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Thomas Parisini received the ``Laurea'' degree (Cum Laude and printing honours) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa in 1988 and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in 1993. He was with Politecnico di Milano, as associate professor and since 2001 he is full professor and Danieli Endowed Chair of Automation Engineering with University of Trieste. Since 2009, Thomas Parisini is Deputy Rector of University of Trieste for Business Relations. He authored or co-authored more than 200 research papers in archival journals, book chapters, and international conference proceedings. His research interests include neural-network approximations for optimal control and filtering problems, fault diagnosis for nonlinear and distributed systems and nonlinear model predictive control systems. Among several awards, he is a co-recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Paper Award of the IEEE Trans. on Neural Networks and a recipient of the 2007 IEEE Distinguished Member Award. He is involved as Project Leader in several projects funded by the European Union, by the Italian Ministry for Research, and he is currently leading consultancy projects with some major process control companies (ABB, Danieli, Duferco among others).

Thomas Parisini is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. He was the Chair of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board, the Chair of the Technical Committee on Intelligent Control and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society and of the European Union Control Association (EUCA) and a member of the board of evaluators of the 7th Framework ICT Research Program of the European Union. Thomas Parisini is currently serving as an Associate Editor of Int. J. of Control and served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control and of the IEEE Trans. on Neural Networks. He was involved in the organization and in the technical program committees of several international conferences. In particular, he was the Program Chair of the 2008 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and he is General Co-Chair of the 2013 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.