Mathukumalli Vidyasagar was born in Guntur, India on September 29, 1947. He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, in 1965, 1967 and 1969, respectively.
For the next twenty years, he taught at Marquette University (1989-70), Concordia University (1970-80) and the University of Waterloo (1980-89). In 1989 he returned to India as the Director of the newly created Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) in Bangalore, under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
In 2000 he moved to the Indian private sector as an Executive Vice President of India’s largest software company, Tata Consultancy Services, where he created the Advanced Technology Center, an industrial R&D laboratory of around 80 engineers.
In 2009 he retired from TCS and joined the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, as a Cecil & Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology Science. In March 2010 he was named as the Founding Head of the newly created Bioengineering Department.
His current research interests are in the application of stochastic processes and stochastic modeling to problems in computational biology, control systems and quantitative finance. He has received a number of awards in recognition of his research, including the IEEE Control Systems (“Field”) Award in 2008 and Fellowship of the Royal Society, UK, in 2012.