Research Activity

My research is now focused on applying machine/deep learning techniques to applied mechanics and control theory. In particular, I study advanced control and modeling tools for mechanical systems exploring the use of neural networks. Thanks to my experience as an automation engineer, I am now looking to merge these fields of study, taking the most interesting peculiarities from them. On the one hand, model-based control theory with established principles, and on the other hand, the adaptability of machine learning tools such as neural networks. The aim is to obtain self-learning control strategies based on the ascertained knowledge of the model.

Assistent Professor Activities

As an assistant professor at the University of Trento. Teaching activities include:

Postdoc Reseach Activities

As a research fellow at the University of Trento, 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 at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna were focused on developing models and control systems for Electroactive Polymers for the exploitation of ocean wave energy and control theory in the 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 work

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

  • wall2me.com: a web application in nodejs

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

Curriculum Vitae