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Anna is a Professor at Cornell Tech in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Cornell University. She is part of Cornell Tech’s Urban Tech hub. Her research interest is in novel digital technology for smart infrastructures that can secure them, improving their resilience to both cyber threats and physical events, and to achieve zero emission targets. In her work she draws tools from signal processing, communication theory, network science, optimization and power systems. Her research has been supported by NSF, DoD (ONR and ARO), DoE and ARPA-e. She is an IEEE fellow since 2011 for her contributions to signal processing and communication theory. She received the 2000 IEEE Signal Processing Transactions Best Paper Award, the NSF CAREER grant in 2002, is co-recipient of the 2013 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award for the best review paper in that year across all IEEE publications in 2013, and the 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award (with her PhD student Lin Li) . She was distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2019-2020.

She holds a PhD degree from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Italy, and she was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Minnesota.