Roberto is the head of the Ericsson Research branch in Italy and leader of the unit "Optical Systems", based in Pisa, Italy, and Montreal, Canada. He is vice President of the Tuscany Technology District “Industry 4.0”. He got his D.Eng. Degree in electronic engineering in 1987, then joined Ericsson where he gained experience in packet-optical networks and technologies, traffic engineering and routing, and telecommunications networks. He has authored more than 150 papers for international journals, magazines, and conferences, as well as two books on optical communications. He holds more than 30 patents and has been adjunct professor of “telecom equipment design” at the Sapienza University of Rome. He has guest edited many special issues in several IEEE journals and magazines.