindhoven and NXP Leuven, TSMC Taiwan/ TSMC Europe, STMicroelectronics Crolles. Overall Pierpaolo Palestri has been responsible for EU projects, national projects and collaboration with companies with a total budget of about 1Meuro for the University of Udine.

P.Palestri is member of the board of the PhD in Industrial and Information Engineering at the University of Udine where he tutored 11 students. He is also the co-organizer of the module on numerical modeling for the PhD students of the program above and teaches regularly course on Monte Carlo simulations. He also delivered many lectures for PhD students in universities such as EPFL Luasanne, KTH Stockholm, INPG Grenoble and University of Zagreb, University of Bologna and many summers schools. He has been the co-tutor of PhD students at the EPFL, University of Calabria and University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia.

He is the coordinator of the ERASMUS agreements between the University of Udine and RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN (Germany), INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE and Univ. Joseph Fourier –Grenoble (France), TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT WIEN (Austria), UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB (Croatia).

P.Palestri regularly acts as reviewer for many international journals, among them IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, IEEE Electron Device Letter, IEEE Journal of the Electron Device Society, Solid-State Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology,  Applied Physics Letters, Microelectronics Reliability, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. He is associate editor of the Elsevier journal ePRIME and of Frontiers Electronics. He co-organized the conferences ULIS 2003, ULIS 2008, GE 2013 INFOS 2015, SISPAD 2019 all held in Udine; he has been the conference chair for the 2022 edition to be held in Udine in May 2022. He has been the guest editor of the Solid-State Electronics special issues of the conferences ULIS 2008, EUROSI-ULIS 2015, INFOS 2015, EUROSOI-ULIS 2022.

Roberto Rinaldo obtained the “Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica” degree in 1987 from the University of Padova, Padova, Italy. From 1990 to 1992, he was with the University of California at Berkeley, where he received the MS degree in 1992. He received the Doctorate degree in “Ingegneria Elettronica e dell’Informazione” from the University of Padova in 1992. In 1992 he joined the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informatica of the University of Padova as a “ricercatore”. Starting from November 1st 1998, he was associate professor in Communications and Signal Processing in the same Department. Since November 2001, he has been an associate professor in the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Udine. Starting December 2003, he is now a professor in the same department.

Since 1995, he has participated in numerous projects funded by the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), by the National Research Council (CNR) and in European projects on the processing and coding of video signals (Udine scientific leader in the European project CRAFT “Wirenet”; researcher in the European project IP-FP7 Omega: Home Gigabit Access; national coordinator of the PRIN 2005 project “Reliable multimedia transmission on unreliable networks: advanced source / channel coding techniques”; local coordinator of the PRIN 2008 project ARACHNE: advanced video streaming techniques for peer-to-peer networks (2010-2011); local scientific coordinator of the regional project POR-FESR “Barcotica” for the development of processing algorithms and video images for navigation safety (2011-2013).

He was part of the program committee of the “Workshop on Advanced Video Streaming Techniques for Peer-to-Peer Networks and Social Networks”, ACM Multimedia, October 25-29, 2010, Florence, Italy. He served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, and won the award for Best Associate Editor in 2010.

He was appointed by the Rector, for the two-year period 2008-2010, as the University representative at the CNIT (National Inter-University Telecommunications Consortium). He was confirmed in this role for the three-year period 2011-2013 and appointed again for the three-year period 2020-2022 and for the three-year period 2023-2025. He is also the head representative at the GTTI (National Telecommunications and Information Theory Group). From November 2009 to December 2015 he was Director of the Department of Electrical, Management and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Udine. He was coordinator of the PhD in Industrial and Information Engineering at the University of Udine from 2006 to 2011. He regularly teaches an educational seminar in the same Doctorate program.

Currently, he is the President of the Scientific Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Italy Chapter.

He is the author of about 150 papers in international  conference proceedings and journals. His interests are in the field of multidimensional signal processing, video and image coding, biophysical signal processing.

He graduated in Management and Engineering and completed his PhD in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Padova, Italy. He is full professor of Supply Chain Management, Business Marketing and New Product Development at the University of Udine, where he is the coordinator of the bachelor and master degrees in Management Engineering. He is Director of the Executive Master in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Cuoa Business School. His principal research interests concern supply chain management, lean management and circular economy. He is member of EurOMA, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and Internatonal Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA). He took part in several research projects on lean-, supply chain-management and circular economy related topics and is author and co-author of more than 90 publications. He has published books (the most recent are Supply Chain Management, McGraw-Hill, 2023 and Operations and Process Management, Pearson, 2020) and articles in the MIT Sloan Management Review, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Transportation Research: Part E, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Management Review, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. On March 13th, 2023 he had 57 publications in Scopus, 2.526 references and H-index=26; he had 5.973 references in GoogleScholar and H-index= 35.


  • In the academic year 2003/2004 at the Politecnico di Milano he obtained the title of PhD in Information Engineering, discussing the thesis: “A novel digital controller for multiphase buck converters” (Supervisor Prof. Massimo Ghioni) carried out in collaboration with STMicroelectronics.
  • In the academic year 1999/2000 at the Politecnico di Milano he graduated in Electronic Engineering, specialization in Signals and Systems, with a grade of 100/100 cum laude, discussing the thesis: “Analysis of immunity to self-induced disturbances in integrated DC / DC “(Supervisor Prof. Massimo Ghioni) carried out in collaboration with STMicroelectronics.


  • Associate Professor, Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Udine, 2016–Present
  • Research Assistant, Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture, The University of Udine, 2006-2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture, The University of Udine, 2006-2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Information Engineering, Polytechnic of Milan, 2001-2005
  • ICs Senior Designer in the Industrial & Power Conversion Division of STMicroelectronics and collaborates with the Polytechnic of Milan and the University of Udine on research topics aimed at the development of digital control systems for DC / DC SMPS converters, 2001-2005

Research Experience

  • Research activity on DC-DC converter topologies, main collaborations: Google, STMicroelectronics, Infineon
  • Research activity Wireless power transfer; main collaborations: Google, European research programs (ENERCY ECS)
  • Integration of digital and mixed-signal controller for SMPS, Main collaborations: STMicroelectronics,

European research programs(R3-POWER UP and CONVERGENCE   )

  • Integration of controller for SMPS  in Silicon Carbide tecnology; Main collaborations: KTH (royal institute of technology)
  • Radiation tolerant Power Converter and Integrated Circuit; Main collaborations: CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research)
  • Since 2005 Dr. Stefano Saggini is a reviewer for two of the main journals (IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics) and conferences in the Power Electronics sector (IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and IEEE Power Electronics Specialist Conference).
  • In 2013 Stefano Saggini was appointed member of the organizing committee of the 2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE 2013) which was held in Denver, Colorado (USA), from 15-19 September 2013, with 1200 participants.
  • In 2022 Stefano Saggini is a guest associate editor of the special Issue on Switched Capacitor Converters (SCCs) in IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics.

Since 2005 Pubblications

About 109 documents in conferences and journals (31 IEEE Journals papers and 67 IEEE Conferences papers) and 12 international patents.

Teaching Experience

  • From 2006- present Teaching in industrial electronics, power electronics and analog electronics at the University of Udine.
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Information Engineering, Polytechnic of Milan, 2001-2005
  • ECOLE DOCTORALE EEATS Grenoble INP – Minatec  a.a  2008-09, 2012-13 e 2014-2015
  • CERN (MicroElectronics Users Exchange (MUX 2010)) 10/2010


  • 2020 “First Prize Paper Award Transactions on Power Electronics”
  • 2020 ” Prize Letter Award for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics”
  • 2005 “Prize Paper Award Transactions on Power Electronics”

Enrico Salvati is currently an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Udine, since March 2023. Prior to his current position, Enrico was Assistant Professor at the same University (2020-2023), Lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) college and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford (2017-2020). He obtained his doctorate in Engineering Sciences from the University of Oxford (2017) and his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ferrara (2011).

Enrico’s research mainly focuses on the evaluation and modelling of fatigue and fracture problems across the scales, as well as problems related to material inhomogeneities, such as residual stress and defects. He is also interested in biomaterials with hierarchical structures and biomedical problems.

He is often involved as Principal Investigator in industry-oriented projects for the performance evaluation of components and structures in aerospace, manufacturing, energy and biomedical applications. He is Chartered Engineer (CEng) and member of the Institute of Technology and Engineering (IET) in the UK.

Enrico co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and has collaborated with ~140 scientists wold-wide. Enrico is Editor of Materials Today Communications (Elsevier, 2021 IF: 3.662) since 2021 and member of the editorial board of: Forces in Mechanics (Elsevier), Engineering Reports (Wiley) and Materials Design & Processing Communications (Wiley). He is also an active reviewer, to date, he reviewed 300+ papers for more than 60 international peer-reviewed journals.

Marco Sartor is:

– Associate Professor of Quality Management and Industrial Economics at the University of Udine, Italy

– Rector’s Delegate for Placement and relations with companies for the University of Udine, Italy

– Director of the Executive MBA at the University of Udine, Italy

– Vice President of the Decision Sciences Institute headquartered in Houston, USA

– President of ALIg (Management Engineering Alumni Association), Italy

He was honorary research fellow or invited scholar at the University of Exeter (UK), University of South Florida (USA), University of Rhode Island (USA).

His research interests are related to international sourcing and manufacturing, quality management, reshoring. On these topics he has published more than 40 scientific works. In particular, he is the author of four books (by Palgrave Macmillan – New York and IlSole24ORE – Milano) and the editor of 3 books (by Gower and Emerald – London). His papers (40+ refereed journal publications) were published in a variety of leading academic journals. He developed a registered patent.

He received some important research awards, such as the Chriss Voss Best Paper Award – Euroma 2017.

Marco was the Chair of the 2018 EDSI Conference in Udine and Venice (Italy), the co-chair of the 2020 DSI Conference in Boston (USA). He was the track chair, PhD workshop coordinator and member of the scientific committee of many EDSI conferences. He has been Member of the EDSI Executive Board since 2015

Andrea Schaerf received his PhD in Computer Science from University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1994. From 1996 to 1998 he has been Assistant Professor at University of Rome “La Sapienza”. From 1998 to 2005 he has been Associate Professor at University of Udine, where, since 2005, he is Full Professor. From 2015 to 2021 he has been the Head of the School in Management Engineering. He has been Program Chair of the following conferences: 11th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling (PATAT 2016), Udine (Italy), August 23-26 2016; 9th Metaheuristic International Conference (MIC 2011), Udine (Italy), July 25-28 2011; and 6th International Workshop on Hybrid Metaheuristics (HM-2009), Udine (Italy), October 16-17 2009. He is in the editorial board of International Transactions in Operational Research, Journal of Scheduling, and PeerJ Computer Science. He has been Plenary Speaker at the 13th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling (PATAT-2022), Leuven, Belgium, Tue 30 Aug 2022 – Fri 2 Sep 2022; speaker at the 1st International Metaheuristics Summer School (MESS-2018), Acireale Italy, 21 – 25 July, 2018; and invited Speaker at the 27th Annual Conference of the Belgian Operations Research Society (ORBEL 27), Kortrijk Belgium, 7 – 8 February, 2013.

Marco Sortino is associate professor of Manufacturing Technology at the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture – DPIA – at the University of Udine. He leads the manufacturing technology research group at the University of Udine, with over 20 years of experience in advanced automation and monitoring of machine tools and production processes. He has been responsible of the research unit of several international, national and regional scientific cooperation projects and direct responsible of many research projects financed by industry.

His current research interests include autonomous systems for production, zero-defect manufacturing, and manufacturing sustainability. Since 2016, he has been the scientific director of the Laboratory for Advanced Mechatronics LAMA FVG.

He teaches Management Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the bachelor and master degree levels at the University of Udine. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Board and Council of the Ph.D. program in Industrial and Information Engineering at the University of Udine, where he conducts seminar activities. In these years he had been tutor of 9 PhD candidates.

Additionally, he is a member of the board of directors and secretary of the Italian Association of Manufacturing Technologies, with direct responsibility for International Cooperation and Machining processes.

He is an adjunct editor of the Springer International Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (JIMS) and collaborates with many indexed international journals as a reviewer. He is also the author and co-author of over 50 international publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings.

Specogna Ruben, born in Cividale del Friuli (UD) in 1977, graduated in Electronic Engineering in 2003 from the University of Udine. In 2007, he became a Ph.D. in Industrial and Information Engineering at the same university. During his PhD he spent several months abroad at Tampere University of Technology (Tampere, Finland), Université de Liège (Liège, Belgium), Boston University (Boston, MA). In 2008, he is a postdoc at Univerisité de Liège, Liège, Belgium in the Applied and Computational Electromagnetics group, working with Patrick Dular and Christophe Geuzaine. At the end of 2008 he takes service as a permanent Researcher at the University of Udine. Since 2018 he has been Associate Professor at the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture (DPIA) of the University of Udine. Since 2020, he has been qualified as Full Professor.

He won competitive calls for visiting professor at Jagiellonian University in Krakow (2009), International Center for Mathematical Research (CIRM-FBK) Trento (2013), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) grant – Montpellier University (2015), Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) grant – Montpellier University (2016).

He is associate editor of the international journals “MDPI Sensors” (impact factor 3.8), “Elsevier E-prime” and serves on the Editorial Board of major international conferences on computational electromagnetics (IEEE International Conference on the Computation of Electromagnetic Fields (COMPUMAG) and IEEE Biennial Conference on Electromagnetic Field Computation (CEFC)).

From 2011 to 2013, he is national lead (principal investigator PI) in the PRIN 2009 Project of Significant National Interest entitled “An innovative system based on electrical impedance tomography (EIT) for “in vitro” imaging of hemostasis.” In 2015 he is PI of AREA Science Park (Trieste) Proof of Concept (PoCN) project on the development of diagnostics for thrombotic risk profiling.

His research interests include applied and computational electromagnetics applied to biomedical engineering problems, multiphysics problems (MEMS, nanoelectronics), electromagnetic sensors, inverse problems and imaging, computational engineering and scientific computing, computational topology and computer aided design (CAD), nuclear fusion and lab-on-a-chip biosensors.

He has authored 125 scientific papers published in international journals with impact factor and 10 patents.

Giovanni Totis obtained the Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Udine in 2004. PhD in 2008. Since 2012 Researcher and Aggregate Professor at the University of Udine, where he teaches Manufacturing Technology.

He developed international collaborations with Fraunhofer Institute and WZL of RWTH University of Aachen and with Budapest University of Technology and economics, where he was Visiting Researcher during spring 2017.

He participated to many EU collaborative/competitive research projects, as well as to several research projects financed by Friuli Venezia Giulia in collaboration with industries.

His main fields of interest are: modelling the dynamics of machining operations, solving vibrational problems affecting cutting tools and machining operations, design of innovative sensors and development of multisensory systems for process monitoring, adaptive control of CNC machine tools and manufacturing processes, experimental modal analysis and innovative identification techniques applied to electro-mechanical devices and systems, intelligent machine tools and manufacturing systems, CAD/CAM/CNC programming and process optimization, machinability of metallic materials and development of innovative cutting tools, experimental research and numerical modelling of Selective Laser Melting technique, statistical techniques for process control and for cost estimation.

He is an active researcher with h-index=17 and 48 publications on international journals indexed on SCOPUS and ISI WEB database.

From 2017 Giovanni Totis is a member of the Reviewing Committee of the International Journal of Machine Tools & Manufacture (now with the role of Assistant Editor) and of the Reviewing Committee of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (now with the role of Handling Editor).

He is co-responsible for the Laboratory of Advanced Mechatronics – LAMA FVG – at the University of Udine, equipped with a last generation industrial Selective Laser Melting machine and a 5-axes CNC milling machine.

Since 2017 Giovanni Totis has been a member of the Academic Board of the Doctoral Course in Industrial and Information Engineering at his own department.

Andrea M. Tonello (SeniorMember, IEEE) received the D.Eng. degree (Hons.) in electronics and the D.Res. degree in electronics and telecommunications from the University of Padova, Padua, Italy, in 1996 and 2002, respectively.

From 1997 to 2002, he was with Bell Labs-Lucent Technologies, Whippany, NJ, USA, as a member of the Technical Staff. Then, he was promoted to Technical Manager and appointed to Managing Director of the Bell Labs Italy Division. In 2003, he joined the University of Udine, Udine, Italy, where he became an Aggregate Professor in 2005 and an Associate Professor in 2014. Mr. Tonello is currently the Chair of the Embedded Communication Systems Group, University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria. He is also the Founder of the spinoff company,WiTiKee. Hewas the recipient of several awards, including the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. in 2010, the IEEE VTS and COMSOC Distinguished Lecturer Awards in 2011, 2015, and 2018, the IEEE COMOSC TC-PLC Interdisciplinary and Application Research Award in 2019, the Chair of Excellence form UC3M during 2019–2020), and nine best paper awards. He served/s as an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VEHICULAR TECHNNOLOGY, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS, IEEE Access, and IET Smart Grid. He has been appointed as the Director of Industry Outreach in the IEEE COMSOC BoG during 2019–2020 and he has been elected as the Chair of the IEEE COMSOC TC on Smart Grid Communications for the term 2019–2020.

Francesco Trevisan was born in Treviso, Italy, in 1964.

He graduated with honours in “Ingegneria Elettrotecnica” (Power Electrical Engineering) in 1988 at the University of Padova (Italy). Since 1991, he has been researcher at the Istituto Gas Ionizzati of the National Research Council in Padova working, with the “Magnet System” group, at the electromagnetic design of the experimental machine RFX (Reverse Field eXperiment) for research on magnetically confined nuclear fusion.

In 1995 he joined, as researcher, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Udine (Italy); here, he is now full professor teaching “Electrical Sciences” at the “Dipartimento Politecnico di Ingegneria e Architettura” (DPIA), where he is the Research delegate.

According to scopus database, his h-index is 18 and the number of citations is 997. The overall number of scientific papers is 165; he has two patents.

Initially, his research interests have been focused in the area of analysis, synthesis and optimisation of magnetic field configurations with integral methods, in magnetically confined plasmas for fusion research machines like the RFX experiment in Padova, the Madison Symmetric Torus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA), Joint European Torus (JET) at Abingdon (UK), TPE-RX experiment at the Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL) at Tsukuba (Japan) and ZTH experiment, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico (USA). Precisely, his research activity, articulates as follows: 1) Development of numerical methods for the synthesis of a prescribed magnetic configuration by means of poloidal or toroidal field coils. 2) Development of dynamic identification methods based on lumped parameters (R, L, M), computed according to an integral formulation, for the identification of the plasma magnetic contour in the presence of eddy currents in surrounding conducting structures. 3) Experimental analysis of magnetic configurations. 4) Development of integral numerical methods for the optimisation of the magnetic configurations produced by poloidal or toroidal field coils. 5) Integral electromagnetic models of superconducting cables for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) experiment.

Presently, he works on the theoretical aspects and on the numerical differential formulations for the computation of electric and magnetic fields by means of “Discrete Geometric Approaches”. The applications deal with Computer Aided Design, Electromagnetic non Destructive Evaluations, Anechoic Chamber Modelling, and Biomedical Applications. He is collaborating with national and international research groups and with international laboratories, working on applied computational electromagnetism.

Students Representatives

Giacomo Andrioli (XXXVII cycle)

Alessandro Zironi (XXXVIII cycle)