Riccardo M.G. Ferrari

Tenured Asst. Prof. in Fault Tolerant Control in the Delft Center for Systems and Control, at Delft University of Technology

r dot ferrari at tudelft dot nl

+31 (0)15 27 83519

Mekelweg 2

2628 CD, Delft

The Netherlands

I am a Marie Curie Alumnus and a Tenured Assistant Professor in Fault Tolerant Control in the Delft Center for Systems and Control, within the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime, and Materials Engineering (3mE) at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

I investigate how to make dynamical systems safe and resilient against faults, malicious cyber-attacks and degradation phenomena, fighting uncertainty while doing so. My research is applied to problems in wind energy, in the aerospace and in the automotive sectors, in particular for electric and for cooperative automous vehicles.

I took an unusual career path: after a PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Trieste, under the guidance of Prof. Thomas Parisini (Imperial College London and Univ. of Trieste) and of Prof. Marios Polycarpou (Univ. of Cyprus) , I spent 7 years in industrial R&D at Danieli Automation. There I specialized in instrumentation and automation solutions for process control in the steelmaking sector, at researcher and executive manager level. After that I joined DCSC as a Postdoc in the group of Prof. Robert Babuska, and later as an Asst. Prof. in the group of Prof. Jan-Willem van Wingerden.

I acknowledge funding from the EU via the H2020 program (Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions and Secure, clean and efficient energy work programme), from AB Volvo, from NWO (TKI-HTSM), from Vestas Wind Systems A/S, from The Research Council of Norway and from TU Delft (Cohesie program).


May 20, 2022 I am HIRING a PhD student on “Data Driven Fault Diagnosis for Electric Vehicles” for the SPARSITY project.
May 20, 2022
This year I am co-organizing the DISC Summer PhD School on “Security and Resiliency for Cyber-Physical Systems - foundations and recent advances”, which will be held in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, from June 27th to 30th. Registration is due by May 23rd, and can be done at this website, where also a complete program is available. Latest information can be also found on Linkedin and Twitter.
Apr 16, 2022 Presentation video about my upcoming course SC42130 “Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control” is online!
Apr 6, 2022 I am happy to announce I have been granted Tenure ! Thanks to my wonderful team for allowing me to reach some wonderful goals this year, and to @tudelft3mE Faculty for believing in my work!
Mar 31, 2022 The recording of my invited talk at the DUWIND Institute at TUD on Safety and Resiliency of Dynamical Systems: The Dual Role of Uncertainty is online. Thanks to Prof. Watson for inviting me!

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  • I received a BA in Classical Piano from the Conservatory of Trieste (Italy), the city where I was born in 1979
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