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learn, and will to self-improve. It is
definitely a win-win situation.
SMC Magazine: What have been the
most challenging aspects in your vol-
unteering work for SMCS?
Dotoli: Up to now, the most chal-
lenging aspect of my volunteering
work for SMCS has definitely been the
editor of the Society eNewsletter role
that I just recently took over. My first
challenge is to increase readership. I
would like to share the eNewsletter
not only via e-mail and the web (as it
currently is) but also via social media
to expand our network with new pro-
fessionals, while keeping members
informed in a direct and easy way.
The second challenge is to increase
content, both from a technical and in-
formative standpoint. We have started
including interviews with inspiring
members of our community in the
eNewsletter and presenting short sec-
tions focusing on relevant scientific
and technological trends. Moreover,
we provide readers with frequent
and regular information on upcoming
conferences, call for papers, journals
and books, workshops and tutorials,
graduate schools, and open positions.
SMC Magazine: What is your proud-
est achievement?
Dotoli: A professional achieve-
ment I am very proud of is obtaining
the Italian national qualification for
full professor in control systems and
engineering in 2013. I was still an as-
sistant professor then and only three
assistant professors, including myself,
in the whole country achieved this
award. However, my proudest achieve-
ments are two: my daughters Frances-
ca and Giovanna, who surprise me ev-
ery day with their joy and love for life.
SMC Magazine: Can you tell us
something more about your social
life?
Dotoli: My husband, Antonio, is a
defense attorney, and our two bright
and crazy daughters are in third and
second grade. We live in Bari, the capi-
tal of the Apulia region of Italy, near
the seaside. Being a real southerner,

the sea is one of my passions-I go
to the beach to swim or simply re-
lax with my family whenever I can. I
also like music and go to gigs of my
favorite singer, American-Lebanese
artist Mika, on every possible occa-
sion. I find his music and lyrics to be
very inspiring, and I am one of the two
country representatives of the Mika
Fan Club. Another hobby of mine is
the gym-I am attending a "military
walking" class at present. Last but not
least, traveling and visiting foreign
countries is another passion. Having
lived there during my studies, Paris
is like a second home to me, and each
year I try to spend a few weeks in
France with my family.
SMC Magazine: Can you give us
some biographical highlights?
Dotoli: I am 44 and earned a de-
gree in electronics engineering when
I was 24 at Politecnico di Bari. I spent
the last year of my university course
at Paris 6 University, where I started
my research on fuzzy control with
Prof. Bernadette Bouchon-Meunier.
I then enrolled for a Ph.D. course in
electrical engineering at Politecnico
di Bari and spent half of the Ph.D.
at the Danish Technical University
in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I
continued my studies on soft com-
puting and intelligent control under
the guidance of Prof. Jan Jantzen. I
subsequently won a position of as-
sistant professor in control systems
engineering at the Department of
Electrical and Information Engineer-
ing also at Politecnico di Bari, where
I am currently an associate professor.
My interests have recently shifted
from control more to automation and
optimization, with particular applica-
tion to energy and transport systems.
A recent success was the RES NO-
VAE Project, financed by the Italian
Ministry of University and Research
under the Smart Cities Initiative and
reputed to be one of the nation's best
practices in terms of energy manage-
ment of smart cities. In RES NOVAE,
my research group has been active in
the design and development of the Ur-
ban Control Center (UCC), a decision

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and support system that helps the
public administration of a smart city
make decisions on energy efficiency.
The UCC monitors the smart city per-
formance and implements strategic
action programs for the smart city
management.
SMC Magazine: How do you see the
SMCS of the future?
Dotoli: SMCS is a very multidis-
ciplinary Society, with its three core
subjects: systems science and engi-
neering, human-machine systems,
and cybernetics. In this context, I
believe that SMC will expand from
traditional research fields toward
emerging areas for example, auton-
omous systems, social networks,
brain modeling, etc. I am also con-
vinced that this process will lead
the SMCS to establishing collabo-
rations with related IEEE Societies
and extending toward the broader
engineering community.
SMC Magazine: What is the most
coveted reward that you seek?
Dotoli: Professionally, my most
coveted reward is to be able to con-
tinue doing research and expanding
my young research group at Politec-
nico di Bari at the recently estab-
lished Decision and Control Labora-
tory. From a personal perspective,

Dotoli with her daughters, (from
left) Francesca and giovanna,
relaxing on the bari waterfront.

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