Edoardo Calia graduated from Politecnico di Torino in Electronics Engineering, and obtained his PhD from the same institution in 1992. His technological background is in the area of Local and Wide Area Networks, Internet Architecture and IP routing protocols, and his first research activities were in the field of parallel and distributed architectures and systems.
After 14 years spent at Politecnico with first research and later technical roles, in 2001 he joined Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) as Director of the Research Laboratories. In this position he participated in the initial planning of the research strategies and roadmap, organizing the startup and the operations of the 8 research labs where today a total of 200 researchers (half of which are PhD students, researchers and faculties of Politecnico di Torino) carry out their activities.
Edoardo Calia is currently Deputy Director of ISMB in charge of the management of four Strategic Programs on Smart City, Smart Energy, Smart Health.
Since 2013 his interests include also the application of ICT to the manufacturing sector, with particular focus on the new features that ICT can add to the production chain, including personal fabrication and the distributed, flexible cyber-physical factory. ISMB recently added the Factory of the Future among its strategic areas of research, establishing collaboration with several interested organizations including other research centers, industries and partners in the education sector.
Since January 2016 Edoardo Calia is a member of the managing board of AICA, an Italian association dedicated to the dissemination and certification of ICT knowledge and competences for students, SMEs and Industries. In that role dr. Calia has a specific mandate of coordination of the activities in the digital fabrication sector and interaction with the network of laboratories recently funded with 45M€ by the Italian Ministry for University and Research for the implementation of the dual system in Italy
Edoardo Calia also contributed as angel investor (without active involvement in the operations) to the startup and acceleration of several companies, among which the iStarter accelerator, founded in Torino in 2012 by 40 professionals from several industries (the number of equity partners later increased to 82). In 2014 iStarter moved most of its facilities and the HQ to the UK (London).