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Full Professor of "Teoria dei Sistemi"

University of Rome "La Sapienza"Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e Gestionale «Antonio Ruberti» Via Ariosto 25 - 00184 Rome Italytel. +39 06 77274054, fax. +39 06 77274033


Scopus ID 57191351448

Orcid ID 0000-0002-2723-5737


- Full Professor of "Teoria dei Sistemi" University of Rome "La Sapienza" (1986) and Fellow of the Institute Electrical and Electronics Engineers(2003);

- Coordinator (from 1994) of distance learning formation in the Information Technology area at Universitìy of Roma La Sapienza;

- Coordinator (from 2000) of ELISA: “European Laboratory for formation in Information Sciences and Applications”, from a national project: “Progetto di Internazionalizzazione. Un percorso di formazione comune tra Italia e Francia: dalla laurea al dottorato” started in 2000 under the finantial support of the Italian Ministerium - MIUR – http://diag.uniroma1.it/progint ;

- he teaches Teoria dei sistemi (9 ECTS) for the BS Degree of “Ingegneria Informatica e Automatica” and Nonlinear Systems and Control (12 ECTS) for the MS Degree in Control Engineering.


SM has been one of the founding members, in 1990, of the European Union Control Association and has been a member of the Executive Commettee till 1997 ;

- member of the Scientific Commettee of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) from 1990 to 1995 ; he served as member of the Technologic Commette and the Evaluation Commettee of ASI from 1996 to 1999 and 1999 to 2001, respectively ;

- from 2001 to 2005 served as President of the Scientific Commette of the Università Italo-Francese (UIF/UFI);

- from 2015 to 2019 he served as member of the Executive and Strategic Commettees of UIF/UFI.

SM served in several institutional universitary roles;

- member elected of the Executive Council of the Aquila University from 1989 to 1989 ;

- member of the Executive Council of Nettuno (Network Università Ovunque) from 1996 to 2005 and coordinator from 1994 of distance learning at the Faculty of Engineering ;

- Chairman of the Council for the degrees, I and II level, in Automatica at La Sapienza from 2000 to 2013 he promoted the constitution of the Laurea in Ingegneria Automatica e dei sistemi di automazione and the Laurea Specialistica in Ingegneria dei Sistemi;

- Coordinator from 2012 to 2108 of the Phd in Automatica Bioingegneria and Ricerca Operativa and the PhD School of Information Technologies at La Sapienza ;

- he promoted and coordinates from 2000 to 2014 in five editions the Post Master-of-science formation in Engineering for the Emergency in cooperation with gouvernamental institutions;

- Coordinator from 2015 to - 2017 of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowshipsin in the Program/Call: H2020-MSCA-IF-2014; Proposal No: 655726 – SAT STABILIS - MSCA-IF-EF-CAR.

RESEARCH activity, coordination and technology transfer

The research activity is documented by nearly 200 publications, 75 on journals and the remaining on Books or Conference Proceedings under peer reviewing processes.

Recipient of the: 1983 - George S Axelby Best Paper Award – for the pubblication in 1981-82 on the IEEE Transactions on Automatic control. With the referenced Journal paper A.5.

Fundamental and applied research has been developed in

- in the field of Systems and Control Theory from 1975, with contributions in several classical problems: linear time varying realization, state affine realization, modeling, nonlinear realization, nonlinear control in continuous and discrete time contexts, digital control ;

- in applied spacecraft control, from 1982, mainly on the application of nonlinear control to space systems taking care of both the methodological and experimental aspects.

He coordinated several research groups and participated at different levels to the organization of international conferences from 1984 :

- coordinator of national projects in System and Control Theory supported by the italian Ministerium of University and Scientific and Tecnological Research – MURST, in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 2000;

- coordinator of national projects on “Spacecraft Control ” supported by the Italian Space Agency – ASI for the development of fundamental research in space, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2000 ;

- co-responsible of European Networks on Digital Control and Hybrid Systems in 1991 and 1998 respectively ;

- responsible of a bi-national ‘Galileo Project’on Complex Systems, supported by the ‘Università Italo-Francese’, in 2006 ;

- “director and co-director” of nearly 40 PhD Theses in the area of Information Technologies, several of them in a Double Degree Context;

- promotor and coordinator of the ELISA Network, a binational program which enabled the achievement of the double degree to nearly 60 students;

- Coordinator from 2015 to - 2017 of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowshipsin in the Program/Call: H2020-MSCA-IF-2014; Proposal No: 655726 – SAT STABILIS - MSCA-IF-EF-CAR.

The interest in technology transfer of systems and control methodologies to applicative sectors as industrial automation and space technologies inspired, from the eighties, several initiatives :

- the constitution of SIMUTEL, a consortium between the university of l'Aquila and private societies in the field of Automation, where he served as President from 1988 to 1994 ;

- the participation to the settlement of the « Technological Park » of the University of L’Aquila, as member, from 1993 to 1994, of the the Executive Council of CERSFA a consortium in the field of Integrated Manifacturing ;

- the settlement a Laboratory of System and Control at The Department of Informatica e Sistemistica – www.sistemi.ing.uniroma1.it – and the development of Projects with industries operating in space technologies which brought to the realization of SACS – Satellite Attitude Control Simulator – an experimental platform for attitude control patented by the Italian Space Agency ;

- the Membership of the International Mars Exploration Working Group from 1993 to 1996.


Major non universitary positions occuped by SM in the framework of technological transfert are :

- Chairman and Member of the Executive Councils of the overmentioned consortia – SIMUTEL from 1988 to 1994, CERSFA from 1993 to 1994, respectively;

- Scientific advisor, in 1995, to the Director of the Joint Research Center – JRC -, the international research center of the European Union ;

- Member of the Commission for the evaluation of national projects for the italian participation to the International Space Station in 1999 and 2000 ;

- Chairman of the Commission for the Certification of the italian "Standard Space Platform" for small space missions - MITA « Minisatellite Italiano a Tecnologia Avanzata », from 1999 to 2000 ;

- Member, from 1991 to 1996, of CEIComitato Elettrotecnico Italiano – a National Committee for the settlement of the terminology in the electrical domain, he served as member of the international WG in the area of Automatic Control and Manifacturing.