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Dr Gianmario Rinaldi

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (E&R)


Short Bio

I am Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Education & Research) at the Department of Engineering in the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy. I have a strong passion and expertise in control theory and applications.
I received a BSc degree in Energy Engineering, a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, and a PhD degree in Control Systems Engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 2014, 2016, and 2019, respectively.
I have been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter (2019-2021). The research activity undertaken during my Postdoc was mainly focused on the design and experimental validation (in sea) of advanced information-driven optimal navigation and control strategies for underwater electric vehicles. Further details of this UKRI-NERC funded project can be found at

Research Interests and Applications

My research interests include:

  • optimisation and optimal control;
  • large-scale systems;
  • fault estimation, reconstruction and mitigation
  • variable structure/sliding mode systems;
  • state observers and state estimation;
  • model identification.

My research applications include:

  • energy management and control of zero-emission powertrains;
  • energy networks and power systems modelling, estimation and control;
  • DC microgrids and DC power converters;
  • control and path planning of autonomous vehicles;
  • robotics;
  • epidemiological models.

Academic Collaborators

Staff affiliated to University of Exeter:

  • Prof Prathyush P Menon, research leader of the Cooperative Robotics and Autonomus NEtworks (CRANE) lab;
  • Prof Christopher Edwards;
  • Prof Peter Challenor;
  • Dr Shenan Grossberg;
  • Prof Christopher W Smith;
  • Dr Devika K Baby.

And internationally with:

  • Prof Antonella Ferrara, University of Pavia, Italy;
  • Prof Michele Cucuzzela, University of Pavia, Italy;
  • Dr Juan Machado Martinez, Univesity of Gronigen, The Netherlands;
  • Prof Jacquelien Scherpen, Univesity of Gronigen, The Netherlands;
  • Prof Yuri Shtessel, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA.

Industries Collaborators

  • Lynch Motors Ltd, Honiton, UK;
  • Ecomar Propulsion Ltd, Fareham, UK.

Useful Links

If you are interested in my research activity, feel free to have al look at these webpages:

Please contact me if you are interested in a PhD studentship aligned with my research interests.