Prof. Marco Di Natale, full Professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, Italy, passed away all too soon after suffering a health crisis while attending a conference abroad, at the age of 56.
Marco earned his Ph.D. from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in 1991, was Director of the Real-Time Systems (ReTiS) Lab from 2003 to 2006, and was a visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 and 2008. Over several decades, Marco was a highly respected, energetic, and prolific researcher in multiple areas of real-time and embedded systems including scheduling and timing analysis, memory management, model-based design, computer architecture, design automation and optimization, operating systems, and automotive applications. His work is widely cited and received numerous awards over the years.
He also served on numerous technical program committees for conferences in our research community, as Program Chair and General Chair for the RTAS conference, as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on CAD, and on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, ACM Transactions on Embedded Systems, and Real-Time Systems (Springer). He was a member of the Technical Committee on Factory Automation, where he served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Embedded Systems for multiple terms. He also collaborated extensively with other researchers in academia, as well as industry, including Magneti Marelli, ST Microelectronics, General Motors, United Technologies Research Center, Huawei, and the EU ADAMS project automotive expert group, among others.
Marco has been an invaluable and pragmatic mentor, always ready to challenge students and colleagues with a wave of intriguing questions, for an in-depth digging into any technical problem discussed with him. He will be especially missed for his joyful and empathic personality.