Alessandro Giua

DIEE, University of Cagliari, Italy
Piazza d'Armi, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Tel: +39-070-675-5751; Email:


Alessandro Giua is a professor at the University of Cagliari (Italy) with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, where he is a member of the of Automatic Control group. He is also professor (on leave) at Aix-Marseille University, France with the Computer and Systems Sciences Laboratory (LIS), where he is a member of the group MoFED.

He received the Laurea degree in electric engineering from the University of Cagliari, Italy in 1988, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in 1990 and 1992. He joined the University of Cagliari in 1994 as assistant professor, becoming associate professor in 1998 and full professor in 2005. He joined Aix-Marseille University in 2013.

His research interests include discrete event systems, hybrid systems, networked control systems, automated manufacturing, Petri nets, control of mechanical systems, failure diagnosis. He co-authored, with Angela Di Febbraro, the book Sistemi ad eventi discreti, McGraw-Hill Italia, 2002, and co-authored with Carla Seatzu the book Analisi dei sistemi dinamici, Springer-Verlag Italia, II edition, 2009.

He has been a visiting researcher at: Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), INRIA Rocquencourt e Lorraine (France), Université d'Angers (France), Université de Metz (France), CINVESTAV  Guadalajara (Mexico), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France), Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France), Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg (Germany), Ecole Centrale de Lille (France), UniversitÚ Paul CÚzanne - Aix-Marseille III (France), Zhejiang University (China), UniversitÚ de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-CambrÚsis (France), Xidian University (China).

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions to discrete event and hybrid systems, and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). He has been awarded in 2017 the Friendship Award of the People's Republic of China.

Teaching at UNICA

Past courses at the University of Cagliari:

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Editorial activities

Scientific boards

Past activities

Editorial activities

  • General chair of CDC 2016: 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (Las Vegas, NV, USA), December 12-14, 2016.
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2013-15)
  • Member of the Steering Committe IEEE CASE: Conference Series on Automation Science and Engineering (since 2011-15)
  • Chair for Chapter Activities of the Member Activities Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2006-13)
IFAC Other
  • Member of the Executive Board of SIDRA: SocietÓ Italiana Docenti e Ricercatori in Automatica (2010-13)
  • Member of the Steering Committe WODES: Workshop Series on Discrete Event Systems (1998-2006)
  • Coordinator of the European project DISC: Distributed Supervisory Control of Large Plants , Project FP7-ICT-2007.3.7.(c), Grant Agrement n. INFSO-ICT-224498, 1 Sep 2008-31 Dec 2011
  • Local coordinator at the Univ. of Cagliari of the FP7-ICT-2009-5 Network of Excellence HYCON2: Highly-complex and networked control systems., Sep 2010- Aug 2014.

Last revision: May 2019