Full Professor in Industrial Mechanical Plants, Digital Manufacturing, Industrial Sustainability
(University of Genoa) – Member of the ANVUR Evaluation Commission for University of Genoa

Full Professor in Industrial Mechanical Plants, Digital Manufacturing, Industrial Sustainability
(University of Genoa) Member of the ANVUR Evaluation Commission for University of Genoa.

Current job and relevant roles:

  1. Member of the Board of Directors of the National Intelligent Factory Technology Cluster (MIUR).
  2. Strategic Advisor of the national competence center on strategic infrastructures START 4.0 (MISE).
  3. President and member of the Scientific Technical Committee of the Digital Innovation Hub Liguria.
  4. Representative of the Liguria Region for the Intelligent Factory domain through the Integrated and Technological Intelligent Systems District (SIIT).
  5. Member of the Scientific Technical Committee of the SOSIA Polo (SIIT Liguria Region).
  6. Main Scientific Advisor for the Ansaldo Energia Lighthouse Plant Project (MISE).

Qualifications and education:
1998 Master’s Degree in Electronic and System Engineering at University of Genoa
1998 Qualification to practice as an engineer
2001 PhD in Production Systems and Industrial Plants at University of Parma
2019 Enabled in the Innovation Manager 4.0 Italian register

  • 160 published scientific papers
  • SCOPUS citations = 1424
  • H-Index = 18
  • Scholar citations = 2724
  • H-Index = 22

Since 1998 he has collaborated and worked within the Department of Production Engineering, Thermoenergetics and Mathematical Models. Winner in 1998 of a PhD scholarship, XIV Cycle, at the University of Parma – Faculty of Engineering, he finished successfully in November 2001 obtaining the title of PhD. Winner of the competition for Researcher in Industrial Plant Management (Scientific Disciplinary Sector ING-IND-17) at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Genoa, he has been in service on that post since November 2000. In July in 2010 he was awarded a qualification as Associate Professor, in the ING-IND-17 sector, at the University of Cassino and took up his post on 1 November 2011, at the Faculty of Engineering, of the University of Genoa, carrying out research on the development of new methodologies for “plant engineering and industrial management” relating to the scientific sector, also taking an interest in issues relating to the related sectors management (ING-IND-35) and manufacturing technologies (ING-IND-16) with particular focus on Operations Management and Strategy and Industrial Sustainability. In January 2017 he obtained the National Qualification for the role of Full Professor (ASN 2016). In 2020 he participates in a selection procedure for a position as full professor in the ING-IND-17 sector at the University of Genoa, which he wins by taking service at the University of Genoa. Over the 10 years (1998-2008) the research activity is divided into three main lines: the first aimed at covering three of the sectors that the Academic Scientific Sector has identified as characterizing the discipline, the second aligned with the requests for technological innovation from industrial realities, the third dedicated to the study and application of frontier techniques in order to study their performance characteristics and operational advantages in application to industrial systems. In doing that he crosses the SSD ING-IND-35 (Management Engineering) and SSD ING-IND-16 (Manufacturing Technologies) with several publications. He also developed important capabilities in ICT design and development in the factory and supply chain operations. The research activity is mainly aimed at the study of operations management in all its aspects with a particular emphasis on modeling, simulation of production systems in their various aspects (flexibility, reactivity, production performance, quality, logistical aspects, …) , to the study and implementation of meta heuristics and optimization techniques for solving problems of maximum and minimum constrained mainly aimed, scheduling, planning and control of the short, medium and long term, the study of the factory lay-out, to transport. Development of methodologies to support decisions in stochastic and random conditions in the production field (with particular attention to supply-chain problems such as selection of suppliers, evaluation of investments, choice of policies for the use of production capacities), to the optimization of management of stocks, to carry out sector studies and consequent statistical analyzes of the data collected regarding studies on organizational methods and IT systems supporting the world of operations such as (ERP, SCM, APS, MES), on modern production technologies, on management systems integrated (Quality, Environment, Safety). Since 2007 he has been actively involved in some areas of Industrial Sustainability. Since 2012 it has been actively working on research and innovation in the context of Industry 4.0 and Cyber Physical Manufacturing Systems.

Professor of Design and Management of Production Systems, Engineering for Industrial Sustainability, Production Quality & Sustainability, Industrial Logistics for a total of 24 CFU / year. Complete the teaching tasks with the related exams for a total commitment of about 200 exams / year. He is regularly part of the Mechanical Engineering Graduation Commissions and is supervisor of numerous University Diploma theses in Logistics and Production Engineering and of Specialist Degrees (Mechanical Engineering and Management Engineering).

Methods and tools:

d) Simulation of industrial production systems

–          Definition and development of an agent simulation framework (OSIRIS) for the interactive construction of a simulation model of an industrial production system.
–          Use of simulation to improve training processes (knowledge and competence) for highly qualified decision makers.
–          Development of training methodologies for the manufacturing area through the use of simulation.

e) Advanced analysis tools for plant management and design

–          ANN (Artificial Neural Networks) to create metamodels to support the design of production lines.
f) Development of information management and decision support systems:

–          Development of algorithms and software for forecasting and managing demand through time series analysis and forecasting techniques.
–          Development of algorithms and software for managing the satisfaction of demand through ATP / CTP modules (Available-To-Promise, Capable-To-Promise).
–          Development of algorithms and software for the constrained planning of the main production plan through the definition of a planning model based on autonomous agents.
–         Development of algorithms and heuristic techniques for short-term scheduling in job-shop or serial single machine systems, with optimization of various objective functions.
–          Development of a tactical decision support system for business networks.


Intervention areas:

a) Operations & Logistics

–          Development of decision support systems for the selection of suppliers (problem known in the literature as supplier selection problem or vendor rating) based on methodologies derived from operational research or inferential statistics.
–          Development of algorithms and methodologies for the forecasting and management of spare parts for companies operating in different industrial sectors.
–          Study and development of algorithm and application for the optimized management of spare parts stocks for the SAME-DEUTZ-FAHR company.
–          Study and development of a medium-term tactical planning system for the aggregate verification of tractor assembly processes for the SAME-DEUTZ-FAHR company.

b) Energy Saving and Environment Management

–          Ceramic production process simulator and evaluation of energy and material balances with relative calculation of pollutants and the related necessary purification cycle.
–          Simulator to facilitate the monitoring of environmental indicators for production systems.

c) Management of transport and mobility

–          Urban traffic micro-simulation model with assessment of the impact of atmospheric and acoustic pollution.
–          Simulation model for decision support for railway section logistics.

d) Maintenance

–          Simulator of a container terminal for the evaluation of maintenance policies (LSCT terminal).

Scientific Responsible in the period (2003-2019) of the following research projects:

–          MISE Ansaldo Energia Light House Plant project, negotiation project based on funds allocated to the National Industry 4.0 Plan.
–          Interreg Central Europe Project on Advanced Manufacturing in Central Europe (AMiCE) – CE1064.
–          MIUR Project, National Technology Cluster Smart Factory: Smart Manufacturing 2020
–          Private Project (SAME-DEUTZ-FAHR SpA): project management of analysis, prototyping, development and implementation of an APS system for the tactical and operational planning of the entire assembly area. Duration March 2008-March 2010.
–          Private Project (Piaggio Aero Industries SpA): study for the design of the Final Assembly Line of the new P1-XX aircraft, at the Genoa plant, according to Lean production strategy. Duration January 2008-December 2008.
–          PRIN Project (MIGEN): development of methodologies based on MAS and CPM framework for the management of business networks. Duration January 2006-February 2008.
–          Private Project (Siemens SpA): study and implementation of a system for the evaluation of performance indicators and improvement induced by the adoption of an MES system, March 2004-September 2004 and renewal October 2004-December 2005.
–          Regional Project (598/94 MCC n. 438 – Atomos SpA): Innovative methodology for the management and control of the production logistic functions of SMEs, duration December 2003-December 2005.

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