Enabling Technologies for the Internet of Things - Speakers



Summer School Organizers

SERGIO SAPONARA  got the M.Sc. cum laude, and the Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pisa. He is IEEE Senior Member and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. In 2002 he was with IMEC, Leuven (B), as Marie Curie Research Fellow. He is Professor at University of Pisa in the field of electronic integrated circuits and systems, including wireless systems. He is also a Professor at the Italian Naval Academy. He co-authored about 300 scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences, 17 patents, a book on radar design. He is also research associate of CNIT and INFN and is associate editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, IEEE Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, SpringerNature Journal of Real-time Image Processing, Electronics Letters, MDPI Designs, SISPRESS Journal of Wireless Communications and guest editor of the SpringerNature Journal on Embedded Systems and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He has been involved in the organization committee of about 130 conferences of IEEE and SPIE. He has been guest editor of several special issues, and invited/plenary speaker in several conferences, of IEEE, SPIE, Elsevier. He got best paper awards at GE2007, IEEE PRIME 2006, STday2010, Medical Event2011, IEEE IECON 2016, and the Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer Award. He is member of the organization committee of the Master in “Automotive Engineering and Principles of Management” and he is responsible of the summer school “Enabling technologies of IoT”. In 2014 he co-founded IngeniArs srl, a start-up company where he is Chief Technical Officer. He has been responsible for Pisa University or IngeniArs of several research projects funded under EU or ESA programs. He has been consultant for the R&D centers of industries such as STMicroelectronics, Renesas, Valeo, AMS ag, Ericsson, Selex, Magna Closures. He is funding member of the IEEE CASS IOT Special Interest Group and member of the World Forum on IoT plus other 3 IEEE standardization initiatives and 4 IEEE Technical Committees.

GIULIANO MANARA  is a Professor at the College of Engineering of the University of Pisa, Italy. Since 1980, he has been collaborating with the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, where, in the summer and fall of 1987, he was involved in research at the ElectroScience Laboratory. His research interests have centered mainly on the asymptotic solution of radiation and scattering problems to improve and extend the uniform geometrical theory of diffraction. He has also been engaged in research on numerical, analytical and hybrid techniques (both in frequency and time domain), scattering from rough surfaces, frequency selective surfaces (FSS), and electromagnetic compatibility. More recently, his research has also been focused on the design of microwave antennas with application to broadband wireless networks, on the development and testing of new microwave materials (metamaterials), and on the analysis of antennas and propagation problems for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems. Prof. Manara was elected an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Fellow in 2004 for “contributions to the uniform geometrical theory of diffraction and its applications.” In August 2008, he was elected the Vice-Chair of the International Commission B of URSI. He served as the International Chair of URSI Commission B for the triennium 2011-2014.

Summer School Speakers

GIUSEPPE IANNACCONE is Professor of electronics at the University of Pisa, Italy, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Fellow of the American Physical Society. His interests include the fundamentals of transport and noise in nanoelectronic and mesoscopic devices, the development of device modeling and TCAD tools, and the design of extremely low-power circuits and systems for RFID and ambient intelligence scenarios. He has published more than 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 130 papers in proceedings of international conferences. Giuseppe Iannaccone has coordinated a few European and National Projects involving multiple partners and has acted as the Principal Investigator in several research projects funded by European and National public agencies and by private organizations.

AGOSTINO MONORCHIO is a Professor at the University of Pisa. He spent several research periods at the Electromagnetic Communication Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University (USA), both as a recipient of a scholarship (Fellowship Award) of the Summa Foundation, New Mexico (USA), and in the framework of CNR-NATO Senior Fellowship programme. He has carried out a considerable research activity and technical consultancy to national, EU and U.S. industries, coordinating, as principal scientific investigator, a large number of national and European research projects. He serves as reviewer for international journals, and he was Associate Editor of IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters from 2002 to 2007. Prof. Monorchio is active in a number of areas including computational electromagnetics, microwave metamaterials, radio propagation for wireless systems, the design and miniaturization of antennas and electromagnetic compatibility, biomedical microwaves applications. The activity is mainly carried out at the Microwave and Radiation Laboratory (www.mrlab.it) of the Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, together with a large group of PhD students, Post-Docs and research associates. He is a member of RaSS National Laboratory of CNIT (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni) and in 2010 he affiliated with the Pisa Section of INFN, the National Institute of Nuclear Physics. His research results have been published in more than 100 journal papers and book chapters, and more than 200 communications at international and national conferences, he is co-author of 4 patents. In 2012 he has been elevated to Fellow grade by the IEEE for his contributions to computational electromagnetics and for application of frequency selective surfaces in metamaterials. 

PAOLO NEPA received the Laurea (Doctor) degree in electronics engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1990. He is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Engineering of the same university. His main research interests are in the design of wideband/multiband antennas for base stations and mobile terminals of communication systems, as well as antennas optimized for near-field coupling and focusing. In the context of body-centric communication systems, he has been involved in channel characterization and modeling, wearable antenna design and diversity scheme implementation. He is also working on techniques and algorithms for UHF-RFID tag localization.

DAVID GIRBAU SALA received the BS in Telecommunication Engineering, MS in Electronics Engineering and PhD in Telecommunication from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 1998, 2002 and 2006, respectively. From February 2001 to September 2007 he was a Research Assistant with the UPC. From September 2005 to September 2007 he was a Part-Time Assistant Professor with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Since October 2007 he is an Assistant Professor at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). His research interests include microwave devices and systems, with emphasis on UWB, RFIDs, RF-MEMS and wireless sensors.

ANTONIO LAZARO received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 1994 and 1998, respectively. He then joined the faculty of UPC, where he currently teaches a course on microwave circuits and antennas. Since July 2004, he is a Full-Time Professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain. His research interests are microwave device modeling, on-wafer noise measurements, monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), low phase noise oscillators, MEMS, RFID, UWB and microwave systems.



SIMONE GENOVESI received the Laurea degree in telecommunication engineering and the Ph.D. degree in information engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. Since 2003 he has been collaborating with the Electromagnetic Communication Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University. From 2004 to 2006 he has been a research associate at the ISTI institute of the National Research Council of Italy (ISTI-CNR) in Pisa. From 2010 to 2012 he has been also a research associate at the CNR Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM-CNR). He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Microwave and Radiation Laboratory, University of Pisa. His research topics focus on metamaterials, RFID systems, optimization algorithms and reconfigurable antennas. He was the recipient of a grant from MIT in the framework of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) and he is involved in EMERGENT, an EU-funded project aiming at designing novel chipless RFID tags and sensors.


FILIPPO COSTA received the M.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering and the Ph.D. degree in applied electromagnetism from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2006 and 2010, respectively. From March to August 2009, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Radio Science and Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology, TKK, Finland. In July 2015 he was a Visiting Researcher at LCIS Lab - Systems Design and Integration del Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP-Grenoble). In February 2016 he was a Visiting Researcher at University Rovira I Virgili of Tarragona. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Pisa. His research is focused on the analysis and modelling of Frequency Selective Surfaces and Artificial Impedance Surfaces with emphasis to applications in electromagnetic absorbing materials, leaky antennas, radomes, RFID, waveguide filters and methods for retrieving dielectric permittivity of materials. He was recipient of the Young Scientist Award of the URSI International Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory, URSI General Assembly and URSI AT-RASC in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. He was appointed as outstanding reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in 2015 and 2016.


LUDGER KLINKENBUSCH received the Diploma, the Dr.-Ing., and the Habilitation degrees from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) in 1986, 1991, and 1996, respectively. Since 1998, he has been with Kiel University, Germany, as Professor of Computational Electromagnetics in the Faculty of Engineering. His research interests include theoretical aspects of scalar and electromagnetic fields, corresponding analytical and numerical methods, and their application in scattering and diffraction, bio-magnetic fields and EMC-related problems. He is also active as a consultant for industry, e.g., in developing methods and software for antenna near-field measurements. Dr. Klinkenbusch is a Fellow of IEEE, member of German VDE, and elected member of URSI Commission B. He co-organized the 2010 URSI Commission B International Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory in Berlin (Germany).  He is the winner of the ’2004 URSI Commission B International Electromagnetics Prize’ paper competition with a contribution entitled ’Electromagnetic scattering by a plane angular sector.’


MASSIMO MACUCCI graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1987 at the University of Pisa, he then obtained the "Perfezionamento" (Doctorate) degree from the Scuola S.Anna-Pisa (1990), and his Master (1991) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1992 he has been on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Pisa, currently as Professor of Electronics. His research interests include novel nanoelectronic semiconductor devices, quantum effects in electron devices, and noise phenomena in electronic components and circuits, as well as some aspects of electromagnetic compatibility and of molecular electronics. He is also working on electronics for transportation applications, in particular safety systems for railways and solar-powered aircrafts. He has been the coordinator of the European research project QUADRANT, (QUAntum Devices foR Advanced Nano-electronic Technology) and the local principal investigator for the European Projects and Coordination and Support Actions ANSWERS, GRAND, PHANTOMS, MULTEU-SIM, NanoICT. He has authored about 150 peer reviewed publications.


SMAIL TEDJINI, Doctor in Physics from Grenoble University in 1985. He was Assistant Professor at the Electronics Dpt. of Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble-inp) from 1981 to 1986, and Senior Researcher for the CNRS (Research French National Center) from 1986 to 1993. He became University Full Professor in 1993 and since 1996 he is Professor at the esisar, Embedded Systems Dpt. of Grenoble-inp. His main teaching topics concern Applied Electromagnetism, RadioFrequency, Wireless Systems and Optoelectronics. Now he has more than 30 years experience in academic education, Research and management of university affairs. He served as coordinator and staff member in numerous academic programs both for education and research. He was coordinator for Ph.D. program, Master and Bachelor Programs for the Universities at Grenoble, some of these programs are under collaboration with international universities from Europe, USA, Canada, Brazil, Vietnam, Egypt, Maghreb.  He served as the Director of esisar, Dpt. of Grenoble-inp. He is involved in academic research supervision since 1982. His main topics in research are applied electromagnetism, modeling of devices and circuits at both RF and optoelectronic domains. Current research concerns wireless systems with specific attention to RFID technology and its applications. He is the founder in 1996 and past Director of the LCIS Lab. Now, he is project manager within ORSYS group that he leaded until 2014 and founded 15 years ago. He supervised more than 35 PhD and he has more than 300 publications. He serves as Examiner/reviewer for tens Ph.D. degrees for universities in many countries. He supervised tens of research contracts with public administrations and industries. He is Member of several TPC and serves as expert/reviewer for national and international scientific committees and conferences including journals such Piers, IEEE (MTT, AP, Sensors, MGWL), URSI. He served as project expert for French and international research programs ISO, ANR, OSEO, FNQRT, CNPQ…


BRUNO NERI got the M.Sc. cum laude, in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pisa where he has been first Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor and since 2000 is Full Professor of Electronics, particularly in the fields of Radiofrequencies and Instrumentation. From 2002 to 2010 he has been the Dean of the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Pisa where currently he is the Director of the Bachelor and Master programs in Electronic Engineering. He has been awarded with the “Ordine del Cherubino” and is member of the managing committee of the Italian Association for Electronic Engineering. His research interests were in failure mechanisms of microelectronic devices, design of extremely low-noise instrumentation and circuits and more recently are in the design of RF and mm-wave integrated circuits. He co-authored more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of international conferences, two patents and a book on Radar.


FEDERICO BARONTI, received the M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering in 2001 at the University of Pisa, Italy, where he obtained the PhD in Road Vehicles and Transportation Systems in 2005. From 2005 to 2011 he held a post-doctoral position in the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, University of Pisa. Since 2011 he has been an assistant professor in the same department, where he works on the study, design, and testing of innovative systems aiming at improving the performance, safety and comfort of road vehicles. Recent activities concern Li-ion battery modelling and the development of novel battery monitoring and management systems. Other research interests are the design and testing of digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits and the design and implementation of real-time multichannel data acquisition and processing systems. He co-authored around 80 publications on international journals and conference proceedings, and he holds one Italian patent. He received best paper awards at 2007 Electronic Group annual meeting, at IEEE ISIE 2012, and for the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine in 2013. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics and IE Technology News and serves as reviewer for several journals and conferences. He has been guest editor of special issues of some IEEE Transactions. He is the chair of the IEEE-IES technical committee on “Energy Storage”.


STEFANO GIORDANO received the Laurea Degree in Electronics Engineering “cum laude” and the PhD Degree in Information Engineering both at the University of Pisa where at present he is associate professor at the Department of Information Engineering and responsible of the telecommunication networks laboratories. He is from 2010 senior member of the IEEE Comsoc (member from 1989) and former Chair of the Communication Systems Integration and Modelling (CSIM) Technical Committee. He received the Italian national academic qualification as full professor in 2017. He is member of IFIP WG 6.3 and of the ISOC (Internet Society) since its foundation in 1992 and member of the Board of Directors of its Italian Charter. He is the representative of the University of Pisa in the Scientific Committee of CNIT (the Italian National Consortium for Telecommunications) and member of the executive council of the committee and the Representative of the University of Pisa in the GTTI (Group for Telecommunications and Information Theory). He founded with Juniper Networks the first European Juniper Networks Higher Learning Center. He was/is reviewer of the NSF in USA, of the EU, of the Italian Ministry of Industry, of Italian Ministry of Research (member of the “albo” of experts of the ministry). He is author of more that 300 papers on international conferences and journals. He was the responsible for the participation of the University of Pisa to the Euro-NGI (Next Generation Internet in Europe) Network of Excellence. He is associate editor of the Wiley’s International Journal on Communication Systems and of the Journal of Communication Software and Systems. He is member of the editorial board of the IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials. He co-author the word “Multimedia Communications” of the John Wiley Encyclopaedia of Telecommunications. He is chairing a Standardization Research Group of Comsoc on “IoT Communications and Networking Infrastructure”. He was co-founder of three start-ups (Nextworks, Netresults and Natech) and co-founder of the Cubit Consortium where at present is president of the Scientific and Technical Committee). He is vice-president of the Telecommunication Engineering Program at the University of Pisa. He was general chair and technical program co-chair of IEEE CAMAD 2009; IEEE Globecom 2011 – CQRM technical program co-chair; IEEE M&N 2011 technical program co-chair; IEEE CloudNet'12 track chair; IEEE Globecom 2012 NGNI technical program co-chair; IEEE Globecom 2013 CQRM technical program co-chair; IEEE ICC 2014 CQRM technical program co-chair; IEEE Cloudnet 2016 General Chair; Co-Chair of the EIA Cyclone 2015 Conference TPC co-chair of SPECTS 2016 and of a Special Session on Software Defined Sensor Networks and IoT at IEEE CSCN 2016. He published over 300 papers on International Conferences and Journals. On Google Scholar is H index is 24 with 2514 citations.


ENZO MINGOZZI has been an associate professor at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa, Italy, since January 2005. He received a Laurea (cum laude) degree and a PhD in Computer Systems Engineering in 1995 and 2000, respectively, from the University of Pisa. His research activities span several areas, including resource optimization in wireless and wired networks, Mobile Edge/Fog Computing and the Internet of Things. He has been involved in several national (FIRB, PRIN) and international (Eurescom, EU) projects, as well as research projects supported by private industries (Telecom Italia Lab, Nokia, and Nokia Siemens Networks). He also actively took part in the standardization process of HIPERLAN/2 and HIPERACCESS networks in the framework of the ETSI project Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN). He is co-author of ˜100 peer-reviewed papers in international journal and conference proceedings, 4 book chapters and 10 patents (see the Google Scholar citations page for up-to-date publication metrics). He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Internet of Things Journal (IEEE), Computer Networks(Elsevier), Computer Communications (Elsevier), and Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks (Old City Publishing). He was also guest editor of a few journal special issues on topics related to wireless and mobile networks. He served in the organizing and technical program committee of several international conferences, and was co-founder of the IEEE IoT-SoS and IEEE MeshTech workshops.


Workshop Speakers

(IoT Industry Day, INTEL IoT Functional Safety Day)


FRANCO MALOBERTI  received the Laurea degree in physics (summa cum laude) from the University of Parma, Parma, Italy, in 1968, and the Doctorate Honoris Causa in electronics from the Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica (Inaoe), Puebla, Mexico, in 1996. He was a Visiting Professor at The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-PEL), Zurich, Switzerland and at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. He was the TI/J.Kilby Chair Professor at the A&M University, Texas and the Distinguished Microelectronic Chair Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. Presently he is Professor of Microelectronics and Head of the Micro Integrated Systems Group, University of Pavia, Italy. His professional expertise is in the design, analysis, and characterization of integrated circuits and analog digital applications, mainly in the areas of switched-capacitor circuits, data converters, interfaces for telecommunication and sensor systems, and CAD for analog and mixed A/D design. He has written more than 500 published papers on journals or conference proceedings, four books, and holds 34 patents. Dr. Maloberti was the recipient of the XII Pedriali Prize for his technical and scientific contributions to national industrial production, in 1992. He was co-recipient of the 1996 Institute of Electrical Engineers Fleming Premium, the best Paper award, ESSCIRC-2007, and the best paper award, IEEJ Analog Workshop-2007 and 2010. He was the President of the IEEE Sensor Council from 2002 to 2003 and Vice-President, Region 8, of the IEEE CAS Society from 1995 to 1997 and an Associate Editor of IEEE TCAS-II. He was serving as VP-Publications of the IEEE CAS Society 2007-2008. He was distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society 2009-2010 and distinguished lecturer of the Circuits and Systems Society 2012-2013. He received the 1999 IEEE CAS Society Meritorious Service Award, the 2000 CAS Society Golden Jubilee Medal, and the 2000 IEEE Millennium Medal. He received the IEEE CAS Society 2013 Mac Van Valkenburg Award. He is an IEEE Fellow. In 2009 he received the title of Honorary Professor of the University of Macau and he is the chairman of the Academic Committee of the Microelectronics Key-Lab of Macau. He is President elect of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.


PAOLO PAVAN is a Professor of Electronics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He was a “graduate student” and “visiting research engineer” at the University of California at Berkeley (USA) from 1992 to 1994. He received his PhD from the University of Padova in 1994. In 1997-1999 he visited Saifun Semiconductors (Israel) for research activity on NROM, one of the first innovative charge trapping nonvolatile memories. His research interests are in the characterization, modeling and reliability of nonvolatile memories (Flash, Charge Trapping, PCM, resistive…) and innovative devices (III-V-MOS, FinFET). New characterization tecniques have been developed and coupled to physical modeling to achieve a deep unterstanding of device operations. He is also active in the industrial electronic applications field, namely “by-wire” and wireless embedded systems, energy harvesting devices and circuits. More than 90 papers on journals and conferences (many invited). One book and two book chapters. He has been member of Technical Committees in many Conferences and Meetings (IEDM, IRPS, ESSDERC, ESREF, VLSI-TSA). He has been the Technical Program Chair of ESSDERC 2014. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of ESSDERC. He has been Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Device and Material Reliability and Solid State Electronics. He is Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of the Electron Device Society.


CARLO PARATA was born on October 19, 1979, in Lecce, Italy. He graduated at Polytechnic University of Turin in Engineering of Telecommunication. He has been working as Senior System Engineer for STMicroelectronics since 2004. After a long experience in the multimedia and networking fields, today he is involved in the STM32 ODE (Open Development Environment) program for the development and the promotion of the platforms based on the STM32 MCUs. He is developer of the software package for the MEMS and environmental sensors expansion board and he collaborates with Arduino for the development of the Arduino STAR Otto board.


RICCARDO GIACOMETTI, Senior Application Engineer. He has been with HP/Agilent/Keysight since 1992 in various functions in Product Management and Marketing. Currently he’s a field application engineer with Keysight EEsof EDA based in Les Ulis, France.  

MARTIN VARGA Since graduation at Technical University of Kosice in Slovakia, Martin Varga continued working in a field of wireless communication. As a team leader for log acquisition in Anritsu Protocol Conformance Toolkit product was actively participating to LTE conformance test leading in a test and measurement industry. Further experience in a mobile telecommunications he then gained as a wireless expert and a field application engineer for high-class Anritsu products like Rapid Test Designer, Signalling Tester or Radio Communication Analyser supporting wide range of customers in Europe and Middle East region.

MARK SCHAEHER  received the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Arizona State University in 1991. He joined Intel Corporation in the 1992. He holds 5 US patents on low power cache memory architecture. His career in Intel is characterized by many decades of Intel silicon and circuit execution having run large engineering departments in support of multiple Intel business Units. Today he is Functional Safety Engineering  Director, acting as the point of contact for Intel IOTG (Internet of Things Group) Functional Safety Lifecycle, tools, training and methodology. Furthermore,  he has co-authored and presented “A Low-power High Performance Cache for an Embedded Microprocessor Core”. He has held positions in technical management in areas of IO development and embedded microprocessor systems.


RICCARDO MARIANI is an Intel Fellow and the chief functional safety technologist in the Internet of Things Group at Intel Corporation. Based in Pisa, Italy, he is responsible for defining strategies, roadmaps and technologies for Internet of Things applications that require functional safety and high performance, including transportation and industrial systems. He is also the functional safety global domain lead for Intel’s CISA Architecture Working Model Initiative.  Mariani joined Intel in 2016 with the acquisition of Yogitech S.p.A., a leading provider of functional safety technologies. As Yogitech’s chief technology officer and co-founder, he invented the company’s flagship faultRobust technology and related products. Mariani led Yogitech to pioneer the certification of semiconductor intellectual property for the highest level of safety integrity, and to introduce electronic design automation tools specific to functional safety, known as the Design-for-Safety paradigm. Before founding Yogitech in 2000, Mariani was technical director at Aurelia Microelettronica S.p.A. His responsibilities in that position included leading high-reliability topics in projects with the CERN research center in Geneva. A recognized expert in functional safety and integrated circuit reliability, Mariani regularly contributes to industry standards efforts, including leading the ISO 26262-11 part specific to semiconductors. He also speaks frequently at industry conferences, lectures at universities and coordinates functional safety topics for projects funded by Italy and the European Union. Mariani has co-authored a book and authored or co-authored more than 70 papers related to functional safety, high-reliability circuits, design for testability, advanced design techniques and asynchronous circuits. He holds multiple patents in the field of functional safety, with additional patents pending. Mariani earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a Ph.D. in microelectronics, both from the University of Pisa in Italy. He has won the SGS-Thomson Award and the Enrico Denoth Award for his engineering achievements.


ANDREA BALLUCHI received the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Automation and Industrial Robotics from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1993 and 1997, respectively. He was visiting scholar at the Dep. of EECS University of California at Berkeley in 1996. From 1997 to 2006, he was Research Scientist in control theory and automotive control at PARADES (Rome, Italy) and consultant for Magneti Marelli (Bologna, Italy). From 2007 to 2008, he was Senior Control and System Engineer at Dana (Arco di Trento, Italy). From 2003 to 2010, he was Contract Professor of Vehicle Control at University of Pisa. He is Cofounder and President of Pure Power Control S.r.l. (P2C), a SME located in Cascina (Pisa, Italy). P2C is a partner of automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, for the development of innovative low-emissions and fuel-efficient hybrid powertrains based on electric and hydrostatic energy storage technologies, including leading energy management solutions for a comprehensive vehicle efficiency optimization. Furthermore, P2C develops advanced robotic solutions for autonomous guidance, control and operation of off-highway vehicles such as earthmoving, construction and agriculture vehicles.

LUIGI CERFEDA received the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from University of Pisa in 2013. He joined Zerynth, in 2013 during its successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. Zerynth reaches beyond professional embedded developers to also offer high-level programmers, product designers, IoT developers and IT system admin a complete set of high-quality embedded development tools to create interactive and connected solutions. At Zerynth he collaborates in business development and he is responsible for technical marketing and communications strategies, working closely with technical department to identify new products and to improve quality for existing products. In 2012 he also joined the FABLAB Pisa and he founded a Bio Engineering project called BESOS (Bio Engineering Systems for Open Society), that acts as a catalyst to boost the revolution of Human-Machine Interaction toward the Natural User Interface.


MARCO MAGNAROSA graduated in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Pisa and, after an experience within the University Center SERRA, was the founder of the first spin-off project of the University of Pisa, “WiTech.” In WiTech he served as Business Manager and was involved in the design of wireless networks and systems and in regulatory consulting. He has specialized in the development of innovative products and services in the field of radio and wireless technologies and in the Internet of Things. Experienced in the management of research and development processes in the telecommunications sector (Wireless Broadband Access, both Mobile and Fixed), he has a specific expertise in business management, both public and private, and in the management of human resources in technological development teams. Marco Magnarosa currently holds the position of General Manager of Cubit, public-private consortium company. He was formerly Vice-President of Navicelli SpA – public company in charge of port and shipbuilding management, in which he coordinated the Nautical Resource Centre. He is Board Member of Toscana Energia Green, coordinator of the Telecommunications Cluster inside the Innovation Pole of ICT and Robotics of the Region of Tuscany. He is Board Member of the Penta Innovation Pole for Nautical Industry of the Tuscany Region. 

FABRIZIO FAMA’ is Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Affairs of LFoundry and has held this position since 2013. From 2013 to 2016 he has been member of the Board of Directors of LFoundry. Fabrizio is member of the board of the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) since 2011. Fabrizio has been working on semiconductor industry since 1991, in Texas Instruments, Micron Technology and LFoundry. He has worked on the Process and the Integration Engineering till 2004 and then joined the HR function. On 2009 he has created the Corporate Affairs, which one of the main tasks is about managing the European (H2020, ECSEL,..) and national funded projects. Fabrizio was born in Alessandria, Italy, in 1965 and graduated with a degree in Physics from the University of Pisa, Italy.

MATTEO SALARDI is member of the Functional Safety Engineering team as Functional Safety manager, supporting Functional Safety projects across Intel. Before the Intel acquisition, he worked at Yogitech as world-wide responsible for the promotion and sales of functional safety related products. Previous to being involved with Functional Safety he has worked in the UK and Japan as SW engineer, developing 3D graphic drivers and libraries targeted at embedded systems.”

GIOVANNI SARTORI is currently acting as Engineering Manager at INTEL Italia Corporation. At the Pisa site, he leads the team of Functional Safety managers and process engineers managing also the training program for spreading Safety Culture across the whole IOTG Organization. Giovanni has a long lasting experience in the Functional Safety as the result of more than 16 years of working on real safety critical projects covering different markets, railway, industrial and automotive mainly, and technologies, SW, HW and systems. Involved since 2008 in several international working groups for standardization, he has acted as independent Functional Safety Assessor in the railway. In Yogitech since 2013 Giovanni was the Functional Safety Manager successfully leading products and process certification activities.

MONIA CHIAVACCI is acting today as Site Director of Intel Italia Corporation. She manages the Functional Safety Engineering team based in Pisa and Milan. Together with Riccardo Mariani, in 2000, she founded Yogitech S.p.a where she worked as Business Unit Managerresponsible for all the functional safety projects related to the fRMethodology. Previously she was responsible for the analog&mixed signal verification and design team. Before founding Yogitech, she worked in a VLSI design centre as analog designer since 1998. Her work experiences cover a lot of aspects in the field of analog and mixed signal design, high reliability systems in critical environments. She is working in the functional safety field since many years becoming expert in safety standards (IEC 61508, ISO 26262 and EN 50128/9). During her activity in the fRMethodology business unit, she worked in functional safety assessments - both at circuit and system level - and being responsible of interactions with certification bodies.



GIACOMO DE MAURO  graduated cum laude in Telecommunication Engineering from University of Siena, starting from 2002 he joined IDS Company in the Electromagnetic Systems Laboratory, developing numerical methods in electromagnetic scattering, with particular reference of asymptotic electromagnetic solver for RCS applications, based on ray-tracing. In recent years he has been involved in R&D projects (Italian MoD and Ministry of the University and Research), aimed at developing of innovative radar absorbent materials and structures (RAM-RAS), cryptographically secure radios based on directional modulation, as well as in analysis of plasma antenna and radomes design (multilayer or FSS). He is also specializes in design of stealth structures, both for naval and aeronautical platforms, and has developed expertise in radar measurements and data processing in particular for near field application. Currently is head of CAD/CAE Engineering – EME Division, which deals with the development of software tools to perform electromagnetic analysis (RCS / EMC / EMI / HIRF / lightning) in complex environments such as naval, aerospace and automotive


ROBERTO SALETTI, IEEE Senior Member, received the Dr.Ing. degree (with honors) in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1981. From 1983 to 1992, he was with the National Research Council as a Research Scientist. In 1987, he was with Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA, as a Visiting Scientist. In 1992, he became an Associate Professor of Digital System Electronics with the Faculty of Engineering, University of Pisa. Since 2001, he has been appointed as a Full Professor of Electronics with the University of Pisa, where he has been President of the Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering and now is member of the Academic Senate. His main research activities are in the fields of design and testing of high-performance integrated circuits, such as high-resolution delay-line circuits, and of electronic systems for automotive and nautical applications. He is the responsible of the Electronic Systems Lab at the Department of Information Engineering. His most recent works are related to the development of data acquisition and measurement systems for cruising boats, and innovative models and electronic control systems of Li-ion batteries for the electrical propulsion of vehicles.

RAIMONDO HIPPOLITI Vice President Quality & Customer Service STIGA group