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).


Sep 15, 2022 Congratulations to Twan for his first Automatica paper! “Threshold design for fault detection with first order sliding mode observers”, available here
Sep 2, 2022 I am HIRING a Postdoc researcher on “Safety of Dynamical Systems under Uncertainty”, please have a look here.
Aug 31, 2022 One paper accepted to IROS 2022 :robot: and Four papers accepted at CDC 2022 :desert_island: ! Congratulations to: Mohamed and Corrado for “Unbiased Active Inference for Classical Control”; Twan and Alex for “Hierarchical Cyber-Attack Detection in Large-Scale Interconnected Systems”; Jean for “Convex Model Predictive Control for Down-regulation Strategies in Wind Turbines”; Pieter and Twan for “A Fully Homomorphic Encryption Scheme for Real-Time Safe Control”; Zhixin, Alex, Yichao and Atin for “An Economic Model Predictive Control Approach for Load Mitigation on Multiple Tower Locations of Wind Turbines”
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.

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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