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Curriculum Vitae

Andrea Emilio Rizzoli


via Francesco Rusca 76833 VacalloSwitzerlandEmail: andrea@idsia.chHomepage:

Biographical notes

Sex: maleMarital status: marriedDate of birth: 23 june 1964Citizenship: Swiss and Italian


19901993 Dottorato di ricerca in Ingegneria Informatica e Automatica(PhD Degree in Computer Science and Control Engineering),Politecnico di Milano, Italia.

19851989 Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica (MSc Degree in ControlEngineering), indirizzo Automatica, Politecnico di Milano,Italia.


Italian mother tongue

English excellent command of written and oral communication

French basic knowledge, sufficient conversation ability

German basic knowledge

Experiences in scientific research

Since 1996 Senior Researcher at Istituto Dalle Molle di StudisullIntelligenza artificiale (IDSIA), Lugano, Switzerland.

The main research fields in which I am active are: decisionsupport systems for the management of natural resources;modelling and simulation of industrial systems and supplychains; integration and re-use of simulation models. I havebeen active in a number research projects, funded both atthe national and international (EU) level. I have been in-volved in the design and implementation of various applica-tions such as: computer support for the integrated assess-ment of policies for the agricultural sector; discrete-eventsimulation models for the management of intermodal termi-nals; optimal distribution of goods in urban environmentsand vehicle routing problems; decision support systems forthe optimal management of multi purpose reservoirs.

07/199412/1999 Research consultant, Dipartimento di Informatica ed Elet-tronica, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

I have worked in the group led by Professor Soncini-Sessa onvarious water related management problems. In particular,I have contributed to the design and development of TwoLe,a two-level decision support system for the multi-objectiveoptimisation of reservoir networks. TwoLe has bene used invarious applications, most notably to the integrated man-agement of Lake Maggiore, where it was embedded into aparticipatory decision making process.

05/199306/1994 Post-doctoral fellow, Division of Water Resources, CSIROAustralia.

In cooperation with the group led by Dr J Richard Davis, Ihave designed and prototyped a software tool for the man-agement of nutrient balance in watersheds. Some of thegeneric concepts in that application have been extended usedin the design of the Open Modelling Engine, a software en-vironment for the integration and re-use of environmentalmodels. This environment has been used as the basis forthe development of ICMS, the Integrated Catchment Man-agement System, developed and maintained by CSIRO Aus-tralia.

01/199106/1991 Visiting researcher at IZEA, Universite de Lausanne, Switzer-land.

During my visit at the IZEA (Institut de Zoologie et dEcologieAnimale) of the University of Lausanne I have worked un-der the supervision of Prof. Roger Arditi. During this stayI have laid out the theoretical groundwork which has been

later implemented in the software tool Lakemaker, whichhas been described in my PhD thesis. Lakemaker was oneof the first examples of a tool for assess and evaluate alter-native modelling choices for the study of eutrophication instratified lakes.

1990-1993 PhD student at Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Academic experiences

Since 2008 Lecturer of the course Modelling, Simulation and Optimi-sation taught in the Master programme of the Faculty ofInformatics, University of Lugano, Switzerland and in theMaster of Engineering programme of the Swiss Universitiesof Applied Sciences.

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Holds Lectures on Planning and management of logis-tic systems for the course The Logic of Modelling at theAlta Scuola Politecnica in Milan, Italy.

10/2006 Lecturer of the course Development of biophysical modu-lar models in .NET, held at Istituto Sperimentale ColtureIndustriali, Bologna, Italy.

09/2005 Nominated Professore SUPSI (Professor of University ofApplied Sciences of Southern Switzerland).

05/2006, 06/2005, 03/2004 Lecturer of the courseEnvironmental Decision Sup-port Systems taught at University of Girona, Spain in thecontext of the PhD programme in Environmental Sciences.

10/2004 02/2005 Lecturer of the courseAnalisi dei processi industriali(Anal-ysis of Industrial Processes) at SUPSI (University of AppliedSciences of Southern Switzerland), Manno, Switzerland.

08/2004 Author of the simulation chapters for the online course of theSwiss Virtual Campus titled Optimization and SimulationMethods in Operations Management.

since 2000 Lecturer of the undergraduate courses Fondamenti di Infor-matica (Computer Science Foundations), Programmazionee Linguaggi(Programming Languages),Ambienti di Sviluppo(Software Development Environments) at SUPSI, Manno,Switzerland.

10/1998 07/2000 Teaching Assistant of the course Informatica di Base (In-troduction to Computer Science) at SUPSI, Manno, Switzer-land.

01/1996 05/1996 Lecturer of the course Modellistica matematica e simu-lazione di sistemi ambientali e territoriali (Mathematicalmodelling and simulation of environmental systems) at theUniversity of Brescia, Italy.

02/1995 06/1995 Teaching Assitant of the course Elementi di Automatica(Elements of Control Engineering) at Politecnico di Milano,Faculty of Como, Italy.

02/1993 05/1993 Teaching Assistant of the course Analisi dei Sistemi (Sys-tems Analysis) at Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

01/1992 06/1992 Lecturer at the Master course Metodi di analisi quantita-tiva(Methods for quantitative analyses) at Scuola SuperioreE.N.I. Enrico Mattei, Milano, Italy.

Professional experiences

since 2001 Founding member of AntOptima SA, Lugano, Switzerland

AntOptima is spin-off company of IDSIA, specialised in thedevelopment of applications of innovative research in thefield of optimisation and simulation of industrial processes.

Editorial activities

Editor of the international journal Environmental Modelling & Software (El-sevier, impact factor 2011: 2.871).

In 2002 I have organised and chaired, together with Professor A.J. Jakeman(ANU, Australia) the first biennial meeting of iEMSs (the International Envi-ronmental Modelling and Software Society). The conference was attended bymore that 300 participants and a book of proceedings was published as result.I have also co-edited the proceedings of iEMSs 2004, iEMSs 2006, iEMSs 2008and the forthcoming iEMSs 2010.


since 2008 Vice-President of the International Environmental Modellingand Software Society (iEMSs).

2006-2008 Secretary of the International Environmental Modelling andSoftware Society (iEMSs).

since 2008 member of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Orga-nization (SISO)

since 2004 member of the European Society for Agronomy.

2003-2010 member of GCSI (Gruppo Coordinamento Sicurezza Infor-matica della Svizzera Italiana) as representative of IDSIA.

since 2002 member of the working group 5.11 of the International Fed-eration for Information processing (IFIP).

2000-2006 Treasurer of the International Environmental Modelling andSoftware Society (iEMSs).

since 1997 member of MSSANZ (Modelling & Simulation Society ofAustralia and New Zealand).


2004 Fellow of the International Environmental Modelling andSoftware Society (iEMSs).

2000 ECRE prize (Early Career Research Excellence) awarded bythe Modelling & Simulation Society of Australia and NewZealand.

List of publications

Books and chapters

[1] J. Barta, A. E. Rizzoli, M. Salani, and L. M. Gambardella, StatisticalModelling of Delays in a Rail Freight Transportation Network, in Pro-ceedings of the 2012 Winter Simulation Conference (C. Laroque, J. Him-melspach, R. Pasupathy, O. Rose, and A. Uhrmacher, eds.), (Berlin),2012.

[2] M. Donatelli, I. Cerrani, D. Fanchini, D. Fumagalli, and A. E. Rizzoli,Enhancing Model Reuse via Component- Centered Modeling Frameworks: the Vision and Example Realizations, in International EnvironmentalModelling and Software Society (iEMSs) 2012 International Congress onEnvironmental Modelling and Software Managing Resources of a LimitedPlanet: Pathways and Visions under Uncertainty, Sixth Biennial Meeting,Leipzig, Germany (R. Seppelt, A. Voinov, S. Lange, and D. Bankamp,eds.), pp. 11851192, iEMSs, Manno, Switzerland, 2012.

[3] A. Mignatti, G. Corani, and A. Rizzoli, Credal Model Averaging : dealingrobustly with model uncertainty on small data sets, in International En-vironmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs) 2012 InternationalCongress on Environmental Modelling and Software Managing Resourcesof a Limited Planet: Pathways and Visions under Uncertainty, Sixth Bi-ennial Meeting, Leipzig, Germany (R. Seppelt, A. Voinov, S. Lange, andD. Bankamp, eds.), pp. 163170, iEMSs, Manno, Switzerland, 2012.

[4] S. Nesic, A. E. Rizzoli, G. Schimak, G. Avelino, A. Kaufmann, and M. Do-natelli, Semantic annotation of environmental resources : Does it reallymatter to resource users ?, in International Environmental Modelling andSoftware Society (iEMSs) 2012 International Congress on EnvironmentalModelling and Software Managing Resources of a Limited Planet: Path-ways and Visions under Uncertainty, Sixth Biennial Meeting, Leipzig,Germany (R. Seppelt, A. Voinov, S. Lange, and D. Bankamp, eds.),pp. 24292436, iEMSs, Manno, Switzerland, 2012.

[5] A. E. Rizzoli, M. Salani, C. Valeri, J. Barta, S. Croci-Torti, A. Croci,A. Barbone, and L. M. Gambardella, WHATIF : A Decisio