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Roberto Di Pietro

Paris-Saclay, France
Global Security Research Leader

Education

PhD in Computer Science from University of Roma "La Sapienza" (Major: Security and Privacy)

Post M.Sc. Specialization Diploma in Operations Research and Strategic Decisions
from University of Roma "La Sapienza" (Major: Operations Research and Game Theory)

M.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Pisa (Major: Distributed Systems, Architecture)
 

Biography

Roberto is Global Security Research Head at Nokia Bell Labs. He continuing being curious about technology and, of course, excited about research. His scientific and professional bio can be split into three main branches; some related (but necessarily partial) pieces of information are reported here below:


2013-today

- Jan. 2016- today

Leading security reasearch conducted over three Research Departments (accounting for 30+ enthusiatic researchers and research engineers), providing vision and strategy.

- 2013-Jan. 2016

I Led the Secure Cloud Networking Dept., aiming at solving both the fundamental issues and the big technical challenges related to current and future communication systems---adopting a rigorous research methodology supported by compelling proof of concepts---focusing on the challenges posed by the evident needs for secure and reliable systems, innovative network protocols, and disruptive architectures.
As an industry research and innovation manager, I have further refined my managerial and decision making skills---other than continuing achieving research results myself, thanks to the great people I have the chance to be collaborating with. It is worth mentioning that an exciting (and challenging) part of this job is to make the connection between innovation in the above cited research areas and operations.
Striving for research excellence and business impact.

2006-2013

  • Researcher

From 2006-2013 I was Faculty in Computer Science (Security) at Università di Roma Tre, as well as of Research Associate at CNR-IIT (National Research Council, Institute for Informatics and Telematics), Information Security Group, Pisa, Italy.

  • Consultant

Holding some professional certifications related to Information Systems and Communications security (e.g. CISA, CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, ISC2, ISO 27001, Computer Forensics), I had the opportunity to work as a long term consultant with both the United Nations General Secretariat (HQ), the IAEA, and the UNLB---implementation of an ISO 27001 framework. I was also an UN Senior Official (on unpaid leave from University) at WIPO, to help establish an Information Assurance framework. Moreover, I also spent one year at EUROJUST (a European Agency located in The Hague, The Netherlands) as Seconded National Expert to the Data Privacy Service, dealing with privacy and security issues related to the management of information.

Quite a frantic period---I loved it.

1995-2006

My professional career in the ICT Security field started in 1995, in the Military, as Officer of the Technical Role, specialized in Telematics, dealing with large scale, classified, ICT projects where security was core. I had the chance to live exciting challenges (at both scientific and personal level) and to share them with incredible people.

No better way to start.

 

 

 

 

Research Interests

  • Dynamic Cloud
  • IoT/M2M
  • Network Security
  • Statistical & Data Sciences

Honors and Awards


Chair of Excellence from University Carlos III - Madrid, Spain, 2011-12.
Research in the field of security and privacy of wireless pervasive systems.

Best paper award
Roberto Di Pietro, Flavio Lombardi, Fabio Martinelli, Daniele Sgandurra. AntiCheetah: an Autonomic Multi-round Approach for Reliable Computing . Received at the 10th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic and Trusted Computing (ATC 2013), December 2013.

2004 ERCIM Fellowship (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics)
to perform research on security and reliability of wireless communications.
 

Professional Activities

Other than leading the Secure Cloud Networking activity at Bell Labs, Roberto is committed to contributing to the general advancement of Cyber Security Science, performing, among others, the following tasks:

Area Editor (Cyber Security) for:

  • IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing (IEEE - TMC)
  • Computer Communications (Elsevier - ComCom)
  • Intl. Journal on Information Security (Springer - IJIS).
  • Trans. on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (Wiley - ETT).
  • Board of reviewers for the Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (De Gruyter Open - PoPETs)


TPC member for more than 180 Intl. Conferences on Security and Privacy
(e.g. ACM CCS, IEEE CNS, IEEE INFOCOM, ESORICS, ACM WiSec)

Reviewer of International Projects
(e.g. FP7, FP6, ANR, COST, A*STAR, ERC)

Chair of Intl. Conferences
(e.g. ACM WiSec, ACNS, ICCCN, ANT, SecureComm)
 


Selected Articles and Publications

Roberto has been publishing 160+ scientific articles in Intl. Journals, Conference and Workshop proceedings.
For a (not exhaustive) list of publications:
http://dblp.uni-trier.de/pers/hd/p/Pietro:Roberto_Di
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Io9QeG0AAAAJ&hl=en

 

Books and Chapters


Authored books:

 

  • Flavio Lombardi and Roberto Di Pietro. “Cloud Computing Security: Opportunities and Caveats”. Artech House, ISBN 978-1-60807-989-6, in press.
  • Alessandro Colantonio, Roberto Di Pietro, and Alberto Ocello. “Role Mining in Business“Taming Role-Based Access Control Administration”. World Scientific Publishing Co. Inc, ISBN 978-981-4374-00-2, October 2011.


Edited books:

 

 

  •  Intrusion Detection Systems. Series: Advances in Information Security, Vol. 38 Di Pietro, Roberto; Mancini, Luigi V. (Eds.) 2008, XIV, 249 p. 20 illus. Springer-Verlag publisher. ISBN: 978-0-387-77265-3


Book chapters:

 

 

  • Roberto Di Pietro and Josep Domingo-Ferrer. Security in Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks. In Mobile Ad Hoc Networking: The Cutting Edge Directions. Wiley-IEEE press—IEEE Series on Digital & Mobile Communication. ISBN: 978-111-808-728-2, 2014.
  • Mauro Conti, Roberto Di Pietro, Luciana Marconi. Privacy for LBSs: On Using a Footprint model to face the enemy In Advanced Research in Data Privacy, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-09884-5, 2014.
  • R. Di Pietro and F. Lombardi. Heterogeneous architectures: Malware and countermeasures. In C.-H. Chang and M. Potkonjak, editors, Secure System Design and Trustable Computing. Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-14970-7.
  • R. Di Pietro and F. Lombardi. Trusted, heterogeneous, and autonomic mobile cloud. In C.-H. Chang and M. Potkonjak, editors, Secure System Design and Trustable Computing. Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-14970-7.
  • Flavio Lombardi and Roberto Di Pietro. Towards a GPU Cloud: Benefits and Security Issues. In Continued Rise of the Cloud: Advances and Trends in Cloud Computing. Springer. ISBN 978-1-4471-6451-7.
  • Flavio Lombardi and Roberto Di Pietro. Virtualization and Cloud Security: Benefits, Caveats and Future Developments. In Cloud Computing: Challenges, Limitations and R&D Solutions. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-10529-1.
  • Roberto Di Pietro, Nino V. Verde. OS and Network Security. In Handbook of Electronic and Digital Forensics. World-Scientific publisher. ISBN: 978-981-283-703-5.
  • Roberto Di Pietro, Nino V. Verde. Authentication. In Handbook of Electronic and Digital Forensics. World-Scientific publisher. ISBN: 978-981-283-703-5.
  • Roberto Di Pietro, Nino V. Verde. Digital Forensics Techniques and tools. In Handbook of Electronic and Digital Forensics. World-Scientific publisher. ISBN: 978-981-283-703-5.
  • Roberto Di Pietro, Antonio Durante, and Luigi V. Mancini. Formal Specification for Fast Automatic Profiling of Program Behavior. In Intrusion Detection Systems. Series: Advances in Information Security, Vol. 38. Springer-Verlag publisher. ISBN: 978-0-387-77265-3.
  • Roberto Di Pietro, Alessandro Mei, and Luigi V. Mancini. Increasing Authentication and Communication Confidentiality in Wireless Sensor Networks. In Sensor Network Operations. IEEE Press Book, ISBN: 0-471-71976-5.