Dr. Antonio Malacarne received the M.S. degree (cum laude) in Telecommunications Engineering from University of Pisa, Italy, in July 2004, and the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Advanced Studies (SSSA) of Pisa, Italy, in February 2009.

In 2006 he was a Visiting Student at the “Photonics Research Center” at KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology), in Seoul, South Korea. In 2008 he was the recipient of the scholarship “Short-term research or professional development scholarship (V3)” from the Québec Government, to cover his stay as a Visiting Scientist at the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) in Montreal, QC, Canada. From November 2009 to October 2011 he was a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. José Azaña, at INRS.

From 2011 to 2014 he was a Senior Researcher at the “National Laboratory of Photonic Networks” of CNIT in both the “High-Capacity Optical Communications” and “Digital & Microwave Photonics” areas. He is also a member of the “Integrated Research Center for Photonic Networks and Technologies” (IRCPhoNeT), a research center jointly supported by SSSA, CNIT and Ericsson.

He currently is an Assistant Professor at SSSA since 2015.

Teaching, MS and PhD students tutoring and supervision

He has been supervisor of 5 Master thesis and he’s currently tutoring 2 PhD students.

He was Assistant Lecturer in the courses: “Photonics” and “Numerical Analysis” during the winter sessions 2010 and 2011 at INRS-EMT, Québec, Canada

He currently is a Lecturer at the TeCIP Insitute of SSSA, holder of the course “Coherent optical systems and optical interconnects” since 2016, for MS and PhD students. He will be a Lecturer within the “Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree” Pixnet, holding part of the course “Photonics switching devices” in the winter session 2019.

Scientific interests and achievements

His research expertise ranges from optical subsystems for analog and digital signal processing, to high-capacity optical communication systems. During his career, his research obtained remarkable results especially in optical pulse shaping, all-optical switching and bistability, point-to-point optical communication systems, microwave photonics and digital photonics in optical nonlinear devices.

From 2014 to 2017 most of his research activity has been focused on the use of vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) for both short-reach and metro-regional network scenarios within the European Project STREP FP7-ICT-2013-11 “RAPIDO” (619806). http://www.rapido-project.eu/

Recently he was the recipient of a National Grant funded by Fondazione Pisa (Call in Biomedicine) through the project “High-speed 3D-imaging of blood vessels based on optical signal processing (DIVINE)”. The project, coordinated by Dr. Malacarne, focuses on a novel approach to implement an Optical Coherence Tomography system exhibiting unprecedented performance thanks to analog optical signal processing techniques. https://www.divine-project.it/


He has been co-author of 2 book chapters, 8 international patents, 39 manuscripts published on highly rated international scientific journals and about 80 invited and regular talks at international scientific conferences.