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Dr. Donatello Materassi

Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Min H. Kao Building, Room 316
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250
Office Phone: 865-974-0494
Office Fax: 865-974-5483

Areas of Interest

  • Stochastic Systems
  • System Identification and Modeling
  • Graphical Models
  • Cybernetics

Education and Training

  • Post-doc: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011-2014
  • Post-doc: University of Minnesota, 2008-2011
  • PhD: Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, 2007
  • Laurea: Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, 2003


Donatello Materassi holds a Laurea in “Ingegneria Informatica” and a “Dottorato di Ricerca” in Electrical Engineering/Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems from Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy. He has been a post-doctoral researcher at University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), a post-doctoral fellow at Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a lecturer at Harvard University.

Dr. Materassi’s main thrust of research is the development of a general theoretical framework for the reconstruction of networks of dynamical systems.  His main results are based on filtering techniques and have drawn fundamental connections between standard graphical models, control theory and signal processing.  He is currently working on extending this theoretical framework in order to deal with the presence of latent nodes, feedback loops and time-varying structures. Applications are in quantitative finance, gene and multi-agent networks.

Dr. Materassi is also currently working on the introduction of methodologies developed in the area statistical mechanics to the area of classic control theory and communication engineering.  Applications are going to be in power systems, sensor networks and cognitive radio.


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