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Research Staff Member Optimization Control and Decision Science
Ireland Research Lab, Dublin, Ireland


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  IEEE Circuits and System Society  |  IEEE Control Systems Society


I joined IBM's Dublin Research Lab in November 2015, where I currently am a Research Staff Member in Optimization, Control and Decision Sciences.

I came to Dublin from Honolulu, Hawai'i, where I worked as the Lead System Engineer and System Integrator on the Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HRTP). I am proud of having successfully completed the system integration of this project, which is the first mass transit fully automatic driverless rail in the United States. Before landing in Hawai'i, I got my Ph.D. at the University of Naples Federico II: during my Ph.D. I developed a new approach, based on contraction theory, to analyze, control and synchronize nonlinear systems and networks.

I came to IBM to follow my vision: improve the way Citizens live their cities. I believe that the current fundamental infrastructures guaranteeing services to Citizens can be improved by making them smarter. In order to achieve this, I am focused on the development of novel control and optimization algorithms that will make future cities able to understand their Citizens' needs and to properly adapt aroud them in real time. With respect to this, some areas of interest are:

1. decentralized control of road traffic;

2. design of decentralized algorithms for railway systems;

3. control of shared infrastructures;

4. privacy preserving consensus and optimization algorithms;

5. decentralized control of IoT devices.

One of the key aspects of my research is that it is interdisciplinary and this has characterized all the phases of my career. My research now leverages the latest IoT technologies and rely on solid theoretical foundations based on the use of advaced tools from stability theory, decentralized control, systems engineering and computer science.

I am currently member of the Board of Editors for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I (TCAS-1). TCAS-I is the flagship journal of the Circuits and Systems Society and I will be the Associate Editor for the topics related to Control Theory, Networks and Networked Systems.