"For his consistent work to promote the role of ComSoc throughout the world, emphasizing the value of communications technology and its impact on business and society."
Roberto Saracco joined Telecom Italia back in 1971 contributing to the software development and design of the first SPC system in Italy. Through the years he worked on Data Transmission, Switching, Network Management. In recent years he has worked on the economic side of telecommunications, creating and directing a research group at the Future Centre in Venice. He is currently Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre responsible for researching the economic impact of the technology evolution and scientific communications in Telecom Italia.
Roberto has participated in several international standardization organizations including OSI, ETSI and T1M1. His leadership has included chairing an EU-level group for planning/leading European research activities in the area of software technologies. He led the EURESCOM group designing the framework for European cooperation on TMN and led them in information modeling for Pan European Services and Network Management.
He served as consultant to the European Commission on the theme Future Internet. In the European Union, Roberto chaired the Visionary Group (1996-1997) on Super Intelligent Networks to steer the cooperative research in the EU beyond 2000. Since 2006, he has been part of a Visionary Book project representing the EU and a rapporteur on information communications technologies at the Science, Technology & Society Forum tracking the progress in the application of the Kyoto agreements and proposing their evolution.
Back in 1999 and 2000, Roberto proposed and delivered a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to foster and speed entrepreneurship in Latin American countries.
Roberto is a Senior Member of IEEE where he has held several leading roles. Currently, he is Director of ComSoc’s Sister & Related Societies, member of ComSoc’s Online Content Board, and serves on ComSoc’s Emerging Technologies Committee. Roberto is also Vice President of the Italian TelecommunicationAssociation (AICT), one of ComSoc’s sister societies.
Roberto has authored several books including The Disappearance of Telecommunications and hundreds of papers in the area of technology evolution and its impact on economics in the framework of business ecosystems. At various stages in his career, he has taught at universities in Italy and around the world on the subject of telecommunications and the new economy. He served as a ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, also delivering speeches and keynotes at many international conferences.
Roberto received the Salah Aidarous Award in 2005 for his contribution to network management and the Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award in 2007 for his contribution to strengthening the Communications Society presence worldwide.