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Prof. Dr. Roberto Di Pietro

Prof. Dr. Roberto Di Pietro, ACM Distinguished Scientist, is Full Professor in Cybersecurity at HBKU-CSE (College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University). Previously, he was in the capacity of Global Head Security Research at Nokia Bell Labs, and Associate Professor (with tenure) of Computer Science at University of Padova, Italy. He started his Computer Scientist career back to 1995, serving for a few years as a senior military technical officer, with the Italian MoD (Ministry of Defence).   

He has been working in the security field for 25 years, leading both technology-oriented and research-focused teams in the private sector, government, and academia (MoD, United Nations HQ, EUROJUST, IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency, WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization).  

His main research interests include AI driven cyber-security, security and privacy for wired and wireless distributed systems (e.g. Blockchain technology, Cloud, IoT, OSNs), virtualization security, applied cryptography, intrusion detection, and data science.  

Other than being involved in M&A of start-up—and having founded one (exited)—, he has been managing several multimillion-dollar security projects, producing 240+ scientific papers and 15 patents over the cited topics, has co-authored three books, edited one, and contributed to a few others. 

In 2011-2012 he was awarded a Chair of Excellence from University Carlos III, Madrid. In 2020 he received the Jean-Claude Laprie Award for having significantly influenced the theory and practice of Dependable Computing. He is consistently ranked among the 2% top world scientists since this ranking existed.