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IBM Distinguished Researcher, Senior Manager, Master Inventor - Quantum Computing Algorithms and Applications
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA



Marco Pistoia, Ph.D. is a Senior Manager and Distinguished Research Staff Member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York, where he manages the research group responsible for Quantum Computing Algorithms and Applications and, particularly, for Qiskit Aqua. In January 2010, he was one of 38 IBM employees worldwide to be bestowed the title of IBM Master Inventor. He is the inventor of 152 patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and 203 patent applications.

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 ten books and published numerous papers and journal articles on various aspects of Program Analysis and Language-Based Security. Most recently, he has published his Ph.D. thesis, and has been the lead author of the books Enterprise Java Security, published by Addison-Wesley (and available in Chinese), and Java 2 Network Security, published by Prentice Hall, both used as textbooks in many universities worldwide.

In the course of his career, Dr. Pistoia has designed and implemented numerous analysis 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 the area of mobile computing: IBM Fiberlink MaaS360, the IBM MobileFirst Platform Development Foundation, IBM Tealeaf CX Mobile, and IBM Rational Test Workbench.

He has published and presented at numerous conferences worldwide, including OOPSLA, ECOOP, PLDI, ICSE, ACSAC, ISSTA, CCS, PLAS and the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. He has also been invited to lecture at several research institutions worldwide, including Harvard University, 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, 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, Polytechnic School of Engineering 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. 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), an IBM Research Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award (3 papers selected our of 130), an IBM Research Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, two IBM Research Outstanding Innovation Awards, four IBM Research Division Awards, and 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 became a citizen of the United States of America in March 2014.

On a personal level, Marco is the father of two beautiful children, Juliet Alexandra, 9, and Charles William, 7.  He is also a passionate body builder.  His photograph was featured in the Winter 2015 issue Muscle Sport Magazine.