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Nicola Bezzo is an Associate Professor with the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining UVA in January 2016, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the PRECISE Center, in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) where he worked on topics related to robotics and cyber-physical systems security. He received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico where he focused on the development of theories for motion planning of aerial and ground robotic systems under communication constraints. Prior to his Ph.D. he received both M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering with honors (summa cum laude) from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Nicola was the recipient of the 2010 Gold Medal from the Politecnico School of Engineering and the 2011 Best Graduate Student Service Award from the University of New Mexico. He has received the 2016 Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award and the Best Paper Award at the 2014 CPSWeek International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems.


B.S. ​Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 2006

M.S. ​Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 2008

Ph.D. ​Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2012

Post-Doc ​Computer Science, University of Pennsylvania/ PRECISE Center, 2015

"My research focuses on increasing autonomy, resiliency, and security of mobile robotic systems and cyber-physical systems."


Research Interests

CPS Cyber-security
Autonomous Mobile Robots (aerial and ground robotics)
Autonomy and Controls/Control Systems
Resilience in CPS
Heterogeneous Robotic Systems
Co-design and Rapid Prototyping of Robotic Systems
Human-robot Interaction
Optimization Models and Methods
Machine Learning
Intelligent Transportation Systems

Selected Publications

Design and implementation of attack-resilient cyber-physical systems. IEEE Control Systems Magazine. April 2017. M. PAJIC, J. WEIMER, N. BEZZO, O. SOKOLSKY, G. PAPPAS, AND I. LEE.
Online planning for energy- efficient and disturbance-aware uav operations. In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016), pages 5027–5033. IEEE, 2016. N. BEZZO, K. MOHTA, C. NOWZARI, I. LEE, V. KUMAR, AND G. J. PAPPAS.
A stochastic approach for attack resilient uav motion planning. In American Control Conference (ACC 2016), pages 1366–1372. IEEE, 2016. N. BEZZO, J. WEIMER, Y. DU, S. H. SON, O. SOKOLSKY, AND I. LEE.
Robot makers: The future of digital rapid design and fabrication of robots. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 22(4):27–36, 2015. N. BEZZO, A. MEHTA, C. D. ONAL, AND M. T. TOLLEY.
Rapid co-design of electro- mechanical specifications for robotic systems. In ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2015), 2015. N. BEZZO, M.PICCOLI, P. GEBHARD, V. KUMAR, M. YIM, AND I. LEE.

Courses Taught

Simulation Moldeling SPRING 2017, 2018
Autonomous Mobile Robots FALL 2016, 2017, 2018


Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award 2016
Best Paper Award at the CPSWeek International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems 2014
Best Graduate Student Service Award from the University of New Mexico 2011
Gold Medal from the Politecnico School of Engineering 2010

Featured Grants & Projects

Development of Control-Aware Cyber Techniques for Attack-Resilient Industrial Control & Combat Systems $ 320,000; 10/01/2016 – 09/30/2019
Fully Autonomous Secure and Safe Transport (FASST) $ 75,000; 08/29/2016 – 05/15/2017
Cybersecurity Analysis - Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control
$ 75,000; 08/29/2016 – 05/15/2017
Graduate Curriculum in Robotics and Society $ 58,000; 06/09/2016 – 05/15/2017
Attack-Resilient Autonomous Vehicles DARPA High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HAMCS) Program subcontract $ 50,000; 01/01/2016 — 02/28/2017