Cesare has over 25 years of experience in the area of industrial automation and robotics, with a solid scientific background certified by over 200 publications in leading conferences and journals in automation and robotics area. He is associate editor of “Mechatronics” Journal (Elsevier) and has a chair in the scientific committee of IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering and Intellimech Consortium. He is in the scientific committee who wrote the Italian Research and Innovation Roadmap for the Smart Factory. He is the reference researcher for University of Modena and Reggio Emilia at EFFRA (European Factory of the Future Research Association). Cesare was in the board of experts who wrote the “Smart Specialisation Strategy” for Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy.
Since 1998, Cesare has been the chief investigator of more than 80 industry founded research projects in cooperation with large, medium and small companies. These researches aim to the application of concepts and technologies of Industry 4.0 and Digital Factory (IoT, integrated design and simulation, vision systems, predictive maintenance, robot-human co-working, etc.) to the development of smart machine and devices to improve manufacturing processes. In the latter years, Cesare coordinates a research staff of about 25 people in the ARSControl laboratory of University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He was the main coordinator of VII FP European project STRATOS (Open System for TRACTORS autonomous Operations, and the coordinator for University of Modena and Reggio Emilia of VII FP European projects UNIFARM (GNSS based Navigation User Forum on Innovation for Farmers) and PAN-ROBOTS (Plug and Navigate Mobile Robots for Smart Manufacturing Systems). He is the coordinator for University of Modena and Reggio Emilia of Horizon 2020 European projects SYMPLEXITY (Symbiotic human-robot collaborations for safe and multimodal manufacturing systems), Grant Agreement nr. 637080 and IMPROVE (Innovative Modeling Approaches for Production Systems to raise validatable efficiency)., Grant Agreement nr. 678867 . He is main scientist and coordinator of Horizon 2020 project INCLUSIVE, Grant Agreement nr. 723377