Riccardo M.G. Ferrari

Associate Professor 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

Hi, my name is Riccardo, and 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) and the Horizon Europe; 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).


Oct 10, 2023 Making an #aircraft lighter is one way towards #sustainable #aviation. But what if faults cause extra loads mid-flight on such lighter structure? In this award winning paper by Twan, Japie Engelbrecht (Stellenbosch University), Philippe Goupil (Airbus) and myself we show how to detect them in as short as 0.1 seconds! The algorithm behind “A sliding mode observer approach to oscillatory fault detection in commercial aircraft” was awarded first prize in the Aerospace Industrial Benchmark contest organised by Airbus at IFAC 2020
Sep 15, 2023 I am HIRING 1 Postodoc and two PhD students on “Secure and Optimal Control of Renewable Energy Systems” for the TWAIN and SUDOCO project. Apply here for Phd and here for Postdoc. Deadline 6th October 2023
Apr 1, 2023 I am happy to announce I have been promoted to Associate Professor! Thanks to my wonderful team for allowing me to reach this goal, and to @tudelft3mE Faculty for believing in my work!
Mar 15, 2023 Congratulations to Atin for winning the prestigious O. Hugo Schuck Award 2023 with his paper “Periodic Load Estimation of a Wind Turbine Tower using a Model Demodulation Transformation,” by Pamososuryo, Atindriyo Kusumo and Mulders, Sebastiaan P. and Ferrari, Riccardo M.G. and van Wingerden, Jan-Willem. Click here for more pictures.
Mar 6, 2023 Three paper accepted to IFAC World Congress 2023 :japanese_castle: in Yokohama! Congratulations to: Tushar for “Real-time Battery State of Charge and parameters estimation through Multi-Rate Moving Horizon Estimator”, this is his first paper and we are really excited it is a collaboration with Federico Oliva and Daniele Carnevale ; Twan for “A Coalitional MPC Approach to Control of Collaborative Vehicle Platoons”, writtenwith Paula Chanfreut (now Asst. Prof. at TU/e) and Pepe Maestre; Jean for “UKF-based Wind Estimation and Sub-optimal Turbine Control under Waked Conditions”, written with Yichao Liu (former Postdoc here).

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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
  • In my free time, I enjoy(ed) bike touring around Europe, skating, jazz music and Aikido