He is rector of the University of Bologna (2015-2021) and full professor of Mechanics of Solids and Structures. Since 2007, he has carried out research in the field of computational mechanics. Numerical modeling, structural analysis, intelligent structures, historic and archaeological structures, structural monitoring and diagnostics are just a few of the main topics he wrote about, with more than 80 publications in International magazines.
He is also CINECA’s data centre chairman, and member of the European University Association. He is member of ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems) and President of FUP (University Education and Professional Orientation Foundation).