Maria Prandini was born in Brescia in 1969. She obtained the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering (Politecnico di Milano – 1994), and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology (Università degli Studi di 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.
Since February 2011 she is Asssociate Professor at the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione of the Politecnico di Milano.
She was work-package leader in the EC-funded FP5 project HYBRIDGE (2002-2005) and principal investigator in the EC-funded FP6 project iFly (2007-2011). She is currently principal investigator in the EC-funded FP7 project MoVeS.
She is associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, and Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems; discussion editor of European Journal of Control; member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems; and member of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board.
Her research interests include stochastic hybrid systems, air traffic management, randomized methods, probabilistic verification, and constrained control design.