Research Activity

My research is now focused on the application of machine/deep learning techniques to control theory. Thanks to my experience as an automation engineer, I am now looking as to merge these fields of study, taking from them the most interesting peculiarities: on the one hand, model based control theory, and on the other hand a flexible and adaptive environment; with the aim of resulting in self-learning control strategies based on the ascertained knowledge of the model.

Project on-going

As research fellow, I design model based smart controllers for the field of autonomous driving in the framework:
  • Dreams4Cars, an European project focused on developing an autonomous agent taking inspiration from the human-brain and dreams.

Phd Activities

My PhD topics were focused on development of models and control systems for Electroactive Polymers for the exploitation of ocean wave energy and control theory in research field relating to Human-Robot Interaction.

The main projects were:
  • PolyWEC, an European project focused on exploiting electroactive Polymers for Wave Energy Conversion.

  • VERITAS, an European project for developing of Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS.

Cheros s.r.l.

Co-founder of Cheros s.r.l. spinoff of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna:

  • Manager and backend developer for QatHome, a queue manager system for small and huge business enterprises;

  • Researcher for Inflatable Dielectric Elastomer Generator - PTO Project, an Wave Energy Scotland project that has the aims to further develop a breakthrough technology for the conversion of ocean wave energy into electricity through the use of electrostatic or dielectric elastomer generators.

Lifetime Activities

Personal site

  • antruling.com: a web application with Django and jQuery.

  • PyNet: a didactic framework for deep learning in Python and numpy.

Game developer

  • Currently I am a member of the team mnemosyne as developer.

Curriculum Vitae