Gianluca CENA

Email : gianluca.cena [at]

Research Interests

Industrial Communication Systems

Real-Time And Embedded Systems


Phone : +39 011 0905424
Fax : +39 011 0905429
Site :Torino
Position : Director of Research


Gianluca Cena received the Laurea degree cum Laude in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Information and System Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 1991 and 1996, respectively. In 1995, he became Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino and, in 2001, he joined the Italian National Research Council (CNR) as Senior Researcher. Since 2005, he has been Director of Research with the Istituto di Elettronica e di Ingegneria dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni (IEIIT- CNR), where he is engaged in research activities concerning communications in manufacturing and automotive environments.
He co-authored more than 80 technical papers in the area of computer communications. His current research interests include industrial communication systems, wired and wireless protocols and, in particular, real-time networks. Present teaching activities include Industrial Networks and Real-Time Operating Systems, as well as Industrial Informatics and Field Networks.
He served as Program Co-Chairman for the 6th (WFCS 2006) and 7th (WFCS 2008) edition of the IEEE Workshop on Factory Communication Systems, held in Torino and Dresden, respectively, as Co-Chairman for the Tracks “Industrial Communication Systems” and “Emerging Issues”, in the 10th (ETFA 2005) and 12th (ETFA 2007) edition of the IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, respectively, and as Tutorial Co-Chairman for the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2010), held in Bari. He also served as Co-Guest Editor for two Special Sections on Communication in Automation, appeared in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
Since 2009 he has been Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He is currently serving in the Board of Directors of the Italian National Association for Automation (ANIPLA) – Piedmont chapter.