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Ferdinanda Ponci received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy in 1998 and 2002 respectively.
In 2003 she joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina, USA, as Assistant Professor in the Power and Energy Research Group, and was tenured and promoted Associate Professor in December 2008. While at University of South Carolina she worked on projects sponsored by the US Office of Naval Research, focused on the development of the on-board distribution system for the future all electric ship.
In 2009 she joined the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems at the E.ON Research Center at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, where she is currently an apl. Professor. Her activity here is mainly focused on measurements for monitoring and control of distribution systems with pervasive presence of renewables. In particular, she is working on the integration of PMUs and heterogeneous measurements in the state estimation, on the development of a general architecture for monitoring and control of distribution systems, and on decentralized monitoring and control systems based on agent technology. Her work is sponsored by private companies as well as FP7 projects. She teaches the graduate course Measurement Techniques and Distributed Intelligence for Power Systems.