Gianni Ferretti was born in Cremona (Italy) in 1962. He received the ‘Laurea’ degree in Electronics Engineering in 1987 from Politecnico di Milano. From 1990 to 1998 he was Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics and Computer Science of Politecnico di Milano and in 1994 he was a visiting researcher at the Laboratoire d’Automatique de Grenoble. From 1998 to 2005 he was Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano where he is currently Full Professor in Automatic  Control. He is Vice Rector for the Cremona campus of Politecnico di Milano and teaches Fundamentals of Automatic Control and Simulation Techniques and Tools. His principal research interests are: control of servomechanisms, modelling and simulation of mechatronic systems, force/position control of robots, modelling and simulation of automotive systems, modelling and control of biogas power plants. He is coauthor of more than 100 papers, most of which published in international journals or presented in international conferences, and was involved in many research projects with industries and institutions.