Mara Tanelli was born in Lodi, Italy, in 1978. Since 2015, she is Associate Professor of Automatic Control at the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione of the Politecnico di Milano, where she obtained the Laurea degree in Computer Science Engineering in 2003 and the Ph.D. in Information Engineering in 2007. She also holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
For her Ph.D. research activities, in 2007 she has been awarded with the Dimitri N. Chorafas Ph.D. Thesis Award for the best Ph.D. Theses in “Systems Engineering and Information Technology" and the Claudio Maffezzoni Ph.D. Thesis Award, second edition, for the best Italian Ph.D. Thesis among those which show original contributions in solving control problems via mathematical modeling and automatic control theory.
Her main research interests focus on active control systems design for ground vehicles, estimation and identification techniques with application to automotive systems, energy management of electric vehicles, control for the energy aware IT systems and sliding mode control.
She is author and co-author of more than 110 peer-reviewed scientific publications (40 international journals and 78 international conferences) and 7 patents in these research areas. She is co-author of the monograph “Active braking control systems design for vehicles”, published in 2010 for the Springer Series “Advances in Industrial Control” and she is co-editor of the book “Modelling, simulation and control of two-wheeled vehicles”, published by Wiley & Sons in 2014.
Her research papers have been cited over 620 times and her h-index is 14 (Scopus database, April 2015).
For her research activities, she has been awarded with the 2008 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award for the paper “Mixed slip-deceleration control in automotive braking systems” published in the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control in 2007. In September 2011, she received the 2011 Control Engineering Practice Best Paper Prize for the paper “On optimal motorcycle braking”. In 2014, she obtained the IEEE–CSS Italian Chapter Best Young Author Journal Paper Award 2013 for the work “Enhancing Robustness and Performance via Switched Second Order Sliding Mode Control”, published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control on April 2013.
Since 2012, she is Senior Member of the IEEE and since 2013 she is a member of the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society.