Marco Chiani (IEEE Fellow) was born in Rimini, Italy, in April
1964. He received the Dr. Ing. degree (summa cum laude) in
electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electronic and
computer engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1989
and 1993, respectively.
He is a Full Professor in Telecommunications (since 2001) at the
University of Bologna. During summer 2001, he was a Visiting
Scientist at AT&T Research Laboratories, Middletown, NJ. Since
2003 he has been a frequent visitor at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, where he presently holds a Research
He was the first Director (2010-2013) of the Industrial Research
Center on ICT at the University of Bologna.
He is leading the research unit of the University of Bologna on
cognitive radio and UWB (European project EUWB), on Joint Source
and Channel Coding for wireless video (European projects
Phoenix-FP6, Optimix-FP7, Concerto-FP7), and is a consultant to the
European Space Agency (ESA-ESOC) for the design and evaluation of
error correcting codes based on LDPCC for space CCSDS applications.
His research interests are in the areas of information theory, wireless systems and statistical signal processing. His contributions include also exponential bounds for the Gaussian error function, and the statistical distribution of the eigenvalues of random matrices.
He chaired, organized sessions and served on the Technical Program
Committees at several IEEE international Conferences. In January
2006 he received the ICNEWS award “For Fundamental Contributions to
the Theory and Practice of Wireless Communications”. He was the
recipient of the 2008 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee
Outstanding Service Award. He received the Communication Theory
Symposium Best Paper Award at IEEE ICC 2008, the Best Paper Award
at the 2007 IST Mobile & Wireless Communication Summit, the
Best Paper Award at the Int. Wireless Commun. and Mobile Computing
IWCMC 2006. He received the 2011 IEEE Communications Society
Leonard G. Abraham Prize in the Field of Communications Systems,
the 2012 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize for to
the best article published in a Communications Society magazine,
the 2012 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize in the
Field of Communications Theory.
He is the past chair (2002–2004) of the Radio Communications
Committee of the IEEE Communication Society and past Editor of
Wireless Communication (2000–2007) for the journal IEEE
Transactions on Communications.
He served as chair (2013-14) of the international prize IEEE "Eric E.
Sumner Award", assigned for outstanding contributions to
He served as chair (2016-17) of the international prize IEEE "Kiyo Tomiyasu Award", assigned to recognize outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications.
As a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE ComSoc (2011-2013) he gave
lectures and seminars in several continents on wireless
communication systems and networks.
Since 2011 he is a Fellow of the IEEE, named for “Contributions to
wireless communication systems”.
In 2012 he has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the
Royal Academy of Engineering, UK.