About Me

I was born in a small town in the south of Italy, Lucera, where I studied at the local scientific high school. After completing my high school education, I moved to the city of Bari, where I joined the Polytechnic of Bari as a student of control engineering. I got my bachelor degree within the foreseen term of three years. After that, I started studying for the master degree. At that point, I moved to Saarbrücken, Germany, for my master thesis work, at the Laboratory of Process Automation of the Saarland University, led by Prof. habil. Dr.-Ing. Janocha. Completed the work, I obtained the master degree in Bari and I returned to Germany for my doctoral work in the field of self-sensing control of piezoelectric materials for vibration control. After achieving the doctoral degree, I started working as a researcher under the lead of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nienhaus at the Laboratory of Actuation Technology of the same university, in the field of sensorless control of electrical machines, where I am currently employed. During this time, I have researched also in other fields, such as wireless power transfer, vehicle dynamic control and control of electrical drives. I have had also the opportunity of working as a developer for external companies as a side-activity, that strongly contributed to my professional growth.


Universität des Saarlandes

Doctoral degree in Mechatronic Engineering March 2014

Doctoral degree in Mechatronic Engineering at the Universität des Saarlandes, Germany.
Title: Self sensing techniques for piezoelectric vibration applications.
Grade: Sehr gut (Magna Cum Laude)

Polytechnic of Bari

Master degree in Automation Engineering October 2008

Master degree in Automation Engineering at the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy.
Title: Force generation control using the Pendulum Actuator.
Grade: 110/110 cum laude (with honors)

Bachelor degree in Automation Engineering July 2006

Bachelor degree in Automation Engineering at the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy.
Title: Analysis of the load effects on an industrial manipulator.
Grade: 110/110 cum laude (with honors)

High School E. Onorato

Scientific high school July 2003

Scientific high school degree at E. Onorato, Lucera.
Grade: 96/100


Laboratory of Actuation Technology

Scientific researcher October 2012 - Present

Scientific researcher at the Laboratory of Actuation Technology of the Universität des Saarlandes in the field of sensorless control of electrical machines and drives, vehicle dynamics control, wireless power transfer and design of embedded systems.

Laboratory of Process Automation

Scientific researcher November 2008 - September 2012

Scientific researcher at the Laboratory of Process Automation of the Universität des Saarlandes in the field of self sensing techniques for piezoelectric transducers.

Paris-Sud University

Invited researcher September 2015

Invited researcher at the Paris-Sud University in the field of piezoelectric motor control.

University of Florence

Invited professor December 2019

Invited professor at the University of Florence in the field of embedded drive systems.

Embedded Drive Systems - Steinbeis GmbH

Developer November 2017 - December 2018

Developer of electrically assisted vehicles and sensorless drives of electrical machines for industrial operation.

Wellgo Systems GmbH

Developer January 2019 - Present

Part-time developer of electrically assisted vehicles and mechatronic systems.


Developer January 2004 - March 2018

Employed by the italian association ANCI as a developer of a management software for usage during exhibitions.


  • Italian
  • English
  • German


  • Modeling and analysis of dynamic systems from different physical domains
  • System identification and parameter estimation methods
  • Design of linear and nonlinear controllers
  • State observers for dynamic systems: Kalman Filters, Sliding Mode Observers
  • Optimization and approximation
  • Neural networks: training and implementation
  • Fuzzy Systems: design and implementation
  • Smart materials, with particular focus on piezoelectric materials
  • Design of embedded systems electronics and software
  • Design of electrical power converters based on MosFETs and IGBTs
  • Expertise in microelectronics and microcontrollers (in particular ST and Microchip)


  • Programming languages: Assembler, C, C++, C#.
  • Development IDEs: Visual Studio, Qt Environment, Atollic TrueStudio, MPLAB, Eclipse
  • Operating Systems: Linux, Windows
  • Scientific tools: Matlab/Simulink, OrCad pSpice
  • Electronics development: Altium Designer, Cadence OrCad
  • Office tools: LaTeX, Microsoft Office, Corel Draw, Inkscape, GIMP



The software ESPlot allows communication between a microcontroller-based electronics and a computer over e.g. serial communication interfaces. In particular, in applications where the microcontroller is executing a real-time process, signals can be streamed to a computer in a synchronous way and data can be sent to the real-time process in an asynchronous way. ESPlot allows to record and plot signals to screen by means of time plots, FFT plots as well as X/Y plots. ES Plot has been designed in order to provide high performance. For this reason, it needs multi core CPU as well as of a dedicated GPU supporting OpenGL 3.2. The PC software as well as the microcontroller software was designed completely platform-independent.

The official website can be found here

Client Testimonials

  • My life is spent in perpetual alternation between two rhythms, the rhythm of attracting people for fear I may be lonely and the rhythm of trying to get rid of them because I know that I am bored.

    C.E.M. Joad
  • In physics the truth is rarely perfectly clear, and that is certainly universally the case in human affairs. Hence, what is not surrounded by uncertainty cannot be the truth.

    Richard Feynman
  • Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

    Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulder of giants.

    Isaac Newton

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Contact Details

Emanuele Grasso
Laboratory of Actuation Technology
Universität des Saarlandes
Geb. E2 9, Campus
66123 Saarbrücken