Mauro Forti was born near Florence, Italy. He received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering (cum laude) from the University of Florence, Italy, with a thesis on the electromagnetic disturbances in the power distribution system. His thesis was awarded the Italian public telephone network (SIP) prize on telecommunications, and the Francini Prize on electrical engineering.
From 1991 to 1998 he has been an assistant professor at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettronica of the University of Florence, Italy, where he taught courses on mathematical analysis, mathematical applications to engineering, and network theory. From 1998 to 2004 he has been Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Siena, Italy, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione. During this period he held a number of institutional courses on electrotechnics and circuit theory. Since January 2005 he is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the same department of the University of Siena.
The main current scientific interests of Dr. Forti are in the field of nonlinear circuit theory, with emphasis on the dynamical analysis of nonlinear circuits that model artificial neural networks. He is author of more than 100 international publications, 69 of which in international journals (37 in Transactions of the IEEE). The main topics of the scientific publications include the following: a) new methods for addressing trajectory convergence and absolute stability of various classes of dynamic neural networks; b) new techniques for studying global stability of dynamic neural networks that are applicable in the general non-symmetric case; c) characterization of bifurcations, oscillations and complex dynamics in classes of neural networks and robustness of convergence and stability with respect to perturbations; d) design of innovative neural architectures for solving nonlinear programming problems and optimization problems; e) methods for analysing nonlinear circuits with memristors and use of memristors in neuromorphic architectures; f) various aspects of electromagnetic compatibility in the power distribution network.
The current bibliometric indicators (25 November 2017) of the scientific publications are as follows. Google Scholar: h-index = 23; total citations = 3286. Scopus: h-index = 20; total citations = 2431.
From 2001 to 2010 Dr. Forti served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, in the field of nonlinear dynamical analysis of neural network architectures. He has also served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits Systems-I: Fundamental Theory and Applications, in the field of circuit theory and applications to communications networks, during the years 2002-2004. Since 2014 he is serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. Dr. Forti cooperates as a reviewer with several international journals on topics concerning nonlinear dynamics of circuits and systems.
Dr. Forti is the scientific coordinator of the research group of electrical engineering of the University of Siena, within the Italian National Coordination Group of Electrical Sciences. He has been a director of the International School ‘Topics in non-linear dynamics’ held in Siena on July 9-11, 2003, with the cooperation of the Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity, and the Centre for the Studies of Complex Systems of the University of Siena. Moreover, together with Prof. T. Roska and Prof. M. Ogorzalek he was co-organizer and co-chair of the winter school ‘Nonlinear Dynamics in Cellular Wave Computing’ that was held in January 2013 at the Peter Pazmany University of Budapest.