Mara Tanelli was born in Lodi, Italy, in 1978. Since October 2020, she is Full 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, summa cum laude. 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 and the Claudio Maffezzoni Ph.D. Thesis Award, second edition.
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, smart mobility, insurance telematics and sliding mode control. She is author and co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 15 patents in these research areas. For her research activities, she has been awarded with the 2008 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award. In 2011, she received the Control Engineering Practice Best Paper Prize. In 2014, she obtained the IEEE–CSS Italian Chapter Best Young Author Journal Paper Award 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. She is currently Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and of the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.