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Rezia Molfino (Emeritus)
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BIOGRAPHIC DATA AND EDUCATION / ACADEMIC ROUTE  Born in Celle ligure (SV) on 29 January 1943.  Classical maturity in 1961.  Graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Genoa (UNIGE) in 1966.  Siemens, Milano 1966 fellowship (electrical engineer student’s award)  Work experience in the areas of Research and Development of the companies:  CETENA (Center for studies of naval tenica) in Genoa in the period 1967-1968  ELSAG (Elettronica San Giorgio) in Genoa in the period 1968-1971.  University of Genoa:  Ordinary assistant to the Chair of Construction of Machines and then to that of Industrial Measures and Instrumentation since 1971.  Associate Professor of Control of Mechanical Systems since 1980.  Extraordinary Professor of Mechanical Systems Control since 1987  Ordinary Professor of Regulation and Control of Mechanical Systems since 1990  Professor in charge of Mechanics applied to Machines a.a.1993 / 94  Professor in charge of Robot Mechanics a.a.1993 / 94  Professor of Industrial and Service Robotics, Robot programming methods, Mechanical design methods in robotics, Flexible automation  Retired on 11/11/2013.  Adjunct Professor of Flexible Automation in LM EMARO and Robotics Engineering (DIBRIS) from 2013 to present. INTERNATIONAL DIDACTIC ACTIVITY • Promoter of the European Master of Advanced Robotics (EMARO) • Promoter of the international summer school Screw-Theory Based Methods in Robotics August 22-30, 2009, University of Genoa, Italy, repeated in different venues annually until today • Coordinator of the International Master: International Master in Robotics IMrob (2006) • Co-coordinator of the Summer School on Robotic and Biologically-Inspired Manipulation; EURON Summer School on Visual Servoing, Benicassim (2011) • Invited to hold seminars on robotics activities carried out at the PMARlab, University of Genoa, from: • Prof. Shigeo Hirose, Tokyo Institute of Technology. • Prof. Feng Gao, Shanghai Jao Tong University. • Prof. Toshiyuki Murakami, Keio Univrsity. • Prof. Mary J. N. Okwakol, Busitema University. • Prof. John Ssebuwufu, Kyambogo University. • Prof. Fouad Bennis, Ecole Centrale de Nantes. • Member of PhD theses international Committees (IIT, Jaume I University, Arts et Métiers ParisTech) and referee of thesis awards in robotics and smart manufacturing • Visiting professor al MIT MECHE, Boston (2015), Keio University, Tokyo, (2012) • Tutor of more than fifty PhD and degree theses on Flexible automation, Robotics and intelligent Manufacturing • Coordinator of the round table on Education in Robotics within ISR 2009 Barcelona • Supporter, invited contributor to High-tech Skills for Europe
Research Interest: 
RESEARCH ACTIVITY R.M. Molfino has carried out research activities in the fields of machine mechanics and the regulation and control of mechanical systems, in particular with reference to the following fields of industrial automation: Robotics The study and research in the robotic field have been mainly addressed through simulation techniques: it is believed that this is a very effective tool for the design of new robotic architectures and their management. In particular, it is believed that an accurate modeling of the robotic structure (and above all of its dynamics) is indispensable for the design of complex structures such as robots, and to which severe performance in terms of speed and accuracy is required. The simulation links with CAD (ProEngineer and ProMechanica) techniques on the one hand and with the tools for the design and operation of the plant on the other are evident. Flexible mechanization and industrial automation Research activities have been focused on the development of simulation programs for the design of manufacturing departments with distributed intelligent control centers and the analysis, implementation, testing and evaluation of planning and scheduling systems for environmental resources of automatic factory. Research products have been developed as hybrid systems in Fortran, C, MODSIM, OPS5, NEXPERT, Simulink, G2. The peculiar contribution in this sector is a deepening of the mechanical systems in the studio that allows the definition of models with a high level of detail, very useful for the development of control systems, governance, diagnosis and supervision. On the basis of these models it was possible to study analogue-digital control feedbacks for the lower levels and to define the logic and strategies of governance for higher decision-making levels using techniques of artificial intelligence. The contribution in this area is peculiar to the original approach of the integrated methodological-control project which is based, where available, on physical principles, using heuristic criteria for the cooperating decision-making nuclei, where it is not possible or convenient. use optimization techniques. Author or co-author of some 250 publications in the area of robotics and manufacturing systems. Editor and Program chair of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Manipulation and Grasping (IMG 04), Genova, Italy, 2004 and The International Workshop on Parallel Kinematic Machines Milan - Italy, November 30, 1999. Referee of several international journals on robotics and industrial and assembly automation: : e.g. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Journal of Robotic Systems, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE / ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Integrated Computer Aided Engineering, Industrial Robot, Journal of Multi-body Dynamics, Industrial Robot: the international journal of robotics research and application, Journal of Field Robotics, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, Horizon Journals, Open Aerospace Engineering Journal, Robotic Surgery: Research & Reviews. Member of editorial board, of scientific committee of International Journals and Conferences : e.g. ICRA, ICAR, ISR, SYROCO, ROMANSY, IAS, BASYS, ISARC, AIM, HMS, CLAWAR, HUDEM, ECC, RAAD, ICMSR, journal of Learning-Robotics, Artificial intelligence research journal, Smart Construction Research Journal, Smart Science Journal. Invited speaker in international conferences: e.g. Int. Conf. on Mechanisms and Machine Science (CCMMS 2010), EURON, RoboBusiness Europe, Robotic Surgery – Recent Success and Future Direction, Schunk International Expert Days (2010), EMARO Days 2018, Nantes, World Robot Conferences (2015, 2017, 2018) invited by MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information) and CAST (China Association for Science and Technology), NovelFarm (2019), Int. Conf. on Robotics and Smart Manufacturng (RoSMa2018) She has participated in national and international research projects on topics of robotics and industrial automation as: Coordinator (coord), UNIGE responsible (resp), researcher (res): e.g. PRIDE(coord, PRIN2000, 62000€), E-RACE, MiniPKM (coord, PRIN 2003, 73000€), Studio di fattibilità per un veicolo trainato automatico per ispezione di condotte sommers (coord PSTL Liguria 2006 45000€) Note-Snail (coord), SmartReflex (resp,FIRB Smart FLEX. MIUR (2008, 110000€ ), FlexProd (resp. Industria 2015 MS01_00016, 108569€) , Roboclimber (resp, FP5, G1ST-CT-2002, 266115€), MICRODRAINAGE (res, FP5,EVK4-CT-2002, 228778€), SBC (resp, FP5, G1RD-CT-2000, 141985€), Smartwire(resp, FP5, G1ST-CT-2002, 157090€), EUROShoE (resp. FP5, G1RD-CT-2000, 246045€) , SAFERDRILL (resp, FP6, CR 16842, 224400€) , LEAPFROG CA(resp, FP6, NMP2-CT-2004, 29000€) , LEAPFROG IP(resp, FP6, NMP, 786679€) , SwarmItFIX (coord. FP7 NMP, 749550€), PICAV (PI, coord. FP7 Transport, 594360€)), FURBOT (resp. FP7 Transport, 578640€), AUTORECON(resp FP7 NMP, 328400€), CloPeMa(res FP7 ICT, 601800€), COLLABORATE (res. H2020 NMBP 2018, 471875€) Member responsible for UNIGE of the International Networks of Excellence OSNET, EURON, EUROP, CLAWAR. Co-coordinator of the Special Interest Group Manipulation and Grasping, Lightweight Manipulation within EURON. Member of associations: IEEE, ISCS, IAS, EURON, CLAWAR, IFToMM, AIIA ( Associazione Italiana di Intelligenza Artificiale, founding member). Patents and Trademarks on robotic and manufacturing equipment Member of IERA (IEEE-IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) organizing committee. Promotor strongly involved in the establishment of the IFR European Robotics Forum (2001) OTHER ACTIVITIES President of SIRI (Italian Association of Robotics and Automation) from 2000 to 2016; then Vice President President of IIS (Italian Institute of Welding) from 2013 to 2016, then Past-President National Coordinator at IFR (International Federation of Robotics) from 2000. HORIZON 2020 Expert, nominated for her personal competences, of the Advisory Group for LEIT-NMBP (Advisory Group for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing) Expert evaluator of: • Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, • Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education, • Spanish National Research Council Action Plan, • Shanghai Jiao Tong University academic program, • Foresight Agency (ANEP)…. • European Commission (ICT, ERC, NMP) • Reseach projects in the National regions Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Trentino-Alto Adige • IFR/IEEE Innovation Award Promoter and organization of ACADEMIC CO-OPERATION AGREEMENT between FACULTY OF ENGINEERING UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA and: • SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY, CHINA • INDIAN INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING (IIITD&M) KANCHEEPURAM IIT MADRAS CAMPUS, CHENNAI, INDIA • UROLOGY ROBOTICS, DEPARTMENT OF UROLOGY THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, USA • UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI PETRONA, MALAYSIA • FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE, UNIVERSITY OF JORDAN • UNIVERSITY OF BUSITEMA, UGANDA • UNIVERSITY OF MUNI, UGANDA Promotor of the Joint Laboratories with: IIS, Genova Additive Manufacturing (GeAM), with ASG, Sviluppo Meccanica Applicata alla Superconduttivita’ (SMAS), with Humanot Srl: INVENTO Promotor of the University Master in Advanced Welding Engineering (MAWE) Meetings in kindergartens, in primary and secondary schools as well as within the university of the third age (UNITE) to present technical activities and social oriented innovations in the field of robotics. Member of the Board of Directors of ROBOCUP Italian Team: ART98/99 Member of the CIM Experts National Group