IEIIT History

IEIIT is a landmark institution of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria, ICT e Tecnologie per l’Energia e i Trasporti DIITET, for advanced scientific and technological research in the area of Information Engineering, covering fields as electronics, electromagnetism, telecommunications, system control and artificial intelligence, computer science and bioengineering.
It was born in 2001 and immediately became a point of reference within the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche for research in Information Engineering, thanks to its native structure as a mixture of the complementary skills, fundamental to excel in this sector on the national, European and international arena.
During its nearly twenty-year history, IEIIT has been led by three Directors. Besides Paolo Ravazzani, currently in office since 2018, Riccardo Tascone from 2009 to 2018 and Marco Ajmone Marsan from 2002 to 2009.


Riccardo Tascone
(April 2009 - November 2018)

He was born in Genoa, Italy in 1955. In 1980 he received the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in electronic engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. From 1980 to 1982 he worked for CSELT (Centro Studi e Laboratori Telecomunicazioni, Torino), then he joined CESPA (Centro Studi Propagazione ed Antenne, Torino) of CNR.  He has been Head of the Applied Electromagnetics Section of IRITI (Istituto di Ricerca sull'Ingegneria delle Telecomunicazioni e dell'Informazione, Torino) of CNR and from April 2009 till November 2018 Director of IEIIT. 
He has held various teaching positions for I, II and III level courses at Politecnico di Torino in the Electromagnetic area and has been coordinator of several research projects funded by Industries, Research Institutions and Agencies. He is co-author of more than 250 publications and of 4 European patents concerning microwave devices and systems.  He is on the review board of several international journals in the electromagnetic area. Since December 2018 he is IEIIT Associate and collaborates in the research area of Applied Electromagnetics.


Marco Ajmone Marsan
(September 2002 - March 2009)

He is a full professor at the Electronics and Telecommunications Department of the Politecnico di Torino in Italy, and a part-time research professor at the IMDEA Networks Institute in Leganes, Spain. He obtained degrees in EE from the Politecnico di Torino and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Since 1974 he has been at the Politecnico di Torino. He has been doing research in the fields of digital transmission, distributed systems and networking. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the Academia Europaea and of the Academy of Sciences of Torino. He is qualified as “ISI Highly Cited  researcher” in computer science. He received a honorary degree in Telecommunication Networks from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He was named “Commendatore” of the “Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the President of Italy in January 2006. He was the Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Politecnico di Torino and the Director of IEIIT from 2002 to 2009. He was the Italian delegate in the ICT and IDEAS committees of FP7.