Alessandro Giua

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Cagliari

Via Marengo 2
09123 Cagliari, Italy

Tel: +39-070-675-5751
Skype: alessandro.giua

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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 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.

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.

From 2013 to 2017 he was a professor at Aix-Marseille University, France with the Computer and Systems Sciences Laboratory (LIS). 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 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA). He received the IFAC Outstanding Service Award. In 2017, he was a recipient of the Friendship Award from the People's Republic of China.

Teaching activities

Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Electronic and Computer Engineering (DRIEI) of the University of Cagliari.

Current courses at the University of Cagliari

Past courses at the University of Cagliari:

Recent graduate students

Editorial activities

Conference activities

  • General chair of CDC'16: 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (Las Vegas, NV, USA), December 12-14, 2016.
  • Chair of ADHS'06: IFAC 2nd Int. Conf. Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (Alghero, Italy). 7-9 Jun 2006.
  • Chair of WODES'98: 4th Int. Work. on Discrete Event Systems (Cagliari, Italy), 26-28 Aug 1998
  • Program Chair of CASE'11: 7th IEEE Int. Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (Trieste, Italy), Aug 24-27, 2011.
  • Program Co-Chair of WODES'16, MOSIM'12, ADHS'12, WODES'10, ADHS'09, WODES'08, WODES'02.

International projects

Services in scientific societies


  • Vice President for Conference Activities of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2020-21)
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2013-15)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of IEEE CASE: Conference Series on Automation Science and Engineering (2011-15)



  • 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)

Last revision: February 2023