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  • The next sessions for the oral examinations of FDE will be held on January 11th, January  29th and Febbruary 26th 2021 at 11:00 AM on MS Teams, send me an email at mauro.franceschelli(at)unica.it for further information.

  • Tomorrow,  July 10th at 11:00 am the second session of the  oral examinations of the course FDE will be held on Microsoft teams. The candidates and who wishes to assist, should join the team “Fault Diagnosis and Estimation in Dynamical Systems” on Microsoft Teams

    The oral examination will be held in the subchannel:

      “Oral examination room (FDE)”

    If you did not receive the info to join the channel please send me an email at mauro.franceschelli(at)unica.it

  • On 19th June at 11:00 am the first oral examination of the course FDE will be held on Microsoft teams. The candidates and who wishes to assist, should join the team “Fault Diagnosis and Estimation in Dynamical Systems” on Microsoft Teams

    The oral examination will be held in the subchannel:

      “Oral examination room (FDE)”

    If you did not receive the info to join the channel please send me an email at mauro.franceschelli(at)unica.it

  • The last lecture of FDE will be held on wednesday June 3rd.

  • The lecture of FDE to be held  next thursday 28th May is canceled

  • The lecture of FDE to be held  next thursday 21st May is canceled

  • The oral examinations for the course FDE have been set at the next dates/time
19-06-2020   Friday,  11:00 a.m.
10-07-2020  Friday,  11:00 a.m.
31-07-2020  Friday,  11:00 a.m.
18-09-2020  Friday,  11:00 a.m.
The oral examinations will be carried out online by either skype or Microsoft Teams. According to the number of students for each sessions a schedule will be published with time allocated to each student.

  • The Easter brake will start on April 9th and end on April 14th. Therefore, the lectures of FDE of April 9th and 13th are cancelled.

  • Due to the Covid-19 crisis the lectures will be held online. Information to login in the lectures has been provided to the students by the administration. The new timetable is: Moonday 11:20-13:00,  Wednesday 11:20-13:00, Thursday 10:30-11:20. Lectures restart on Moonday 23rd March. If you did not receive login information and are enrolled in the master degrre on Computer Engineering, CyberSecuirity and Artificial Intelligence please contact me at mauro.franceschelli@unica.it.  Since lectures will be held online please install in your PC the MAtlab software https://www.unica.it/unica/it/studenti_s08_ss09.page.

  • The lectures of FDE of the 6th, 9th and 13th March are canceled due to the nation wide suspesion of teaching activities until March 15th.

  • FDE course starts on Moonday 2nd March, 11:00- 13:00 am  in Lab LIDIA Multifunzionale.

Available thesis topics for 2019/2020:

  • 1- Cyber-physical attacks on the smart grid via compromised virtual power plant: control theoretic point of view
  •  2- Deep learning for data-driven identification of nonlinear dynamical systems (in collaborazione con B.Biggio)
  • 3- LSTM networks for control and observation of dynamical systems in industrial plants (in collaborazione con B.Biggio)
  • 3- Distributed control of multi-robot systems
  • 4- Distributed control and optimization algorithms for demand-side management programs
  • 5- Formal methods for the control of virtual power plants
  • 6- Dynamic consensus algorithms for multi-agent systems

Research scholarships are available for motivated students.

Contact: M. Franceschelli, mauro.franceschelli@unica.it

  • The lectures of FDE for the a.a. 2018/2019 will end next Tuesday 21st May. On Tuesday 21st May it is scheduled the last (sixth) course assignment.

  • The lecture of FDE on Tuesday 14th May is canceled. 

  • Schedule of exam dates for FDE:

18/06/2019, start: 11:00 a.m., room: TBA (Lecturer office is in DIEE, PAD. M, third floor)

08/07/2019, start: 11:00 a.m., room: TBA (Lecturer office is in DIEE, PAD. M, third floor)

29/07/2019, start: 11:00 a.m., room: TBA (Lecturer office is in DIEE, PAD. M, third floor)

05/09/2019, start: 11:00 a.m., room: TBA (Lecturer office is in DIEE, PAD. M, third floor)

26/09/2019, start: 11:00 a.m., room: TBA (Lecturer office is in DIEE, PAD. M, third floor)

  • During the lecture of FDE of tuesday May 7th it is scheduled the fifth course assignment.

  • During the lecture of FDE of tuesday April 30th it is scheduled the fourth course assignment.

  • Thursday April 4th I will receive students in my office (third floow of pad. M, DIEE) from 15:00 to 16:00 for a tutorial on Matlab fundamentals. This tutorial is only for students with no knowledge of Matlab. Depending on the number of students we will move to the lab of Automatic control (second floor, same building).

  • The lectures of FDE on April 15th and 16th are canceled to allow the students of Computer Engineering to take pre-exams.  The lectures of FDE on April 22th and 23th are canceled due to easter vacation.

  • During the lecture of FDE of tuesday April 2nd it is scheduled the third course assignment.

  • During the lecture of FDE of tuesday March 26th it is scheduled the second course assignment .

  • Starting from  March 12th, the Tuesday’s  lectures of FDE  will be held from 15:00 to 18:00 pm in room Lida- MF.

  • On Febbruary the 26th the new course on Fault Diagnosis and Estimation in Dynamical Systems of the newly activated degree on  Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence  starts at 8:00 a.m. in lab. LIDIA multifunzionale.

  • On wednesday 16th May there will be class of CNS from 18:00 to 20:00 PM in room Lidia-MF.

  • On friday 4th May the Lecture from 08:00 to 10:00 AM in room R will be moved and held in room AB due to renovations being carried out in room R.

  • On Wednesday 25th April the lecture of CNS is suspended due to national holyday

  • On  friday 20th April  2018 the lecture of CNS is suspended due to graduation ceremonies at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.

  • The lectures of CNS are suspended due to the Easter break on friday 30th March and moonday 2nd April.

  • 20/03/2018: Today on the news (Platinum, Sole24ore, March 2018):


  • The schedule for the course “Control of Network Systems” has changed. Starting Friday 09/03/2018 the lecture will be held according to the next time/schedule:

Moonday*   11:00 -13:00 AM  Room  Lidia-MF

Wednesday 08:00-10:00 AM Room Lidia-MF

Friday 08:00-10:00 AM Room R

*The lectures on moonday will be held only on even weeks, i.e., the second, the forth, and so on with respect to the first week of lectures.

First lecture  of  CNS a.y. 2017/2018: Wednesday  February 28th

  • 23/02/2018: The lectures of the course “Control of Network Systems” start on Wednesday  26th Febbruary at 18:00 PM, room Lidia-MF

  • 04/05/2017: The lectures of the course “Control of Network Systems” held every Friday from 15:00 to 17:00 in room I are moved to every Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 am.
    The lectures of friday 5th, 12th and 26th May will be held in room BA, the lecture of friday 19th May in room G.

  • 02/05/2017:  Visiting prof. Paolo Frasca, CNRS, Grenoble, France, will hold A seminar, open to all those interested, in Aula Mocci, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, pad. A, Thursday 4th May, 18:00 pm (1h) 
  • Title: The Observability Radius of Network Systems
  • Abstract: We introduce the observability radius of network systems, which measures the robustness of a network to perturbations of the edges. We consider linear networks, where the dynamics are described by a weighted adjacency matrix, and dedicated sensors are positioned at a subset of nodes. We allow for perturbations of certain edge weights, with the objective of preventing observability of some modes of the network dynamics. Our work considers perturbations with a desired sparsity structure, thus extending the classical literature on the controllability and observability radius of linear systems. We propose an optimization framework to determine a perturbation with smallest Frobenius norm that renders a desired mode unobservable from the existing sensor nodes. Additionally, we study the expected observability radius of random networks with given structure. In this context, we provide fundamental robustness bounds dependent on the connectivity properties of the network and we analytically characterize optimal perturbations of line and star networks, showing that line networks are inherently more robust than star networks. To conclude (if time permits), we illustrate the use of our results to study a novel class of topology attacks against power networks. Joint work with G. Bianchin, A. Gasparri, F. Pasqualetti.

  • 26/04/2017: Visiting prof. Paolo Frasca, CNRS, Grenoble, France, will hold a lecture of the course “Control of Network Systems” on Wednesday 03/05/2017, 11:00-13:00, Room LIDIA-MF.
    Title: Randomized averaging Agorithms
  • Content:
    – Three motivating examples: Uniform Symmetric Gossip, Symmetric Gossip, Broadcast Gossip;
    – Recalls about averaging algorithms in fixed and deterministically switching networks;
    – A (rather general) convergence Theorem;
    – Estimates of the convergence rate: role of the connectivity;
    – About the convergence value: importance of average preservation, even though in expectation only;
    – Some comments on related current research questions.
  • Biography: Paolo Frasca received the Ph.D. degree in Mathematics for Engineering Sciences from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2009. Between 2008 and 2013, he has held research and visiting positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA), at the IAC-CNR (Rome, Italy), at the University of Salerno (Italy), and at the Politecnico di Torino. From 2013 to 2016, he has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. In 2016, he has been a visiting professor at the LAAS, Toulouse, France. Since October 2016, he is a CNRS researcher at GIPSA-lab, Grenoble, France.
    His research interests are in the theory of network systems and cyber-physical systems, with applications to robotic, sensor, infrastructural, and social networks. On these topics, Dr. Frasca has (co)authored more than fifty journal and conference papers and has given invited talks at several international institutions and events, including the 2015 SICE International Symposium on Control Systems in Tokyo. He is a recipient of the 2013 SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize.
    Dr. Frasca has served in the Editorial Boards of several conferences (IEEE CDC, ACC, ECC, MTNS, IFAC NecSys) and is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, the Asian Journal of Control, and the IEEE Control Systems Letters.

  • 10/04/2017:  A new position as tempory collaborator (co.oc., 2 months, 2k) will soon be available.   The person will be asked to write, test, and debug Matlab scripts for project CoNetDomeSys. Contact me via email at mauro.franceschelli (at) diee.unica.it for further informations about how to apply to this position. Pre-requisites: Laurea triennale in Ingeneria Elettrica/Elettronica/Informatica, familiarity with Matlab programming. Attendance of “Control of Network Systems” or “Controllo di Sistemi Multi-Agente” is a plus.

  • 31/03/2017: The new personal website with additional information about projects and activities is online at this link.

  • 22/03/2017: The assignments for this course are available at this link.

  • 17/03/2017: A seminar by  prof. Kai Cai, Osaka City University, Japan, will be held  March the 20th at 11:00 am, room I. The students of  “control of network systems” are invited to attend the seminar.
    Title:  Top-Down Multi-Agent Formation Control: Eigenstructure Assignment Approach
    In cooperative control of multi-agent systems, formation control has received considerable attention owing to its wide applications such as satellite formation flying, terrain exploration, search and rescue. This talk introduces a top-down approach to synthesizing formation control strategies for heterogeneous multi-agent systems. In particular, we employ the eigenstructure assignment method (first developed in 1976) to synthesize state-feedback control such that the closed-loop system possesses special eigenvalues and

    eigenvectors characterizing a certain formation on the plane. We show that for first-order heterogeneous (stable or unstable) agents, there always exists a state-feedback control that achieves desired formations. Moreover, special inter-agent topologies (star, cyclic, line) may be generated by choosing appropriate eigenstructures. This approach is top-down, in that one first computes a feedback gain matrix globally, and then implements the resulting control locally (at individual agents). To accelerate the global (i.e. centralized)
    computation, we propose an efficient hierarchical synthesis strategy. Finally, we demonstrate that our method may be extended to solve other cooperative control problems including rigid formations (those with fixed sizes) and circular motions.

    Kai Cai received the B. Eng. degree in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2006, the M.A.Sc. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree in systems science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 2011. He is currently an Associate Professor at Osaka City University. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo (2013–2014), and a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto (2011–2013). Dr. Cai’s research interests include distributed control of multi-agent systems, distributed control of discrete-event systems, and control architecture of complex networked systems. He is the co-author (with W.M. Wonham) of pervisor Localization (Springer-Verlag: 2016). He received the Best Paper Award of SICE in 2013 and in 2010, the Best Student Paper Award of the IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control, and the Young Author’s Award of SICE.

  • 20/02/2017 : The course “Control of Network Systems” starts on March 1st   at 11:00 am, classroom Lidia-MF.
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