Roberto Di Pietro | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Roberto Di Pietro

Dr. Roberto Di Pietro (PhD)

Full Professor
College of Science and Engineering

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  • Office locationA32, LAS Building
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Prof. Dr. Roberto Di Pietro is currently full professor of cyber security at the HBKU College of Science and Engineering, Doha-Qatar, leading the effort to establish a world class research and innovation center in cyber security.

Prior to that, he served as Global Lead for Security Research at Bell Labs from Dec. 2013 to August 2017. In that capacity he has coordinated three Security Research Depts. - based in Paris, Munich, and Espoo - counting 40+ researchers and research engineers, striving to lead security research in alignment with the strategic business goals and to move research results into innovation. Besides his position at Nokia Bell Labs, Dr. Roberto Di Pietro was also Professor at University of Padova (with tenure). Prior to the above assignments, he was a faculty at University of Roma Tre (Roma, Italy), always dedicated to security research, research mentoring, and innovation. In 2010-11 he was awarded a Chair of Excellence at University Carlos III, Madrid, for his research results in security. 

He started his Computer Scientist career back to the 1995, serving for a few years as senior military technical officer, with the Italian MoD, managing complex ICT projects with focus on security, aiming at supporting investigations and systems forensics. 


Research Interests

His research interests include Distributed Systems Security, Cloud Security, Wireless Security, On-line Social Networks Security, Intrusion Detection, Access Control, Forensics.  On these topics, he has been publishing 180+ scientific papers, and has been contributing with patents and books.  As for Google Scholar, he has totaling 6700+ citations, with h-index=40, and i-index=106.


Other than the experiences reported in the biography, Roberto enjoys an extensive consulting experience for international organization of the UN systems (IAEA, WIPO, UNLB, UN HQ) as well as private sector---facilitated by a few professional certifications such as CISA, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, and CGEIT.   He also co-founded of a successful start-up (exit 20015) that generated SW products inspired by the performed research in the access control domain.   He holds 8 patents/provisional patents on security topics, such as blockchain technology.


PhD in Computer Science; "Sapienza" University of Rome

University of Rome; Roma-Italy

  • Specialization Diploma in Operations Research and Strategic Decisions; "Sapienza"

    University of Rome; Roma-Italy

  • MS in Informatics

    University of Pisa; Pisa-Italy

  • MS in Computer Science

    University of Pisa; Pisa-Italy


Selected Publications