Maria Pia Fanti

Full Professor

Phone: +39 080 596 3643


Curriculum Vitae (English)

Curriculum Vitae (Italiano)



Research Projects



Courses and Lectures

Maria Pia Fanti is full professor of System and Control Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Polytechnic of Bari (Italy).

She received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy), in 1983. She was a visiting researcher at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, in 1999. Since 1983 she has been with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the Polytechnic of Bari (Italy), where she was Assistant Professor from 1990 till 1998 and Associate Professor from 1990 till April 2012.

Maria Pia Fanti is IEEE fellow for contributions to modeling and control of discrete event systems.

Her research interests include Discrete event systems, Petri net, consensus algorithms, networked and control systems, management and modeling of logistic systems, automated manufacturing systems, automatic guided vehicle systems, traffic networks, and healthcare systems.

Maria Pia Fanti is author of 2 books and 280+ papers including 85 journal papers including, 11 book chapters and many conference proceeding papers.

Currently, she teaches the following courses:

•     Fundamentals of Control Systems Engineering (I Module: Analysis of Control systems) 6 credits. 1st level degree in Computer Science and Automation Engineering.

•     Modelling and Control of Discrete Event Systems. 6 credits. Master degree in Computer Engineering.

•     Estimation and Control of Dynamical Systems. 6 credits. Master degree in Automation Engineering.

Maria Pia Fanti is Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering  and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems.

She is:

Member at large (2016-2018) of the BoG of the IEEE System, Man, and Cybernetics Society,

Member of the Administrative committee (2018-2020) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Member of the scientific committee of the Italian Federation of Automatic Control (SIDRA)

Member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems.

She was Co-Chair of the Technical committee on Discrete Event Systems for the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society and Chair of the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society Chapter of the IEEE Central & South Italy Section.

She received in 2008 from the IEEE SMC Awards Committee the “IEEE SMC Best Associate Editor Award” and the “Most Active Technical Committee Award of the SMC Society”.

Current activities


General Chair


IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics

October  6-9, 2019, Bari, Italy


Program Co-Chair


6th 2017 International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies

April 23-26, 2019, Paris, France


Member of the Steering committee


15th IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

August 22-26, 2019 Vancouver, Canada