My passion for technology and creativity stems from a hybrid education. My career began with pursuing a diploma in Classical Studies in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, the birthplace of Giorgione, founder of the distinctive Venetian school of Italian Renaissance painting. I completed my B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in Information Engineering at the University of Padua, Italy, a historical academic institution founded in 1222, which inspired revolutionary minds like Copernicus and Galileo. My doctoral dissertation covered various aspects of next generation networks, with a particular focus on mobile cellular technology: 4G LTE. During my studies, I spent one year at UPC in Barcelona, Spain, as part of an international student exchange program. I carried out my Master Thesis at NEC Europe Labs in Heidelberg, Germany, and, as part of my PhD, I spent six months at Qualcomm Research in San Diego, USA. Now a Research Fellow at NYU, in New York, I lead the design of new radio protocols that will define 5G, the future paradigm of wireless connectivity. I am a Technology Evangelist and co-Founder at Snapback, a core-technology startup based in Rome, Italy, focused on developing new, intuitive ways to interact with smart devices. My research interests include 4G/5G broadband wireless technologies, device-to-device communications, context awareness, smart society, virtual/augmented reality, human to machine interfaces.