Gianluigi Ferrari was born in Parma, Italy, on November 13, 1974. He received the "Laurea" degree (5-year program) in Electrical Engineering "summa cum laude" from the University of Parma, Parma, Italy in October 1998. He received the Ph.D. degree in "Information Technologies" from the Department of Information Engineering (Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, DII) of the University of Parma in January 2002. From July 2000 to December 2001 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Communication Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA. Between February 2002 and August 2002, he was a Postdoc Student at the DII, University of Parma.

Between September 2002 and October 2010, he was a Research Professor at the DII of the University of Parma. Since November 2010, he has been an Associate Professor at the same department (he received the Italian nation-wide habilitation from Polytechnic of Milan in August 2010): in 2017, the DII has been merged with other engineering departments and architecture and is now the Department of Engineering and Architecture (Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Architettura, DIA). During October 2002-February 2003, July-December 2003 and July-December 2004, he was a Research Associate at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Since September 2006 he has been the Coordinator of the Internet of Things (IoT) Laboratory. In Fall 2007 he visited, as a DUO-Thailand Fellow, the King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok, Thailand. Between July 2010 and October 2010, he was a Visiting Researcher, within a "Brains (Back) to Brussels" (B2B) program, at the OPERA Department of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. In December 2013, he received the "Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale" (National Scientific Qualification) for Full Professorship in Telecommunications. In 2015, he has been nominated, by the Italian Ministry of Defense, as the only Italian representative (Technical Team Member) in the NATO Research Task Group (RTG) HFM-260 "Enhancing Warfighter Effectiveness with Wearable Bio Sensors and Physiologicol Models," in the period 2015-2018.

As of March 2018, he has (published or in press) 113 papers in international journals, 29 book chapters, 10 books (8 in English and 2 in Italian), 149 papers international conference proceedings, 14 patents (submitted/accepted, Italian/international), and 11 papers in national conferences. He is a co-recipient of:

  • a Best Student Paper Award at the 2006 International Workshop on Wireless Ad Hoc Networks (IWWAN'06), New York, NY, USA, June 2006;
  • a Best Paper Award at the Second International Conference on Emerging Network Intelligence (EMERGING 2010), Florence, Italy, October 2010;
  • the first Body Sensor Network (BSN) contest winner award (as member of the WASNLab team), held in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2011), Dallas, TX, USA, May 2011;
  • an Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to the 11th International Conference on ITS Telecommunications (ITST-2011), Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 2011;
  • the Best Paper Award at the 1st International Conference on Sensor Networks (SENSORNETS 2012), Rome, Italy, February 2012;
  • the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApplications13), Track on Nature-inspired Techniques for Communication Networks and other Parallel and Distributed Systems (EvoCOMNET 2013), Vienna, Austria, April 2013;
  • the Best Runner-up Paper Award at the 11th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2014), Zurich, Switzerland, June 2014;
  • the Best Conference Paper Award at the 22nd International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM 2014), Symposium on RFID Technologies and Internet of Things, Split, Croatia, September 2014;
  • the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApplications15), Track on Nature-inspired Techniques for Communication Networks and other Parallel and Distributed Systems (EvoCOMNET 2015), Copenhagen, Denmark, April 2015.

    He is a frequent reviewer for many international conferences and journals and acts as a technical program committe (TPC) member for many international conferences. He has also co-organized a few international workshops and is currently member of the Editorial boards of a few international journals. He has collaborated in several research projects, among which some were funded by the (Italian) Ministry of Instruction, University, and Research (MIUR), the (US) Army Research Office (ARO), Regione Emilia-Romagna, the (Italian) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), the European Commission (FP7 program and H2020 program), and several private companies, both Italian and international. To date, the amount of funding brought to DII (2002-2017) and DIA (2017-now) of the University of Parma is over 2.5 MEuro.