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About Andrea Paoli

Andrea Paoli is Senior Lecturer in Automation and Robotics at the University of Lincoln School of Engineering where he is Programme Leader for the BEng (Hons) Automation Engineering programme and lead instructor for a number of automation, robotics and agri-food technology modules. Before joining the University of Lincoln in 2014, he held a position of Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna, Italy, where he was granted tenure in 2011. His academic career also include visiting positions at the University of Michigan (2002, 2005 and 2009) and a part-time lectureship at the Tongji University in Shanghai (2010-2012). His research interests focus on the application of robotics and automation to the agri-food sector. In this framework, Dr Paoli manages and contributes to a broad portfolio of innovation and technology transfer projects aimed at introducing robotics technologies into the agri-food sector following the Industry 4.0 paradigm. These projects, conceived and carried out in collaboration with the University of Lincoln National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) and key industry players, have been awarded a total of more than one million pounds of both private and public funding. Dr Paoli has authored and co-authored more than 60 publications on automation and robotics and has been awarded the Automatica Best Application Paper World Prize for the triennium 2002 – 2005. On an industrial level, Dr Paoli is a member of the Technical and Scientific Committee of LIAM Lab – the Italian industrial consortium for research on packaging machineries – and founding partner of Engynya Srl, a research and development start-up company focused on ‘Industry 4.0-ready’ automation products. On an international level, he is Senior Member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), member of the Organizing Committee of the UK Robotics and Automation Society and member of the technical committee on industrial process safety within IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control).

Department Responsibilities

Student Engagement Champion Erasmus Coordinator Programme Leader BEng (Hons) Automation Engineering Module Leader Introduction to Robotics (L1 BEng/MEng Electrical Enginering and BEng Automation Engineering), Mechatronics (L2 BEng/MEng Electrical Enginering and BEng Automation Engineering), Robotics and Automation (L3 BEng/MEng Electrical Enginering and BEng Automation Engineering), Agri-Robotics (MSc Agri-Food Technology)

Subject Specialism

Robotics and Automation; Agr-Food Technology


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Automatica and Operational Research — University of Bologna, 2004
  • Laurea in Ingegneria Informatica (MSc equivalent) — University of Bologna, 2000


  • Automatica Best Applications Prize (triennium 2002 – 2005) — IFAC - International Federation of Automatic Control,


Since 2005, he has undertaken manifold industrial collaborations by consulting several companies on control system design and reliability/safety analysis projects. His most recent achievements, in this respect, have included a permanent advisory role in the activities of LIAM (the Industrial Laboratory for Automatic Machineries, Bologna) and a co-founding and advisory role at Engynya Ltd. Since 2011, within LIAM not only has he been a member of the technical and scientific committee, but, more importantly, he has also been leading the technological benchmarking of commercial solutions for distributed control. Last in chronological time, in September 2013 he co-founded Engynya Ltd, an engineering consulting firm providing technological solutions in the control, monitoring and maintenance of industrial systems and vessels. Within Engynya, he has a role as R&D adviser for predictive diagnostics and maintenance of automated industrial systems.

Research Interests

  • Cyber-physical systems

  • Discrete-event systems

  • Fault diagnosis

  • Fault tolerant control system

  • Functional safety systems

  • Robotics and Automation

  • Traffic networks analysis and control

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository