Piero Scaruffi

Redwood City, CA
E-mail: piero@omniware.biz


20-year experience in management, design and development of advanced software projects, including custom applications, client relationship development, international business development, technology and market trend analysis, technological partnerships and corporate strategies.



1995-Present: President, OMNIWARE

Consultant for several international corporations in the areas of artificial intelligence, object-oriented analysis and e-commerce. Designed e-commerce solutions for very large businesses in both Europe and the US.



1993-1995: Principal Advisor for Corporate Software Strategies, Olivetti

In charge of evaluating new software technologies and of outlining corporate strategies, reporting to the executive VP for Corporate Strategies. Investigating start-up companies and new products for either direct investment by Olivetti or inclusion in Olivetti's product offering. Outlining integration and porting paths and direct intervention by the appropriate product divisions at the company's headquarters. Responsible for technological roadmaps on Multimedia, Databases, Development Tools and Artificial Intelligence. Supervised design of Olivetti's proprietary object model. Intense involvement in product definition for groupware (application/data sharing), multimedia (videoconferencing), Internet, compound documents (OLE 2.0, OpenDoc and Taligent), development tools (visual programming, client/server computing, object-oriented methodologies).

Representing Olivetti in a variety of standard committees and consortia. List of committees available upon request.

Olivetti contact for Microsoft, Taligent and IBM.



1990-1992: Senior Manager, Olivetti Scientific Center

Established the Olivetti Scientific Center, with operations in California and Southern Italy. Research projects included several pilot multimedia applications, object-oriented environments, research on knowledge-based systems and neural networks. Staff of 62 engineers.



1985-1990: Manager, Olivetti Artificial Intelligence Center

Established the Olivetti Artificial Intelligence Center, with operations in Italy and California. Manager of both sites, reporting directly to the vice-president of R&D. Helped shape the center as the company's technological bridge to the international research community (started cooperative research programmes between Olivetti and universities worldwide). Helped Mktg & Sales in promoting and marketing A.I. products. Helped Product Planning and Customer Support departments set up their operations. Dealt directly with Olivetti's large accounts to develop pilot applications.

Projects (mostly implemented in either C++ or Smalltalk) included:

and several expert systems for banking applications, ranging from credit scoring to personal financial planning, for several European financial institutions (1988-90).



1982-1984: Senior Software Engineer, Olivetti (user interfaces, operating systems, e-mail system)



1977-1982: Software Consultant, SofTec, Italy (consulting jobs in several European countries, ranging from databases to communications)




1974: Computer Science diploma with honors from the Peano Institute of Turin, Italy. G.P.A. 60 of 60.

1980: Graduated in Mathematics "summa cum laude" from University of Turin, Italy. G.P.A. 110 of 110.

1984: Visiting scholar, Harvard University (research topic: Artificial Intelligence)

1995: Visiting scholar, Stanford University (research topic: Artificial Intelligence)




Author of three books on Artificial Intelligence.

Published more than one hundred articles in newspapers and computer magazines.

Lectures and invited talks since 1980 in several European, South American and U.S. institutions, including Stanford Univ and U.C. Berkeley.

Currently lecturing at U.C. Berkeley on "Theories of Mind".

Supervised several theses by graduate students in Italy.

Held many industrial seminars at major corporations.

List of publications, talks and research projects available upon request.