Maria Chiara Carrozza (M'11) received the Laurea degree in physics from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1990 and the Ph.D. degree in engineering at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), in 1994.
Since November 2006, she has been a Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Robotics at SSSA. In the period 2007 to 2013 she was the Rector of SSSA. In 2013, she was elected Member of the Italian Parliament; from April 28, 2013 until February 2014 she was the Italian Minister for Education and Research; from March 2014 to May 2014 she was Member of the Committee on Productive activities, Commerce and Tourism of the Italian Parliament; since June 2014 she has been a Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Parliament. She has scientific and coordination responsibilities within several national and international research projects. Her research interests are in rehabilitation engineering, wearable robotics, cybernetic hands, robotic devices for upper and lower limb functional replacement and augmentation, tactile sensors. She currently coordinates a group of 30 people, comprising Ph.D. students, post-docs and assistant professors. She is author of several scientific papers (more than 80 ISI papers and more than 120 papers in referred conference proceedings) and of 12 patents.