Organisation of the Faculty of Informatics

Organisational chart of the Faculty of Informatics
Organisational chart of the Faculty of Informatics

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council exercises its authority on all general matters related to the interests of the Faculty, especially those pertaining to teaching and research activities. More information are available in the Faculty statute. The list of professors and representatives of students, Phds, post-docs and lecturers is available in Plan of Studies of the Faculty.


Dean and Vice Deans

The Dean and the Vice Deans act as the Faculty's executive body. The Dean, assisted by the Vice Deans, leads and manages the Faculty by implementing the decisions of the Faculty Council and the Board of Professors. The Dean represents the Faculty in the USI Council. More information are available in the Faculty statute.


Current Dean and Vice Deans:

Antonio Carzaniga

Dean of the Faculty of Informatics

Antonio Carzaniga is a professor and a founding member of the Faculty of Informatics. From 2001 to 2007 he was an assistant research professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Antonio Carzaniga has a degree in Electronics Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he also earned a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science. His primary research interests are in the areas of Distributed Systems and Software Engineering, specifically in content-based networking, information-centric networking, distributed publish/subscribe systems, middleware, software adaptability and automatic fault tolerance, and testing. Previously, he also conducted research in software configuration management and code mobility. He is Dean of the Faculty of Informatics from September 1st, 2017.

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Marc Langheinrich

Vice Dean of the Faculty of Informatics

Marc Langheinrich is Full Professor at the USI Faculty of Informatics. He received a Master's degree (Dipl.-Inf.) in computer science from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 1997, and a PhD (Dr. sc.) in the areas of ubiquitous computing and privacy from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2005. Prior to joining the Università della Svizzera italiana in 2008, Prof. Langheinrich was a senior researcher and lecturer in the Department of Computer Science of the ETH Zurich. He also worked for two years as a researcher at NEC Research, Tokyo, Japan, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. His main research interests are privacy, security, and usabilityissues, in particular in the areas of ubiquitous and pervasive computing.

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Fernando Pedone

Vice Dean of the Faculty of Informatics

Fernando Pedone is Full Professor at the USI Faculty of Informatics. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in 1999. Before becoming Professor at the Università della Svizzera italiana, he worked as a researcher at the Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in PaloAlto, California, and as a senior researcher at EPFL. His professional interestsinclude the theory and practice of distributed systems and distributed datamanagement systems. His theoretical work has addressed algorithmic aspects of reliable distributed systems, such as defining new abstractions for building reliable systems, creating algorithms implementing these abstractions and proving them correct. His systems work has considered using group communication abstractions to build replicated data management systems. To a largeextent, he has been interested in the inter play between theory and practice. Fernando Pedone has authored more than 70 scientific papers. He is co-editor of the book Replication: theory and practice.

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Board of Professors

The Board of Professors identifies the Faculty members that are called upon to sit in a commission for the appointment of professors, assigns courses to lecturers, and proposes the awarding of Honoris Causa and Professor Emeritus. More information are available in the Faculty statute.


Other contact persons

Below is a list of other persons who hold managerial positions within the activities of the Faculty.

  • Coordinator of Faculty activities / projects and external relations
    Ing. Mauro Prevostini
  • Mobility Delegate
    Prof. Natasha Sharygina
  • Study curricula Directors

Prof. Laura Pozzi


- Master in Informatics
Prof. Kai Hormann
Prof. Evanthia Papadopoulou

- Master in Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Luca Maria Gambardella
Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber

- Master in Computational Science
Prof. Olaf Schenk

- Master in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems
Prof. Cesare Alippi

- Master in Financial Technology and Computing
Prof. Marc Langheinrich
Prof. Fernando Pedone

- Master in Management and Informatics
Prof. Marc Langheinrich

- Master in Software and Data Engineering
Prof. Cesare Pautasso
Prof. Gabriele Bavota

Prof. Walter Binder
Prof. Michael Bronstein


Dean's office and services

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According to USI statute, Institutes are training and research units supported by one or more Faculties, subject to approval by the University Council.

The responsibilities, tasks, organisation and members of the Institutes are defined by specific agreements between the Faculties and the Rectorate. These agreements set the scope and limits within which an Institute can engage in its own right with third parties. The contract has limited duration and is renewable.

The Institutes do not have a distinct legal personality and are headed by a Director appointed among professors (Full or Associate) of the Institutes, according to the terms of agreement. Specialised sub-units (centres, observatories, laboratories, groups ...) can be created inside or in cooperation between the institutes, with the aim of carrying out specific research projects and/or handling specific aspect of the training.

The list of the Institutes supported by the Faculty of Informatics is available at this page: