Donatello Materassi holds a Laurea in "Ingegneria Informatica" and a "Dottorato di Ricerca" in Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems from Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Italy. He has been a research associate at University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) from 2008 till 2011. He has been concurrently both a post-doctoral researcher at Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a lecturer at Harvard University till 2014. Since 2014 he has been an assistant professor at University of Tennessee in Knoxville and since 2019 he is an assistant professor at University of Minnesota in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2016, he was a recipient of the NSF CAREER award. His main research interests are graphical models, stochastic systems and cybernetics.