Honours and Awards

Awards and Prizes

  • Outstanding Service as Associate Editor for the year 2021, awarded every year to a single Associate Editor, IEEE Control Systems Letters, 2022.
  • SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize 2021, awarded every two years to one outstanding early career researcher for distinguished contributions to the mathematical theory of systems and control, for "significant contributions to the development of innovative methodologies for the structural analysis of networked control systems and their applications to biological networks".
    Prize presented at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT21), Spokane (Washington), USA, July 19-21, 2021.
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2020.
  • Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems Paper Prize 2017, awarded to the best paper published on the journal Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems in the triennium 2014-2016: "A switched system approach to dynamic race modelling", co-authored with F. Blanchini, D. Casagrande and U. Viaro.
    Prize presented at the IFAC World Congress, Toulouse, France, July 14, 2017. PDF download
  • EECI PhD Award 2016, for the best PhD thesis in Europe in the field of Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems, awarded by the European Embedded Control Institute to my PhD thesis "Structural Analysis and Control of Dynamical Networks".
    Award presented at the IFAC World Congress, Toulouse, France, July 12, 2017. PDF download PDF download
  • Outstanding TAC Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2016.
  • XIV International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO), silver medal in national rankings, May 2006.


  • PRIN project, "PRIDE - Proliferation, Resistance and Infection Dynamics in Epidemics", PI (coordinator of the whole project), Italian Ministry of University, 2023.
  • ERC Starting Grant, "INSPIRE - Integrated Structural and Probabilistic Approaches for Biological and Epidemiological Systems", PI (personal grant), Horizon Europe, European Research Council, 2023.
  • COVID-19 Strategic University Projects, "MOSES - Models for Reasoning about the Spreading of Diseases" (co-PI with Marco Roveri), University of Trento, 2020.
  • NWO Crossover programme, "SYNERGIA - SYstem change for New Ecology-based and Resource efficient Growth with high tech In Agriculture" (task leader in a large interdisciplinary consortium involving 9 universities/research institutions and several companies, led by Peter Groot Koerkamp, Wageningen University and Research), 2020.
  • NWO Talent Scheme Veni Grant, "NISSA - Nonlinear lnterconnected Systems: a Structural Approach", PI (personal grant), Dutch Research Council (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek), 2019.
  • Delft Technology Fellowship, PI (personal grant), TU Delft, 2018.
  • Aspasia Beurs (personal grant), TU Delft, 2018.
  • BioDate Grant, "Robustness by design? Structural analysis of dynamic metabolic models" (PI with S. Aljoscha Wahl), Delft Bioengineering Institute, 2018.
  • BioDate Grant, "Optimal control of combined chemo-radiation therapy treatments for improving cancer care" (PI with Zoltán Perkó), Delft Bioengineering Institute, 2018.
  • Aspasia Beurs (personal grant), TU Delft, 2017.
  • Knut och Alice Wallenberg Foundation Grant (personal grant), 2016.

Competitive Fellowships/Scholarships

  • Italian Ministry of Education, Competitive Research Fellowship, 2016.
  • DAAD Research Scholarship, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service), 2015.
  • Italian Ministry of Education, Competitive Ph.D. Scholarship, 2013-2015.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), California Institute of Technology, 2012.
  • Scholarship for excellence (reduced tuition fees for top students), University of Udine, 2007-2012.
  • Scholarship for excellence and enrollment in the National Register of Excellence, Italian Ministry of Education, 2007.