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Mario Baldi

Politecnico di Torino
Associate Professor
Mario Baldi is a Professor at the Computer and Control Engineering Department of Politecnico di Torino (Technical University of Turin), Italy, where he teaches graduate level courses on computer networks.
Mario Baldi holds an M.S. with honours (Summa Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer and Systems Engineering both from Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

He was Technology Director and Architect for NXOS in the Data Center Switching Group, Cisco Systems, in New York, NY, Technology Director in the Cisco Services Technology Group, Cisco Systems, in San Jose, CA, Data Scientist Director with the CTO Office at Symantec Corp., Mountain View, CA, Principal Member of Technical Staff with the CTO Office at Narus, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, Principal Architect at Embrane, Inc., Santa Clara, CA, Vice President for Protocol Architecture at Synchrodyne Networks, Inc., New York, NY, and Vice Dean of the PoliTong Sino-Italian Campus at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

Mario Baldi has been Guest Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China, Honorary Visiting Professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Adjunct Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, Visiting Professor at Institut de Technologie du Cambodge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and visiting researcher at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, at Columbia University, New York, NY, and at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley, CA.

He co-authored over 150 scholarly papers on various networking related topics and two books and is co-inventor in 24 patents issued by the United States Patent Office, one patent issued by the European Patent Office, and eight pending applications to the United States Patent Office in the fields of high performance networking, software security, and advanced network analytics.

Throughout his professional career Mario Baldi worked in a number of different areas, including programmable data plane switches, network operating system architecture, big data analytics, next generation traffic analysis for security applications, trust in software execution, high performance switching, optical networking, quality of service, multimedia over packet networks, voice over IP, internetworking, and various other aspects of computer networking.

Lately Mario is engaged in promoting data plane incremental programming, a concept he has introduced and turned into reality on the Nexus 34k family of switches by developing a programming environment (daPIPE) that enables customers to add their custom functions to the native features of the device.