A short bio

Fabio Neri was born in Novara, Piemonte, Italy, in 1958. He suddenly passed away on April 16th 2011 during a ski trip in Piemonte, leaving relatives, friends and colleagues speechless, but full of nice memories.

Fabio received his Dr. Ing. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 1981 and 1987, respectively. From 1991 to 1992 he was with the Information Engineering Department at University of Parma, Parma, Italy, as an Associate Professor. Since 2000 he was Full Professor at the Electronics Department of Politecnico di Torino. From 1982 to 1983 he was a visiting scholar at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has been a visiting researcher at University of California at Los Angeles, at the Optical Data Networks Research Department of Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies in Holmdel, NJ, at British Telecom Advanced Communication Research in Ipswich, UK, and at the Electrical Engineering Department of Stanford University, Palo Alto (CA), USA. He has also been Visiting Faculty at Cisco Systems, San Jose (CA), USA.

He started and led a research group on optical networks at Politecnico di Torino. He was involved in several Italian and European projects on WDM networks,  and he was the coordinator of the European 6FP Network of Excellence "e-Photon/ONe" on optical networks, which involved almost 40 European research institutions, operators and manufacturers.

Fabio was a member of the IEEE Communications Society. He served several IEEE conferences and journals. He participated to the technical program committees of  several conferences, including  IEEE Infocom and IEEE Globecom. He was general co-chair of the 2001 IEEE Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (IEEE LANMAN) Workshop, of the 2002 IFIP Conference on Optical Network Design and Modelling (ONDM), and of ECOC 2010 He served in the editorial board of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and he was co-editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Optical Networks and Networking.

Besides his professional activities, Fabio liked very much sports and outdoor activities, including running, swimming, kayaking, skiing, bicycling, snowboarding, windsurfing, and many others. He also owned an astonishing number of CDs, of a wide variety of genres, and the entire collection of Miles Davies’s music.