Mauro Da Lio

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Laurea in Ingegneria Meccanica, Univ. di Padova 26/2/86 (maximum cum laude).

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica


Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Università degli Studi di Padova 26/2/86. 
Mechanical and System engineer, Tecnomare S.p.A., Venezia (87-90).
Asssistant professor, Università di Padova (90-98).
Associate Professor, Università di Trento (98-01).
Full Professor, Università di Trento, (01 -).
Director of the Department of Mechanical and Structural engineering (04-09).
Head of the Mechatronic Research Group (01-).
Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction of Intelligent Transportation systems since 2008.
Interessi di ricerca


Research interests focus on integrated intelligent mechanical systems, with emphasis on modelling simulation and optimal control of mechanical multibody systems, which has been applied to several fields, from space to vehicles.
In space applications, I have been involved in modelling and control of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna ( ) . 
Interest in vehicles began in 1994, in the area of motorcycle dynamics. 
Optimal control was first used to assess motorcycles manoeuvrability and handling. 
Since 2004 I have been involved in a number of EU funded research projects focusing on vehicle dynamics and motion planning based on real time optimal control (PReVENT, SAFERIDER, interactIVe).
My interests moved also to the modelling human motor skills/capabilities (initially as part of driver models). I have been involved in an EU project in the domain of accessibility of non-ICT products (VERITAS) with the main focus of modelling elder people and people with disabilities.
My current research activity is focused on modelling virtual/artificial drivers and ultimately "companion drivers" (by combining Control and Percpetion-Action paradigm) towards the goal of robotics intelligent vehicles that interact with driver on a peer basis and that cooperates in swarms.
Attività di ricerca


Major research projects and grants:
- EC 6 Framework Integrated Project “PReVENT” (FP6-507075, Preventive and Active Road Safety Application). Partner n.64 (UNITN), (04-07)
- Responsible for partner UNITN (Development of a safe-optimal manoeuvre planner for Safe Speed Safe Distance functions subproject SASPENCE, development of evasive manoeuvres subproject INSAFES). 
- EC 7 Framework STREP Project SAFERIDER “Advanced Telematics for enhancing SaFEty and comfort of motorcycle RIDERs  (08-10).
- Partner UNITN (object collision strategies and speed management).
- EC 7 Framework Integrated Project VERITAS “Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS “ (10-13).
- Partner UNITN (modelling physical and motor impairments, environmental sensors).
- EC 7 Framework Integrated Project interactIVe “Accident avoidance by active intervention for Intelligent Vehicles” (10-13).
- Partner UNITN (manoeuvring strategies).
- LISA Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (
- Responsible of:
Electrostatic suspension system for LISA and SMART2 experiments, ESTEC contract #13691/99/NL/FM (SC) - (follow on study). (01-02).
in LISA Technology Package Architect, ESTEC contract #15580/01/NL/HB (requirements and specifications for the control loops and algorithms of the LISA Technology Package, specification of operating modes, dynamic and simulation of the satellite).  (01-02).
in rider to ESA LISA Technology Package Architect, ESTEC contract #15580/01/NL/HB (mechanics and control laws). (02-03).
in Inertial Sensor Ground Testing and Noise Model for LISA, ESA RFQ/3-10687/03/NL/AG (responsible of decaging ground tests).
Selected list of recent publications.
  • Biral, F., da Lio, M., Lot, R., Sartori, R. An intelligent curve warning system for powered two wheel vehicles (2010) European Transport Research Review, 2 (3), pp. 147-156. 
  • Amditis, A., Bimpas, M., Thomaidis, G., Tsogas, M., Netto, M., Mammar, S., Beutner, A., Möhler, N., Wirthgen, T., Zipser, S., Etemad, A., Da Lio, M., Cicilloni, R. A situation-adaptive lane-keeping support system: Overview of the SAFELANE approach (2010) IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 11 (3), art. no. 5504223, pp. 617-629. 
  • Amditis, A., Bertolazzi, E., Bimpas, M., Biral, F., Bosetti, P., Da Lio, M., Danielsson, L., Gallione, A., Lind, H., Saroldi, A., Sjögren, A. A holistic approach to the integration of safety applications: The INSAFES subproject within the European framework programme 6 integrating project PReVENT (2010) IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 11 (3), art. no. 5353650, pp. 554-566. 
  • Bertolazzi, E., Biral, F., Da Lio, M., Saroldi, A., Tango, F. Supporting drivers in keeping safe speed and safe distance: The SASPENCE subproject within the European framework programme 6 integrating project PReVENT (2010) IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 11 (3), art. no. 5371882, pp. 525-538. 
  • De Cecco, M., Bortoluzzi, D., Baglivo, L., Benedetti, M., Da Lio, M. Measurement of the momentum transferred between contacting bodies during the LISA test-mass release phase - Uncertainty estimation (2009) Measurement Science and Technology, 20 (5), art. no. 055101.
  • Bortoluzzi, D., Baglivo, L., Benedetti, M., Biral, F., Bosetti, P., Cavalleri, A., Da Lio, M., De Ceceo, M., Dolesi, R., Lapolla, M., Weber, W., Vitale, S. LISA Pathfinder test mass injection in geodesc motion: Status of the on-ground testing (2009) Classical and Quantum Gravity, 26 (9), art. no. 094011
  • Bertolazzi, E., Biral, F., Da Lio, M. Real-time motion planning for multibody systems: Real life application examples (2007) Multibody System Dynamics, 17 (2-3), pp. 119-139. 
  • Benedetti, M., Bortoluzzi, D., Da Lio, M., Fontanari, V. The influence of adhesion and sub-Newton pull-off forces on the release of objects in outer space (2006) Journal of Tribology, 128 (4), pp. 828-840. 
  • Bertolazzi, E., Biral, F., Da Lio, M. Symbolic-numeric efficient solution of optimal control problems for multibody systems (2006) Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 185 (2), pp. 404-421
  • Anza, S., Armano, M., Balaguer, E., Benedetti, M., Boatella, C., Bosetti, P., Bortoluzzi, D., Brandt, N., Braxmaier, C., Caldwell, M., Carbone, L., Cavalleri, A., Ciccolella, A., Cristofolini, I., Cruise, M., Da Lio, M., Danzmann, K., Desiderio, D., Dolesi, R., Dunbar, N., Fichter, W., Garcia, C., Garcia-Berro, E., Garcia Marin, A.F., Gerndt, R., Gianolio, A., Giardini, D., Gruenagel, R., Hammesfahr, A., Heinzel, G., Hough, J., Hoyland, D., Hueller, M., Jennrich, O., Johann, U., Kemble, S., Killow, C., Kolbe, D., Landgraf, M., Lobo, A., Lorizzo, V., Mance, D., Middleton, K., Nappo, F., Nofrarias, M., Racca, G., Ramos, J., Robertson, D., Sallusti, M., Sandford, M., Sanjuan, J., Sarra, P., Selig, A., Shaul, D., Smart, D., Smit, M., Stagnaro, L., Sumner, T., Tirabassi, C., Tobin, S., Vitale, S., Wand, V., Ward, H., Weber, W.J., Zweifel, P.
  • The LTP experiment on the LISA Pathfinder mission (2005) Classical and Quantum Gravity, 22 (10), pp. S125-S138. 
  • Bertolazzi, E., Biral, F., Da Lio, M. Symbolic-numeric indirect method for solving optimal control problems for large multibody systems: The time-optimal racing vehicle example (2005) Multibody System Dynamics, 13 (2), pp. 233-252. 
  • Lot, R., Da Lio, M. A symbolic approach for automatic generation of the equations of motion of multibody systems (2004) Multibody System Dynamics, 12 (2), pp. 147-172. 
Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

IEEE member (90723220)

Associate Editor of IEEE - Transaction of Intelligent Transportation Systems 

Altre attività

Before entering academia, I worked for three years (~87-90) in Tecnomare S.p.A. (Venezia, Italy, ENI group), where I worked in early EU projects (Eureka) and ESA projects  on designing underwater and space robotics actuators and manipuators.



Some nice light curiosities about my research activities are on the blog: