Luca Consolini

Associate professor in automation (ING-INF/04 – Automatica)


Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Architettura,
Università degli Studi di Parma,
Parco Area delle Scienze 181/A
43124, Parma, Italy


Current courses: Linear Systems Theory, Identification and Adaptive Control.

Past courses: Digital Control Systems, Modelling and Simulation, Discrete Events Systems, Numerical methods for Differential Equations.

Supervision of PhD students


Daniele Antonucci (co-tutored with Gianluigi Ferrari, Predictive maintenance and anomaly detection)
Stefano Ardizzoni (co-tutored with Marco Locatelli, Multiple agents path following in automated warehouse.) 
Irene Saccani (co-tutored with Marco Locatelli, Multiple agents coordination and data analysis in automated warehouses.) 
Andrea Fois (co-tutored with Marco Locatelli, Consumer data analysis and marketing optimization.)


Gabriele Calzavara (anomaly detection in industrial plants, co-supervised with Gianluigi Ferrari). 
Mattia Laurini (speed planning and numerical solution of the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation), 
Francesco Denaro (control of industrial filling machines), 
Alessandro Costalunga (virtual constraints for mechanical systems), 
Piero Micelli (motion planning for road vehicles).

Current research topics

Virtual holonomic constraints for mechanical systems
Collaboration with M. Maggiore at the University of Toronto. A virtual holonomic constraint (VHC) for a Lagrangian control system is a collection of relations among the configuration variables of the system that can be made invariant via feedback control. We are developing various results on the feasibility of such relations and on the characterization of the dynamic of the resulting constrained system.

Motion planning and dynamic programming
Collaboration with M. Locatelli at the University of Parma. We are studying a class of optimization problems. The class is able to describe a numerical formulation of the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation and speed planning tasks for vehicles and robotic manipulators. We are developing fast numerical solution algorithms.

Multi-vehicle coordination
Collaboration with M. Locatelli at the University of Parma. We are studying the multi-agent path finding problem. It consists on the path optimization for multiple vehicles moving on a graph, preventing collisions and deadlock situations.

Anesthesia control
Collaboration with A. Visioli at the University of Brescia. We are studying optimal and robust control algorithms for the automated regulation of drugs infusion during surgery and long-term sedation.

Anomaly detection in industrial plants
Collaboration with G. Ferrari at the University of Parma - We are working on the identification and anomaly detection in industrial plants, characterized by a large number of sensors and actuators.

See publications at Google Scholar page

Editorial activities

Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control
Associate Editor for Asian Journal of Control
Associate Editor for the Technology Conference Editorial Board of CSS, since 2020.
Associate Editor for the Conference Editorial Board of CSS, since 2020.
Associate Editor for IROS conference since 2019.

Research projects funded by private companies

OCME, Parma: modelling and simulating a dancer tension control system and a transport section for packaging lines,
control of weight filling machines,
optimization of palletizing robots,
multi-agent path finding in automated warehouses.
Magneti Marelli, Torino: development and optimization of a planner for the parking maneuver of a road vehicle. 
GlaxoSmithKline, Parma: predictive maintenance and anomaly detection on a pharmaceutical production plant.