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Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University

Basilio joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 as a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering with the Materials and Engineering Research Institute and the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research. His current research interests include vehicle dynamics, control, and robotics.

Dr Basilio Lenzo received his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa (1st cum laude, thesis at Ferrari F1) and Sant'Anna University (1st cum laude, thesis at Ecole Normale Superiéure de Cachan Paris) in 2010. In 2013, he received his PhD in Robotics (1st cum laude) from Sant'Anna University, too.

As part of his MSc degree in 2010, Basilio was an R&D Intern with Ferrari F1. In 2013, he was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA, and Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

In 2013, he was appointed as a Research Fellow with Sant'Anna University, where he worked on kinematics and dynamics of robotic mechanisms.

In 2013 he was awarded the Marzotto "Future business award" providing 250,000 Euro for a robotics start-up developed at PercRo (Perceptual Robotics Laboratory, Sant'Anna University). In 2014 he won the Bernardo Nobile PhD award for the best PhD thesis resulting in a patent application.

From 2015 to September 2016, he was a Research Fellow with the Centre for Automotive Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K. His research activity was focused on vehicle dynamics and control of a fully electric vehicle demonstrator within the European Project iCOMPOSE, dealing with:
- Development of vehicle simulation models and state-of-the-art controllers for vehicle dynamics and energy management;
- Experimental assessments of the performance of the developed controllers on rolling road facilities and proving grounds.

In 2015, he obtained the MIT Young Innovators Under 35 Italy award. He was also invited to give a TED talk at TEDxBergamo2015.


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    Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University