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Antonio Sciarretta

Antonio Sciarretta

Tuck Foundation Chair of Hybrid Vehicles and Energy Management / Expert

IFP Energies nouvelles

Antonio Sciarretta

Personal data

Born: 13/07/1970, Ortona, Italy

Civil status: married, two children

Office address: GIR 116, IFP Energies nouvelles, 1-4 av. de Bois Préau, 92852 Rueil-Malmaison Cedex, France

Phone: +33 1 47 52 57 34


Research interests

Current ICT-based control of vehicle propulsion systems (Eco-drive), Control and optimization of hybrid-electric vehicle powertrains (Energy management control, Battery modeling and observation, Energy recovery modeling and

control, Optimization techniques, Control-oriented modeling).

Past Model-based control of engine systems (Air-to-fuel ratio control, Lumpedparameter modeling, engine diagnostics, rail pressure and injection control), Modeling and analysis of rotary vane compressors, Lattice-gas modeling of the dispersion of gaseous pollutants in the atmosphere.


2009 Professorial Habilitation (H.D.R.) in Control engineering, Grenoble Inst. of Tech., France.

1999 Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Thermal machines, Univ. L'Aquila, Italy.

1995 Laurea (M.Sc.) in Mechanical engineering cum laude, Univ. L'Aquila.


2009-present Scientific Expert, IFP Energies nouvelles.

Titular of the Tuck Foundation Chair of Hybrid Vehicles and Energy Management, IFP School.

2006-2009 Researcher, Technology, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics Division, IFP Energies nouvelles.

2003-present Part-time Senior scientist and lecturer, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland.

2001-2003 Post-doctoral fellow, IDSC.

1999-2001 and 2003-2006

Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Mechanical, Energetics, and Management

(DIMEG), Univ. L'Aquila, Italy.

1995-1999 Doctorate student, DIMEG.

Academic activity

Teaching coordination

2010-present Coordinator of the teaching unit Advanced control of energy flow in the vehicle, Research master in Vehicles and sustainable transport, IFP School – ENS Cachan – Supelec – Ecole Centrale de Paris.

2007-present Coordinator of the teaching unit Powertrain control and mechatronics, Engineering/master program in Powertrain engineering, IFP School.

2007-present Member of the Industry partners steering committee of the Centre for IC engines and hydrocarbon utilization, IFP School.


2008-present Hybrid energy management (M.Sc.), IFP School.

2003-present Vehicle propulsion systems (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.), ETH Zurich.

2005 Industrial energy systems, (B.Sc.), Marche Polytech. Univ., Ancona, Italy.

1997-2006 Contributed to several courses as teaching assistant and examiner, Univ. L'Aquila.

2010 Optimal control of hybrid vehicles, Summer school on Model-based automotive control, August 25-27, Johannes Kepler Univ., Linz, Austria.

2004 Modeling, optimization, and control of internal combustion engines (M.Sc.), Institute for Advanced Studies (IUSS), Pavia, Italy.

2008-present Various professional continuing education courses, IFP Training. 


2009-present Advisor of several M.Sc. students, IFPEN.

2011-present Co-advisor and co-director, doctorate of J. Péralez (Optimal thermal management of hybrid propulsion systems with heat recovery systems), IFPEN and Univ. Lyon, co-director: P. Dufour.

2010 Advisor, post-doc fellowship of Lorenzo Serrao (Optimal control of propulsion systems), IFPEN.

2009-2010 Advisor and co-director, doctorate of Julien Lescot (Optimal thermal management of hybrid propulsion systems with heat recovery systems), IFPEN and Univ. Orléans, co-director: Y. Chamaillard, retired after 1 year.

2008 Advisor, post-doc fellowship of N. Rajapakse (Model-based state-of-charge estimation of batteries for hybrid vehicle propulsion), IFPEN.

2007-2010 Co-advisor, doctorate of Riccardo Ceccarelli (Model-based multi-sensor observers for auto-calibration and control of HCCI engines), IFPEN and Inst. Nat. Polytech. Grenoble (INPG), co-advisor: C. Canudas-de Wit.

2006-2009 Co-advisor, doctorate of Grégory Rousseau (Optimization of control strategies and design parameters for hybrid vehicles), IFPEN and Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, co-advisors: P. Rouchon, D. Sinoquet.

2005-2006 Co-advisor, doctorates of Ch. Dönitz (Modeling and control of a pneumatic hybrid engine), D. Ambühl (Optimal control of hybrid powertrains), O. Sundström (Dynamic optimization techniques in powertrain controls), ETH, principal advisor: L. Guzzella.

2003-2006 Co-advisor, doctorates of S. Pinamonti (Model-based air loop observers in spark ignition engines), E. Foglia (Modeling of the dispersion of gaseous pollutants in the atmosphere), Univ. L'Aquila, principal advisor: R. Cipollone.

1998-2001 Co-advisor, doctorate of M. Sughayyer (Model-based air-to-fuel ratio control in spark ignition engines), Univ. L'Aquila, principal advisor: R. Cipollone.

1999-2006 Co-advisor of several M.Sc. students, Univ. L'Aquila and ETH.

Scientific and organizational activities

2008, 2012 Research project proposal reviewer, French National Science Foundation (ANR) and Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).

2008-present Editor, Control Engineering Practice journal, Elsevier.

2002-present Reviewer for several journals (IEEE Trans. on Control Systems Technology, Atmospheric Environment, IEEE Trans. on Intelligent Transportation Systems, J. of the Franklin Institute, IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, IMechE J. of Automobile Engineering) and conferences.

2012 Editor and organizing committee member, IFAC Workshop on Engine and Powertrain Control, Simulation and Modeling, Rueil Malmaison, October 23-25.

2011 Scientific correspondent and editor, Int. Conf. on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, Rueil-Malmaison, December 6-7.

2011-2012 Initiator and editor of the special issue on Electronic intelligence in vehicles, Oil & Gas Science and Technology (OGST) journal, upcoming.

2010 Chairman, Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, Lille, September 1-3.

2009 Editor, IFAC Workshop on Engine and Powertrain Control, Simulation and Modeling, Rueil Malmaison, November 30-December 2; OGST vol. 66 (2011), no. 4.

2008 Scientific correspondent and editor, Int. Conf. on Advances in Hybrid

Powertrains, Rueil-Malmaison, November 25-26; OGST vol. 65 (2010), no. 1.

2006 Chairman, Int. Conf. on Engine control, simulation, and modeling, Rueil-Malmaison, October 2-4.

IFPEN "expert" mission

2009-present Besides traditional academic activities (lecturing, scientific organizational activities, editing, see below), this mission implies:  

  • preparing new research activities and issuing technical reports, 
  • organizing internal seminars or courses  
  • press communication of selected research project results,  
  • professional training via the subsidiary IFP Training 
  • participation to IFPEN organizational working groups
  • participation to formal joint committees or working groups with
  • scientific and industrial partners
  • participation to the activities of the European Automotive Research

Partners Association

 participation to the establishment and formalization of IFPEN scientific policy, also in preparation to scientific audits IFPEN "project leader" mission

2009-present Management of 1 academic collaborative project, 1 industrial collaborative project, 2 internal research projects.