Telecom Italia, Italy
Antonio Manzalini received the M. Sc. Degree in Electronic Engineering from the Politecnico of Turin. In 1990 he joined CSELT, which then became Telecom Italia Lab. He started his activities on research and development of technologies and architectures for future transport optical networks. In this RTD avenue, he was actively involved in leading positions in several EURESCOM and EC funded Project (e.g. MWTN, LION, NOBEL, CASCADAS). He chaired (during two consecutive Study Periods) two ITU-T Questions on transport networks. He is author of a book on Network Synchronization and his results are published in about 100 papers. He is Chairing the IEEE SDN initiative. He is currently joining the Strategy and Innovation Dept. of Telecom Italia (Future Centre) addressing mainly RTD activities concerning future Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and 5G).