Founding Member of FlossLab, also a full Professor and Dean of the Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering at the University of Cagliari.

After his degrees, obtained in Genoa, in Electronic Engineering in 1975 and in Mathematics in 1980, he worked as a researcher at the Institute for Electronic Circuits of the Italian National Research Council in Genoa. In July 1987, he became associate professor at the University of Ancona. In 1990, he transferred to the University of Genoa, and in 1994 he entered the University of Cagliari as full professor. He belongs to the “Information Processing Systems” field. He held the posts of coordinator of the Doctorate in Electronic and Computer Engineering, and of President of the Academic Board for the Electric Engineering, and later Electronic Engineering, degree courses. He currently teaches classes on IT Fundamentals and Software Engineering. He has authored more than 250 international publications.

He has been one of the first scholars in Italy to study object-oriented programming, since 1986, and agile methodologies for software production, since 1998. He has a vast experience with consulting and company training in application production with object-oriented technologies, software development procedures, and quantitative economic analysis. He has partnered with companies and public institutions like Ansaldo Signal, Banca CARIGE, Olivetti, Finsiel, Alitalia, Tiscali, CTM Cagliari, RAI, and the government of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, on these topics. He has been national and local coordinator of several applied research projects, for several million Euros total.  He has been appointed by public administration offices to supervise large software projects.


Founder of FlossLab together with Michele Marchesi, he was Managing Director, and an important leading figure in the company, up to his untimely death. He also worked as researcher and associate professor at the Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering (DIEE).

In the second half of the ’90s, he started a consulting business that led him to gain significant experience on companies and their issues, especially in very innovative and dynamic environments. For example, he participated in the “FreeNet” startup from Tiscali, and in the development of the MARTE project with CRS4. He also participated in the reorganisation of multimedia services (among which Digital Terrestrial Television) of an articulate publishing group such as Unione Sarda, in business development with BIC, in public and private health with several big Catholic hospitals, and in eLearning development projects as the director of an Italian Master course on the subject. All of the above activites had always been accompanied by an activity of applied research on those same subjects. His job was always entwined with a deep passion about FLOSS (Free Libre Open Source Software), which led him to take part to the development of the first Web servers of CERN, to the system CuSeeMe, to support the Linux Users Group of Cagliari (Gulch), of which he was an early member and promoter. It eventually led him to engage his students in the development of some projects on SourceForge. He had specific experience both on applied research and business consulting (among his most relevant partnerships are: Tiscali, CRS4, BIC Sardegna, ERSU, Engineering, Catholic Hospitals, Gruppo Unione Sarda, etc.). Among the posts he held, there were the Coordinator of the Competence Centre on Accessibility SardegnaAccessibile, and Board Member of the ICT-Sud Competence Centre. As regards the education field, he was member and president of the CTS for many IFTS courses, Manager of the LUISA laboratory (University Laboratory of Open SW Engineering), manager of the educational activity at the Open Cluster Project of Sardegna Ricerche.

Università degli Studi di Cagliari

The University of Cagliari is a member of the spin-off FlossLab, derived from its Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering, and in particular from the Research Group on Agile Methodologies.

To learn more about the University of Cagliari please visit its site, UNICA.