Alberto Bemporad

Professor of Control Systems
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Piazza San Francesco 19, 55100 Lucca, Italy [map]
Tel: +39 0583 4326600, Fax: +39 02 700 543345

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Alberto Bemporad was born in Florence on March 26, 1970. He received his Master's degree cum laude in Electrical Engineering in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Control Engineering in 1997 from the University of Florence, Italy. He served in 1994/1995 as Lieutenant in the Italian Army's Technical Corps in Rome, Italy. In 1996/97 he was with the Center for Robotics and Automation, Department of Systems Science & Mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis, USA. In 1997-1999 he held a postdoctoral position at the Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he collaborated as a Senior Researcher until 2002. In 1999-2009 he was with the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Siena, Italy, becoming an Associate Professor in 2005. In 2010-2011 he was with the Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering of the University of Trento, Italy. Since 2011 he is Full Professor at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy, where he served as the Director of the institute in 2012-2015. He spent visiting periods at Stanford University, University of Michigan, and Zhejiang University. In 2011 he cofounded ODYS S.r.l., a company specialized in developing model predictive control systems for industrial production.

He has published more than 400 papers in the areas of model predictive control, automotive control, hybrid systems, optimization (H-Index: see my Google Scholar page) and is co-inventor of 21 patents. He is author or coauthor of various MATLAB toolboxes for model predictive control design, including the Model Predictive Control Toolbox (The Mathworks, Inc.) and the Hybrid Toolbox.

He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control during 2001-2004 and Chair of the Technical Committee on Hybrid Systems of the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2002-2010 (read article). As a member of the Technical Activities Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society, he served on the Program Committee of the IEEE CDC 2002, 2004, 2008. He was Program Committee member of the "Hybrid Systems Computation and Control" workshops 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, of the "1st IFAC Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems (NecSys'09), of the IFAC Conference on the Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS) in 2006 and 2009, and of the Int. Conf. on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics, 2004, 2005 editions.

He has been an IEEE Fellow since 2010. He received the IFAC High-Impact Paper Award for the 2011-14 triennial, the IEEE CSS Transition to Practice Award in 2019, the SAE Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award in 2021, the HSCC 2022 Test-Of-Time Award, and an ERC Advanced Research Grant in 2024. He received the best master thesis award "G. Barzilai", IEEE Centre and South Italy section, 4th edition, and best master thesis award "R. Mariani", AEI (Italian Electrotechnical Association) for year 1993.

Read more in my "People in Control" article.