Università degli Studi Roma Tre

Roma Tre University was established in 1992 and is made up of 32 departments. Its 40,000 students have a wide range of course offerings that focus on the quality of the teaching and the introduction into the working world. Roma Tre offers a wide choice of post-degree courses (masters, PhDs, and specialization courses), enhanced by the collaboration of both public and private enterprises.

The Department of Computer Science and Automation (DIA – Dipartimento di Informatica e Automazione www.dia.uniroma3.it) of University “Roma Tre” was instituted in 1996. It is based in Via della Vasca Navale 79-81, 00146, Rome, Italy and DIA has 21 faculty members, 10 staff members, about 25 Ph.D students and postdocs as well as several collaborators. The head of the department is Prof. Giovanni Ulivi. The main scientific areas of interest encompass the following discipline sectors: Automation, Computer Science, and Operations Research. The mission of the Department is to promote and support theoretical, experimental and methodological research activities in the scientific fields of interest, as well as integrating expertise to solve problems that are particularly relevant from an applicative point of view, even for external bodies and institutions. The department has the following research programs:

  1. Automation and Industrial Organization
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Networks Analysis and Visualization
  4. Databases and Information Systems
  5. Computer-Aided Design
  6. Robotics and Sensor Fusion

The department research effort builds upon two types of co-operations: academic and industrial. The former has both national and international dimensions, as DIA is involved in research projects stimulated and financed by: European Union (UE); Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR); National Research Council (CNR). The industrial co-operation is with several industries located in the area. Each year DIA publishes more than 100 papers in the main international journals and at major conferences, and its members are in steering committees of the most prestigious scientific events and institutions. Numerous prizes and awards have been assigned to its members for their scientific and educational activities.


Lorenzo Sciavicco was born in Tome, Italy, on December 8, 1938. He received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome in 1963. From 1968 to 1995 he stayed at the University of Naples, where he served as Head of Department of Computer and Systems Engineering from 1992 to 1995. He is currently Professor of Robotics at the Department of Computer Engineering and Automation at the Third University of Rome. His research interests include automatic control theory and applications, inverse kinematics, redundant manipulator control, force/motion control and cooperative robots. He has published more than 80 journal and conference papers and he is co-author of the book "Modeling and Control of Robot Manipulators" (McGraw-Hill 1996). Professor Sciavicco is one of the pioneers of robot control research in Italy and received numerous research grants for his robotics group. He served as a referee for industrial and academic research projects on robotics and automation in Italy.