Massimo Panella was born in Rome (Italy) in 1971. He received the five-year Dr.Eng. degree with Honors in Electronic Engineering in 1998 and the Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Engineering in 2002, both from the University of Rome "La Sapienza". From March 2001 to June 2015 he joined as Assistant Professor (Academic Researcher) the Dept. of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications (DIET) of the University of Rome "La Sapienza", where he is currently Associate Professor of Circuit Theory and Computational Intelligence. Effective April 2017, he is qualified to the role of Full Professor in Electrical Engineering. M. Panella follows his students in several fields, such as learning systems for soft computing and pattern recognition, design of circuits for signal processing, architectures for audio and video processing, sensor networks, distributed learning and pervasive computing.
The research activity pertains to circuit theory, computational intelligence and pervasive computing for modelling, optimization and control of complex systems; i.e., the use of neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary algorithms and quantum circuits for the solution of both supervised and unsupervised learning problems. M. Panella has published more than 90 papers during his research activity; among them, several papers in international journals, invited book chapters, international conference proceedings and conference abstracts. He is currently Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Associate Editor of Journal of Computer and System Sciences (Elsevier), Subject Editor of Electronics Letters (IET) and, formerly, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. M. Panella is an IEEE Senior Member and he is Member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) since 2002 and Member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) since 2003.
Since 2000, M. Panella has joined several institutional projects funded by European Union, Italian Ministries, Regional Agencies and Universities. M. Panella has promoted several partnerships between his Department and some Companies working in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Currently, he is member of the Steering Committees of the Research Center for Transportation and Logistic (CTL) and of the Digital Library for Humanities and Arts (DigiLab), both at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". The research topics of M. Panella have laid sound foundations for the constitution of three academic start-up, where he holds leadership roles for R&D in the field of ICT, multimedia, sensor networks, energy efficiency, Intelligent Transportation Systems, financial engineering, safety, security, telemedicine and e-health.
His personal interests concern prevalently music (rock, blues, jazz, country) and sport (running, cycling, soccer). He played tennis at agonistic level since 1982 until 1989 for the Italian Federation of Tennis (FIT).