Past Visiting Professors - 2022

Berlanda Tomà

Visit duration time (from – to): 01 September 2021 - 31 January 2022
Affiliation: School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics, University of Cape Town
Host Department: DIST - Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning

Tomà Berlanda (Venice, 1976), is an architect and scholar with extensive international academic and professional experience. As of April 2015, he is Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town, where he also held the appointment as Director (2015-2018). His research interests focus on the implications that can be drawn from a non-stereotypical reading of the African city and the practice of architecture in
non- Western urban settings and landscapes. He has co-founded asa studio and astudio.space, two practices that have produced internationally recognised design work. His collaborative projects are the result of an engagement with the role of quality design for underprivileged communities, an include school buildings, early childhood development centres, and health facilities. He is the author of Architectural Topographies (Routledge, 2014), and, together with K.H. Smith, of
Interpreting Kigali (University of Arkansas press, 2018).

Ionescu Anca-Luiza

Visit duration time (from – to): 01 October 2021 - 28 February 2022
Affiliation: University Politehnica of Bucharest
Host Department: DISAT - Department of Applied Science and Technology

Anca-Luiza Ionescu (PhD in Physics, University of Bucharest) is full professor at Department of Physics, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University Politehnica of Bucharest.

Dong Gong

Visit duration time (from – to): 01 October 2021 - 31 July 2022
Affiliation: Vector Architects
Host Department: DAD - Department of Architecture and Design

DONG Gong
Founder / Design Principal of Vector Architects
Foreign Member of French Academy of Architecture
Plym Distinguished Professor at University of Illinois
Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University

Palmeri Alessandro

Visit duration time (from – to): 05 October 2021 - 24 January 2022
Affiliation: Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Host Department: DISEG - Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering

Dr Alessandro Palmeri is a Reader in Structural Engineering & Dynamics within the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University, and Leader of the Structures & Materials Group. He has published more
than 150 technical papers and has delivered invited lectures in several international conferences. DU PaOPeULV research is mainly focused on various applications of Structural Dynamics, including Bridge, Earthquake and Wind engineering,
and Probabilistic Methods, including the Reliability- and Performance-Based Design. His work is both computational and experimental. He has successfully supervised to completion 14 doctoral students on a variety topics of structural
engineering and mechanics and has secured more than £750k of research funds from various national and international organisations, as well as prestigious industrial partners such as the ECI (European Construction Institute), E.On,
Hanson-Structherm and SAS International. He has delivered highly cited academic outputs, which have been recognised with various international awards, and technical reports, directly benefitting the industrial sponsors.

Casadesus Fa Marti

Visit duration time (from – to): 08 November 2021 - 10 February 2022
Affiliation: Universitat de Girona (Spain)
Host Department: DIGEP - Department of Management and Production Engineering

Dr. Martí Casadesús Fa holds a Doctorate in Industrial Engineering and he is a Professor at the University of Girona (UdG) in Spain. He is currently the Co-director of the Research Group in Product, Process and Production at UdG devoted to the design of new planning and management of production systems. The research of Dr Casadesús Fa focuses on quality management with publications made in research journals such as TQM, JCO, IJQRM, IJOPM, etc. He has been one of the Spanish experts on the Technical Committee 176 of ISO. He has also been Vice-Rector for Planning and Quality at the UdG. From 2013 to 2021, Dr Casadesús Fa has been the director of AQU Catalunya and Secretariat of the
International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). The research project to develop during the stage at the Politecnico di Torino will be focused on the new concept of Quality 5.0. This novel paradigm is characterised by going beyond producing goods and services for profit. It places the wellbeing of the worker at the centre of the production process and uses new technologies to provide prosperity beyond jobs and growth while respecting the production limits of the
planet.

Evangelista Luiz Roberto

Visit duration time (from – to): 01 December 2021 - 31 May 2022
Affiliation: University of Maringá
Host Department: DISAT - Department of Applied Science and Technology

Luiz Roberto Evangelista was born in 1958 in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil. He received his Ph. D. from University of São Paulo in 1988.  He began as Assistant Professor of University of Maringá in 1982 and became Full Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2001.

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Armingeon Klaus

Visit duration time (from – to): 01 March 2022 - 31 May 2022
Affiliation: University of Zurich
Host Department: DIGEP - Department of Management and Production Engineering

Klaus Armingeon is professor emeritus of comparative and European politics, University of Bern; associated researcher at the University of Zurich and guest professor at the universities of Milan and Trento. He works on topics of comparative political economy, comparative political sociology and European integration. In comparative political economy and sociology, his scholarship focuses on questions such as inequality in political participation, interest representation by trade unions, party polarization, corporatism, welfare state development, austerity, liberalization, and redistribution; in European Studies it focuses on the interaction between national welfare states and the logics and requirements of European integration. He has been increasingly concerned about the links between rationality and citizens’ political awareness, democratic politics at the elite level, and public policy. Prof. Armingeon has organized several cross-national data sets spanning long time periods, including the ‘Comparative Political Data Set’ (https://www.cpds-data.org/) and the ‘Liberalization Data Set’ (https://liberalization.org/).

Selkowitz David Mark

Visit duration time (from – to): 01 April 2022 - 30 September 2022
Affiliation: MGH Institute of Health Professions
Host Department: DET - Department of Electronics and Telecommunications

Dr. David SELKOWITZ is currently Associate Professor at MGH Institute for Health Professions, ranked on the top 4% of the 265 accredited Physical Therapy programs in the US (9th out of 265). He has an extensive experience on research, patient management, and teaching. He has been active in this field since 1982. He holds a MS in Physical Therapy issued by Boston University (Boston, (MA), USA), a PhD in Kinesiology issued by the Union Institute &University (Cincinnati, OH), and a degree of DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) issued by the MGH Institute of Health
Professions in 2015.

POPOV Vladimir

Visit duration time (from – to): 06 April 2022 - 06 May 2022
Affiliation: Technion University
Host Department: DIGEP - Department of Management and Production Engineering

Dr. Popov is Head of Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Center at Israel Institute of Metals (Technion). Specialist in additive manufacturing (EBM, SLM/SLS, Binder Jetting), associated thermal and other post-processing processes, and development of new materials for AM, including functional materials and functionally graded metal-based and ceramic-based materials. Dr. Popov is an author and lecturer of several academic courses focused on technological, materials, and application aspects of additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

KRISTENSEN Lone Soderkvist

Visit duration time (from – to): 02 May 2022 - 26 June 2022
Affiliation: University of Copenhagen
Host Department: DIST - Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning

Lone Søderkvist Kristensen is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department for Research at University of Copenhagen, Dept. of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management and has more than 20 years of research and teaching experiences in Countryside Planning and Management. She has a master’s degree in horticulture and a PhD in Countryside Planning and Management. Her research topics include landscape changes in agricultural landscapes, farmers’ landscape behavior, agricultural policy, policy integration, agri-environmental policies, spatial planning, participatory and collaborative planning and assessment of planning processes. Participation in EU Framework Projects has been a regularly research activity and she has been leading several bigger national projects on landscape planning and management. In term of management, she has been leader of the research-group ‘Spatial Change and Planning’ and since 2018 functioned as Deputy Head of Department for Research. During the last 10 years, her research has focused on the practice of collaborative and strategic planning targeted rural landscapes. During this work, she has had an intensive collaboration with planning practice in Denmark (Municipality level) and she has edited and co-authored two books on the topic and several articles in international journals. Currently she is engaged in planning projects concerning regional landscapes and the green transition including both the climate and biodiversity crises

Dressler Falko

Visit duration time (from – to): 09 May 2022 - 06 June 2022
Affiliation: TU Berlin
Host Department: DET - Department of Electronics and Telecommunications

Falko Dressler is full professor and Chair for Telecommunication Networks at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, TU Berlin. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Erlangen
in 2003. He has been associate editor-in-chief for IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing and Elsevier Computer Communications as well as an editor for journals such as IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking, IEEE Trans. on Network Science and
Engineering, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, and Elsevier Nano Communication Networks. He has been chairing conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM, ACM MobiSys, ACM MobiHoc, IEEE VNC, IEEE GLOBECOM. He authored the textbooks
Self-Organization in Sensor&Actor Networks published by Wiley&Sons and Vehicular Networking published by Cambridge University Press. He has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer as well as an ACM Distinguished Speaker.
Dr. Dressler is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Member. He is a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering. He has been serving on the IEEE COMSOC Conference Council and the ACM SIGMOBILE
Executive Committee. His research objectives include adaptive wireless networking (sub-6GHz, mmWave, visible light, molecular communication) and wireless-based sensing with applications in ad-hoc and sensor networks, Internet of
Things, and Cyber-Physical Systems.

MERROW Sara

Visit duration time (from – to): 16 May 2022 - 16 July 2022
Affiliation: Arizona State University
Host Department: DIST - Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning

Dr. Sara Meerow is an assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of urban geography and planning to tackle the challenge of making cities more resilient in the face of climate change and other social and environmental hazards, while at the same time more sustainable and just. Her research includes more conceptual studies of urban resilience as well as empirical research on city governance of resilience, green infrastructure, and climate change adaptation in a range of cities.

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Aletta Francesco

Visit duration time (from – to): 29 May 2022 - 05 June 2022
Affiliation: University
Host Department: DENERG - Department of Energy

Francesco Aletta is a researcher currently based in London at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. He is a member of the Italian Acoustical Society (AIA) and the Secretary of the Technical Committee Noise of the European Acoustics Association (EAA). He has been active for more than 10+ years in soundscape studies, and environmental acoustics more broadly, with a particular focus on soundscape descriptors and indicators and the harmonization of protocols for gathering perceptual data on acoustic environments. He was recently appointed by the British Standards Institution as Committee Member in the WG 54 “Perceptual assessment of soundscape quality” to work on the development of the ISO 12913 series on soundscape. For this academic visit, Francesco will deliver the workshop "The soundscape approach for supportive and healthy built environments – techniques for field recordings, data collection, and design strategies" for Polito students. Furthermore, this will be used as an opportunity to strengthen the research collaboration with DENERG in soundscape studies, particularly focusing on soundscape attributes translation issues and the topic of soundscapes of historical sites.

Past Visiting Professors