Nicola Schiavoni was born in Manduria (TA) in 1950 and received a "Laurea" degree in Ingegneria Elettronica (Electrical Engineering) from the Politecnico di Milano in 1973.
Since then, he has been with the Centro di Teoria dei Sistemi of the CNR (Italian National Research Council) and the Politecnico di Milano, where he presently holds the position of Professore Ordinario (Full Professor) of Automatica (Automatic Control) in the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione (Department of Electronics and Information).
His research activity took place in the field of System and Control Theory and Applications, with special reference to: 1. Simplified models of dynamical systems; 2. Optimal periodic control; 3. Differential games; 4. Insensitive and robust control; 5. Decentralized control; 6. Zero-error regulation; 7. Fault-tolerant control; 8. Network control; 9. Parameter optimization of structurally constrained regulators; 10. Control systems computer-aided design; 11. Multirate control systems; 12. Fuzzy control; 13. Applications to electrical power plants control; 14. Applications to large space structures control; 15. Other applications.
Presently, he is particularly involved with topics 5, 6, 7 and 8. The results achieved are witnessed by about 90 journal articles and conference papers.
He also spent periods of study and research with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA, and the Control and Management Systems Division, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
He is a member of the SocietÓ Italiana Docenti e Ricercatori in Automatica (Italian Society of professors and Researchers in Automatic Control) and of the Associazione Nazionale Italiana per l'Automazione (Italian National Association for Automation), where he also served as Chair of the Milano Chapter and Vicechair of the full society.
At the Politecnico di Milano, Nicola Schiavoni has been Chair of the Consiglio di Corso di Laurea in Ingegneria Informatica (Council for the "Laurea" Degree in Computer Science) and Vicechair of the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione (Department of Electronics and Information). From June 2000 to December 2006, he has been serving as Dean of the FacoltÓ di Ingegneria dell'Informazione (Information Engineering Faculty), already denominated V FacoltÓ di Ingegneria (5th Engineering Faculty). Since May 2011 he has been serving as the Garante delle trasparenza.