Gennaro Notomista

Assistant Professor
Gennaro Notomista

Contact information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x40952
Location: E5 4006


Biography summary

Gennaro Notomista is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada. Prior to joining University of Waterloo, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the CNRS/Inria/IRISA, Rennes, France. His main research interests lie at the intersection of design and control of robotic systems for long-duration autonomy with applications to environmental monitoring.

He received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, Napoli, Italy, in 2012, a M.Eng. degree in automotive engineering from the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt, Germany, in 2015, a M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, Napoli, Italy, in 2016, a M.S. degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. degree in robotics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Dr. Notomista is a Fulbright Scholar and was the recipient of the Alumni Small Grant (2020) and the IEEE ARSO Best Paper Award (2022). He is an IEEE member, associate editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and guest associate editor of Autonomous Robots.

Research interests

  • Robot design and control for long-duration autonomy
  • Resilient heterogeneous multi-robot systems
  • Human-multi-robot interaction
  • Optimization-based control design
  • Safety of dynamical systems


  • 2020, Doctorate, Robotics, Georgia Institute Technology
  • 2019, Master of Science, Mathematics, Georgia Institute Technology
  • 2016, Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Universit degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
  • 2015, Master of Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
  • 2012, Bachelor of Science (BSc), Mechanical Engineering, Universit degli Studi di Napoli Federico II


  • ECE 380 - Analog Control Systems
    • Taught in 2024
  • ECE 486 - Robot Dynamics and Control
    • Taught in 2024
  • ECE 780 - Special Topics in Control
    • Taught in 2022, 2023, 2024
  • SE 380 - Introduction to Feedback Control
    • Taught in 2022, 2023

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/recent publications

  • Notomista, Gennaro, Resilience and Energy-Awareness in Constraint-Driven-Controlled Multi-Robot Systems, arXiv preprint arXiv:2206.07231, 2022
  • Hao, Zhijian and Mayya, Siddharth and Notomista, Gennaro and Hutchinson, Seth and Egerstedt, Magnus and Ansari, Azadeh, Controlling Collision-Induced Aggregations in a Swarm of Micro Bristle Robots, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2022
  • Notomista, Gennaro and Pacchierotti, Claudio and Giordano, Paolo Robuffo, Online robot trajectory optimization for persistent environmental monitoring, IEEE Control Systems Letters, 6, 2021, 1472 - 1477
  • Ohnishi, Motoya and Notomista, Gennaro and Sugiyama, Masashi and Egerstedt, Magnus, Constraint learning for control tasks with limited duration barrier functions, Automatica, 127, 2021
  • Notomista, Gennaro and Saveriano, Matteo, Safety of dynamical systems with multiple non-convex unsafe sets using control barrier functions, IEEE Control Systems Letters, 6, 2021, 1136 - 1141

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