Alessandro Rizzo is an associate professor in Robotics and Automation at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications of Politecnico di Torino, Italy, where he founded and directs the Complex Systems Laboratory. Prior to joining Politecnico di Torino, he was a Faculty at Politecnico di Bari (2002-2015), Italy, as well as a visiting professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (2012-present). Prof. Rizzo conducts and supervises fundamental and applied research in the fields of robotics, dynamical systems and controls, and complex networks and systems. He serves in the Departmental committee to for the implementation of the “third mission,” that is, the generation of knowledge outside academic environments to the benefit of the social, cultural and economic development, toward strengthening the dialogue and interaction among University, industry and society. Prof. Rizzo has promoted, signed, and managed several industrial contracts and research projects in collaboration with industries, such as ST Microelectronics, TIM, Leonardo, and is one of the recipients of the 2019 Amazon Research Awards in Robotics. He holds two international patents in the field of nonlinear circuits and systems for robotics and has authored one book and more than 180 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society. He teaches Robotics and Automation and Planning of Production Systems in the MSc in Mechatronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and serves in the steering committee of the PhD program in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino. Prof. Rizzo has supervised numerous Phd and MSc theses, most of them in collaboration with industries, and is also involved in several student challenges and teams in collaboration with companies.