Saverio Bolognani

Automatic Control Laboratory
ETH Zurich

Physikstrasse 3, ETL K 13.2
CH-8092 Zurich
Email: bsaverio@ethz.ch - PGP key

ORCID 0000-0002-7935-1385 - Google Scholar

Saverio Bolognani portrait photo

I am a Senior Researcher in Prof. Florian Dörfler's group, at the Automatic Control Laboratory of ETH Zurich. I am passionate about applications of networked control theory to complex systems like power grids and autonomous mobility. I care about the efficiency of these systems, but also their fairness. I am currently looking into the intersection between nonlinear optimization and feedback control design, and I always like to learn more about control theory, distributed optimization, stochastic optimization, and game theory.

Latest news and talks

25 October 2021 - Tutorial at IEEE SmartGridComm 2021

Lukas Ortmann and I will present the results of our UNICORN project in the tutorial "A Unified Control Framework for Real-Time Power System Operation" at IEEE SmartGridComm 2021. The tutorial is offered online, but registration is needed. More...

NCCR Automation Seminar Series

The NCCR Automation is organizing a series of seminars with distinguished international speakers. For more information, visit https://nccr-automation.ch/news/2021/nccr-automation-seminar-series . Past Control Seminar Series flyers are still available.

5-7 July 2022 - IFAC Conference on Networked Systems

NecSys22 will take place at ETH in Zurich next summer. It will feature a great list of plenary speakers, an IFAC Young Author Award spotlight presentation, and interactive poster sessions of contributed papers.

Visit necsys22.control.ee.ethz.ch for more information!

8 September 2021 - NREL Workshop on Resilient Autonomous Energy Systems

Invited talk: "A Feedback Optimization Approach to Resilient Power System Operation" at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Joint work with Lukas Ortmann, Miguel Picallo, Florian Dörfler.

Presentation (PDF)

31 May 2021 - ICRA 2021 Tutorial "Game Theoretical Motion Planning"

In this tutorial, we cover the Game Theory concepts that are the most relevant for motion planning and autonomous driving, and the latest research directions. Joint work with Alessandro Zanardi, Andrea Censi, and Emilio Frazzoli.

Program - Video recordings - Monograph

26 July 2021 - IEEE PES General Meeting

See my 5-minute presentation of our paper
"Wasserstein Distributionally Robust Look-Ahead Economic Dispatch"
Bala Kameshwar Poolla, Ashish R. Hota, Saverio Bolognani, Duncan S. Callaway, Ashish Cherukuri
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, ( Volume: 36, Issue: 3, May 2021) - doi: 10.1109/TPWRS.2020.3034488 - preprint

NCCR Automation

You can read more about the new National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) on https://nccr-automation.ch/

Here is a short video about my interests!

People I work with

Past Ph.D. students

  • Adrian Hauswirth (now at Fortum)

  • Bala Kameshwar Poolla (now at NREL)


Selected publications

Feedback optimization

[WORKING PAPER] Adrian Hauswirth, Saverio Bolognani, Gabriela Hug, and Florian Dörfler. Optimization algorithms as robust feedback controllers. arXiv:2103.11329 [math.OC], 2021. [ preprint ]

[NEW] Giuseppe Belgioioso, Dominic Liao-McPherson, Mathias Hudoba de Badyn, Saverio Bolognani, John Lygeros, and Florian Dörfler. Sampled-data online feedback equilibrium seeking: Stability and tracking. In Proc. 60th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2021. [ preprint ]

[NEW] Adrian Hauswirth, Saverio Bolognani, and Florian Dörfler. Projected dynamical systems on irregular, non-euclidean domains for nonlinear optimization. SIAM J. on Control and Optimization, 59(1), 2021. [ DOI | preprint ]

[NEW] Adrian Hauswirth, Saverio Bolognani, Gabriela Hug, and Florian Dörfler. Timescale separation in autonomous optimization. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 66(2), February 2021. [ DOI | preprint ]

Verena Häberle, Adrian Hauswirth, Lukas Ortmann, Saverio Bolognani, and Florian Dörfler. Non-convex feedback optimization with input and output constraints. IEEE Control Systems Letters, 5(1), January 2021. [ DOI | preprint ]

Real-time power system operation

[WORKING PAPER] Miguel Picallo, Lukas Ortmann, Saverio Bolognani and Florian Dörfler. Adaptive real-time grid operation via online feedback optimization with sensitivity estimation. arXiv:2110.00954 [eess.SY], 2021. [ preprint ]

[WORKING PAPER] Miguel Picallo, Dominic Liao-McPherson, Saverio Bolognani and Florian Dörfler. Cross-layer design for real-time grid operation: estimation, optimization and power flow. arXiv:2109.13842 [eess.SY], 2021. [ preprint ]

[NEW] Miguel Picallo, Saverio Bolognani, and Florian Dörfler. Closing the loop: Dynamic state estimation and feedback optimization of power grids. Electric Power Systems Research, 189:106753, December 2020. Presented at the 21st Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC). [ DOI | preprint ]

[NEW] Lukas Ortmann, Adrian Hauswirth, Ivo Caduff, Florian Dörfler, and Saverio Bolognani. Experimental validation of feedback optimization in power distribution grids. Electric Power Systems Research, 189:106782, December 2020. Presented at the 21st Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC). [ DOI | preprint | video ]

Adrian Hauswirth, Saverio Bolognani, Gabriela Hug, and Florian Dörfler. Projected gradient descent on Riemannian manifolds with applications to online power system optimization. In Proc. 54th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 2016. [ DOI | preprint ]

Adrian Hauswirth, Alessandro Zanardi, Saverio Bolognani, Florian Dorfler, and Gabriela Hug. Online optimization in closed loop on the power flow manifold. In Proc. 12th IEEE PES PowerTech, July 2017. Best Student Paper Award. [ DOI | preprint ]

Multi-agent interaction in mobility systems

[NEW] Alessandro Zanardi, Enrico Mion, Mattia Bruschetta, Saverio Bolognani, Andrea Censi, and Emilio Frazzoli. Urban driving games with lexicographic preferences and socially efficient Nash equilibria. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 6(3), July 2021. Presented at ICRA 2021. [ DOI | preprint ]

Andrea Censi, Saverio Bolognani, Julian G. Zilly, Shima Sadat Mousavi, and Emilio Frazzoli. Today me, tomorrow thee: Efficient resource allocation in competitive settings using karma games. In Proc. IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), October 2019. [ DOI | preprint ]

Dynamic population games

[WORKING PAPER] Ezzat Elokda, Andrea Censi, and Saverio Bolognani. Dynamic population games. arXiv:2104.14662 [math.OC], 2021. Working paper. [ preprint ]

[NEW] Ezzat Elokda, Saverio Bolognani, and Ashish R. Hota. A dynamic population model of strategic interaction and migration under epidemic risk. In Proc. 60th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2021. [ preprint ]

Optimal power flow under uncertainty

[NEW] Bala Kameshwar Poolla, Ashish R. Hota, Saverio Bolognani, Duncan S. Callaway, and Ashish Cherukuri. Wasserstein distributionally robust look-ahead economic dispatch. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 36(3), May 2021. [ DOI | preprint ]

Saverio Bolognani, Elena Arcari, and Florian Dörfler. A fast method for real-time chance-constrained decision with application to power systems. IEEE Control Systems Letters, 1(1):152--157, July 2017. Presented at the 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. [ DOI | preprint ]

Nonlinear control

[WORKING PAPER] Miguel Picallo, Saverio Bolognani, and Florian Dörfler. Predictive-sensitivity: beyond singular perturbation for control design on multiple time scales. arXiv:2101.04367 [math.OC], 2021. Working paper. [ preprint ]

Power flow analysis

Saverio Bolognani and Sandro Zampieri. On the existence and linear approximation of the power flow solution in power distribution networks. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 31(1), January 2016. [ DOI | preprint ]

Adrian Hauswirth, Saverio Bolognani, Gabriela Hug, and Florian Dörfler. Generic existence of unique Lagrange multipliers in AC optimal power flow. IEEE Control Systems Letters, 2(4), October 2018. [ DOI | preprint ]

Saverio Bolognani and Florian Dörfler. Fast power system analysis via implicit linearization of the power flow manifold. In Proc. 53rd Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 2015. [ DOI | preprint ]

Liviu Aolaritei, Saverio Bolognani, and Florian Dörfler. Hierarchical and distributed monitoring of voltage stability in distribution networks. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 33(6), November 2018. [ DOI | preprint ]

Voltage control in power distribution networks

[NEW] André Eggli, Stavros Karagiannopoulos, Saverio Bolognani, and Gabriela Hug. Stability analysis and design of local control schemes in active distribution grids. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 36(3), May 2021. [ DOI ]

[NEW] Lukas Ortmann, Alexander Prostejovsky, Kai Heussen, and Saverio Bolognani. Fully distributed peer-to-peer optimal voltage control with minimal model requirements. Electric Power Systems Research, 189:106717, December 2020. Presented at the 21st Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC). [ DOI | preprint - video ]

Saverio Bolognani, Ruggero Carli, Guido Cavraro, and Sandro Zampieri. On the need for communication for voltage regulation of power distribution grids. IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 6(3), September 2019. [ DOI | preprint ]

Saverio Bolognani, Ruggero Carli, Guido Cavraro, and Sandro Zampieri. Distributed reactive power feedback control for voltage regulation and loss minimization. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 60(4), April 2015. [ DOI | preprint ]

Saverio Bolognani and Sandro Zampieri. A distributed control strategy for reactive power compensation in smart microgrids. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 58(11), November 2013. [ DOI | preprint ]

Grid topology identification

Saverio Bolognani. Grid topology identification via distributed statistical hypothesis testing. In Reza Arghandeh and Yuxun Zhou, editors, Big Data Application in Power Systems. Elsevier Science, 2018. [ DOI | preprint ]

S. Bolognani, N. Bof, D. Michelotti, R. Muraro, and L. Schenato. Identification of power distribution network topology via voltage correlation analysis. In Proc. 52nd Conference on Decision and Control, 2013. [ DOI | preprint ]

Virtual inertia

Bala Kameshwar Poolla, Saverio Bolognani, and Florian Dörfler. Optimal placement of virtual inertia in power grids. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 62(12):6209--6220, December 2017. [ DOI | preprint ]

Bala Kameshwar Poolla, Saverio Bolognani, Li Na, and Florian Dörfler. A market mechanism for virtual inertia. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 11(4):3570--3579, July 2020. [ DOI | preprint ]

Control for electrical drives

[NEW] Paolo Gherardo Carlet, Andrea Favato, Saverio Bolognani, Florian Dörfler, and Saverio Bolognani. Data-driven predictive current control for synchronous motor drives. In Proc. IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2020. [ DOI ]

Saverio Bolognani, Silverio Bolognani, Luca Peretti, and Mauro Zigliotto. Design and implementation of model predictive control for electrical motor drives. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 56(6), June 2009. [ DOI | preprint ]


Distributed control

Saverio Bolognani, Ruggero Carli, Enrico Lovisari, and Sandro Zampieri. A randomized linear algorithm for clock synchronization in multi-agent systems. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 61(7), July 2016. [ DOI | preprint ]

Saverio Bolognani, Simone Del Favero, Luca Schenato, and Damiano Varagnolo. Consensus-based distributed sensor calibration and least-square parameter estimation in WSNs. International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, 20(2), January 2010. [ DOI | preprint ]

Teaching

In the Spring semester I teach the M.Sc. course 227-0694-00L Game Theory and Control. All the course communication happens via Moodle.

M.Sc. theses and semester projects

Open proposals

You can see my open thesis proposal on Sirop.

Past theses and semester projects

Final reports are available on the ETH Research Collection.


  • Gianni Hotz, "Online feedback optimization for emergency power system operation", 2021

  • Maximilian Degner, "Online feedback optimization for gas compressors", 2021

  • Jonas Matt, "Online feedback optimization for minimal curtailment of renewable generation with real data", 2021

  • Ezzat Elokda, "Karma games - A decentralized, efficient and fair resource allocation scheme", 2020

  • Verena Häberle, "Non-convex feedback optimization with input and output constraints for power system applications", 2020

  • Ashwin Venkatraman, "Real-time control of power systems for voltage collapse prevention", 2018

  • Sandeep Menta, "Feedback optimisation of linear time invariant systems", 2018

  • Christos Konstantinopoulos, "Integration of PV units in the primary and secondary control ancillary services in Switzerland", 2018

  • David Rodriguez Flores, "Time domain performance metrics in optimal inertia placement", 2017

  • Felix Böwing, "Optimal nonlinear frequency control in power systems", 2017

  • Liviu Aolaritei, "A decentralized voltage collapse distance for power distribution networks," 2017

  • József Pázmány, "Constrained optimization over manifolds for power system application," 2017

  • Elena Arcari, "Fast chance-constrained optimization using real-time measurements with applications to power systems," 2017

  • Philipp Lütolf, "Optimal placement of virtual damping and inertia," 2017

  • Alessandro Zanardi, "Constrained optimization over manifolds for power system application," 2016

  • Jan Schulze, "Peer-to-peer clock synchronization in wireless sensor networks," 2016

  • Panagiotis Kyriakis, "Formation of robust networks for secure exchange of cryptocurrencies," 2016

  • Felix Kottmann, "Computational load and congestion control in cloud environments," 2015

  • Dalibor Drzajic, "Energy theft detection using compressive sensing methods," 2015


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