Università della Basilicata

University of Basilicata (UNIBAS) is a relatively young but competitive University. It is strongly engaged in promoting both international research and technological transfer with industry. The university has around 300 professors, 12 departments, several research laboratories, and is part of collaboration networks with foreign universities, research centers, and private companies. Many resources are available to its 10,000 students to acquire varied and complete professional profiles within its 8 schools. The Department of Environmental Engineering and Physics (DIFA) is involved in scientific research activities aimed at investigating relevant aspects of environmental processes, developing knowledge related to the design and the management of manufacturing systems in order to minimize their impact on the environment and to optimize resource allocation/utilization.

The AREA Laboratory (Automation, Robotics and Applied Electromagnetism), headed by Prof. Fabrizio Caccavale, hosts a research group active in robotics, mechatronics and process control, which has achieved relevant research results in fault diagnosis algorithms for robot manipulators (discrete-time observer-based techniques with the adoption of RBF neural networks), advanced modeling and control approaches for chemical processes (compartment modeling, adaptive control), nonlinear control schemes for mechatronic systems (adaptive schemes, output feedback control), control and diagnosis of cooperative manipulators and coordinated control of multi-robot systems.


Fabrizio Caccavale received a Laurea degree in Electronics Engineering from the Università di Napoli Federico II in July 1993. From 1993 to 1996 he was a Ph.D. student in Electronics Engineering and Computer Science at the Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. From April to October 1996 he was a visiting scholar at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Rice University in Houston (Texas). He received a Ph.D.  in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in 1997. From 1996 to 1998 he was Adjunct Professor of Automatic Control (Computer Engineering, Diploma Degree) at the Università di Napoli Federico II. From April 1998 to October 1999 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. From 1999 to 2001 was Assistant Professor at the Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. Since 2001 he has been Associate Professor of Automatic Control at the Università degli Studi della Basilicata in Potenza, Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Fisica dell’Ambiente.

He has co-authored, 1 textbook, 2 research books and more than 100 journal papers, conference papers and book chapters. He has been a member of the International Program Committee for several international conferences. He is Associate Editor of the international scientific journals Robotica  and IEEE Transactions on control Systems Technology. He is an IEEE Senior Member. His research interests include manipulator inverse kinematics algorithms, identification of robot manipulators, cooperative multi-arm systems, underwater and space robotics, fault diagnosis for dynamical systems, nonlinear control of mechanical systems and process control