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FACULTY MEMBERS

The Advisory Board of the PhD Programme consists of the professors listed in this page. Valerio Cozzani is the Coordinator.

Valerio Cozzani

Valerio Cozzani

Risk analysis, Safety assessment, Sustainable design and technology innovation in chemical processes, Environmental sustainability

Valerio Cozzani is Professor and Director of academic programs in Chemical Engineering at University of Bologna. He received a MSc in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Pisa, in Italy. He was research fellow at the Major Accident Hazards Bureau, ISIS, EC Joint Research Centre, and Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering of Pisa University.

At University of Bologna he leads the laboratory of industrial safety and environmental sustainability, affiliated to the IChemE Safety Centre and coordinates several courses for professionals in the fields of industrial safety and design of Oil&Gas facilities.

He has about 20 years of research experience in the fields of risk analysis and safety assessment, sustainable design and technology innovation in chemical processes. He coauthored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications.

Prof. Cozzani is Associate Editor of Safety Science, member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Hazardous Materials and of the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, chair of the ESRA Technical Committee on Chemical and Process Industry, member of the executive board of the European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety and Italian Delegate in the EFCE Working Party on Loss Prevention in the Process Industry.

Nicola Buratti

Nicola Buratti

Earthquake Engineering, Seismic Risk, Fiber Reinforced Concretes, Long-term behavior of materials

Nicola Buratti is Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Bologna since 2013. He received a MSc in Civil Engineering in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics in 2009 from the University of Bologna.

Dr. Buratti research interests include seismic reliability problems, seismic fragility and risk assessment for different types of structures, non-linear seismic analysis and ground motion selection. He also has a wide experience on normal and high-strength fiber reinforced concretes with specific focus on their durability and long-term behavior. He is RILEM member and participates in Technical Committees on fiber reinforced concrete.

Dr. Buratti is member of the Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research - Building and Construction of the University of Bologna. He is involved in several research projects including MATERSOS – Sustainable Materials for Existing and New Buildings (POR-FESR), TIRISICO – Innovative Technologies for the Reduction of Seismic Risk of Construction (POR-FESR), INFRASAFE – Intelligent monitoring of safe infrastructures (POR-FESR).

Valentina Ciriello

Valentina Ciriello

Environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, Sustainability, Stochastic analysis.

Valentina Ciriello is Assistant Professor of Hydraulics at the University of Bologna since 2013. Her research interests include hydrology, fluid mechanics, water-energy-agriculture nexus and urban hydraulics. She also has strong experience in risk and sensitivity analysis, meta-modelling and optimization. She joined Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in 2011, and University of California - San Diego in 2014, in the role of Visiting Researcher. She is Associate Editor of the international journal “Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment” edited by Springer. She has been/is involved in several research projects including TRUST - Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow (2011-2015, FP7), BRIGAID - Bridging the Gap for Innovations in Disaster Resilience (2016-2020, H2020) and ROCK - Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities (2017-2019, H2020). She is responsible for the University of Bologna of the EU project CLARA - Climate forecast enabled knowledge services (2017-2020, H2020). She collaborates with several foreign research institutes including Stanford, TU Delft, and the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2013, she received the special mention of the Italian Group of Hydraulics for PhD dissertation. Other affiliations: the Interdepartmental Centre for Industrial Research - Building and Construction, and the Center for International Cooperation and Development on Engineering, Environment and Emergency (CODE3).

Luca De Marchi

Luca De Marchi

Electronics, Signal processing, Ultrasonics, Embedded systems.

Luca De Marchi received the Dr.Eng. and Ph.D. Degrees in electronic engineering respectively in 2002 and 2006 from the University of Bologna. He prepared his Master Thesis in Digital Signal Processing and ASICs Design at the technical University of Berlin (TUB). At the end of 2002, he joined the Department of Electronics, Computer Sciences and systems (DEIS) at the University of Bologna, since 2003 he is also collaborating with the Advanced Research Center for Electronic Systems (ARCES). In 2010, he was visiting researcher at the Vibration and Wave Propagation Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA).

Vittorio Degli Esposti

Vittorio Degli Esposti

Electromagnetic Propagation, Scattering, Wireless Systems.

Vittorio Degli Esposti is Associate Professor at the DEI Department. Vittorio Degli-Esposti was appointed Vice-Chair of Conferences EuCAP2010 and EuCAP2011. His interests are in the fields of applied electromagnetics, radio propagation and wireless systems. He is Associate Editor of the scientific Journal “IEEE Access”. In 2015 and 2016 he’s been Director of Research of Polaris Wireless Inc., Mountain View, California, USA.

Marco Di Felice

Marco Di Felice

Computer Science, Mobile systems and applications, Wireless networking, Internet of Things.

Marco Di Felice is Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Bologna, Italy.  He received his Master and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science respectively in 2004 and 2008, both from the University of Bologna.  From August 2007 to December 2007 and April 2008 to August 2008 he was a visiting researcher at the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.  From September to December 2009, he was a visiting researcher at the Northeastern University, Boston, USA. He authored more than 80 international journal and conference papers on wireless and mobile systems. Since August 2014, he is Associate Editor of the Ad Hoc Network journal (Elsevier), and member of the technical committee of the Computer Communications journal (Elsevier). He joint the following national and European research projects: PRIN 2006, PRIN 2009 STEM-NET, ARTEMIS Internet-of-Energy, ARTEMIS Arrowhead. His research activity is focused on the design, analysis and performance evaluation of Wireless and Mobile protocols and applications, including cognitive radio-based systems, device-to-device communication systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT). On this latter, he is interested on aspects of network protocol design and network self-configuration, support to multi-hop and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, context-aware and mobile computing.

Stefano Gandolfi

Stefano Gandolfi

GNSS – Geomatics – Monitoring of strutcure and territory (geodynamics – landslides – subsidence)

Stefano Gandolfi received the Degree in Physics (with laude) in 1993 and the Ph.D. in Geodetic and Topographic Sciences from the University of Bologna in 1997. He is currently full professor of Geomatics at the University of Bologna and teacher of two courses particularly addressed to monitoring aspects of structures and territory both for MSc in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering programs.

He was member of Scientific Committee of SIFET (Italian Society of photogrammetry and Topography) from 2007 to 2018 and now is member of the Board of the same society. He was Chair of ASITA Scientific Committee (Italian Federation of the scientific associations of Environmental and Territorial Information) from 2011 to 2018 and now is member of the Board of the same Association.

He is associate editor of Applied Geomatics (Springer) since 2008 and referee for several journals that operate in the framework of geodesy and geomatics. He is member of the GTA (Thematic Group of the University of Bologna) space and referent for GNSS technology.

His scientific interests are concentrated on the definition and maintenance of reference frames and on the use of GNSS data for monitoring deformation processes of structures, territory and at global scale using different geomatics technologies but with a particular interest in GNSS. He was also involved 6 Antarctic Expeditions of the Italian National Program for Antarctic Research where he has developed research activities on Geodesy and GNSS mainly for geodynamics and glaciological purposes.

Is author and coauthor of more than 70 papers in international journals or Conference proceedings and others contributes in national conferences or journals for an overall amount of about 140 contributes.

Andrea Giorgetti

Andrea Giorgetti

Telecommunications, Wireless sensor networks, Statistical signal processing, Cyber-physical systems.

Andrea Giorgetti is Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering (DEI) of the University of Bologna. In Spring 2006, he was with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. Since then, he has been a Research Affiliate for LIDS, MIT. His research interests include ultrawide bandwidth communications systems, active and passive localization, wireless sensor networks, and cognitive radio. He has co-authored the book entitled Cognitive Radio Techniques: Spectrum Sensing, Interference Mitigation, and Localization (Artech House, 2012). He served the IEEE Communication Society as Technical Program Co-Chair for the following symposia: the Int. Symp. on Wireless Comm. Systems (ISWCS 2014), Barcelona, Spain, August 2014; the Cognitive Radio and Networks Symp. (Lead Co-Chair) at GLOBECOM 2013; the Cognitive Radio and Networks Symp. at ICC 2013; the MAC track at WCNC 2009; the Wireless Net. Symp. at ICC 2008. He was the scientific responsible of the University of Bologna research unit for the project PRIN 2009: “Robust and easy to deploy wireless sensor networks for landslides integrated monitoring,” (Oct. 2011 - Oct. 2013). He is the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society’s Radio Communications Technical Committee. He served as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2012-2016), and as an Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters (2012-2015).

Elena Gnani

Elena Gnani

Nanoelectronics, Low-Power devices, Energy-efficient architectures, Emerging technologies.

Elena Gnani received the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering “summa cum laude” and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2003 with a dissertation entitled “Physical models for MOS nanostructures”, both from the University of Bologna. In 2014 she became Associate Professor at the University of Bologna where she is involved in research activities concerning the physics, modeling, design and the characterization of advanced CMOS, beyond-CMOS transistors, quasi ballistic transport in nanoMOSFETs, and carrier injection in non-volatile memory cells. She was involved in several European Projects and has been the principal investigator in the research projects Futuro in Ricerca (FIRB 2010) “Novel device and circuit concepts for energy-efficient” funded by the Italian Ministry of University. Her research activities have been carried out in cooperation with worldwide semiconductor research centers and semiconductor industries, including EPFL di Losanna (Switzerland), Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany), CEA-LETI di Grenoble (France), IBM Zurigo, ETHZ Zurigo (Switzerland), Institute of Microelectronics (IME, Singapore), Infineon Technologies AG, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), IHP - Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (Germany), ST-Microelectronics (France) e Texas Instruments (USA). E. Gnani is author or co-author of more than 180 papers published in referred international journals and in proceedings of major international conferences, and of several invited contributions.

Alessandro Marzani

Alessandro Marzani

Structural mechanics, NDE and SHM, Smart structures, Ultrasonic guided wave, Metamaterials.

Alessandro Marzani is Associate Professor of Structural Mechanics and is currently the former Coordinator of the SEHM2 PhD program. He received a M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, USA and a M.Sc. (Laurea) in Civil Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2005 he obtained the Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy.

Dr. Marzani has a wide experience on non-destructive evaluation techniques of materials and structures, structural monitoring, linear and non-linear ultrasonic guided wave propagation, structural optimization and structural identification strategies. His recent research looks also at structured materials for wave propagation control (metamaterials). He has been the coordinator for the University of Bologna of the EU FP7 project “Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures – SARISTU” and PI of two research contracts on the estimation of unknown parameters in oil and gas supply networks in collaboration with ENI SpA.

Dr. Marzani is a LEVEL 3 for NDT testing based on guided waves (UNI EN 473 e ISO 9712), holds two patents on structural monitoring and management and actively cooperates with public authorities on standardization issues.

Stefano Mattoccia

Stefano Mattoccia

Computer vision, 3D vision, Machine learning, Embedded systems.

Stefano Mattoccia is Associate Professor of computer architecture, logic design and embedded systems at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Architecture, University of Bologna.. He received a M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Bologna, in 1997 and 2002 respectively. His research interests include: computer vision, 3D vision, machine-learning, embedded vision and applications of computer vision. He regularly serves as reviewer for major international conferences and journals.

Claudio Mazzotti

Claudio Mazzotti

Structural strengthening, composite materials, dynamic identification, durability and long term behavior of structures

Claudio Mazzotti is Associate Professor of Structural Engineering and is currently the Head of the Interdepartmental industrial research Center Building and Construction of the University of Bologna. In 2001 he received the Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Trento. He was Coordinator of the master degree programmes in Civil Engineering at the University of Bologna from 2015 to 2016. He is associate editor of ISRN Civil Engineering, Curved and Layered Structures and Journal of Engineering.

Since 2008 Dr. Mazzotti is a RILEM member and actively participates in a number of Technical Committees concerning fiber reinforced concrete and composite materials. He is member of the FIB task group 9.3 on FRP Reinforcement for concrete structures. He has a wide experience on structural strengthening of existing structures with composite materials, on the development of advanced materials and on dynamic identification of structures. He is actively involved in the analysis of the durability and long term behavior of structures and materials. He is the coordinator for the University of Bologna of the Emilia Romagna project Mater_sos on development and management of sustainable materials. He participates to the Emilia Romagna project Infrasafe Intelligent monitoring of safe infrastructures.

Matteo Minelli

Matteo Minelli

Chemical Engineering, Polymers, Membranes, Gas and vapor sorption and transport

Matteo Minelli is Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at University of Bologna. He received a MSc in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Bologna, in Italy.

He works in the Diffusion in Polymers and Membrane Separation research group at University of Bologna on the development and the characterization of innovative polymer systems and composites for advanced applications, from barrier materials for packaging to membranes for gas separation. He has more than 10 years of research experience in the field of gas and vapor solubility, diffusivity and transport in polymers, both from the experimental and the modeling point of view. He has several collaboration with relevant and well known universities and research institutes all around the world.

He coauthored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, and he is reviewer for several international journals of high impact in Chemical Engineering and Material Science.

Serena Morigi

Serena Morigi

numerical methods for inverse problems, numerical PDEs, optimization techniques, image/surface processing

Serena Morigi is Professor of numerical analysis at the Department of Mathematics, University of Bologna, Italy.

In 1996 she received a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the University of Padova, Italy. In 1997 she did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA.

Her research interests include numerical methods for inverse problems, numerical PDEs, optimization techniques, and image processing. She is also active in the area of geometric modelling, surface reconstruction, geometry processing and variational surface geometry.

She is  reviewer for several international journals and Associate Editor of Applied Mathematics and Computation and Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision.

She has coordinated/participated several national, international  and industrial research projects.

Marco Patella

Marco Patella

Data processing systems, Non-conventional databases, Big Data management, Multimedia database systems.

Marco Patella is associate professor of information processing systems at DISI (department of computer science and engineering). His scientific activity is mainly focused on the efficient resolution of queries in non-conventional database systems. In this context, he obtained significant results in the design and theoretical analysis of access methods, in the design of algorithms for query processing and management of image databases, in preference-based queries, and in the management of Big Data. He was responsible for research contracts funded by the Italian government and by private institutions, mostly focused on management of data in many application domains, including cultural heritage (2007-2009), genomics (2011-2013), Big Data analysis for cyber security (2015-2017), and data analytics for condition-based maintenance (2017-). He is co-author of more than 50 papers published in the most important international journals and conference proceedings in the database field.

Tullio Salmon Cinotti

Tullio Salmon Cinotti

Computer Science, Interoperability of embedded systems, Architecture for semantic events processing, Internet of Things.

Tullio SALMON CINOTTI is Associate Professor of computer architecture and logic design. He is currently Director of ARCES, the University of Bologna “Ercole De Castro” Research Center on electronic systems participating to this PhD Program. He has a long-standing research and design experience on embedded devices with current focus on Internet of Things, Web of Things and architectures for semantic event processing. He was supervisor/tutor of many PhD candidates paving their way to brilliant academic or corporate careers. He was responsible for research contracts funded by the EU (e.g. ARTEMIS JU, EIT Digital) and by private institutions, mostly focused on ambient intelligence and on interoperability platforms for ecosystems of heterogeneous interacting devices in many application domains, including archaeological sites and museums (2000-2008), buildings and indoor spaces (2009-11), remote assistance and tele-health (2010-13), electric mobility (2011-14), energy efficiency (2013-17). He is co-author of papers written with researchers from Intel Labs, Nokia Research, Siemens, STMicroelectronics, Telecom Italia, Centro Ricerche Fiat, Ethlab, VTT, Ethlab, VTT and other primary European labs.

Stefano Silvestri

Stefano Silvestri

Structural behaviour of buildings, Earthquake engineering, Bridges design.

Stefano Silvestri is Associate Professor of structural design at the University of Bologna. Currently, he holds the chairs of "Bridges design" and “Advanced design of structures - Module B (steel, composite and prestressed concrete structures)” in the Civil Engineering master course and “Elements of structural design” in the Environmental Engineering bachelor course. His research activity is basically focused on the static and seismic behavior of structures, with specific reference to the following topics: design of viscous and hysteretic dampers for the mitigation of the seismic action upon structures, torsional phenomena in plan asymmetric structures, seismic response of silos, structural behaviour of structures composed of lightly reinforced concrete walls, probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard analyses, identification of reference design earthquake inputs for non-linear dynamic analyses, shaking table tests on a 3-storey full-scale building, realized with a structural system composed of squat r.c. sandwich panels, assessment of the structural safety, seismic analyses and interpretation of the monitoring data of historical monumental buildings (e.g. Cathedral of Modena and 2 Towers of Bologna). He is co-author of more than 200 scientific papers, 20 of them on peer-reviewed international journals.

Marco Tartagni

Marco Tartagni

Electronics, Sensor systems theory, design and characterisation, Impedance spectroscopy, Remote sensing and autonomous sensors, Ultra low-noise sensor interface design.

Marco Tartagni received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences in 1993 both from the University of Bologna, Italy. During his Ph.D. program, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA in 1992 as a visiting student and in 1994 as a research fellow, working on various aspects of analog VLSI for image processing. Since March 1995 he has been with the Department of Electronics, Bologna University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. From 1996 to 2001 he was team leader in the joint STMicroelectronics and Bologna University lab working on intelligent sensors such as CMOS cameras ad biometric devices. In 1997, within that framework, he was the designer of the first silicon-only fingerprint capacitive sensor. In 1999 he was co-founder of Silicon Biosystems, and in 2001 he joined the Center of Excellence for Electronic Design ARCES, University of Bologna. He was co-recipient of the Van Vessem Outstanding Paper Award, received at the 2004 IEEE ISSCC conference, for presenting a biosensor platform based on dielectrophoresis. From 2005 to 2008 he was European coordinator of FP6 Receptronics in the Nanotechnology thematic area. In 2008 he has been coordinator of the Energy Autonomous Systems and member of the More-than-Moore roadmapping team within the European CATRENE initiatives. Since 2014 he is member of the scientific board and team leader of the joint STMicroelectronics and Bologna University lab for sensor design. He is author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications in the field of sensor theory, design and testing. He is also the holder of 18 US granted patents and 11 European and WIPO patents.