Structural Methods for the Study of Complex Systems

Complex dynamical systems are present in a number of disciplines and domains, from those concerned with physical processes (biology, genetics, environmental sciences, etc.) to those focused on man-made systems (engineering, energy, finance, etc.). In these fields, it has become now usual to refer to dynamical structures such as systems of systems, hybrid systems and multimodal systems. As to the methodologies for the synthesis of control systems, these evolve continuously, so as to become adequate to the more and more complexity of the systems at object.  

The structural methodologies (i.e., those methodologies which have originated from graph theories, differential-algebraic techniques and geometric approaches) have intrinsic characteristics which have made them especially effective in this context: power of abstraction, geometric vision, algorithmic approach. 

The main objectives of the research are: i) developing a corpus of results which enable mastering of complex dynamical systems within the different structural approaches; ii) studying the effectiveness of structural approaches with specific classes of complex systems; iii) devising computational algorithms supporting the theoretical results. 


ERC Fields

  • PE7_1 - Control engineering 
  • PE7_3 Simulation engineering and modelling  
  • PE7_4 Systems engineering, sensorics, actorics, automation 


Scientific coordinator: Dr. Elena Zattoni 

Research activities are mostly based on collaborations with other Italian and foreign Universities.


Elena Zattoni

Associate Professor

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