Faculty members


Gianantonio Magnani - full professor (contact)

GianAntonio Magnani received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 1978. From 1978 to mid 1984 he was with the Automatica Research Center of the Italian Electricity Board (ENEL), where he participated in research on modeling, simulation and control of electric power plants. From 1986 to 1992 he was with Fiar Spa, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Division and with Tecnospazio, a Fiar and Comau (Fiat Group) joint company, where he was in charge of research and development units and led several projects for industrial and space robotics applications. He is currently with Politecnico di Milano as a Professor of Control System Technologies and Engineering. He also teaches Industrial Robotics, and is in charge of research projects awarded by industrial companies and research agencies. Since January 2009 he has been the Chair of the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano. His current research interests concern robot position and force control, servomechanisms and mechatronics. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. Since November 2015, he is President of the Fondazione Politecnico di Milano.

Paolo Rocco - full professor (contact)

Paolo Rocco received his PhD in Computer Science and Automation in 1995 from Politecnico di Milano. In 1995 he was a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA. Since 1996 he has been at DEI, where he is currently Full Professor in Systems and Control. He has been co-chair of a Master Programme in Design of Mechatronic Systems. He is the author of about 100 papers in international journals, book chapters and both international and national conferences. Paolo Rocco has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics from 2004 to 2008. He is also a member of the Conference Editorial Board of the Robotics amd Automation Society of the IEEE. At present he is the person in charge for Politecnico di Milano in the European Project ROSETTA (ICT - 230902), a four year-long project on industrial robotics. His research interests include industrial robotics, control of servomechanisms, visual servoing and mechatronics in general. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Gianni Ferretti - full professor (contact)

Gianni Ferretti was born in Cremona (Italy) in 1962. He received the ‘Laurea’ degree in Electronics Engineering in 1987 from Politecnico di Milano. From 1990 to 1998 he was Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics and Computer Science of Politecnico di Milano and in 1994 he was a visiting researcher at the Laboratoire d’Automatique de Grenoble. From 1998 to 2005 he was Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano where he is currently Full Professor in Systems and Control. He is Vice Rector for the Cremona campus of Politecnico di Milano and teaches Fundamentals of Automatic Control, Digital Control and Simulation Techniques and Tools. His principal research interests are: control of servomechanisms, modelling and simulation of mechatronic systems, force/position control of robots, modelling and simulation of automotive systems, modelling and control of biogas power plants. He is coauthor of more than 100 papers, most of which published in international journals or presented in international conferences, and was involved in many research projects with industries and institutions.

Luca Bascetta - associate professor (contact)

Luca Bascetta was born in Milano (Italy) in 1974. He received the Laurea degree cum laude in Computer Science Engineering and the Doctorate degree in Information Technology from Politecnico di Milano in 1999 and 2004, respectively. Since January 2015 he has been an Associate Professor at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of Politecnico di Milano. Prof. Bascetta currently teaches Fundamentals of Automatic Control to Aerospace Engineering students, and Automatic Control to Mechanical Engineering students. His research interests include industrial and mobile robotics, visual serving and all the problems related to motion control systems. Prof. Bascetta has been a member of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society since 2007.

Andrea Zanchettin - fixed-term assistant professor (contact)

Andrea Zanchettin was born in Cremona (Italy) in 1983. He received the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in September 2005 and April 2008, respectively. From June to Dicember 2008, he was beneficiary of a research grant in the context of the research field "Control of mechanical systems with low resolution sensors". In January 2009, he joined the PhD program in Information Technology at Politecnico di Milano. During Spring 2010, he spent a research stay at the Department of Automatic Control (Reglerteknik) at Lund University, LTH. He obtained the PhD in Information Technology in 2012. From January 2012 until February 2014 he has been a temporary research assistant at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB). Since March 2014 he has been a fixed-term assistant professor at DEIB. His research interests are about mechatronic systems (robotics mainly) and automatic control.
 

Graduate students


Roberto Rossi was born in Magenta (Italy) in 1988. He received the Bachelor of Science "cum laude" in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in September 2010, and in April 2013 he obtained his Master of Science "cum laude" in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano defending a thesis about implicit force control for industrial robots. He was selected to join the Alta Scuola Politecnica and he developed a project about soft robotics in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. In December 2012 he received the Alta Scuola Politecnica Diploma together with the Master of Science degree in Mechatronics from Politecnico di Torino. In November 2013 he joined the PhD program in Information Technology at Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently a PhD student. His research interests include automatic control and indutrial robotics, and in particular aerial manipulation and force control.

Bruno Scaglioni - PhD student

Bruno Scaglioni was born in Piacenza (Italy) in 1986. He recieved the Master of science in Computer Science Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2011. Since February 2012 he is assistant researcher at Laboratorio MUSP in Piacenza where he works on dynamic analysis, modeling and control of machine tools through object-oriented modeling. Starting from November 2013 he is a PhD student in information technology at Politecnico di Milano. His research topic is focused on active vibration damping and control of flexible manipulators.

Matteo Parigi Polverini - PhD student

Matteo Parigi Polverini received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree, both in Automation Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, in July 2011 and October 2013 respectively, defending his M.Sc. thesis in real time self-collision avoidance in dual arm humanoid robots. From January to October 2014, he was research assistant at Politecnico di Milano, focusing his research activity on the optimisation and control of industrial automated systems. In November 2014, he joined the PhD program in Information Technology at Politecnico di Milano, with a specific interest on industrial robotics topics, including collision detection and avoidance and safe human-robot interaction.

Başak Sakçak - PhD student

Başak Sakçak was born in Ankara (Turkey) in 1988. She received the B.Sc. degree in Mechatronics Engineering at Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey) in June 2010. Following that, by defending a thesis on collision detection and avoidance for dual arm robotic manipulators in April 2013, she received the M.Sc. degree in Automation Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. Starting from November 2014 she is a PhD student in Information Technology at the same university. Her research interests include robotics, with a particular attention to visual servoing and motion planning.

Marco Baur - PhD student

Marco Baur was born in 1990 in Voghera, Italy. He received the BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and the MSc degree (cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. Since November 2015, he has been a PhD student in Information Technology at Politecnico di Milano, DEIB. His research is focused on control strategies for autonomous off-road vehicles.

Davide Nicolis - PhD student

Davide Nicolis was born in 1990 in Busto Arsizio, Italy. He received his B.Sc and M.Sc (cum laude) in Automation Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in September 2012 and April 2015 respectively. He defended his thesis on constraint-based sensorless force control applied to an industrial dual-arm robot, for which he was awarded the UCIMU prize at the EMO Milano 2015 fair. From June 2015 to October 2015 he joined Fedegari Autoclavi as a Robotics Engineer to participate in the development of a sterile robotized cell for the pharma industry. Since November 2015 he has been part of the MERLIN group at DEIB, Politecnico di Milano, as a PhD student in Information Technology, focusing his research on automatic control, industrial robotics, and in particular teleoperation and telepresence.

Andrea Casalino - PhD student

Andrea Casalino was born in 1991 in Casale Monferrato, Italy. He received the BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) in September 2013 and the MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) in December 2015 both from Politecnico di Milano. His thesis was about the development of an optimal trajectory planner on a given path for industrial manipulators. From February to October 2016 he was beneficiary of a research grant in the context of the research field "Path panning and interaction control for robotic manipulators". Starting from November 2016 he is a PhD student in Information Technology at Politecnico di Milano. His research interests include robotics, with particular attention in the field of Human Robot Interaction.