Mariana Netto is Senior Research Scientist in the French Institute for Transports IFSTTAR (French Institute of Science and Technology for Transports, Development and Networks). She received her french degree Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, on “Contributions to road safety : from abstractions and control theory to real solutions, discussion and evaluation” in 2013; and her Ph.D. degree in automatic control in collaboration with MIT from the Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes (L2S) – Supélec/South Paris Univ (France) in 2001 on the “Adaptive Control of Nonlinearly Parameterized Systems”. She has been also assistant professor within the South Paris University for one year before integrating IFSTTAR.
Among her research activities, Mariana Netto leads the partner IFSTTAR in the European Network of Excellence HYCON2; she is vice-chair of the IFAC Technical Committee TC 9.2 'Social Impact of Automation', member of the IFAC Technical Committee 7.4 'Transportation Systems' and member of the iMobility Forum Expert Community, that works to give advice to the European Commission on the transportation research priority areas. In addition, from 2006 to 2008, Mariana Netto has co-leaded the workpackage on driving assistance systems technical evaluation, within the European PReVENT Project, subproject PReVAL. She has then constructed and leaded IFSTTAR for one year in the French consortium PARTAGE on the shared driving between the human and the control system for a safe driving. Mariana Netto is also co-leader of the new national research forum on Intelligent Electric Systems and Networks from the national networks (GDR MACS, SEEDS and ISIS) of the French national research center CNRS.
Her research interests are focused on linear and nonlinear control, including the control of nonlinearly parameterized systems and adaptive control, on intelligent transportation systems for improved safety and mobility of the citizens and on human-machine systems for translating technology to the human welfare. She counts more than 80 publications including journal, conference papers and reports.