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Di Benedetto, Marika (Italy)

Di Benedetto, Marika (Italy)
  • Director of the "Design Methodologies of Embedded Controllers, Wireless Interconnect and Systems-on-chip" (DEWS) centre
  • Director of the European Embedded Control Institute (EECI)
Organisation: University of l'Aquila
Phone: +39-320-923-1095


Maria Domenica Di Benedetto has been Professor of Control Theory at University of l'Aquila since 1994. From 1995 to 2002, she has been Adjunct Professor at the Department of EECS, University of California at Berkeley. In 1987, she was Visiting Scientist al MIT, in 1988, 1989 e 1992 Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1992 Chercheur Associé, C.N.R.S., Poste Rouge, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique, Nantes, France, from 1990 to 1995 McKay Professor at the University of California Berkeley. She is the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Research DEWS "Architectures and Design methodologies for Embedded controllers, Wireless interconnect and System-on-Chip". She is President of the European Embedded Control Institute since 2009. She is Member of the International Advisory board for LCCC - Lund Centre for Control of Complex engineering systems since 2010. She is co-founder and member of the Governing Board of WEST Aquila S.r.L.. She is Member of the Board of Fondazione MIRROR since 2008.

Since 2002, she has been IEEE Fellow. From 2007 to 2010, she has been member of the IEEE Control Systems Technical Fields Award Committee, IEEE Control Systems Society. From 2003 to 2007 she has been Chair of the Standing Committee on Fellow Nominations, IEEE Control Systems Society. From 1995 to 1999, she has been Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions of Automatic Control. From 2006 to 2009, she has been Associate Editor at Large of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. Since 1995 she is Subject Editor of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control.

Her research interests are centered about analysis and control of nonlinear, hybrid and embedded systems.


Research Interests:

Professor Di Benedetto’s principal scientific interest are in control theory and applications with emphasis on nonlinear and hybrid systems, automotive control and networked control. In particular, the use of wireless sensor networks as communication mechanism among sensors, controllers and actuators. In this domain, the effect of communication non-idealities on control algorithms and requirement analysis are of great importance. She applied the theory developed for wireless networked control to the ventilation problem in the mining industry. She has also worked in the area of air-traffic management and studied extensively how to coordinate multiple agents (for example, airplanes, service vehicles, air traffic control) to prevent accidents or hazards. She has cooperated with automotive companies such as Magneti Marelli, Ford and consulting companies such as PARADES/ALES for automotive control problems, industrial control companies such as ABB for the mining ventilation problem, air traffic management institutions such as EUROCONTROL, defence companies such as Thales for wireless sensor networks, and communication companies such as Selex. She is the Director of the Center of Excellence DEWS which has had a number of important collaboration with Europe and US. In particular, DEWS has participated to a number of European projects such as HYCON and HYCON2. She is also the President of the European Control Institute where DEWS is one of the two nodes. DEWS has tight collaboration with many major Universities and research institutions in Europe (CNRS in France, ETH in Switzerland, KTH and Lund in Sweden, Cambridge in the UK) and in the US (University of California at Berkeley, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania, Caltech, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and MIT). She spent extended periods as visiting faculty at MIT and University of Michigan. She held the position of McKay Professor and Adjunct Professor for several years at University of California at Berkeley.