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Claudio Altafini


I received a Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1996 and a PhD in Optimization and Systems Theory from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, in 2001. I then moved to SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) in Trieste, Italy, where I stayed until 2013. Since 2014 I am a Professor in Automatic Control in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Linkoping University.


My research interests are broadly in the area of modeling and control of nonlinear dynamical systems. Over the years I have been involved with very different applications, ranging from robotics to quantum mechanics, from biological systems to complex networks. In the last few years the focus of my research has been almost exclusively on the last two topics: Systems Biology and Modeling and Control of Complex Networks. See a description here.

New: Focus period

In September 2023 I am organizing a 5-week ELLIIT Focus period on "Network Dynamics and Control" in Linkoping.

Selected Publications

See my publication page for a complete list (and preprints), or my Google scholar page.


Current PhD students:

Postdoc: Visiting PhD students: M.Sc. students:
  • Marcus Evholt, Linkoping
Past PhD students:
  • Angela Fontan, PhD in 2021 from LiU, now postdoc at KTH.
  • Gustav Lindmark, PhD in 2020 from LiU, now at Eriksson.
  • Giuseppe Facchetti, PhD from SISSA (Italy) in 2013, now Lecturer at University of Surrey, UK.
  • Giovanna De Palo, PhD from SISSA (Italy) in 2012, now Associate Principal Data Scientist, AstraZeneca, UK.
  • Giovanni Iacono, PhD from SISSA (Italy) in 2012, now Scientist at European Food Safety Authority, Italy.
  • Mattia Zampieri, PhD from SISSA (Italy) in 2010, now Professor at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
  • Nicola Soranzo, PhD from SISSA (Italy) in 2009, now researcher at the Earlham Institute, Norwich, UK.
Past postdocs:
  • Gabriele Lini, postdoc in SISSA, 2012-13, now at VisLab (Ambarella company), Italy.


From 2020 I am teaching the TSRT09 Control Theory course. In 2014-19 I was teaching the TSRT62 Modeling and Simulation course.

Some PhD courses I am teaching (or I have taugh) are:

See Teaching page for details.

Media coverage

Some of my papers were given attention in the media:

Master Thesis proposals

I have several topics for Master thesis for Engineering students. Contact me if interested. Here are a few proposals (some in control, some "out of control", so to say):

Claudio Altafini

Professor in Automatic Control

+46 13 281373
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
Linkoping University
SE-581 83 Linkoping
Visiting Address:
Campus Valla
Building B
Room 2A:542 (in the A corridor on the ground floor between entrance 25 and 27)

Informationsansvarig: Claudio Altafini
Senast uppdaterad: 2023-06-14