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University of Cagliari


The University of Cagliari (Italian: Università degli Studi di Cagliari) is a university in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. It was founded in 1606 and is organized in 11 faculties. The University has about 36,000 enrolled students, a teaching staff of over 1,200 and a technical-administrative staff of about 1,300 people. At the moment the University of Cagliari is one of the largest enterprises in the Region of Sardinia, thanks to its international policy, studies and its numerous agreements with prestigious universities in Europe and around the world.


In the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Cagliari, a research group is operating that is active in plasma disruption studies of fusion reactors for many years. The group consists of several professors and researchers (one full professor, two associate professors, two assistant professors as well as several Post Doc and PhD Students) that participate in the EFDA and EUROfusion work packages on disruptions for over more than 15 years. During these years, the fusion research group collaborated with the main research centers and associations in Europe such as  ENEA, RFX, CCFE, and IPP. The collaboration in the framework of the EUROfusion programs is carried out as third party of ENEA.

Our research interests are mainly focused on developing machine learning algorithms for the study of the operational limits of a tokamak, and for prediction and classification of disruptions. Other research fieldsof study concern the development of image processing algorithms for the identification of events in fusion devices, and the dynamical analysis of ELMs. We published many papers on these fields both on JET and ASDEX Upgrade. More recently, we have been also involved in studies in other fusion devices as TCV, MAST, and W7-X.

Contact Information:
Alessandra Fanni
Piazza d'Armi - 09123 Cagliari