Alessandro Papadopoulos, Professor

I am a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Mälardalen University (MDU), with a focus on automatic control and robotics in complex real-time embedded systems. Additionally, I hold the prestigious position of QUALIFICA Fellow at the Institute for Software Technology and Software Engineering (ITIS) at the University of Málaga. My research endeavors are centered on the modeling and control of interconnected systems in the presence of uncertainty, with a particular focus on leveraging control theory for the design and implementation of computing systems. This work is primarily conducted within the realms of embedded and distributed systems.

In 2024, I assumed the role of Scientific Leader for Applied AI as part of the AI@MDU initiative, steering the integration of artificial intelligence in practical applications.

I received my BSc (2008) and my MSc (2010) in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, and my Ph.D. (2014) in Information Technology, Systems and Control from the same institution. Post-Ph.D., I embarked on a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Automatic Control at Lund University , contributing to the Lund Center for Control of Complex Engineering Systems (LCCC). I further enhanced my research expertise as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria at the Politecnico di Milano.

Currently, I lead the Complex Real-Time Embedded Systems (CORE) research group alongside Prof. Thomas Nolte. My research intersects control and computer engineering, with a nuanced focus on addressing challenges in real-time, embedded, and distributed systems, including cloud and edge computing applications.

In recognition of my innovative research, I was honored with a VR starting grant in 2020 to explore control and distributed optimization strategies for complex and pervasive computing systems. That same year, I received the SSF strategic mobility grant, fostering a collaboration with ABB industrial automation to pioneer next-generation automation systems.

For additional information about my research, academic endeavors, and professional accomplishments, please visit my webpage.

Keywords: Control Theory, Feedback Computing, Fog Computing, Cloud Computing, Real-time and embedded systems


Special Event at ACSOS 2022

The AutoBike project
The next generation of distributed control systems (nominated for best industry paper award at ISSRE 2019)
LUCAS Day 2014



My research topics include the application of control theory to the design and implementation of computing systems, especially in the context of real-time and cloud computing systems. In addition, I am also interested in modeling and control of interconnected systems in presence of uncertainty.

I am particularly interested in autonomic and self-adaptive systems, in different areas of computer science and software engineering.

Learn more about my research here.

Selected conference presentations

ICSE 2020: Details 


SEAMS 2020: Details


CASTOR days 2022

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Latest publications:

OPC UA PubSub and Industrial Controller Redundancy (Sep 2024)
Bjarne Johansson, Olof Holmgren , Martin Dahl , Håkan Forsberg, Thomas Nolte, Alessandro Papadopoulos
IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA 2024)

Hybrid Moving Controller: Modified Hybrid Moving Target Defense with Stability Guarantees (Jun 2024)
Mojtaba Kaheni, Alessandro Papadopoulos
22nd European Control Conference (ECC 2024)

Enhancing Sensor Attack Detection and Mitigating Sensor Compromise Impact in a Switching-Based Moving Target Defense (Jun 2024)
Anas Al-hashimi, Thomas Nolte, Alessandro Papadopoulos
22nd European Control Conference (ECC 2024)

Beyond von Neumann in the Computing Continuum: Architectures, Applications, and Future Directions (May 2024)
Dragi Kimovski , Nishant Saurabh , Matthijs Jansen , Atakan Aral , Auday Al-Dulaimy, André B. Bondi , Antonino Galletta , Alessandro Papadopoulos, Alexandru Iosup , Radu Prodan
IEEE Internet Computing (IC 2024)

Partible State Replication for Industrial Controller Redundancy (Mar 2024)
Bjarne Johansson, Olof Holmgren , Alessandro Papadopoulos, Thomas Nolte
the 25th IEEE Internetional Conference on Industrial Technology (ICIT'24)

Hierarchical Resource Orchestration Framework for Real-Time Containers (Jan 2024)
Václav Struhár, Silviu Craciunas , Mohammad Ashjaei, Moris Behnam, Alessandro Papadopoulos
ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS 2024)