Andras Varga received the diploma in control engineering in 1974 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1981, both from the University "Politechnica" of Bucharest (Romania). From 1974 to 1993 he has held various research positions at the Institute of Informatics Bucharest and at the Ruhr-University of Bochum. From 1990 to 1992 he worked at the Ruhr-University of Bochum as visiting research fellow in the framework of a fellowship award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Since 1993, he has been at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, where he is currently a Senior Scientist. He was a visiting fellow at the Kyoto University (1994), California Institute of Technology (2000), Australian National University (2000), University of Hong Kong (2000), and University of Umea (2002).

Dr. Varga's main research interests include the numerical methods for linear systems analysis and design (with special focus on model and controller reduction, descriptor systems, periodic systems, fault detection), and robust numerical software for computer aided control system design (CACSD). He coauthored three books, coedited one book, published over 50 papers in refereed journals or book chapters, and has over 125 conference publications.

Dr. Varga is Fellow of IEEE and served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control between 1997-1999. He was the Program Chairman of the 1999 Symposium on CACSD (Hawaii), the General Chair for the 2000 Symposium on CACSD (Anchorage, Alaska), the General Chair of the 2006 IEEE Conference on Control Applications, 2006 IEEE Symposium on CACSD and 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control (Munich, Germany). For 2000-2004 he was the Chairman of the Technical Committee on CACSD within the IEEE Control Systems Society and for 2002-2003 he was a nominated member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society.