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Paolo Castaldi

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi"

Academic discipline: ING-INF/04 Systems and Control Engineering

Curriculum vitae


In 1990 he graduated cum laude in Electronic Engineering at the University of Bologna

In 1994 he took his PhD in System Engineering from University of Bologna, Padova and Firenze

In 1995 he became a Researcher.Since 1998 he has been a Confirmed Researcher at the Department of Electronics, Computer Science, and Systems (DEIS) of the University of Bologna. Since 2012 of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering  (DEI) of University of Bologna

In November 2020 he became Associate Professor at the Department of Electronics, Computer Science, and Systems (DEIS) of the University of Bologna

Since 2001 he has been a member of the II Faculty of Engineering (since 2012 School of  Engineering and Archicture) of the University of Bologna where he teachs the following courses:
•"Automatic Flight Control" for thesecond level degree of the international course in Aerospace Engineering
•"Automatic Control" for the first level degree courses in Bioengineering and Electronics Engineering for Energy and Information .

Since 2001 he has also been a member of ARCES (Advanced Research Center on Electronic Systems for Information and Communication Technologies) an excellence research center of the University of Bologna

Since 2004 he has been a member of the teaching staff of the European Doctorate course in Information Technology ( ARCES) (since 2012 Electronics, Telecommunication and Information Technologies)

Since 2008 he has been a member of the prestigious Technical Committee on Aerospace of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)

Since 2010 he has been a member of the Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research ICT (CIRI-ICT) and since 2013 also of CIRI Aeronautica, of the University of Bologna.

In 2010 he has been assistant coordinator of the PRIN2008national research project "Development of a CUAV (Civil Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) for testing new guidance and FTC algorithm for mission and patrolling in hostile environment ".

2011-12: NATIONAL COORDINATOR of the PRIN2008 national research project above mentioned

Since 2011 he has been responsible and coordinator for the research project T-RECS (Traffic Report with Enhaced Control of (Airport) Surface), carried out at ARCES along with the industrial partner VITROCISET s.p.a. (italian industry leader in the aerospace field).

Since 2013 is coordinator of ENAC (National Authority) Permit To Fly for  the fliying laboratory “ LAURA” based on Ultralight Aircraft Ultrapup Preceptor.

Since 2012 he is the tutor of the Ph.D. student Pietro Baldi (Ph.D. in Information Technologies, ARCES) and co-tutor of the Ph.D. student Nicola Mimmo (Ph.D. in Automatic Control and Operations Research, at DEI, tutor Prof. Lorenzo Marconi).

Since 2013 is a member of the board of the European Project SHERPA ( My collaboration regards the design of advanced control system for quadrotors and the issuing of the related Permit To Fly.


Paolo Castaldi is author of about 80 articles published on International Journals and on the proceedings of International Congresses with referee.

He is also author of a research book edited by an international publisher in 2010 (in English language)

He has been also:
-Program Chair and co-organizer of the 8th European Workshop on Advanced Control and Diagnosis (ACD2010), organizer of several invited sessions (SYSTOL2013, ACA2010)
-chair of several regular and invited sessions, for example at the American Control Conference 2010 and IFAC Symposium Automatic Control in Aerospace-10 and 13)
- Plenary speaker of International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), 2009, and IFAC Congress "Aerospace, Guidance, Navigation and Flight Control Systems", 2009, Samara, Russia.
- Reviewer of IEEE Transactions CST,TAC,IE; Automatica;International Journal of Control and other high IF journals

Outstanding reviewer of Automatica Journal (the most important theoretical journal together with IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control) for the years 2004 and 2005.


•2011 - 12 : Coordinator of the national research project "Development of a CUAV (Civil Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) for testing new guidance and FTC algorithm for mission and patrolling in hostile environment "within PRIN2008 project. Members of the project are also teams from the universities of Ferrara, Napoli II and Palermo. The final goal of this project is to carry out an investigation and an experimentation of the guidance, navigation and control systems necessary to the development of a CUAV demonstrator to be employed in the civil protection sector. The research related to the project objectives is necessarily innovative with respect the state of the art.

•2011 - until now: Responsible and coordinator for the research project T-RECS (Traffic Report with Enhaced Control of (Airport) Surface) carried out at ARCES along with the industrial partner VITROCISET s.p.a., italian industry leader in the aerospace field. T-RECS deals with the reconstruction of the "true" position of the monitored vehicles through the filtering of the common GNSS errors. The goal is to improve the aircraft position estimation through the use of signals from the following sources: GNSS receivers, ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) receivers.
Thanks to a correct georeferentiation of the GNSS receivers, the T-RECS station is able to quantify the errors due to ionospheric and tropospheric effects and GNSS constellation geometries, which affect the onboard receivers. With these data T-RECS is able to correct the position information provided by the ADS-B sensor. This information is entered in a data fusion unit which processes the system tracks to be presented to the controller station.

•2013 - until now: coordinator ENAC (Civil Authority)   of a flight permission for the Laboratorio Volante LAURA, based on a ULTRAPUP PRECEPTOR ultralight aircraft equipped with a controller, sensors and actuators aiming to make it suitable for automatic flight.

•2007: Development of new FDI methodologies for transponders of civil aircrafts within SIGEVAMA (SIstema di GEstione Veicolare per Applicazioni Multi-servizio Aeroportuali) Project for air traffic management.
•2007: Organization and development of new signal processing algorithms within SIPRO Project: the project solves the problem of determining speed with respect to air and aerodynamic angles by pressure measures detected directly on aircraft surfaces.
•2006: Development of FDI techniques for aircraft I/O sensors within the MONET European project. MONET is an European excellence network made up of universities and industrial partners.
•2006: Development of the sensing and filtering parts within the FO-DIAS (Forlì Differential-GNSS Instrument Approach System) project for the development of an airport approach system in obedience to the imposed accuracy requirements.
•2005/06: Participation in PRIN research program "UAV vehicle Autonomous and cooperative flight".
•2002/03: Participation in the 40% research program "Development of a flight and mission management system for an autonomous and multifunctional civil aircraft".
•2000/01: Participation in the 40% research program "Methods of identification of systems with unknown inputs and geometrical techniques for observation and control".
•1999/2000 responsible for the research project "Identification of multivariable systems with unknown inputs", funded by M.U.R.S.T. (60% funds).
•1998/2000: "Algebraic and geometric methodologies for identification and control" (40% funds).
•1994/1997: "Model Identification, system control, signal elaboration", funded by M.U.R.S.T. (40% funds).
•1997: SIMONET ( System Identification and MOdelling NETwork), European research network funded by the European Community within HCM Project.
•1995: Oriented project for transport II CNR (diagnostic and maintenance area).

English teching Activities

Lecturer of SIDRA (Società Italiana Ricercatori in Automatica) International Summer Ph.D. School, 2012.

- Lecture course on“Fault tolerant control in Aerospace”

Lecturer of ISAEA (International School of Aerospace Engineering Applications), 2010-2011.

Lecture course on

- Uncented Kalman filter and Particle Filter

- Fault detection and Isolation in Aerospace

- Multivariable control in Aerospace

Lecturer of European Doctorate Course “Information Technology” , 2009-10,

established by the University of Bologna, K.U. Leuven, INPG Grenoble,

as well as with the Research Institutes IMEC and CEA-LETI

Lecture course on “Model based Fault Detection”

Past teaching Activities

Attività Didattiche concluse

Corsi di Laurea

  • A.A. 2001/02, 2002/03Advanced Control  (Aerospace Engineering course) 
  • 1998/99 - 2001/02: Advenced Control (Information Engineering).
  • A.A. 1998/99 ``Modelling and Control if Environmental Systems''