Maria Prandini

Maria Prandini, PhD


Full Professor
Chair of the Automation and Control Engineering Program

Dipartimento di Elettronica,
Informazione e Bioingegneria
Politecnico di Milano
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32
20133 Milano, Italy

Phone: +39 (02) 23993441
Fax: +39 (02) 23993412


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Brief biography

Maria Prandini obtained the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering (Politecnico di Milano, 1994), and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology (University of Brescia, 1998) with a dissertation on adaptive control of stochastic systems.

After receiving her Ph.D., she was a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, from 1998 to 2000. She also held visiting positions at Delft University of Technology (1998), Cambridge University (2000), UC Berkeley (2005), and ETH Zurich (2006). From December 2002 to January 2011 she was Assistant Professor at the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione of the Politecnico di Milano.

From February 2011 to February 2018, she was Asssociate Professor at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of the Politecnico di Milano, where she is currently Full Professor.

She was principal investigator in the EC-funded H2020 project UnCoVerCPS (2015-2019), FP6 project iFly (2007-2011) and FP7 project MoVeS (2010-2013). Previously, she was work-package leader in the EC-funded FP5 project HYBRIDGE (2002-2005).

She is currently member of the editorial board of Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Network Systems and Cyber Physical Systems as associate editor. Previously she was member of the editorial board of European Journal of Control as discussion editor from 2007 to 2013, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control as associate editor from 2009 to 2013, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology as associate editor from 2009 to 2015, and Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems as associate editor from 2011 to 2015.

She is member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems, of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board and of the EUCA Conference Editorial Board.

She is and has been active in the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) and International Federation on Automatic Control (IFAC).
She was Vice-President for Conference Activities of the IEEE CSS in 2016 and 2017, Editor of the Electronic Publications of the IEEE CSS from 2013 to 2015, and elected member of the IEEE CSS Board of Governors for the triennium 2015-2017.

She is IFAC Vice-President Conferences, chairing the Conference Board for the triennium 2020-23. Previously, she was appointed member of the IFAC Policy Committee for a triennium from 2017 to 2020.

She is also a member of SIGBED Board of Directors.

She has been member of the program committees of several international conferences and either organizing or contributing to invited sessions, workshops, and tutorials. She was co-chair of the 21st ACM International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC 2018).

She is co-program chair of IEEE Conference on Decisione and Control 2020 and program chair of IEEE Conference on Decisione and Control 2021.

In 2018, she received the IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award for contributions to stochastic, hybrid, and distributed control systems and outstanding service to the Control Systems Society related to electronic publications and conference activities.

In 2019 she has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, effective 1 January 2020, with the following citation: for contributions to stochastic, hybrid and distributed control systems theory.


Research interests

Distributed and stochastic optimization

Stochastic hybrid systems

Randomized methods for systems and control

Identification and estimation theory

Air traffic management

Energy management


Recent and current projects

UnCoVerCPS project Unifying Control and Verification of Cyber-Physical Systems, European Commission, H2020. Grant number 643921 (January 1, 2015 - February 28, 2018), principal investigator

MoVeS project Modelling, verification and control of complex systems: From foundations to power network applications, European Commission, FP7. Project n. 257005 (October 1, 2010 - September 30, 2013), principal investigator

iFly project Safety, Complexity and Responsibility based design and validation of highly automated Air Traffic Management, European Commission, FP6, Contract n. TREN/07/FP6AE/S07.71574/037180 (2007-2011), principal investigator



Full-Day Workshop on Data-based Methods for Interconnected Systems: Theory and Algorithms, IFAC World Congress 2020

PhD course on Distributed algorithms for optimization and control over networks, Politecnico di Milano, February and April 2020

PhD course on Hybrid Systems at Politecnico di Milano, January 25-29, 2021

Past events


PhD course on Cooperative and noncooperative optimization and control at Politecnico di Milano, October 2-5, 2018

PhD course Optimization Methods for Decision Making over Networks, Summer school SIDRA 2018, 12-14 July 2018

Invited speaker at the 12th International Conference on Reachability Problems (RP'18), Marseille, France, 24-26 September 2018

Interview people in control on the Control Systems Magazine, issue 2: 26-29, April 2016

Plenary speaker at 2016 International Conference on Control, Automation, and Systems (ICCAS 2016)

Co-organizer of the Workshop on Verification and control of cyber-physical systems: theory and applications, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2016, Las Vegas, USA, December 11, 2016.

Co-organizer of the Workshop on Distributed and Stochastic Optimization: Theory and Applications, European Control Conference 2016, Aalborg, Denmark, June 28, 2016

Lecturer of the PhD course on Hybrid Systems at Lund University, Sweden, October 5-8, 2015

Lecturer of the Hybrid Systems course for master students Stuttgart University, Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, first semester 2014-15