Researcher

ISSIA CNR – Palermo

(+39) 091 6113513

SHORT BIO

Maria Carmela Di Piazza  received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Palermo, Italy, in 1997 and 2001, respectively, both in Electrical Engineering. Since 2001, she has been a permanent-staff researcher with the Italian National Research Council at the Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation (ISSIA). She is currently leading within the CNR – ISSIA the research project “Advanced Technologies for Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Mobility” funded by the Italian Government. Her main  research interests cover electric power generation by renewable sources, power electronics and electrical drives, electromagnetic interference/electromagnetic compatibility, and power quality. She is Senior Member of the IEEE Power Electronics, Electromagnetic Compatibility, and Industrial Electronics Societies.

Curriculum Vitae
Current position: Researcher at the National Research Council (CNR) – Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation (ISSIA) UOS Palermo, Italy
Project Manager for CNR-ISSIA: “Advanced Technologies for Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Mobility”

Summary of the professional career
November 1997- November 2000: PhD student at the University of Palermo.
December 1999 – March 2000: visiting scientist at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK.
December 2000- September 2001: Temporary researcher at CNR – CERISEP.
September 2001 – December 2001: Permanent teacher of “Applied Electronics” at public high school.
Since December 2001: Researcher at CNR – ISSIA.
Since 2000: Research activity at CNR; Coordinator of research groups; Teaching at University of Palermo as temporary professor; Tutor or co-tutor of several MD theses; Member of several commissions involved in recruitment of personnel within the CNR; Publication of about 90 papers, among which 17 on international ISI journals; Co-author of the book:
M.C. Di Piazza, G. Vitale, “Photovoltaic Sources: Modelling and Emulation”, Green Energy and Technology, (2013) XVII, ISBN 978-1-4471-4378-9, Springer Verlag, London.

Scientific Responsibility of Research Projects
1999: Responsible of the CNR-CERISEP research activity: “Development of high frequency models of electrical drive for EMC study”
2001: Coordinator of the joint CNR-CERISEP/ELASIS FIAT Automobiles research activity “EMC of automotive electrical drives and devices for dual voltage electrical architectures ”
2004: Scientific supervisor of the work-package 2 within project 1 of the research programme CLUSTER 13 – EMC, funded by MIUR.
2011: Responsible for the CNR-ISSIA of the research project: “Advanced Technologies for Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Mobility”, funded by the Italian Government. Project duration: 2011-2014.
2011: Responsible for the CNR-ISSIA of the research module ET.P03.008.007 “Progetto Mezzogiorno ISSIA” within the project ET.P03.008 “Sistemi per Tecnologie Energetiche”(Systems for Energy Technologies).
2012: SA Leader for the CNR-ISSIA within the research project “RITmare, Italian Research for the sea” funded by CNR. Project duration: 2012-2017.

Charges at Universities and Research Institutions
Professor of “Electrical Machines”, Faculty of Automation Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy.
(Academic year: 2000-2001)
Professor of “Quality and Reliability of Electrical Systems”, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy. (Academic years: 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004).
Professor of “Complements of Electrical Machines and Electrical Systems”, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy. (Academic year: 2002-2003).

Participation to scientific committees and editorial activity
– Senior Member IEEE since 2012, Member IEEE since 2004.
– Member of Technical Committee n. 4 – “Electrical Machines” within the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.
– Member of Technical Committee n. 7 – “Low frequency EMC” within the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society.
– Member of the International Programme Committee for the IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (2005-2010).
– Reviewer for the journals: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, IEEE Journal on Photovoltaics, COMPEL, JEMWA/PIER, Applied Energy.

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  1. M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Petrone, G. Spagnuolo

    Translation of the Single-Diode PV Model Parameters Identified by Using Explicit Formulas, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, Vol. PP, No. 99, 2017

  2. M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, M. Pucci

    Electrical Loss Minimization Technique for Wind Generators based on a Comprehensive Dynamic Modelling of Induction Machines, IEEE transactions on industry applications, Vol. PP, No. 99, 2017

  3. Di Piazza, M. C.; La Tona, G.; Luna, M.; Di Piazza, A.

    A two-stage Energy Management System for smart buildings reducing the impact of demand uncertainty, Energy and buildings, Vol. 139, 2017

  4. Di Piazza, M. C.; Pucci, M.

    Techniques for efficiency improvement in PWM motor drives, Electric Power Systems Research, Vol. 136, July 2016, Pages 270–280

  5. G. Ala, M.C. Di Piazza, C. Giaconia, G. Giglia, G. Vitale

    “Design and performance evaluation of a high power density EMI filter for PWM inverter-fed induction motor drives”, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 2016. DOI: 10.1109/TIA.2016.2518129, Early Access.

  6. M.C. Di Piazza, M. Pucci

    "Induction Machines based Wind Generators with Neural Maximum Power Point Tracking and Minimum Losses Techniques", IEEE transactions on industrial electronics, 2015

  7. M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Vitale

    “EMI Reduction in DC-Fed Electric Drives by Active Common-Mode Compensator”, IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Volume: 56 , Issue: 5, October 2014 , Page(s): 1067-1076

  8. A. Di Piazza, M. C. Di Piazza, G. Vitale

    Estimation and Forecast of Wind Generators Production Capability for Energy Management Purpose in Smart Grids, Renewable energy & power quality journal, Vol. 12, 2014

  9. Di Piazza M.C., Luna M., Vitale G.

    Dynamic PV Model Parameter Identification by Least-Squares Regression, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2013

  10. Di Piazza M.C., Pucci M., Vitale G.

    Intelligent Power Conversion System Management for Photovoltaic Generation, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, Vol. 2, 2013

  11. A. Di Piazza, M. C. Di Piazza, G. Vitale

    Efficiency Comparison of Grid Side Converters for DC Distribution Systems, Renewable energy & power quality journal, Vol. 11, 2013

  12. G. Ala, M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, F. Viola, G. Vitale

    EMI Analysis in Electrical Drives Under Lightning, IEEE Transactions on electromagnetic compatibility, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2012

  13. Di Piazza M. C., Luna M., Vitale G.

    Parameter Identification of a PV Source Dynamic Model with Piecewise-Linear Circuit-Based Approach, Renewable energy & power quality journal, Vol. 10, No. 751, 2012

  14. M. C. Di Piazza, F. Viola, G. Vitale

    High Frequency Model of PV Systems for the Evaluation of Ground Currents, Renewable energy & power quality journal, Vol. 10, No. 751, 2012

  15. A. Di Piazza, M.C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    Environmental Data Processing by Clustering Methods for Energy Forecast and Planning, Renewable energy, Vol. 36, 2011

  16. M.C Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    High frequency modelling of cables in PWM motor drives by using polynomial functions based parameter, Renewable energy & power quality journal, Vol. 9, 2011

  17. Di Piazza, M. C.; Ragusa, A.; Vitale, G.

    Magnetic material performance of transformers in common mode active EMI filters for bearing current suppression, Przeglad Elektrotechniczny, Vol. 87, No. 6, 2011

  18. Di Piazza, M. C.; Ragusa, A.; Vitale, G.

    An Optimized Feedback Common Mode Active Filter for Vehicular Induction Motor Drives, IEEE transactions on power electronics, Vol. 26, No. 11, 2011

  19. M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    Effects of Common-Mode Active Filtering in Induction Motor Drives for Electric Vehicles, IEEE Transactions on vehicular technology, Vol. 59, 2010

  20. M. C. Di Piazza, G. Vitale

    A Laplace Domain Modelling Approach for CM Active EMI Filters, Przeglad Elektrotechniczny, Vol. 86, No. 3, 2010

  21. M. C. Di Piazza, M. Pucci, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    Analytical Versus Neural Real-Time Simulation of a Photovoltaic Generator Based on a DC–DC Converter, IEEE Transactions on industry applications,  Vol. 6, 2010

  22. M.C. Di Piazza, G. Vitale

    Photovoltaic field emulation including dynamic and partial shadow conditions, Applied Energy, Vol. 87, 2010

  23. A. Di Piazza, M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    Statistical Processing of Wind Speed Data for Energy Forecast and Planning, Renewable energy & power quality journal, Vol. 8, 2010

  24. M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, M. Luna, G. Vitale

    A Dynamic Model of a Photovoltaic Generator Based on Experimental Data, Renewable energy & power quality journal, Vol. 8, 2010

  25. M.C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    Design of Grid-Side Electromagnetic Interference Filters in AC Motor Drives with Motor-Side Common Mode Active Compensation, IEEE Transactions on electromagnetic compatibility, Vol. 51, 2009

  26. M.C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    Input EMI in Inverter-fed Motor Drives with Active Filtering of Motor CM Voltage, Przeglad Elektrotechniczny, Vol. 10, 2009

  27. M. C. Di Piazza; A. Ragusa; G. Vitale

    Identification of Photovoltaic Array Model Parameters by Robust Linear Regression Methods, Renewable energy & power quality journal, Vol. 7, 2009

  28. A. Di Piazza; M. C. Di Piazza; G.Vitale

    A Kriging-Based Partial Shading Analysis in a Large Photovoltaic Field for Energy Forecast, Renewable energy & power quality journal, Vol. 7, 2009

CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS

  1. Di Piazza, M. C.; Luna, M.; Vitale, G.; Ala, G.; Giaconia, G. C.; Giglia, G.; Zanchetta, P.

    ODEF: an Interactive Tool for Optimized Design of EMI Filters, IECON 2016 - 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Florence, Italy, Oct 24-27, 2016

  2. Di Piazza, M. C.; Luna, M.; Di Piazza, A.; La Tona, G.

    Energy Management Systems for Effective Gap Reduction Between Actual and Predicted Power in Smart Homes and Buildings, IECON 2016 - 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Florence, Italy, Oct 24-27, 2016

  3. Ala, G.; Giaconia, G. C.; Giglia, G.; Di Piazza, M. C.; Luna, M.; Vitale, G.; Zanchetta, P.

    Optimized design of high power density EMI filters for power electronic converters, 2016 AEIT International Annual Conference (AEIT), Capri (Italy), Oct 5-7, 2016.

  4. Di Piazza, M. C.; Luna, M.; Pucci, M.

    Electrical loss minimization technique for wind generators based on a comprehensive dynamic modelling of induction machines, 2016 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE),Milwaukee (WI), USA, Sept 18-22, 2016

  5. Ala, G.; Giaconia, G. C.; Giglia, G.; Di Piazza, M. C.; Luna, M.; Vitale, G.; Zanchetta, P.

    Computer Aided Optimal Design of High Power Density EMI Filters, 2016 IEEE 16th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (EEEIC), Florence, Italy, June 7-10, 2016

  6. G. Ala, M.C. Di Piazza, C. Giaconia, G. Giglia, M. Luna, G. Vitale, P. Zanchetta

    “Computer Aided Optimal Design of High Power Density EMI Filters”, 16th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (EEEIC), Florence, Italy, 7-10 June 2016.

  7. A. Di Piazza, M. C. Di Piazza, G. Vitale

    "Solar and wind forecasting by NARX neural networks", World Renewable Energy Congress XIV, Bucharest, ROMANIA, June 8-12, 2015

  8. Ala G.; Giaconia G.C.; Giglia G.; Di Piazza M.C.; Vitale G.

    "Design and performance evaluation of a high power density EMI filter for PWM inverter-fed induction motor drives", 2015 IEEE 15th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (EEEIC), 10-13 June 2015, Rome, Italy

  9. M. C. Di Piazza, M. Pucci

    "Efficiency issues in induction motor drives: Modelling and losses minimization techniques", 2015 IEEE Workshop on Electrical Machines Design, Control and Diagnosis (WEMDCD), 26-27 March 2015, Turin, Italy

  10. P.L. Carotenuto, A. Di Piazza, M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Petrone, G. Spagnuolo

    “A geostatistical approach for identifying the shadowing conditions affecting a PV plant”, 2015 International Conference on Clean Electrical Power (ICCEP), Taormina, Italy 16-18 June 2015, Pages: 414 – 421.

  11. M.C. Di Piazza, G. La Tona, M. Luna, A. Di Piazza

    “A novel EMS for residential microgrids reconciling end-user and utility needs”, 2015 International Conference on Clean Electrical Power (ICCEP), ,Taormina, Italy 16-18 June 2015, Pages: 140 – 146.

  12. M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Petrone, , G. Spagnuolo

    “About the identification of the single-diode model parameters of high-fill-factor photovoltaic modules”, 2015 International Conference on Clean Electrical Power (ICCEP), Taormina, Italy 16-18 June 2015, Pages: 85 – 91

  13. F. Alonge, S. Collura, M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Vitale

    “Dynamic Performance Enhancement of AC/DC PFC Boost Converters by Means of MRAS Observers”, The 24th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, 3-5 June 2015 . Búzios . Rio de Janeiro . Brazil.

  14. S. Cannizzaro, M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Vitale, G. Calogero, I. Citro

    “Parameter identification and real-time J-V curve reconstruction of polymer PV and dye-sensitized cells using non-iterative algorithms”, European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, (EU PVSEC 2014), Amsterdam (Netherlands), 22-26 September 2014.

  15. A. Di Piazza, M. C. Di Piazza, G. Vitale

    “Solar radiation forecasting based on artificial neural networks optimized by genetic algorithm for energy management in smart grids”, European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, (EU PVSEC 2014), Amsterdam (Netherlands), 22-26 September 2014

  16. Di Piazza M.C.; Pucci M.

    (2014) "Efficiency analysis in induction motor drives with discontinuous PWM and electrical loss minimization", IEEE International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM 2014), Berlin, Germany, 2-5 Sept. 2014

  17. M. C. Di Piazza, G. Giglia, M. Luna, G. Vitale

    “EMI Filter Design in Motor Drives with Common Mode Voltage Active Compensation”. Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics Society (ISIE 2014). 1-4 June 2014. Istanbul, Turkey

  18. S. Cannizzaro, M. C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Vitale

    “Generalized Classification of PV Modules by Simplified Single-Diode Models”. Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics Society (ISIE 2014). 1-4 June 2014. Istanbul, Turkey

  19. M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Vitale

    “Design and FPGA Implementation of an All-Digital Two-Quadrant General Pulse-Width Modulator”. Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics Society (ISIE 2014). 1-4 June 2014. Istanbul, Turkey

  20. Cannizzaro S.; Di Piazza M.C.; Luna M.; Vitale G.

    (2014) "PVID: An interactive Matlab application for parameter identification of complete and simplified single-diode PV models", COMPEL, Santander (Spain), June 22-25, 2014

  21. A. Di Piazza, M. C. Di Piazza and G. Vitale

    (2014) "Solar radiation estimate and forecasting by neural networks for smart grid energy management", European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Paris, France, 30 September - 04 October 2013

  22. Di Piazza, M.C. ; Pucci, M. ; Vitale, G.

    (2013) Benchmarking of PWM techniques effects on efficiency, power quality and EMI in DC-supplied induction motor drives, in IEEE ECCE 2013, Denver, CO (USA), September, 15-19, 2013

  23. Di Piazza, M.C. ; Pucci, M. ; Vitale, G.

    (2013) Efficiency modeling in voltage source inverters with several PWM techniques: A unified approach, in IEEE - IECON 2013, Vienna, Austria, November, 10-13, 2013

  24. Di Piazza M.C., Giglia G., Luna M., Vitale, G.

    (2013)EMI and reliability improvement in DC-fed induction motor drives by filtering techniquesin IEEE - IECON 2013, Vienna, Austria, November, 10-13, 2013

  25. Di Piazza, M.C. ; Luna, M. ; Pucci, M. ; Vitale, G.

    (2013) PV-based Li-ion battery charger with neural MPPT for autonomous sea vehicles, in IEEE - IECON 2013, Vienna, Austria, November, 10-13, 2013

  26. A. Di Piazza, M. C. Di Piazza, G. Vitale

    (2013) Solar Radiation Estimate and Forecasting by Neural Networks-based Approach, in XIII Spanish-Portuguese Conference on electrical engineering (XIIICHLIE),, Valencia (E), 3 to 5 of July, 2013

  27. M. C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2011) An Improved Common Mode Active Filter for EMI Reduction in Vehicular Motor Drives, in IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, VPP 2011,, Chicago Il. USA,, September 6-9, 2011

  28. M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2011) High frequency Modelling of Cables in PWM Motor Drives by Using Polynomial Functions based Parameters, in International Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sp

  29. M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, M. Luna, G. Vitale

    (2010) A Dynamic Model of a Photovoltaic Generator Based on Experimental Data, in International Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality, Granada, Spain

  30. M. C. Di Piazza; A. Ragusa; G. Vitale

    (2010) A feedback-type Common Mode Active Filter for Vehicular Induction Motor Drives, in The 6th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, Lille, France

  31. M. C. Di Piazza, M. Pucci, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2010) A Grid-Connected System Based on a Real Time PV Emulator: Design and Experimental set-up, in 36th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial-Electronics-Society/4th IEEE International Conference on E-Learning in Industrial Electronics/IES Industry Forum, Glendale, AZ. USA, 7-10 november 2010

  32. M.C. Di Piazza, M. Pucci, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2010) A growing Neural Gas Network based MPPT Technique for Multi-String PV Plants, in IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, Bari, 4-7 luglio 2010

  33. A. Di Piazza, M.C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2010) Statistical Processing of Wind Speed Data for Energy Forecast and Planning, in - International Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality, Granada, Spain

  34. M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2010) Theoretical and Experimental Evaluation of the Power Losses in CM Active EMI Filters, in IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, Bari, Italy

  35. M. C. Di Piazza, M. Pucci, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2009) Analytical versus Neural Real-time Simulation of a Photovoltaic Generator based on a DC-DC Converter, in The IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, San Jose, California, USA., 2009

  36. M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2009) Common Mode Active Filtering effects in induction Motor Drives for Application in Electric Vehicles, in 5th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, , Dearborn Michigan, USA

  37. M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2009) Common Mode EMI Propagation in High Voltage DC supplied Induction Motor Drives for Electric Vehicles Application, in The IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, Miami, Florida (USA).

  38. M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2009) Common mode transformers requirements for active EMI filters in induction motor drives, in 19th Soft Magnetic Materials Conference, Torino, Italy

  39. M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2009) Identification of Photovoltaic Array Model Parameters by Robust Linear Regression Methods, in The International Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality, Valencia, Spain

  40. M. C. Di Piazza, A. Ragusa, G. Vitale

    (2009) Input EMI Filter Re-design in AC Motor Drives with Active Compensation of Motor CM Voltage, in IEEE 6th International Conference-Workshop on Compatibility and Power Electronics, Badajoz, Spain