Dr. ing. Marco Lisi


Dr. ing. Marco Lisi is presently GNSS Special Advisor at the European Space Agency, in the Navigation Directorate. In this position he is responsible for the engineering and exploitation of services based on the European navigation infrastructures, Galileo and EGNOS, also supporting the Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) as Chief Technical Advisor. 

In October 2012, he was appointed Special Advisor of the European Commission on European space policies and he served in this position until October 2014. 

He got a “summa cum laude” “Dottore Ingegnere” degree in engineering in 1980 and an Executive MBA diploma at the IRI Management School in 2000. He has been working for more than thirty-five years in the aerospace, defense and telecommunications sectors, covering managerial positions in R&D, engineering and programs, both in industry and in institutional organizations. 

He is Senior Member of IEEE (“Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers”) and of AIAA (“American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics”), Member of ION (“Institute of Navigations. He is also Fellow Member of the British Interplanetary Society and “Honorary Life President” of the Italian chapter of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering”), that he founded in 2008. 

He is a member of the Editorial Board of several international journals on satellite communications, remote sensing and navigation and serves as member of Technical Committees, International Advisory Boards, and as chairman or session chairman of international conferences. 

He regularly lectures as visiting professor on technical and scientific topics at various universities, such as “La Sapienza” (Rome), “Tor Vergata” (Rome), “Campus BioMedico” (Rome), “Politecnico di Torino”, “Skolkovo Technical University”(Moscow), University of Sofia, UASD (Santo Domingo) and UNPHU (Santo Domingo).

Dr. ing. Lisi holds five international patents and authored more than two hundred technical papers published in international reviews or conferences. He also contributes to professional magazines with essays on management, social and economic topics.

Title:    "Integration and fusion of PNT, remote sensing and telecommunications infrastructures"


Ubiquitous Localization and Timing, Ubiquitous Sensing, Ubiquitous Connectivity: these three technological megatrends are allowing the integration and fusion of different space and ground technologies and infrastructures, aiming at a new, enhanced representation of our physical world.

Ubiquitous Localization and Timing: Global Navigation Satellite Systems and other similar Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) infrastructures make possible a very accurate localization in space and time of both people and things.

Ubiquitous Sensing: in addition to constellations of Earth observation satellites and to the widespread use of aerial remote sensing, from 1 to 10 trillion sensors will be connected to Internet in the next decade (a minimum of 140 sensors for every human being on the planet. This is the direct consequence of the Internet of Things (IoT), envisioning many billions of Internet-connected objects (ICOs), or "things" that can sense, communicate, compute, and potentially actuate, as well as have intelligence, multimodal interfaces, physical/virtual identities, and attributes. 

Ubiquitous Connectivity: digital communications experienced in 2017 a further diffusion, with 3.77 billion global internet users (equalling 50% of the world population) and 4.92 billion global mobile users (66% penetration), half of which “broadband” (smartphones). In the coming years 5G will dramatically increase both connectivity and data rates and future constellations of communication satellites will integrate with terrestrial networks to make connectivity even more ubiquitous.

These emerging technologies will cause radical transformations of our society, such as those related to Autonomous Driving and to an extensive use of terrestrial, maritime and aerial (UAVs) drones in commercial (and not only military) applications.

The worldwide integration and convergence of critical, service-oriented infrastructures will allow the development of new value-added applications, characterized by the progressive dematerialization of products and by their transformation into services.

The keynote speech will also focus on the new engineering approach required: a more systemic, concurrent and through-life perspective.