Director, Cylab Mobility Research Center
Distinguished Service Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Trustee, CMU SV Wireless Innovators
Carnegie Mellon University
NASA Ames Research Center
Building 23, Room 224
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Phone: (650) 335-2801
Directions: Building 23
Bob Iannucci leads the CyLab Mobility Research Center and is known for leading both software and systems research in scalable and mobile computing. Previously, he served as Chief Technology Officer of Nokia and Head of Nokia Research Center (NRC). Bob spearheaded the effort to transform NRC into an Open Innovation center, creating "
Bob has led engineering teams at startup companies focused on virtualized networking and computational fluid dynamics, creating systems that offered order-of-magnitude improvements over alternatives. He also served as Director of Digital Equipment Corporation's Cambridge Research Laboratory (CRL) and became VP of Research for Compaq. CRL created some of the earliest multimedia indexing technologies, and these became part of Alta Vista. In addition, the CRL team together with Dan Siewiorek, Asim Smailagic and others at CMU created MoCCA — a mobile communication and computing architecture — that prefigured and anticipated (by more than a decade) much of what has become today's smartphone technology. MoCCA won the IDEA Gold award for its innovative approach to facilitating real-time interaction within teams. The industrial design prototype is
Bob remains active as a hands-on systems builder. His most recent iPhone app for radio direction finding is in use in over 70 countries, and he is actively engaged in building WiFi-based "internet of things" devices and the cloud services behind them. He serves as an advisor to companies developing new technologies for ultra-low-power computing, mobile video systems, and cloud-connected mobile apps.
Bob earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 1988, and his dissertation was on the hybridization of dataflow and traditional von Neumann architectures, offering advantages over both. He has served on a number of scientific and engineering advisory boards and was on the program committees for the 3rd and 4th International Symposia on Wearable Computing. Bob also served as a member of the selection committee for the Millennium Technology Prize in 2008.
In The News:
Areas of Interest
Wireless networking, connected embedded computing, scalable systems, emergency communications systems
- Network Architecture for Future Wireless Systems
- Aerial Sensing and Modeling of 3-D RF Fields
- Time-Aware Computing and Communication Systems
- Emergency Communications
- Infrared Indoor Positioning Reconsidered
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, 1988