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Mariagrazia Dotoli,
SMCS eNewsletter
Editor

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EEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Magazine in-
troduces Mariagrazia Dotoli,
associate professor of control systems
engineering at Politecnico di Bari,
Italy, and editor of the SMC Society
(SMCS) eNewsletter (http://ieeesmc.
org/newsletters/). The eNewsletter
was started in 2003 and is published
quarterly. It is available on the web
and is distributed by e-mail to the
members of the Society. The eNews-
letter allows the timely publication of
information useful to SMCS members
on topics including, but not limited
to, research ideas and discussions on
emerging areas, information about
research groups and research activi-
ties, reports on SMC-sponsored con-
ferences and workshops, reports on
activities of SMC Technical Commit-
tees and local Chapters, and infor-
mation on job openings and research
funding opportunities.

include the automation, control, and
optimization of discrete event sys-
tems, fuzzy systems, manufacturing
systems, logistics and transporta-
tion systems, and energy systems.
SMC Magazine: What motivates
you to do research, teaching, and
volunteering?
Dotoli: To me, being a univer-
sity professor is the best job in
the world because it allows me
to combine three different jobs:
teaching, researching, and volun-
teering. Teaching allows me to be
in close and constant contact with
the minds of the future, which is
both exciting and inspiring. Re-

search, on the other hand, means
being confronted in a foreign envi-
ronment with new challenges every
day rather than working in a com-
fort zone repeating familiar tasks.
Research also allows me to support
my research group: helping a young
researcher move forward in his
or her career is very motivating.
Finally, volunteering has allowed
me to freely choose new opport-
unities, which, by lending my skills
to our scientific community, at the
same time helps develop my ca-
reer by encouraging me to take on
responsibilities and network with
global connections.
SMC Magazine: Who are your role
models? Why?
Dotoli: I have several. First of
all, Marie Skłodowska Curie. She
was an endowed woman, research-
er, and pioneer, who received two
Nobel Prizes in different subjects
and was the first woman to ever
receive a Nobel. For a woman and
researcher like me, working in a sci-
ence, technology, engineering, and

SMC Magazine: What is your current
position, and what are your research
areas and interests?
Dotoli: I am currently an as-
sociate professor in control sys-
tems engineering at the Depart-
ment of Electrical and Information
Engineering of Politecnico di Bari,
which I joined in 1999 as assistant
professor. My research interests
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MSMC.2016.2563558
Date of publication: 24 August 2016

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Dotoli (left) with the research group of the Decision and Control
Laboratory of Politecnico di bari. (From left) raffaele Carli, nicola
Epicoco, and graziana Cavone.

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