Luigi Ciminiera passed away on September 2, 2012. He was the leader of the Netgroup and a renowned professor and researcher, with a strong scientific reputation in several communities (mainly, networking and computer arithmetic). During his service at Politecnico di Torino, he spared no effort: he also served as Chair of the Control and Computer Engineering Department from 1999 to 2003 and as Dean of the II School of Engineering from 2003 to 2007. We remember Luigi as a generous, honest, creative, and ingenuous leader and friend. His advise was fundamental for the growth of our research group, and we all due so much of what we are to him.
Luigi Ciminiera was born in Ortona, a small town in the Italian region of Abruzzo. He studied Electronics Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and obtained his MS cum laude in 1977. In 1983 he became Research Assistant at Politecnico di Torino. From 1988 to 1990 he was Associate Professor at the University of Bari (Italy). From 1990 to 1991 he was Full Professor at the University of L’Aquila (Italy). Since 1991 he held a position of Full Professor of Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, where he served as Chair of the Control and Computer Engineering Department from 1999 to 2003 and Dean of the II School of Engineering Department from 2003 to 2007. He was a teacher of Computer Networking and Programming courses. During his scientific career he co-authored two international books and over 100 contributions published in scientific journals and conference proceedings, especially in the research fields of computer networks, communication protocols, grid computing, peer-to-peer networks and computer arithmetic. He acted as the local coordinator of several national and international funded research projects, and research contracts with industrial partners.