Sergio Pinna received the Ph.D. degree in Innovative Technologies from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2014, and the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in telecommunications engineering from University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy in 2008 and 2010 respectively. From November 2010 to December 2015 he was a fellow at CNIT at the National Photonic Networks Laboratory in Pisa. In 2014 he was visiting researcher at the Integrated Photonics Laboratory at Boston University, Boston, USA. From January 2016 he was a research fellow at TeCIP Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy within the Digital and Microwave photonics group. In 2017 he joined the Integrated Photonics Laboratory at the University of California Santa Barbara as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.
From 2010 his research activity is mainly focused in the areas of microwave photonics for communication and remote sensing (RADAR, LIDAR and beam forming), all-optical signal processing, expanding in the last period into photonic electronic integration. Within the Microwave Photonics group at TeCIP, he worked on the development of the PHODIR system, the first European photonic assisted RADAR system, and on integrated schemes for radio over fibre links and beam forming networks for the 5th generation cellular network and the development of landslides monitoring photonic assisted RADAR system. At UCSB, Dr. Pinna is pursuing research activities in photonic integration, coherent systems for free space optical communications and data center interconnects, LIDAR for mapping, navigation and remote sensing, and microwave photonics. He is author and coauthor of 3 patents and more than 40 international journals and conference papers.