Matilde Sánchez Fernández received the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering and the Ph.D. degree from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. In 2000, she joined the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where she has been Full Professor since 2022. Previously, she was a Telecommunication Engineer with Telefónica.

She has performed several research stays at the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, The University of Kansas, Lawrence (1998), Bell Laboratories, Crawford Hill, NJ (2003 – 2006, 2015), Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (2007), Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (2011) and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (2022).

Her current research interests are signal processing for wireless communications, multiple-input multiple-output techniques, channel modeling in wireless communications and game theory and machine learning techniques applied to communications. In these fields, she has (co)authored more than 50 contributions to international journals and conferences, holds 4 patents and has participated in 30 research projects being the coordinator of 5 of them. She has received the 2014 Bell Labs Prize, an international competition to solicit game-changing and impactful ideas that have the potential to change the way we live, work, and communicate with each other.

In the Signal Theory & Communications Department she has been Academic Secretary and Academic Vice-Head of the Department. In Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, she has been Deputy ViceRector of International Relations, ViceRector for International Relations and Cooperation and ViceRector for Internationalization and European University.