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Alessandro Saccon

Alessandro Saccon

Alessandro Saccon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Eindhoven University of Technology

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Eindhoven University of Technology
Gebouw Gemini Zuid -1.125
Den Dolech 2
5612 AZ Eindhoven

+31 (0) 40 247 5423
a.saccon (at) tue.nl

Research Overview

My research interests are focused on modeling, analysis, and control of complex and highly maneuverable mechanical systems. My current research efforts are directed toward the development of efficient numerical methods to control robotic systems with unilateral constraints to be applied in manipulation and locomotion tasks with multiple contacts

For more details on my research interests and activities, click on the following link [research topics].

Biographic Sketch

Alessandro Saccon received a PhD degree in control system theory from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2006. He held then a research and development position at the University of Padova in joint collaboration with the racing motorcycle company Ducati Corse. From 2009 until the beginning of 2013, he held a post-doctoral research position at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal working on geometric numerical methods for solving trajectory optimization problems. Dr. Saccon has held visiting positions at the University of Colorado, Boulder (2003 and 2005), at the California Institute of Technology (2006), and at the Australian National University (2011).


Nonlinear control - Robotics - Numerical optimal control and optimization
Multi-body mechanics - Geometric mechanics - Motorcycle dynamics



Motion Signals With Velocity Jumps: Velocity Estimation Employing Only Quantized Position Data,
M Rijnen, A Saccon, H Nijmeijer,
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 3(3), 2018

Control of humanoid robot motions with impacts: Numerical experiments with reference spreading control,
M Rijnen, E de Mooij, S Traversaro, F Nori, N van de Wouw, A Saccon, H Nijmeijer,
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017

On centroidal dynamics and integrability of average angular velocity,
A Saccon, S Traversaro, F Nori, H Nijmeijer,
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 2(2), 2017

Second-Order-Optimal Minimum-Energy Filters on Lie Groups,
A Saccon, J Trumpf, R Mahony, AP Aguiar,
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (accepted, available online), 2016

Energy-Optimal Motion Planning for Multiple Robotic Vehicles With Collision Avoidance,
AJ Haeusler, A Saccon, AP Aguiar, J Hauser, AM Pascoal,
IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology (accepted, available online), 2016

Sensitivity analysis of hybrid systems with state jumps with application to trajectory tracking
A. Saccon, N. van de Wouw, H. Nijmeijer
Decision and Control (CDC), 2014 IEEE 53rd Annual Conference on, pages 3065-3070

Optimal Control on Lie Groups: The Projection Operator Approach
A. Saccon, J. Hauser, A.P. Aguiar
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume 58, Issue 9, Sept. 2013

Complete list

See Google scholar account.

Click here to access my list of publications (possibly not fully up-to-date/complete).


2006 Claudio Maffezzoni PhD thesis award by the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, devoted to the ``best PhD thesis that gives an original contribution to the application of the mathematical modeling and automatic control in the solution of control problem, with special emphasis on real applications in the fields of process control, industrial automation, and robotics.''

2011-2013 FCT Postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation.

Last updated: August 20, 2018