Alessandro De Luca

Full professor
Room: A210
Tel: +39 0677274052
Fax: +39 0677274033

PhD in Systems Engineering in 1987. Researcher in 1988. Associate professor at the Università di Milano in 1992, moved to Sapienza in 1993. Full professor since 2000.
Associate Editor (1994-98), Editor (1998-2003), and Editor-in-Chief (2003-04) of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (2004-08).
General Chair of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Roma, 2007). Elected member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) AdCom (2008-10). Vice-President for Publication Activities of IEEE RAS (2012-13). Program Chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Stockholm, 2016).
IEEE Fellow (class of 2007). Member of the Search Committee for Physical Sciences of the Körber European Science Award (2006-12) and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (2015-17). Chair of Panel PE7 (Systems and Communication Engineering) of the European Research Council for the Advanced Grants in 2009, 2011, and 2013.
National coordinator of the MIUR PRIN project SICURA (2008-10).
Principal investigator of the European projects PROMotion, PHRIDOM, FP6 CyberWalk, FP6 PHRIENDS, H2020 SYMPLEXITY. Team member of H2020 COMANOID project.
Coordinator of the European project FP7 ICT-287513 SAPHARI (Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction) 2011-15.
Director of the Master of Science in Control Engineering (since 2013), a new program fully taught in English.


More than 200 journal or conference papers and book chapters.
Author for the Springer Handbook of Robotics (1st and 2nd Edition).

Bibliometric indices (July 2017):

ORCID: 0000-0002-0713-5608

Google Scholar: My Citations h-index = 53, with 9599 citations (since 2012: h-index = 31, with 4322 citations)
Scopus Author ID#: 7201948195 h-index = 36, with 4720 citations (and 86 coauthors)
ISI-WoK ResearcherID: F-3835-2011 h-index = 25, with 2462 citations


IEEE RAS-EMBS BioRob 2012 Best Conference Paper Award
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Distinguished Service Award in 2009 "for outstanding leadership and contributions as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and for service as the ICRA 2007 General Chair"
IEEE/RSJ IROS 2008 Best Application Paper Award
IEEE Fellow (class of 2007) "for contributions to modeling and control of robotic systems"
Helmholtz-Humboldt Research Award in 2005
IEEE ICRA 1998 Best Conference Paper Award

Research area: 
Research interest: 

Modeling, motion planning, and control of flexible manipulators, kinematically redundant manipulators, underactuated robots, wheeled mobile robots and mobile manipulators. Hybrid force-velocity control. Nonlinear control of nonholonomic mechanical systems. Control of locomotion platforms. Iterative learning. Dynamic feedback linearization. Visual servoing. Fault detection and isolation. Physical human-robot interaction.

Selected results of my research are in the playlists of the YouTube channel RoboticsLabSapienza of the DIAG Robotics Laboratory: