Current Management tasks:
- OptCom Group Co-founder and Coordinator
- Member of the "Consiglio di Indirizzo" of the "CRT Foundation" (since 2013)
- Vice-President of the ISI Foundation (since 2021), https://isi.it/en/home
Past Management tasks:
- Member of the Board of Governors (Consiglio di Amministrazione) of Politecnico di Torino (2016-2020)
- Scientific Coordinator of the Master in Optical Communications and Photonic Technologies (2001-2007)
Past Academic tasks:
- Nationally elected Representative for Associate Professors in Engineering at CUN (National University Council), an official body of the Ministry of University and Education (2006-2010)
- Elected three times as Politecnico di Torino Academic Senate Member (2004-2010)
Societies Membership and Honors:
- IEEE Fellow
- OPTICA (formerly OSA, Optical Society of America) Fellow
- IEEE Photonics Society Member
- listed in the top 1% of researchers worldwide by the 2023 Stanford ranking
- Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters (since 2018)
- Numerous research contracts sponsored by CISCO Photonics on ultra-high speed coherent optical transmission systems (2007-2023)
- Fastweb Testbed
- Huawei: research on MLSE optical receivers (2008-2009)
- E-Photon/ONE European FP6 Network of Excellence
- Coordinator of Virtual Department on Transmission Techniques for Broadband Networks (work-package leader) - ended 2007
- NOBEL-2 European FP6 Integrated Project - ended 2007
- BONE, European FP7 Network of Excellence
- EURO-FOS, European FP7 Network of Excellence
- TOSCA Italian Ministry PRIN (Politecnico Unit Leader) - ended 2006
Fields of interest:
- high speed, long-haul DWDM transmission
- coherent optical systems
- electronic mitigation of propagation impairments
- computer simulation of optical communication systems
- modeling of non-linear propagation effects in the fiber
- GN-model and EGN-model
Current research activities:
- coherent systems at 1Tb/s per channel and ultra-long haul
- closed-form real-time modeling of non-linear fiber effects
- Artificial Neural Networks for the mitigation of impairments in ultra-high capacity fiber transmission systems
Prizes and Awards
- 1998 International Italgas Prize for Scientific Research and Technological Innovation (now ENI prize).
- He was awarded the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology Best Paper Award for two consecutive years, for papers he co-authored in 2011 and 2012.
- Technical Chair of ECOC 2010
Publications and Indices
- Pierluigi Poggiolini has authored or co-authored 300 among journal papers, conference papers and book chapters, peer-reviewed
- His papers have received over 8000 citations (SCOPUS) and 11000 citations (according to Google Scholar)
- He has published with 150 co-authors through his career
- His h-index is 41 (excluding all self-citations, SCOPUS) or 50 (according to Google Scholar)
- A complete list of Pierluigi Poggiolini's publications can be found here.
Pierluigi Poggiolini was born in 1963 in Torino, Italy. He received his MS degree "cum laude" in 1988 and his Ph.D. in 1993, both from Politecnico di Torino.
From 1988 to 1989, he was with the Italian State Telephone Company research center, CSELT (now Telecom Italia Lab). Between 1990 and 1992, he was a visiting Scholar at the Optical Communications Research Laboratory of Stanford University, led by Prof. Leonid Kazovsky. During this period, he mainly contributed to the STARNET optical network research project. He returned to Stanford University in 1994 and 1995 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, where he worked on the ARPA-funded CORD all-optical packet network project.
In 1998, he became an Associate Professor at Politecnico di Torino, and since 2000, he has been the Coordinator of the Optical Communications Group of the same institution (OptCom Group).
Pierluigi was the Scientific Coordinator of the Master in Optical Communications and Photonic Technologies of the School of Information Engineering at Politecnico di Torino from 2001 to 2007. He became a Full Professor at Politecnico di Torino in 2010.
As for his project coordination roles, he was the Coordinator of the "Virtual Department" on "Optical Transmission Techniques for Broadband Networks" as part of the FP6 Network of Excellence e-Photon/ONe+. He also led the Politecnico Unit of the Ministry-funded Italian project PRIN TOSCA. Further, he contributed to two more European Projects, BONE and EURO-FOS, which aimed at fostering European cooperation on multi-terabit/s transmission over optical fibers.
He served as the Technical Co-Chair, alongside Dr. Marco Schiano and Prof. Andrea Galtarossa, of the ECOC 2010 conference, the most prestigious conference on optical communications in Europe, and second worldwide.
In the realm of academic governance, Pierluigi was elected three times as a Member of the Politecnico di Torino Academic Senate between 2005 and 2010. He served as a nationally elected Representative for Associate Professors in Industrial and Information Engineering at the National University Council (CUN), an official body of the Italian Ministry of University, Research and Public Education, from 2006 to 2010. In 2016, he was elected as a Member of the Board of Governors of Politecnico di Torino, serving until 2020.
Since 2013, he has been a member of the 'Consiglio di Indirizzo' at the CRT Foundation and became the Vice-President of the ISI Foundation in 2021.
His research interests are extensive and include coherent optical systems, electronic mitigation of transmission impairments, and non-linear fiber effects. His current research activities also involve coherent systems at 1Tb/s per channel and ultra-long haul, as well as the use of Artificial Neural Networks for impairment mitigation in ultra-high-capacity fiber transmission systems.
Pierluigi Poggiolini has co-authored over 300 papers in leading journals and conferences, garnering over 8000 citations according to SCOPUS and over 11000 according to Google Scholar. He has an h-index of 41 (SCOPUS) and 50 (Google Scholar). He has collaborated with 150 co-authors throughout his career.
In terms of awards, he received the International Italgas Prize for Scientific Research and Technological Innovation in 1998 (now known as the ENI prize). He won the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology Best Paper Award consecutively in 2011 and 2012. He was named an IEEE Fellow and an OPTICA Fellow (formerly OSA, Optical Society of America).
Pierluigi Poggiolini is married and is the father of two daughters and two sons. A complete list of his publications can be found here.
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