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Marco Pistoia, Ph.D. is Managing Director, Head of Research and Engineering at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he conducts and leads research in various areas, particularly Quantum Computing Formerly, he was a Senior Manager, Distinguished Research Staff Member and Master Inventor at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York, where he managed an international team of researchers responsible for Quantum Computing Algorithms and Applications. He is the inventor of 201 patents, granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and 285 patent-pending applications, 26 of which are in the area of Quantum Computing. U.S. patent 8,635,602, Verification of Information-flow Downgraders, of which Dr. Pistoia is a coinventor, was featured in the news as one of the top-ten patents among the 7,534 patents granted to IBM in the year 2014.
Dr. Pistoia received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from New York University in May 2005. His mathematical interests include linear algebra, invariant theory, and quantum information theory. He has written over 70 scholarly articles on various aspects of Program Analysis, Language-Based Security, and Quantum Computing. He is the lead author of two books: Enterprise Java Security (published by Addison-Wesley in English and by Tsinghua University Press in Chinese) and Java 2 Network Security (published by Prentice Hall), both used as textbooks in many universities worldwide. More recently, he has been invited to be the editor of the book Security Data with Machine Learning, which will be published by IGI Global in July 2020.
In the course of his career, Dr. Pistoia has designed and implemented several components and contributed large amounts of code to IBM’s two main products for static quality analysis: IBM Rational Software Analyzer and IBM Security AppScan Source. He has also contributed code and technology to the main IBM products in mobile computing: IBM Fiberlink MaaS360, IBM MobileFirst Platform Development Foundation, IBM Tealeaf CX Mobile, and IBM Rational Test Workbench. Most recently, he has designed, led the development of, and contributed code and technology to the library of quantum algorithms and applications (Finance, Artificial Intelligence, Optimization, and Chemistry) included in Qiskit, IBM’s Quantum Computing software stack.
He has published and presented at numerous conferences worldwide, such as NeurIPS, OOPSLA, ECOOP, PLDI, ICSE, ACSAC, ISSTA, CCS, VMCAI, and the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. He has also been invited to lecture at several research institutions worldwide, including Harvard University, Masachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, University of Maryland, Rutgers University, Virginia Tech, Stony Brook University, University of Texas at Austin, Dartmouth College, Fordham University, and Stevens Institute of Technology in the United States, Tohoku University, Keio University, and the National Institute of Informatics in Japan, École Normale Supérieure in France, Dagstuhl School of Informatics and Saarland University in Germany, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich in Switzerland, The Royal Society in the United Kingdom, La Sapienza University and Tor Vergata University in Italy, Tel Aviv University, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) and Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, University of Porto in Portugal, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, University of Melbourne in Australia, and Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) in Denmark. For several years he was an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at New York University and at Fordham University in New York.
He was the General and Program Co-chair of PLAS 2008, and the Program Chair of the ACM Student Research Competition at PLDI 2009. He is the Program Co-chair of the industrial track of ICST 2020. Furthermore, he has served as Program Committee member on several conferences, including ICST 2012, ISSTA 2011, PLAS 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, NDSS 2009, IEEE SSIRI 2009, 2010 and 2011, IEEE SERE 2012, ACSAC 2008 and 2009, CISIM 2012, PLDI 2016 and 2017, CCS 2017, and ICSE 2012, 2017 and 2019.
Dr. Pistoia has been the recipient of several awards, including five Best Paper Awards (three ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards at the ACM ISSTA 2007, 2011 and 2014 conferences, respectively, a Best Paper Award at the ACM IUI 2017 conference, and an Honorable Mention at the IEEE VL/HCC 2017 Symposium).
In April 2019, Dr. Pistoia received two IBM Corporate Awards – a Corporate Award is the highest technical recognition inside IBM. He is the only IBM employee worldwide, on a population of over 350,000 employees, to have received two Corporate Awards in the same year. He has also received an IBM Research Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award (3 papers selected our of 130), four IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, two IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, and four IBM Research Division Awards. When he was a college student, he received a European Community Erasmus Fellowship Award.
In September 2007, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, the National Committee of the Italian Presidents of Faculties of Sciences and Technologies, and Confindustria, Italy’s leading organization representing all the Italian manufacturing and service companies, presented Pistoia as one of the 70 most successful Italian mathematicians who graduated from an Italian university between the years 1980 and 2000. His biography was published in the book Matematici al Lavoro.
Dr. Pistoia has dual citizenhip: American and Italian. On a personal level, Marco is the father of two beautiful children, Juliet, 11, and Charles, 9. He is also a passionate body builder and basketball player.
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