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Since the academic year 1980/81 Roberto Paolo Guidorzi has been holder of the chair of Systems Theory at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna. Prior to that he was responsible for this course between 1973/74 and 1979/80. He has taught also a course of Computer Science Principles at Bologna University from 1991/92 to 1994/95 and, in 1992/93, the course Advanced Control Systems at Ferrara University where he currently teaches the course Dynamic System Identification. He teaches also the course Modeling and Control of Environmental Systems at Bologna University from the academic year 1997/98 and Dynamic System Identification from 1998/99.

He has, besides, been Director of the Computer Centre of the Faculty of Engineering of Bologna University (C.C.I.B.) from 1987 to 1992 and has been elected, in January 1997, Head of CITAM (Centro Interfacoltà per le Tecnologie Didattico-Educative Teleaudiovisive "G. Marconi" dell'Università di Bologna).

In 1999 he has been elected Chairman of the Special Interest Group on Web-based Open and Distance Learning in the context of the PROMETEUS (PROmoting Multimedia access in Education and Training in the EUropean Society) initiative of the European Commission.

He is the author of some 150 publications dealing with subjects of a methodological nature such as analysis of the structural properties of linear and bilinear dynamic systems, the development of canonical representations for these systems and their identification from generic input/output noise-corrupted sequences and with applications of system theory methodologies in determining dynamic models for industrial processes (electric, chemical, petrochemical), natural (reservoirs and storages of natural gas, Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Adriatic Sea) and economic (models of the Dutch and Italian economies).

He is a reviewer for several national and international magazines (IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Automatica (for which he has acted as Associate Guest Editor), C-TAT, Systems & Control Letters, International Journal of Control, Zentralblatt für Mathematik, Mathematical Reviews, Ricerche di Automatica, The International Journal of Modelling and Simulation) and has acted as Chairman of international congresses such as MECO'78, the 5th IFAC Symposium on Identification and System Parameter Estimation, MTNS 91, 93, 96 and 98.

He has been visiting professor at Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri), Brown University (Provi- dence, Rhode Island), the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida) and the Technische Hogeschool Eindhoven (Eindhoven, Holland) and, by invitation, has held seminars at Italian and foreign universities, among them Washington University, the ETH, Zürich, the University of Florida, the Technische Hogeschool Eindhoven, Kaiserlautern Polytechnic, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as well as research organizations like the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, the International Atomic Energy Agency and UNESCO. He was also main invited speaker at the 1986 Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control.

He has collaborated with various industries in the development of advanced projects, among them management systems for a gas pipeline network (SNAM, Milan), satellite navigation systems (Elettronica, Rome), computerized injection systems for gasoline propulsors (Weber, Bologna), software for the identification of natural gas reservoirs (Agip Mineraria, Milan), tracking and data fusion (ITALTEL, Milan), early diagnosis in railway systems (SASIB, Bologna).

In 1977 he was elected Coordinator of the subgroup Systems and Control Theory of G.R.A.S. (Group of Researchers of Automatics and System Science) and, in 1978, representative of the research personnel in G.N.A.S. (National Group of Automatics and Science Systems) in the G.N.A.S. Scientific Council. Since its foundation he has been a member of the Interdepartmental Research Centre on Sea Sciences of the University of Bologna and has coordinated, from 1984 to 1996, the research group of Bologna University in the national project Identification, Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems. He is also coordinator of the group participating to the European project SIMONET (System Identification and MOdelling NETwork) and of the STING (System Theory and IdentificatioN Group) research group.

His present research interests concern filtering-oriented identification of dynamic processes and blind channel identification and equalization as well as the investigation of advanced network-oriented educational technologies.

Prof. Guidorzi is mentioned in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership of the American Biographical Institute, in Longman's Who's Who in Science, in Marquis' Who's Who in the World and in Who's Who in World Oil and Gas of the Financial Times.

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