The activity of the University of Bologna will be conducted at the Research Centre CASY (Center for research on complex Automated Systems, http://www.casy.deis.unibo.it/) that is a research centre within the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems (DEIS) at the University of Bologna – ITALY. At the moment the research centre counts 8 staff members and 15 post-doctoral fellows and PhD students. The Center takes advantage of the presence of a worldwide reputed Scientific Committee.
UNIBO will coordinate the SHERPA project having a primary role in dissemination of the project results. In the RTD activities the role of UNIBO is focused on the design, simulation and implementation of advanced low-level control algorithms, reactive supervision strategies, and FDI/FTC algorithms. UNIBO is also responsible for the design and construction of the SHERPA box and the onboard computational Hw. UNIBO will lead WP1, WP7 and WP10.
Among the different research activities conducted within CASY, the most pertinent with the topic of the project is the analysis and design of nonlinear control systems with particular emphasis towards the design of automatic control algorithm for unmanned aerial vehicles. Within this topic the group have a remarkable experience in the field of nonlinear output regulation, robust control synthesis for nonlinear systems, and hybrid nonlinear systems. The group within CASY has been involved in the last years in several research projects, both at National and European level, in which it has matured a remarkable experience in managing research contracts and actively collaborating with international research groups. Active EU projects are AIRobots (coordinated, www.airobots.eu) and TRIDENT (www.irs.uji.es/trident). Past EU projects related to SHERPA are the EU IST projects “IFATIS”, focused on fault tolerant control for integrated systems, “GEOPLEX”, on modelling and control of complex physical systems, “DEXMART”, on advanced manipulation.