(University of Trento, Italy)
“Neuromorphic silicon photonics for computing and thinking”
is a Professor of Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics of the University of Trento (Italy). Born on the 21st
of November 1961, he received his PhD in Physics in 1990 at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne (Switzerland). In 1990 he became an Assistant Professor, an Associate Professor in 1999 and Full Professor in 2002 at the University of Trento. He leads the Nanoscience Laboratory (25 people), and teaches several classes at the Department of Physics of the University of Trento. He is the director of Q@TN, a joint lab between the University, the Bruno Kessler Foundation, CNR and INFN. He founded the research activity in semiconductor optoelectronics at the University of Trento and started several laboratories of photonics, growth and advanced treatment of materials. He was the first president and founder of the IEEE Italian chapter on Nanotechnology. He has directed 42 PhD students and more than 48 Master thesis students. His research activity concerned the optical properties of semiconductors. During the last years, he concentrated on Silicon-based photonics where he looks for the convergence between photonics and electronics. He is interested in active photonic devices which can be integrated into silicon by using optical nonlinearities and modified material properties. His interests encompass also optical sensors or biosensors and solar cells. A recent development is toward integrated quantum photonics and neuromorphic photonics. In silicon photonics, he is one of the worldwide recognized experts, he organized several international conferences, workshops and schools and is a frequently invited speaker. He manages several research projects, both national and international. He is an ERC grantee. He is a frequently invited reviewer, monitor or referee for photonics projects by several grant agencies. He is an author or co-author of more than 500 papers, author of several reviews, editor of more than 15 books, author of 2 books and holds 9 patents. He is chief speciality editor of the section Optics and Photonics of Frontiers in Physics and founding editor of the series Photonic Materials and Applications, a joint initiative of SPIE and Elsevier. Moreover, he sits on the editorial board of the ETRI Journal and of the journals Sensors and Applied Sciences: Optics and Lasers. He is in the advisory board of Glass-to-Power, an Italian start-up. In 2001 he was awarded the title of Cavaliere by the Italian President for scientific merit. In 2010 and 2011 he was elected distinguished speaker of the IEEE- Photonics society. He is a fellow of the IEEE, of SPIE, of AAIA and of the SIF. He holds an H-number of 62 according to Scopus and Web of Science, and of 76 according to Google Scholar.