Lecturers 2021 edition

Opening Key Notes

Carlo Alberto Nucci – University of Bologna

Full Professor of Electrical Systems for Energy at the Department of Electrical Energy and Information Engineering ‘Guglielmo Marconi’ of the University of Bologna. Editor in Chief of Electric Power System Research magazine, Elsevier since January 2010. President of the Italian Group of University Teachers of Electrical Energy Systems (GUSEE) from 2012 to 2015. Fellow of IEEE and CIGRE of which he is also an honorary member, honorary doctor of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, member of the Academy of Sciences of Bologna. Coordinator of the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Program in Electrical Energy Engineering, since 2012. Consultant of the Global Resource Management Program of Doshisha University, Kyoto. Since 2014, he has represented the IEEE Power and Energy Society in the IEEE Smart City Initiatives Program


Valentina Albanese – University of Bologna

After a doctorate between Bari and Valencia, Valentina Albanese carried out teaching and research activities at the University of Parma. Subsequently, she was a researcher at the University of Bologna and, currently, at the University of Pisa. Her most recent courses in Geography of Tourism and Communication have been framed in the field of Digital Geographies, a geographical paradigm that she too has been studying for some years at the Technological University of Dublin and Maynooth University (Ireland). With a specific focus on pandemic cities and surveillance capitalism, she collaborates with a research group at Harvard University. She collaborates on a digital tourism project with Brooks University in Oxford. Among her publications, two monographs and numerous publications in national and international scientific journals deal with digital geographies from different angles. She is also a director of the Italian Geographic Society and a member of the Social Office of the Italian Association of Geography Teachers.

Ignacio Alcalde – City Focus

Urban architect with 3 decades of experience in urban transformation and territorial development. He has participated in the drafting of the New Spanish Urban Agenda, has been director of the Master in Urbanism at the San Pablo CEU University. It works in alliance with different entities such as UN Habitat or Tecnalia, one of the main European technology centers and advises institutions and companies on issues related to the city. Some jobs in which he has held responsibilities have obtained international recognition such as the European Urban Planning Award, the global award for the most innovative project at Smart City Expo 2015 in Barcelona or the world award for the best urban project of 2017 by the International Association of Urban Planners.

Giuseppe Borruso – University of Trieste

Giuseppe Borruso is Associate Professor of Economic Geography with the DEAMS – Department of Economics, Business, Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Trieste. He teaches Economic Geography (in English language), Geography of Networks, and Geographic Information Systems (these latter courses in Italian language). He is in charge of the GEP Lab – Laboratory of Economic and Political Geography at DEAMS and is in charge of the national working group of the AGEI – Italian Association of Geographers on ‘Transport Geography and Logistics’. His research interests focus on Transport and urban geography, with focuses on smart cities, port-city relations and the impact of new technologies on society and economy.

Muriel Cabianca – CRS4

He has been working for HPCN since 2007, first as a system administrator and later also as a network administrator. In 2009 he decided to expand his knowledge also in the field of virtualization and cloud computing. Passionate about programming languages, he also dedicated himself to the customization and development of new solutions based on opensource technologies.


Marco Cadinu – University of Cagliari

Full professor of History of Architecture, he has been teaching since the 2005-2006 academic year at the University of Cagliari. Since 1988 he has been carrying out research on traditional construction techniques, on the protection of historic centers and the historical landscape, on territorial and urban readings between the Middle Ages and the modern age, the history of urban planning and on the medieval architecture of Sardinia and Tuscany. Since 2008 he has been a researcher in the scientific-disciplinary sector of the History of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Cagliari where, from 2011 to 2018, he was a member of the Research Doctorate College in “Technologies for the Conservation of Heritage Architectural and Environmental “. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Board of the PhD Program in Civil Engineering and Architecture.

Maurizio Carta – University of Palermo

Full professor of Urban Planning and Territorial Planning, he teaches “urban planning” in the master’s degree course in Architecture and “urban and territorial planning” at the master’s degree course in Territorial, urban and environmental planning of the Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo. He is currently Academic Senator of the University of Palermo and Delegate of the Rector for territorial development. From 2015 to 2019 he was President of the Polytechnic School of the University of Palermo (Architecture, Engineering, Economics and Agriculture).


Carlino Casari – CRS4

With a background in particle physics, he has been dealing with development issues in the ICT field for the past 20 years. After a first period (in the early 90s) dedicated to research and development in the field of parallel computing for High Energy Physics, he subsequently worked on the design and management of IT infrastructures. Since 2000, he has been interested in the development of architectural solutions for the provision of web-oriented services, promoting the use of open source technologies in highly complex application contexts. After having developed some strategic projects in the IT infrastructure of the Sardinia Region, he is currently working on the development of the new Research Sector of Digital Technologies for Aerospace at CRS4.


Wendy Y. Chen – University of Hong Kong

Dr. Wendy Chen is an associate professor at Department of Geography, director of International Centre for China Development Studies, at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests lie in the interface of two importance fields: urban environment and economics, encompassing assessment of ecosystem services provided by urban nature (urban green and blue spaces), the externality of urban planning, the interactions between economic development and the environment, as well as environmental problems and environmental policies. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, a top international journal in the field of urban landscape and urban forest design and management. She is the deputy coordinator for Urban Forestry Unit under the International Union of Forest Research Organisations.

Gianmarco Chiri – University of Cagliari

Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design (ICAR14). He was consultant for the work on urban design of Zhaoqing planning & urban design Bureau (Guangdong-PRC) and winner of the competition to redevelop the commemorative Arch Square and the lakefront in Zhaoqing (Guangdong-PRC). In 2009, he turned to the study and assessment of microclimate efficiency in the urban fabric and the testing of methodologies and interdisciplinary processes of urban design. In 2010 was scientific coordinator for the feasibility study for the ERSU-Cagliari’ Campus. He was involved in projects of international cooperation in Kenya, in the rehabilitation of the Campus of the University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo (Mozambique), in the Plan of Urban Rehabilitation of the Hospital area, Botanical Gardens and Amphitheatre in Cagliari as well as providing scientific support to the Independent Region of Sardinia in the Project Iscol@ – New relationships between design and pedagogy for the schools of the region. Currently is member of the scientific board UNICA-Ministry of Defence for rehabilitation of decommissioned military fortress in La Maddalena and scientific coordinator of the international cooperation project Pais2 in Mozambique in which will be explored practical methods for school sustainable design and building.


Gianluca Cighetti – SSG Group

He currently deals with Business Development on “Smart Mobility” and “Smart City” issues. He is involved in two development programs which aim to define innovative solutions relating to Urban Mobility and to make metropolitan areas more intelligent and appealing. In addition to these areas, he is engaged with Insurance, T&T, and Automotive companies to develop initiatives and service models based on emerging technologies such as IioT, CBM and 3D Printing. In the recent past, his professional experience has led him to cover DPO roles for IBM Italy, Hybrid Cloud Offering Manager for IBM EU, General Manager of the Client Innovation Center Italia (CIC), Transformation & Special Projects Leader for the LoB GTS of IBM Italia.


Ester Cois – University of Cagliari

PhD in Comparative Social Research, she is a researcher in Territorial Sociology at the Departments of Political, Social and Architecture Sciences of the University of Cagliari and Director of the scientific journal “Sociologica. International Journal of Sociological Debate”. Her interests focus on the processes of creating social inequalities through the use and regulation of urban and rural spaces.


Federico Cugurullo – Trinity College of Dublin

Federico Cugurullo is Assistant Professor in Smart and Sustainable Urbanism at Trinity College Dublin. His research is positioned at the intersection of urban geography, political philosophy and experimental urbanism, and explores how ideas of sustainability are cultivated and implemented, with a focus on projects for smart and eco-cities. Federico has done extensive empirical research in the Middle East and Southeast Asia where he has investigated the sustainability performance of experimental cities. His work has been used by the United Nations and the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to foresee urban challenges and develop preventive policies. He is currently researching how artificial intelligence is impacting on urban governance and planning, thereby influencing the sustainability of cities.

Stefano De Falco – University of Naples

Stefano de Falco teaches political and economic geography at the Federico II University of Naples and at the L’Orientale University of Naples. He is director of the IRGIT (Research Institute on Geography of Territorial Innovation) of the Federico II University of Naples, where he is also director of the “Strabo” laboratory of digital human geography. Since 2011 he has been president of AICTT, the Italian Cultural Association for Technology Transfer. He is a member of various national and international scientific committees. He is the author of numerous scientific publications in particular in the field of geography of innovation and smart cities.


Gianfranco Fancello – University of Cagliari

Born in Nuoro, now lives in Cagliari. Married with two daughters. Graduated in Civil Transport Engineering and PhD. Associate Professor at DICAAR – Department of Civil Engineering, Environment and Architecture of the University of Cagliari; his courses are “Freight Transport and Supply Chain”, “Urban Transport” and the Degree Laboratory “Evaluation of Transport Projects” for Civil Engineering. He is General Manager of Centralabs, Center of Excellence Transport of Sardinia, a consortium of companies with the University of Cagliari and Sassari and several public and private companies in the transport sector. Since 1992 he carries out research activities on the interaction between land use and transport, human factors related to the active and passive safety of transport, maritime transport, goods and supply chain. He is scientific coordinator and technical director of several national and international research projects. He is author of 5 books and about 90 articles. He has collaborated with several public administrations and some private companies for the development of projects and plans in the field of transport, traffic and mobility.

Giulia Fiorentino – University of Naples

Giulia Fiorentino is a PhD student in Public policies of cohesion and convergence in the European scenario at the Department of Political Sciences (DiSP) of Federico II. She has a master’s degree in international relations and scenario analysis. She spent an Erasmus semester at the Université Paris X. She was Junior Project Manager at the Istituto Affari Internazionali. She is an expert on the subject for the Chair of Political and Economic Geography and that of Politics and Economics of the Environment – DiSP Federico II. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the AICTT Italian Association for the Culture of Technology Transfer, for which she is also Delegate for Smart Cities.


Ferdinando Fornara – University of Cagliari

Associate Professor of Social and Environmental Psychology at the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy of the University of Cagliari, where he teaches Social Psychology (advanced course) and Environmental and Architectural Psychology. He is publisher and member of several international journals and associations for research in environmental psychology. His research interests include the construction and validation of tools for the measurement of the perceived quality of architectural-urbanistic factors of different types of places (such as hospitals, residences for the elderly and urban districts) and the verification of multivariate models for the prediction of different types of pro-environmental behavior.



Julia Girardi-Hoog – University of Vienna

PhD in Sociology of Architecture, she has been working in the field of urban renewal since 2012. She managed the largest smart city project in Vienna called “Smarter Together” and now holds the position of Head of the Department for Social Services at the Social Housing Vienna. She currently teaches at the Technical University of Vienna.

Luciano Guglielmi – AICA

With a solid background started with more than 10 years of R&D experience in academic institutions, Luciano Guglielmi is a manager of big projects in national and international environments with an attitude to look for new technical opportunities for the business development doing deep analysis, about processes and technical aspects. Usual to manage complex negotiations both from a commercial point of view and technology one he is usaual to coordinate large development and working groups. After several years spent as CIO of large enterprises, where he managed infrastructure and application transformation projects, actually acts as a consultant for IT transformation and temporary manager in large projects.
Believes that the impact of the correct definition of business processes is the basis for a flexible and constantly evolving organizational model. As the author of various publications and interventions in national and international conferences, he considers the dissemination and sharing of individual experiences a reason for professional growth. He is president of CIO AICA Forum, a working group that brings together over 70 CIOs of medium-large Italian companies, he was president of FINAKI 2019. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the EUROCIO association which brings together CIOs and their trade associations. He believes that technology must play a fundamental role in the growth of society by helping and not hindering its progress at all levels, making the world that will come a sustainable place from all points of view: economic, social, environmental and so on. Since autumn 2020 he has been President of the Steering Committee of the Digital Transformation Institute, a foundation that studies the impact of digital transformation on sustainability with a 360-degree vision according to the guidelines of the UN 2030 agenda.

Marijn Janssen – TU Delft

Prof.dr.ir. Marijn Janssen lectures the courses ‘Design of Innovative ICT-Infrastructures and services’, ‘Business Processes Management and Technology” at Delft University of Technology. He is teaching the module ‘business process & technology’ at the MBA Business & IT of Nyenrode Business University. Furthermore, he is coures manager of “Information Management & Design” Teaching Module 3 – information management – in the Master of Public Information Management (MPIM) of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He initiated a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in the field of ‘open government’ which attracted over 3500 subscribers.


Dina Kamal Shehayeb – Nile University

is a professor in the Institute of Architecture and Housing, at the Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC) in Cairo, Egypt, as well as the principle of her private consultancy firm Shehayeb CONSULT. Graduated as an architect in 1984, she earned her Ph.D. Degree in Architecture and Environment-Behaviour Studies from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1995 focusing on human aspects in design and planning. Specialized in transdisciplinary research, she works on bridging the gap between the physical built environment and its socio-psychological and cultural dimensions. She applies this knowledge through research and practice on affordable/appropriate housing, community-based neighbourhodd planning, historic area conservation, and design guidelines, both nationally and internationally. She worked with the Aga Khan Cultural Services- Egypt, German Technical cooperation – GTZ, Egypt, the Institut de Recherche et Development _ IRD, France, the UN-Habitat Gender Unit, Nairobi, Oikodrom, Vienna, and UCLA on commissioned research projects and research-based intervention in upgrading and rehabilitation projects. She serves on several committees such as Code development committees in Egypt and Advisory Boards for UN-HABITAT and other inernational organizations. She has more than 25 publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and international reports and is an editorial board member in 2 international scientific journals. She teaches research-based design on part-time basis in several departments of architecture. Recently she was appointed by the Ministry of Social Solidarity to develop design crieria to guide, monitor and evaluate service facilities, special user building types, and human and social development projects.

Andrea Lanuzza – CAP Group

Graduated in management engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, with an Executive MBA from SDA Bocconi, Lanuzza has worked for 20 years in the environment sector, covering growing roles in the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally. He has been involved in the CAP Group since 2016, where he holds the role of General Manager of Management


Massimiliano Mandarini – Polytechnic of Milan

Architect, Biophilic Designer, Sustainable Manager and Green Building coach, he deals with research, resilient innovation, strategic consulting and integrated planning in the fields of Design, Creativity, Sustainability, architecture and environmental technologies. Designer and consultant for various projects and realizations in the public and private sectors in Italy and abroad, winner of the World Green Design Awards in 2105 and of the Green Building & Leadership Italia Awards in 2017. He carries out teaching and research activities at the Politecnico di Milano (Environmental Design and Lab Edme Research Group) and Domus Academy. Founder of Marchingenio Workshop Human Living Lab Design and of Green Smart Living Start up Innovative Clean Tech, finalist of the Unicredit Startlab.

Ezio Micelli – University IUAV Venice

Ezio Micelli is full professor of Estimation and Economic Evaluation of the project at the IUAV University of Venice. The topics of his research activity are related to the economic and financial evaluation of plans and projects, to the innovation of the construction and real estate sectors and to public / private partnership tools.

Monica Morazzoni – IULM Milan

Confirmed researcher for the scientific disciplinary sector M-GGR / 01 at the Department of Humanities of the IULM University of Milan, where she teaches Landscapes of Innovation and Tourism; New Heritage and Tourism; Emerging Tourism: Geographies, Cultures, Organizations. She obtained the qualification for the functions of second level professor in Geography, scientific-disciplinary sector M-GG / 01. She has been participating for years in national and international research groups whose results are published in qualified editorial offices, in the main Italian geographic journals and in proceedings of congresses and conferences on a national and international scale. Since 2021, she has coordinated the national research group of the Italian Geographers Association (Agei), Geography of Innovation and Information.

Mario Mureddu – University of Cagliari

Mario Mureddu received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Cagliari in 2015. From 2015 to 2016, he held a post-doctoral position for two years at Jacobs University Bremen. He has been holding a post-doctoral position at the University of Cagliari since 2017. His research interests span the application of complex systems, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain to sustainable energy applications. In particular, he is currently focused on integrating Blockchain and AI in local and peer-to-peer energy markets for the renewable energy transition.

Sara Paiva – Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo

Sara Paiva holds a PhD in Informatics Engineering from University of Vigo and a Post-doc from Oviedo University. She is IEEE Senior Member, Vice-Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Marketing Committee and currently she is Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo. Her main line of research is smart and inclusive mobility in smart cities. Sara is currently Editor in Chief of EAI Endorsed Transaction on Smart Cities and General Co-Chair of the EAI International Convention on Smart Cities 360º. She acts as Scientific Evaluator of Individual Scientist Project Proposals for the Latvian Council of Science. She is also editor of several books and special issues. She has authored and co-authored more than 60 scientific publications in journals and conferences.

Maria Paradiso – University of Naples

Maria Paradiso is a licensed full professor of Political and Economic Geography serving as an associate professor at the University of Sannio. President of the Commission Mediterranean Basin of the IGU- International Geographical Union, representative of Italy for the CNR in the IGU, he is Primary Coordinator of the FP7 Marie Curie MEDCHANGe project – EuroMediterrranean changing Relationships, a scientific project in partnership with 9 universities in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, of which the University of Sannio is the leader.

Stefano Pili – Sotacarbo

Degree in Environmental and Territory Engineering and in Building Engineering – Architecture at the University of Cagliari, Phd in Territory Engineering (2012) with a thesis concerning a decision aid system based on GIS systems for integration of energy efficiency in urban planning processes. He currently works at Sotacarbo SPA and is involved in the development of the AUREE project (Urban Energy Abacus of Buildings). The project develops and tests an approach based on a simple Urban Energy Model of Buildings (UBEM) and a participatory web tool specifically aimed at small to medium urban centers.

Eleonora Riva Sanseverino – University of Palermo

Phd in Electrical Engineering, she is full Professor at the University of Palermo since 2019 She is National Expert in Horizon Europe 2021-2027, in Cluster 5 ‘Climate Energy and Mobility’, since 2020. She has been delegated to the internationalization of the Engineering Department since 2019 and Editor in Chief of the jointly branded publishing initiative UNIPASpringer (since 2019).
Since 2013, she has been a lecturer in the industrial doctorate course at the University of Aalborg (DK) at the Department of Energy Technology at the University of Aalborg-Denmark. She has been scientific director of several research projects commissioned by public (ENEA) and private (Prysmian SpA) bodies. She is responsible for several agreements for teaching and research with prestigious European and Asian international institutions (Chalmers University in Sweden and Aalborg University in Denmark, Vietnamese Avcademy of Science and Technology, Institute of Energy Science). She is part of the Steering Committee of the National ENSIEL Consortium and of the scientific association GUSEE. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the National Labchain Observatory.


Graziella Roccella – Planet Smart City

Responsible for the direction of Research Product Design at Planet Smart City. With a PhD in Architecture, she worked as a lecturer in Architectural and Urban Design at the Polytechnic of Turin, with a focus on Smart City issues. Her path with the company began in 2016 and since then has played a key role in the development of the world’s first smart city with social housing for 20,000 inhabitants, currently under construction in Fortaleza, Brazil. She has also actively contributed to upcoming developments in India, such as R10 in Life Republic, Pune, where she developed the Innovation Hub project. Her areas of expertise include innovation and research on intelligent solutions to integrate into urban design. She has experience and extensive knowledge on modeling procedures, best practices and innovative business models that enhance real estate values. She is also the author of numerous international publications related to contemporary housing culture, architects and masters of contemporary history. Her book “Gio Ponti, Master of Lightness” has been published by TASCHEN in five languages. She has written articles and worked on the scientific committee of the Encyclopedia The A-Z of Modern Architecture, published by Taschen.

Jacopo Torriti – University of Reading

Jacopo Torriti is a Professor of Energy Economics and Policy in the School of the Built Environment, University of Reading.
He is a Co-Director of the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). He is currently Principal Investigator in projects on UKRI-funded projects on energy demand. Jacopo is a member of Ofgem Academic Panel. He also seats on Defra Economics Advisory Panel. Jacopo has authored 81 publications (4 books).
Before joining the University of Reading, he worked at the London School of Economics, the University of Surrey and the European University Institute. He obtained a PhD from King’s College London, a Master from King’s College London and a degree in Economics from the University of Milan

Marco Zacchigna – IBM

Engineer, originally from Trieste and Milanese for twenty years, first tennis player and now amateur marathoner, ha has always worked in IBM with responsibilities at both Italian and European level, in the commercial and consultancy field, always trying to combine the business view with the technological aspects .
In recent years, he has been involved in innovation and digital and strategic transformation for the distribution sector, upset by the introduction of completely digital companies and businesses that have literally redefined the rules of the game.
He recently extended hisresponsibilities to the issues of smart mobility and smart cities, and he is now involved in this issue in the context of interesting projects and research topics.

Giovanna Zavettieri – University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

Giovanna Zavettieri mainly deals with the geography of the MENA area. Between 2016 and 2020, she wrote your doctoral thesis in which, through the Visual Geography, she, ycarried out a series of analyzes on the images of the terrorist propaganda of ISIS and on the perception of the same by the Italian public. She has also dealt with marginality in the context of a study on the Italian Internal Areas.
She did a postdoctoral in Oman at the GIS research center of the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, creating the prototype of an app useful for Omani tourism.
Currently she is Researcher A in Rome “Tor Vergata” where she belongs to the PRIN 2017 BMTRLC_003 “Greening the Visual: an Environmental Atlas of Italian Landscapes” and to the regional project “Geographies of social unease in Lazio. Mapping to counter: exclusion and poverty”.


Scientific Director of the School
Luigi Mundula

Organizational Coordination
Mara Ladu
Alessandro Sebastiano Carrus