Luigi Villani


foto Luigi


Prisma Lab
Department of Electrical Engineering
and Information Technologies
University of Naples Federico II
via Claudio 21,80125 Napoli, Italy
E-mail: luigi.villani@unina.it
Web: wpage.unina.it/lvillani
Curriculum Vitę pdf download



Biosketch

Luigi Villani was born on December 1966. Since November 2002 he is Associate Professor of Automatic Control at the University of Naples Federico II, where he graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1992 and received the Research Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1996. From 1999 to 2002, he was Assistant Professor at the same university. In 1995 he was visiting scientist at the Laboratoire d’Automatique de Grenoble, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France, with a grant of the European research network ERNET. In 2000, he became eligible for the position of Associate Professor and in 2005 he received the attestation of scientific merit for the position of Full Professor conferred by CIRA–Italian Inter-University Centre of Research in Automatic Control. He received the qualification for the position of Full Professor in both the 2012 and 2013 National Qualification Procedures. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the University of Naples Federico II and of the Programme Committee of the Research Doctorate on Molecular Oncology, Experimental Immunology and Development of Innovative Therapeutics of the University Magna Gręcia of Catanzaro. Since 1999, he mostly teaches courses of Dynamic Systems and Automatic Control for the 1st level Laurea and 2nd level Laurea magistrale degrees in Automation Engineering, Electical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, and Management Engineering, with an average of 15 CFU/ECTS per academic year. Luigi Villani is co-author of the textbook (in Italian) Fondamenti di Sistemi Dinamici, McGraw-Hill, 2003, and of the textbook Robotics – Modelling, Planning and Control, Springer, 2009, translated in Italian (2008), Greek (2014) and Chinese (2015). He is Senior Member IEEE. He was Associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology from 2005 to 2011, Associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics from 2007 to 2011, Associate editor of the Conference Editorial Board of IEEE Control System Society from 2000 to 2010, as well as Program Committee member of various international conferences with peer-reviewed papers. Since June 2015 he is Associate Editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. He is one of the founders of PRISMA Lab. His research mostly focuses on the control of robotic systems, and includes theoretical, technological and experimental contributions published in internationally renowned conference proceedings and journals. A major research topic is the force control of robot manipulators, on which he has published numerous articles in journals with high impact factor, a well cited monograph –B. Siciliano, L. Villani, Robot Force Control, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999– as well as contributions to Springer Handbook of Robotics (2008), which received the AAP PROSE Award for Excellence in the categories Physical Sciences & Mathematics and Engineering & Technology, and to Springer Encyclopedia of Systems and Control (2014). Other themes of research are control based on artificial vision, manipulation with robotic hands, and fault detection of mechatronic systems, on which, in addition to scientific publications, he has participated in various funded research projects (PRIN, FP6, FP7, ASI, CNR, POR Campania). He is also interested to the control for safe physical interaction between humans and robots, which was the theme of the two-year project PRIN 2009 ROCOCŅ, and of the four-year large scale integrating project FP7 SAPHARI, led as local principal investigator. Some of the research achievements were the subject of technology transfer through partnerships with Italian companies such as Comau Robotics, the leading Italian industrial robotics company, and Danieli Automation, a leading company in the field of process control and automation in the production of steel.



Positions

Nov. 2002–pres. Associate professor, ING-INF/04 - Automatica, University of Naples Federico II
Nov. 1999–Nov. 2002 Researcher, ING-INF/04 - Automatica, University of Naples Federico II



Qualifications
Oct. 2014
Full professor, 09/G1 - Automatica, National Scientific Qualification
Procedure 2013
Jan. 2014
Full professor, 09/G1 - Automatica, National Scientific Qualification
Procedure 2012
Dec. 2005
Full professor, ING-INF/04 - Automatica, Attestation of Scientific Merit
Conferred by the Committee for Scientific Merit of CIRA–Italian Inter-University Centre of Research in Automatic Control
Sep. 2000
Associate professor, ING-INF/04 - Automatica, Eligible for the position of Associate Professor
Public selection procedure, University of Verona



Courses    

1999-2016
System Dynamics (6 and 9 CFU/ECTS), Automatic Control (6 and 9 CFU/ECTS), Industrial Automation and Process Control (6 and 9 CFU/ECTS) for the Laurea, Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale and 1st Level Laurea in Automation Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electric Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Management Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II (264 CFU/ECTS in total)
2011-2012
Field and Service Robotics (5 CFU/ECTS) for the 2nd Level Master in Robotics and Intelligent Systems of the University of Naples Federico II
1996-1997
Control Systems Technology (6 equivalent CFU/ECTS) and Automatic Control (6 equivalent CFU/ECTS) for the Diploma in Computer and Control Systems Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II
1995-1996
System Theory (6 equivalent CFU/ECTS) and Automatic Control (6 equivalent CFU/ECTS) for the Diploma in Electronic Engineering of the University of Salerno



Books      

robotics



B. Siciliano, L. Sciavicco, L. Villani, and G. Oriolo, Robotics - Modelling, Planning and Control. London, UK: Springer, 2009, with Solutions Manual and MATLAB toolbox. doi: 10.1007/978-1-84628-642-1



robotica




B. Siciliano, L. Sciavicco, L. Villani, and G. Oriolo, Robotica – Modellistica, Pianificazione e Controllo. Milano, I: McGraw-Hill Libri Italia, 2008, ISBN: 9788838663222, Italian edition
fountas



B. Siciliano, L. Sciavicco, L. Villani, and G. Oriolo, Ρομποτική, Athens, GR: Fountas, 2014, ISBN: 9789603304748-8, Greek edition
chinese


B. Siciliano, L. Sciavicco, L. Villani, and G. Oriolo, Robotics - Modelling, Planning and Control. Xi'an, CN: Xi'an Jiaotong University Press, 2015, ISBN: 978-7-5605-5784-7, Chinese simplified edition
fondamenti


S. Chiaverini, F. Caccavale, L. Villani, L. Sciavicco, Fondamenti di Sistemi Dinamici, pp. 1–410, Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2003, ISBN: 9788838607332
fault



F. Caccavale and L.Villani (Eds.), Fault diagnosis and fault tolerance for mechatronic systems: Recent advances. Heidelberg, D: Springer, 2003, vol. STAR 1. doi: 10.1007/3-540-45737-2
force




B. Siciliano and L. Villani, Robot Force Control. Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999. doi: 10.1007/978- 1-4615-4431-9



Research projects
Principal Investigator

STEPFAR
2014-2016
Sviluppo di Materiali e Tecnologie Ecocompatibili, di Processi di Foratura, taglio e di Assemblaggio Robotizzato, PON R&C 2007–2013 (21 months), National Operative Program funded by MIUR–Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research
SAPHARI
2011-2015
Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction, FP7-ICT-2011-7 (48 months), Large-scale Integrating Project funded by the European Commission under FP7–7th Framework Programme
ROCOCO'
2011-2013
RObotica COoperativa e COllaborativa, PRIN 2009 (24 months), National Interest Research Program funded by MIUR–Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research
CAWSYS
2008-2009
Software for warehouse control systems, POR Campania 2000/2006 - 3.17 ICT (15 months), Regional Operative Program funded by Regione Campania
ROSED
2007-2009
Realization of an experimental setup for cooperative robotics based on ROSED, ASI I/047/07/0 (21 months), research contract funded by ASI–Italian Space Agency
FAIROBOT
2002-2005
Web Learning for Human Resources Quality: Internet-based Continuous Learning for Industrial Robotic Systems Control, SP/6 (36 months), funded by the Special Fund for Scientific Research Development of MIUR–Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research
ASI-Multirobot
2002-2004
HW/SW Architectures and Coordination/Control Algorithms for Multirobot Systems, ASI I/R/107/02 (24 months), Fundamental Research Project funded by ASI–Italian Space Agency




Publications
Recent journal papers
  1. A. Cirillo, F. Ficuciello, C. Natale, S. Pirozzi and L. Villani, “A conformable force/tactile skin for physical human–robot interaction”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 41–48, 2016. doi: 10.1109/LRA.2015.2505061.
  2. F. Ficuciello, L. Villani, and B. Siciliano, “Variable impedance control of redundant manipulators for intuitive human-robot physical interaction”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 850–863, 2015. doi: 10.1109/TRO.2015.2430053.
  3. H. Sadeghian, L. Villani, M. Keshmiri, and B. Siciliano, “Task-space control of robot manipulators with null-space compliance”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 493–506, 2014. doi: 10.1109/TRO.2013.2291630.
  4. F. Caccavale, V. Lippiello, G. Muscio, F. Pierri, F. Ruggiero, and L. Villani, “Grasp planning and parallel control of a redundant dual-arm/hand manipulation system”, Robotica, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 1169–1194, 2013. doi: 10.1017/ S0263574713000647.
  5. V. Lippiello, F. Ruggiero, B. Siciliano, and L. Villani, “Visual grasp planning for unknown objects using a multifingered robotic hand”, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 1050–1059, 2013. doi: 10.1109/TMECH. 2012.2195500.
  6. V. Lippiello, B. Siciliano, and L. Villani, “A grasping force optimization algorithm for multiarm robots with multifingered hands”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 55–67, 2013. doi: 10.1109/TRO.2012.2212633.
  7. V. Lippiello, B. Siciliano, and L. Villani, “Multi-fingered grasp synthesis based on the object dynamic properties”, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 61, no. 6, pp. 626–636, 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.robot.2013.02.003.
  8. H. Sadeghian, L. Villani, M. Keshmiri, and B. Siciliano, “Dynamic multi-priority control in redundant robotic systems”, Robotica, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 1155–1167, 2013. doi: 10.1017/S0263574713000416.
  9. F. Caccavale, P. Cilibrizzi, F. Pierri, and L. Villani, “Actuators fault diagnosis for robot manipulators with uncertain model”, Control Engineering Practice, vol. 17, pp. 146–157, 2009. doi: 10.1016/j.conengprac.2008.05.012.
  10. F. Caccavale, P. Chiacchio, A. Marino, and L. Villani, “Six-dof impedance control of dual-arm cooperative manipulators”, IEEE/ASME Transactions On Mechatronics, vol. 13, pp. 576–586, 2008. doi: 10.1109/TMECH.2008.2002816
  11. F. Caccavale, F. Pierri, and L. Villani, “Adaptive observer for fault diagnosis in nonlinear discrete-time systems”, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, vol. 130, pp. 210 051–210 059, 2008. doi: 10.1115/1.2837310.
  12. V. Lippiello, B. Siciliano, and L. Villani, “Interaction control of robot manipulators using force and vision”, International Journal of Optomechatronics, vol. 2, pp. 257–274, 2008. doi: 10.1080/15599610802301599.
  13. V. Lippiello, B. Siciliano, and L. Villani, “An open architecture for sensory feedback control of a dual-arm industrial robotic cell”, The Industrial Robot, vol. 34, pp. 46–53, 2007. doi: 10.1108/01439910710718441.
  14. V. Lippiello, B. Siciliano, and L. Villani, “Position-based visual servoing in industrial multirobot cells using a hybrid camera configuration”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 23, pp. 73–86, 2007. doi: 10.1109/TRO.2006.886832.
  15. F. Caccavale, C. Natale, B. Siciliano, and L. Villani, “Integration for the next generation: Embedding force control into industrial robots”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, vol. 12, pp. 53–64, 2005. doi: 10.1109/MRA.2005. 1511869.