Chief Scientist
Chief Scientist


Draguna Vrabie is chief data scientist in the Data Sciences and Machine Intelligence group where she serves as team leader for the Autonomous Learning and Reasoning team. Her work is at the intersection of control system theory and machine learning and is aimed at the design of adaptive decision and control systems. Her current focus is on deep learning methodologies and algorithms for design and operation of high-performance, cyber-physical systems. Prior to joining PNNL in 2015, she was a senior scientist at United Technologies Research Center, in East Hartford, Connecticut. Vrabie holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an ME and BE in automatic control and computer engineering from Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, Iaşi, Romania.

Disciplines and Skills

  • Control Systems Theory
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Model Based Predictive Control
  • Optimization; Game Theory
  • Deep Learning
  • Dynamic systems


PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, 2009

MS in Automatic Control and Computer Engineering, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, 2004

BS in Automatic Control and Computer Engineering, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, 2003

Affiliations and Professional Service


Member, Technical Committee on Smart Grids, IEEE

International Neural Networks Society

Awards and Recognitions

  • Best Paper Award, Energy Systems Technical Committee, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Virtual Conference, 2020
  • Engineer of the Year, IEEE Richland Section, Women in Engineering, 2017
  • Operational Excellence Award, for setup of high-performance building testbed and demonstration of advanced applications, United Technologies Research Center Corporate Award, 2013
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, for demonstration of advanced energy efficient buildings controls, United Technologies Research Center, 2012
  • Best Paper Award, International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Barcelona, Spain, 2010
  • Outstanding Accomplishments, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, 2009
  • Automation and Robotics Research Institute Best Student Award, for distinguished scholarly accomplishments and outstanding service to pears and to the Automation and Robotics Research Institute community at large, 2009
  • STEM Scholarship, University of Texas at Arlington, 2006 – 2009
  • Best Paper Award in Advanced Control, Modeling and Simulation Session, International Conference on Automation, Quality and Testing, Robotics, 2004



Edgar T, D Vrabie, W Hofer, K Nowak. 2019. “High-Fidelity Model-Driven Deception Platform for Cyber Physical Systems.” Patent application 16/389758. (Applicant: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.)


Frewen T, H Mostafa, O Erdinc, D Vrabie, and M Chen. 2018. “Method for online service policy tracking using optimal asset controller.” Patent application 15/927531. (Applicant: Pratt and Whitney.)

Kundu S, D Vrabie, K Kalsi, and J Lian. 2018. “Extracting Maximal Frequency Response Potential in Controllable Loads.” Patent application 16/031949. (Applicant: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.)



Beasley M, M Yasar, V Adetola, D Vrabie. 2017. “Adaptive sensor sampling of a cold chain distribution system.” Patent WO/2017/139324. (Applicant: Carrier Corporation.)



Wang Y, C Czerwinski, E Piedra, H Jong Kim, S Krishnamurthy, R Huang, and D Vrabie. 2016. “System and Method of Maintaining Performance of a System.” Patent WO/2016/109231. (Applicant: Otis Elevator Company.)



Vamvoudakis K, DL Vrabie, and F Lewis. September 2015. “Optimal online adaptive controller.” US Patent 9134707. (Applicant: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Austin, TX.)



Wang, J., K. Garifi, K. Baker, W. Zuo, Y. Zhang, S. Huang and D. Vrabie. 2020. “Optimal Renewable Resource Allocation and Load Scheduling of Resilient Communities,” Energies, 13, no. 21:5683.

Drgona J., J. Arroyo, I.C. Figueroa, D. Blum, K. Arendt, D. Kim, E.P. Olle, J. Oravec, M.Wetter, D.L.Vrabie, and L. Helsen. 2020. "All You Need to Know About Model Predictive Control for Buildings." Annual Reviews in Control, in press.

Bhattacharya S., Y. Chen, S. Huang, and D.L. Vrabie. 2020. "A Learning based Time-efficient Framework for Building Energy Performance Evaluation." Journal of Energy and Buildings, 228:110411.

Bakker C., A. Bhattacharya, S. Chatterjee, and D.L. Vrabie. 2020. “Hypergames and Cyber-Physical Security for Control Systems," ACM Transactions on Cyberphysical Systems 4, no. 4:45,

Bakker C., A Bhattacharya, S Chatterjee, and D.L. Vrabie. 2020. “Learning and Information Manipulation: Repeated Hypergames for Cyber-Physical Security,” IEEE Control Systems Letters, 4, no. 2:295-300.

Wang S., R. Huang, X. Ke, J. Zhao, H. Wang, Z. Huang, A. Visweswara Sathanur, and D. Vrabie. 2020. "A Risk-Oriented PMU Placement Approach in Electric Power Systems," IET Generation, Transmission, & Distribution, 14, no. 2:301-307.