Ion Matei’s research interests revolve around modeling, analysis, and design of dynamical systems. His early research focused on designing and analyzing distributed algorithms for optimization, estimation and control. Such algorithms are at the core of many autonomous systems applications including UAV formation control, sensor networks for tracking, or power grid monitoring. In his most recent work, Ion is involved in reliability and diagnosis studies for cyber-physical systems, developing failure mechanisms models for physical components. Prior to joining PARC, Ion was a research scientist with the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. As part of the Systems Engineering group at NIST, Ion contributed to the development of standards for modeling cyber-physical systems, with emphasis on representation of hybrid dynamical systems. Dr. Matei received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Politehnica University of Bucharest Romania in 2002 and 2003 respectively, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2009 and 2010 respectively. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles and papers in leading journals and conferences in control, optimization, and signal processing. Ion is a member of the IEEE society and he regularly performs peer reviews for top-tier international journals on Control and Signal Processing journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and Elsevier’s Automatica. For his research contributions, he received the NIST-ARRA fellowship award (2011) and the Werner Von Siemens Excellency award (2003). Ion enjoys outdoors activities, especially biking and hiking.