Short Biography

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Cecilia Metra is a full Professor and the Deputy President of the School of Engineering at the University of Bologna, Italy, where she has worked since 1991, and from which she received the Laurea Degree (summa cum laude) in Electronic Engineering and the PhD in electronic engineering and computer science. In 2002, she was visiting faculty consultant for Intel Corporation. She is part of the Italian National Research Center on High Performance Computing, Big Data and Quantum Computing (September 2022-present) and the Italian Research Project on Security and Rights In the CyberSpace – SERICS (January 2023-present).

She is 2022 and 2023 IEEE Director/Division V Delegate, a candidate for 2024 IEEE Director-Elect/Division VIII Delegate-Elect (2025-2026 IEEE Director/Division VIII Delegate), and she was the 2019 President of the IEEE Computer Society.

She is Co-Chair of the “IEEE Metaverse” Initiative of the IEEE Future Directions, and a member of the IEEE European Public Policy Committee - EPPC (2020-2023), the IEEE Conferences Committee (2021-2024), the IEEE Award Committee (2022-present), the IEEE Smart Village Governing Board (2020-present), the IEEE  Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award Committee (2022-present), the IEEE AdHoc Committee on Innovative Funding Models (2023), and the IEEE AdHoc Committee on Coordinating IEEE’s Response to Multimedia-Based Digital Reality Technologies (2023). She was the Chair of the EPPC Working Group on ICT (2021-2022), Co-Chair of the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative Project on “Reliable, Safe, Secure and Time Deterministic Intelligent Systems” (2019-2022), and a member of the IEEE Young Professionals Committee (2021-2022), the IEEE Diversity & Inclusion Committee (2022), the IEEE CS Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion (2020), the IEEE TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee (2020), the IEEE Systems Council Advisory Committee (2020-2022), the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) Board of Governors (2015-2017), and the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors (2013-2017).

She was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing and of Computing Now, and the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers. She contributed to numerous IEEE international conferences/symposia/workshops as General/Program Chair/Co-Chair (18 times), technical program committee member (100+ times), and keynote/invited Speaker/Panelist (50+ times).

She has published extensively (200+ papers) on international peer reviewed journals/conference Proceedings on test and design for test of electronic circuits/systems, reliable, safe, secure and resilient electronic circuits/systems, trustworthy AI circuits/systems, fault tolerance, error correcting codes, secure communication protocols, photovoltaic and energy harvesting systems, emerging technologies. Her research has received public and private funding (e.g., from the EU, the Italian MISE and MIUR Ministries, and from companies such as Intel Corporation, STMicroelectronics, Alstom Transport, etc.) at national and international levels.

She is an IEEE Fellow, IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member, and a member of the IEEE Honor Society IEEE-HKN. She has received two Meritorious Service Awards, eight Certificates of Appreciation and the Spirit of the Computer Society award from the IEEE Computer Society.