Appointment of Professor Gianluca Setti as Dean of CEMSE


I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Gianluca Setti as Dean of our Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering division. Prof. Setti will commence as CEMSE Dean in fall 2022.

Prof. Setti is an internationally recognized scientist and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Since 2019, he has been serving as the first non-US Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the IEEE, the flagship journal of the Institute. Setti has also held the IEEE Vice Presidency for Publication Services and Products for two terms, during which time he ensured ethics in using bibliometric indicators for evaluating the research impact of individual scientists. During these terms, he ensured that financial operations were sound and mission-aligned. He has also served on IEEE’s board of directors, where he engaged in addressing the impact of open access mandates on the IEEE community.His research interests and approaches are multidisciplinary in nature and extremely relevant to KAUST and the Kingdom. They include nonlinear circuits, statistical signal processing, electromagnetic compatibility, compressive sensing, biomedical circuits and systems, power electronics, design and implementation of IoT nodes, as well as machine learning techniques for anomaly detection and predictive maintenance. He has published about 320 scientific articles in journals and conference proceedings, as well as four books. He has received best paper awards in three different IEEE Transactions, as well as six best paper awards or nominations at major conferences like ISCAS and DATE. He is also the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) Meritorious Service Award and has been an IEEE CASS Distinguished Lecturers in 2004-2005 and 2015-2016.

Prof. Setti is equally adept at engaging academic and industry collaborators and stakeholders, which will serve him very well in his role as KAUST Dean. He is currently with the Politecnico di Torino (Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy), where he serves as Professor of Electronics for Signal and Data Processing in the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications and the department’s Associate Chair for Research. In addition to these roles, he is the Rector’s Delegate on Research Quality Evaluation for the university. His PhD is in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Bologna. 

Prof. Setti has been appointed CEMSE Dean following a search led by Prof. Slim Alouini, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Vice President for CEMSE Research. Members of the search committee also included KAUST Profs.Ying Sun, Diogo Gomes, Ivan Viola, Tareq Al-Naffouri, Bill Roberts, and Suzana Nunes. I would like to thank this group, who worked closely with KAUST leadership to undertake this rigorous global search. 

Finally, I would like to thank Prof. Omar Knio for his leadership as Interim CEMSE Dean, a role in which he has served KAUST since September 2020. We have benefitted greatly from Prof. Knio’s commitment to KAUST and are looking forward to his ongoing contributions to our academic community. Larry Carin