Università degli Studi di Salerno
The University of Salerno has very ancient origins as it is one of the oldest universities in Europe. The Salerno School of Medicine was founded in the 8th century and was the principal institution in Europe for the study of medicine, reaching its high point in the Middle Ages .The university remained active until 1811, when it was closed by royal decree under the Napoleonic government of Joachim Murat. In 1944 the university was re-opened by King Vittorio Emanuele II. Today is a modern university with many faculties.
The Research Unit UNISA is part of the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, where it has been committed to research in robotics and automation for more than ten years. Since 2004, the Automatica Lab, equipped with two industrial robots Comau SiX with open control architecture and a prototype of automated warehouse has been in operation. A more detailed description of the current equipment available, of the on-going research activities and of the scientific publications can be found at http://www.automatica.unisa.it.
Pasquale Chiacchio received a Laurea (5 year) degree in Electronic Engineering and athe Research Doctorate (3 year) degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Naples in 1987 and 1992, respectively. He is a professor of Automatic Control in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Salerno. His main research interests include robotics and modeling and control of discrete event systems. In the robotics field, he has been working on robot control and identification, inverse kinematic problems, control of redundant manipulators and control of cooperative manipulators. In the discrete event systems field, he has been working on supervisory control based on monitors, optimal supervisory control and formal specification for supervisory systems. He has co-authored 5 national books, 33 international journal papers, 80 international conference papers and book chapters. He was the coordinator of the Research Program of National Interest (PRIN 2007) “Control themes in hyperflexible robotic workcells”.