Alessandro Rizzo was born in Catania, Italy, in 1971. He received the Laurea Degree (summa cum laude) in Computer Engineering and the Ph.D. Degree in Electronic and Automation Engineering from the University of Catania, Italy, in 1996, and 2000, respectively. In 1998, he worked as EURATOM research fellow at JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, UK, in the field of sensor validation and fault diagnosis for nuclear fusion experiments. In 2000 and 2001 he worked as research consultant to ST Microelectronics, Catania Site, Italy, and as Industry Professor of robotics at the University of Messina, Italy. From 2002 to 2015, he was a tenured Researcher at Politecnico di Bari, Italy, where he conducted and supervised research on modeling and control of nonlinear systems, robotics, complex networks and systems, distributed estimation and control, dynamical systems theory, and has taught several courses in the domain of systems and control theory, and robotics.
In 2015 he joined the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, as a tenured associate professor in the department of control and computer engineering, where he continues to pursue his research and teaching activity. From 2012 to present, he has also been Visiting Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY, where he conducts research in collaboration with the Dynamical Systems Lab in the field of biomimetic robotics and complex networks and systems.
Alessandro Rizzo is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society.