Paolo Di Barba was born in Albenga, Italy on 21 June 1963.

  • MSc degree in Electronic Engineering with honours,
    University of Pavia, 1988.
  • Assistant professor of electrical engineering,
    University of Pavia, 1991.
  • Associate professor of electrical engineering,
    University of Pavia, 1998.
  • PhD degree in Electrical Engineering,
    Technical University of Łόdź, 2002.

In the year 2002, PDB was appointed as a full professor of electrical engineering (tenure position) at the University of Pavia, where he currently teaches various courses (at both BSc and MSc levels) in the following areas:
• circuit theory;
• field theory;
• principles and applications of electrical engineering;
• numerical models for electricity and magnetism.
At the time being, PDB is deputy director of the doctoral school in Electronics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Pavia.

He is responsible of the Electromagnetic Device CAD Laboratory at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Pavia (at the time being, the institution is named Department of Industrial and Information Engineering).

His scientific interests are focused on the analysis and synthesis of electric and magnetic fields, with special emphasis on evolutionary algorithms for inverse problems and optimisation. Main applications include computer-aided design of electromagnetic and electromechanical devices.

More recently, he has been involved in the study of coupled-field inverse problems, characterized by magnetic and thermal domains: it is a multidisciplinary subject of research, rapidly growing in the area of clinical hyperthermia.

As far as publications are concerned, PDB is author of more than 100 papers, presented to international conferences or published in international journals.

He has been co-editor of two books: Non-linear Electromagnetic Systems – ISEM’99 (IOS Press, 2000) and ISEF’99 Proceedings (MCB University Press, 2000). They are a collection of selected papers from two conferences hold in Pavia in the year 1999, in the occasion of the bi-centennial anniversary of Volta’s invention of the electric pile.

Moreover, he is co-author of a book entitled Field Models in Electricity and Magnetism (Springer, 2008) and author of a monograph entitled Multiobjective Shape Design in Electricity and Magnetism (Springer, 2010).

PDB contributed to transfer the principle of Paretian optimality from microeconomics to computational electromagnetism in the pioneering era of multiobjective optimal design. Under this frame, his contribution was twofold:
• to clarify methodological aspects of multiobjective optimization theory applied in electromagnetic design, on one hand, and
• to exploit evolutionary algorithms for finding original solutions to design problems characterized by multiple objective functions, on the other hand.
His first paper on the subject, with the explicit computation of the front of non-dominated solutions, appeared in the year 1999.

He is a member of the steering committee of international symposia in the area of computational electromagnetism, in particular:
• Intl Symposium on Electromagnetic Fields in Electrical Engineering (ISEF),
• Workshop on Optimization and Inverse Problems in Electromagnetism (OIPE).

He regularly acts as a reviewer for various international journals, like e.g.:
International Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics - IJAEM;
International Journal for Computation and Mathematics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering - COMPEL;
IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.

He is involved in plans of scientific cooperation with various international institutions, in particular:
• Institute of Mechatronics and Information Systems, Technical University of Łόdź;
• Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin;
• Ecole Centrale de Lille, Lab. d’Electrotechnique e d’Electronique de Puissance.

In the year 2009, PDB was an invited professor at the West Pomeranian University of Technology, and also at the Technical University of Łόdź.
In the year 2010, he was an invited professor at the Académie de Lille – Université d’Artois.
In the year 2011, he was an invited professor at the Technical University of Łόdź.

He has been a member of the IEEE Society since the year 1995, as well as a member of the International Compumag Society since its very beginning.

In the years 2009 through 2011 the research activity of PDB has been focused on the development of numerical methods for analysis and synthesis of electromagnetic fields, with the final aim of contributing to the design of innovative devices with application in electrical engineering.