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


Roberto Di Pietro

Dr. Roberto Di Pietro (PhD)

College of Science and Engineering


Prof. Dr. Roberto Di Pietro, Fellow IEEE and ACM Distinguished Scientist, is currently Full Professor of Cybersecurity at HBKU-CSE, Doha, Qatar. Previously, he has served as Global Head of Cybersecurity Research for Bell Labs (Alcatel-Lucent/Nokia) for almost 4 years. In that capacity, he coordinated three Security Research Depts.—based in Paris, Munich, and Espoo—counting 40+ researchers and research engineers.

Besides his position at Nokia Bell Labs, Dr. Di Pietro was Professor at University of Padua, with tenure). Prior to the above assignments, he was a Faculty at University of Roma Tre (with tenure), always dedicated to security research and education. He started his Computer Scientist professional career back to 1995, serving for a few years as a military senior technical officer within the Italian MoD, managing complex ICT projects with focus on resilience, security, and security.

Dr. Di Pietro is the Editor in Chief for Secure Communications and Network (Wiley-Hindawi), in the Advisory Board for FGCS, and associate editor for Computer Communications (ComCom - Elsevier), Computer Networks (ComNet - Elsevier), Pervasive and Mobile Computing (Elsevier - PerCom), International Journal of Information Security (Springer), Journal of Computer Security (IOS Press), and IET Information Security; he was AE for several leading journals, including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

He is regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches, and he has been taking part to 300+ TPC of conferences and workshop (e.g. ACM CCS, IEEE Security & Privacy, IEEE IN- FOCOM, IEEE CNS, PETS, ESORICS, ACM WiSec), and has been serving as reviewer of international projects for the EU Commission (6th and 7th FP), research-support National Agencies (France - ANR, Poland, Cyprus, Singapore), the ERC, and Selection Committee member for the ACM Heidelberg Laureate Forum (2019-2022).


Research Interests

  • AI for Cybersecurity
  • Distributed Systems Security and Resilience
  • Cyber-physical Systems Resiliency
  • Virtualization and Cloud Security
  • Wireless Network Security
  • Data Science
  • On-line Social Networks Security & Privacy
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Intrusion Detection System


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