Sergio Bittanti

Professor emeritus of Politecnico di Milano


"Full Professor of Pattern Identification and Data Analysis. Member of the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, belonging to the specialised field of Automatics.

His energetic research activity, which consists of more than 150 papers published in the best international journals, has been focused on the identification and control of dynamical systems, with particular reference to recursive identification, the Kalman filter and predictive and adaptive control. He has also authored numerous scientific books and essays, including: Periodic Systems - Filtering and Control (2009), Identification, Adaptation, Learning - The Science of Learning Models from Data (1995), The Riccati Equation (1991), Software Reliability Modelling and Identification (1989), Time Series and Linear Systems (1986) - all published by Springer. 

He has promoted various  particularly significant scientific events for the Politecnico community and the international one, especially the 18th IFAC World Congress, held in Milan in the summer of 2011, with over 2,800 congress participants from 73 countries. He has carried out much editorial work: in particular, he was as Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Control from 2003 to 2013.

He has contributed to the activity of various scientific associations, including IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) and EUCA (European Control Association). 

At Politecnico di Milano, he was coordinator of the Ph.D in Computer Science and Control from 1993 to 1998. His numerous awards include the medal of the President of the Italian Republic for the 18th IFAC World Congress (2011); Ambassador of the City of Milan (2011); Corresponding non-resident academician of the Class of Physical Sciences - Technical Sciences Section of the Istituto di Bologna Academy of Sciences of  (2011); Corresponding member of Istituto Lombardo - Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2008); IFAC Fellow (2008); IEEE Fellow (2001); Honorary Professor of Tech University Cluj–Napoca, Romania, (2007); Philip Morris Award for Adaptive Vibration Control (1994); Huesped distinguido de la Ciudad de Guadalahara (Mexico, 1983)."

[extract from the 2018 nomination statement]