Keynote Speaker

Prof. Marina Ruggieri, University of Rome “Tor Vergata” - CTIF

Title: "The Software-Defined-Everything (SDE) revolution in the Space Systems: Softwarized  Satellites, Cloud above the clouds and Human-Robot Cooperation"


Space Systems will be experiencing dramatic challenges in the next decades.

As System designer, the most fascinating innovation will deal with the software-driven transformation of the space system concept and the amazing consequences at space, ground and user segment levels. The umbrella driver will be the application of the Software-Defined-Everything (SDE) approach to the Satellite Engineering.

Satellite experts are all but insensitive to the progress of the Software Defined Networking (SDN) approach in terrestrial networks. Brave satellite system designers and operators that have always conceived the satellite with an integrated, holistic and user-centric vision are aware that the effective application of the SDN paradigm to satellite systems will bring a revolutionary approach to the space world. A broader application of the SD concept towards a space-SDE paradigm will then open new fascinating pages of satellite System Engineering.

In the above scenario, the increasing symbiosis between autonomous systems and human beings is expecting to play a key-role, particularly in the development of manned space exploration and futuristic ground segments.

The keynote speech is a challenging journey to increase awareness, to share a vision and to stimulate insights about the fascinating future of Space System Engineering.


Marina Ruggieri is Full Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Roma “Tor Vergata” and therein member of the Board of Directors.

She is P.I. of the 40/50 GHz communications experiment of the TDP5 payload on-board the ESA Alphasat satellite, launched in 2013.

She is co-founder and Steering Board Chair of CTIF, a cross-disciplinary center for innovative ICT infrastructures and applications at the University of Roma “Tor Vergata”, belonging to a global network located in Europe, USA and Asia.                                                                                                                                    

She has been Vice Chair of the Italian Space Agency Council and member of the Council of Experts for Research Policy for the Italian Ministry.

She is arbitrator of the Italian Industry Federation for Aerospace, Defense and Security.

She is the 2018 Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB).

She has been the IEEE 2017 Vice President, Technical Activities; Director of IEEE Division IX; President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society; member of the IEEE Board of Directors.

She was awarded the 1990 Piero Fanti International Prize; the 2009 Pisa Woman Award; the 2013 Excellent Women in Roma Award, 2011 AESS Service Award; Excellent and Best Paper Awards.

She is author or coauthor of 340+ papers, 1 patent and 12 books.

She has been inducted as a Professional into the Honor Society of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN).

She is Fellow of IEEE.