Dr. Mirco Scaffardi received the M.S. degree in electronics engineering from University of Parma, Parma, Italy in 2001. In May-June 2001 he was fellow with CNIT at the National Photonic Networks Laboratory in Pisa. In 2005 he received the Ph.D. degree from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. From 2004 to 2007 he is research fellow with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, at the Center of Excellence for the Information and Communication Engineering, Pisa, Italy. From 2007 he is with CNIT, Pisa, Italy, holding the position of head of research from May 2018.
He was Visiting Student at the Research Center COM, Denmark Technical University, Copenhagen, Denmark in 2004, and visiting researcher at NICT Tokyo, Japan in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 he was visiting researcher at INRS, Montreal, Canada awarded with a scholarship from the state of Quebec. From 2011 he is Lecturer within Ph.D and international master courses of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
His research interests are in the area of all-optical and electro-optical signal processing, multi-mode multiplexing, optical switching, high-capacity optical transmission systems, light detection and ranging techniques.
He was involved in several national and international projects, doing research activity on optical processing techniques for ultrafast signals. He was coordinator of the CNIT Research Unit within the FIRB Project “MIcro- and NanO-structured photonic devices based on strained silicon for ultrafast Switching in datacom applications (MINOS)”, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. He is involved in the H2020 European Project “Revolutionising optical fibre transmission and networking using the Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) of light” (ROAM) as leader of the work package on OAM-based switching.
In 2009 he won a Short-term research merit scholarship from ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec for the project “All-optical A/D and D/A converters for ultra-fast Networks and optical computing devices at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) – Montreal, Canada. In the same year he also won a Fulbright scholarship for the project “Regeneration schemes on silicon chip” at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.
In 2015, as co-author, he won the EuRAD Prize for the paper “Coherent Radar/Lidar Integrated Architecture”.
He is co-author of more than 46 papers on refereed journal, 87 papers on referred conferences, workshops and seminars, 15 patent proposals and 2 book chapters.