Antonella Ferrara

Prof. Antonella Ferrara, UNIPV Supervisor

antonella_ferraraAntonella Ferrara was born in Genova, Italy. As a student at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Genova, she got the “IEEE Student Award” in 1986. She received the Laurea Degree in Electronic Engineering 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 since 1992 until 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 in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE) of the University of Pavia.

Her research activities are mainly in the area of sliding mode control and nonlinear control, with application to traffic control, automotive control, process control, and robotics.

She was/is a coordinator and member of several research units in national and European research projects. In particular, she was local coordinator of a PRIN project “Control of Advanced Transmission, Suspension, Steering and Braking Systems for the Management of Vehicle Dynamics” (2006-2007), and of the European Project PROTECTOR (Preventive safety for un-protected road user) ended in 2003. She is local coordinator of the European Projects ITEAM (Interdisciplinary Training Network in Multi-Actuated Ground Vehicles) starting on January 1st, 2016.

She was scientific responsible of several research projects funded or co-funded by companies.

She has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific papers, including 100 international journal papers. 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 is Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. She currently is and has been 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 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 2012. At present, she is: Chair of the Women in Control Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society, elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society for 2016-2018, Member of the EUCA Council.

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