Massimo Panella was born in Rome (Italy) in 1971. He received in 1998 the five-year Dr.Eng. degree with Honors in Electronic Engineering and in 2002 the Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Engineering, both from the University of Rome "La Sapienza". He is currently Associate Professor, formerly Assistant Professor (Academic Researcher) from March 2001 to June 2015, at the Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications (DIET) of the University of Rome "La Sapienza", where he holds courses on Electrical Engineering, Circuit Theory, Circuits and Algorithms for Signal Processing, Machine Learning, and Computational Intelligence. Effective April 2017, he is qualified to the role of Full Professor in Electrical Engineering and, effective March 2018, he is qualified to the role of Full Professor in Computer Science.
The research activities of M. Panella pertain to circuit theory, machine learning, computational intelligence and quantum computing for modelling, optimization and control of complex systems, that is neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary algorithms and quantum circuits for the solution of both supervised and unsupervised learning problems, even in distributed environments with multiple data sources as for sensor networks, pervasive systems, IoT applications. M. Panella has published more than 100 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. Since 2002, he is member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) and, since 2003, he is member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS). Since 2000, he has joined several institutional projects funded by European Union, Italian Ministries, Regional Agencies, and Italian or foreign Universities. M. Panella has promoted several partnerships among his Department, international Research Centers, and some Companies working in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Currently, he is member of the Steering Committees of CTL – Research Center for Transportation and Logistic and of DigiLab – Digital Library for Humanities and Arts, both at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". The research topics of M. Panella have laid sound foundations for the constitution of four academic startups, with leadership roles for R&D in the field of ICT, multimedia, sensor networks, energy efficiency, Intelligent Transportation Systems, safety, security, e-learning, telemedicine, and e-health.
His personal interests mainly concern music (rock, blues, jazz, country) and sport (running, cycling, soccer). He played tennis at competitive level from 1982 to 1989 for the Italian Federation of Tennis (FIT).