Laura Anitori

Laura Anitori

Head of Research Area

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Dr. Laura Anitori received her Master of Science degree  (cum laude) in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2005 and her Ph.D. degree (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands, in 2012.

From 2005 to 2007 she was a research assistant at the Telecommunication Engineering department at Twente University, The Netherlands, where she carried out fundamental research on Importance Sampling for Space Time Adaptive Processing for radar.

From 2007 till 2023 she worked as senior scientist, project and program manager at the Radar Technology department of TNO, The Netherlands. She was one of the main technical advisors and coordinators within the sensors technology roadmap of the Dutch Ministry of Defense, responsible to identify novel radar system concepts and architectures, innovative waveforms, and emerging signal processing algorithms for naval phased array radars, in collaboration with national industries and MoD.

Since January 2024, she is with the Radar and Surveillance Systems (RaSS) National Laboratory as Head of Research Area.

She is deeply involved in the international scientific community to support, promote, and organize new and existing activities, in particular to increase participation of young scientists and women in the community. She is a senior IEEE member,  member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) board of governors (2022 -2026), member of the IEEE AESS Radar System Panel since 2017 and chair of the panel for the term 2023-2024. She has collaborated with several universities by defining graduate research topics and jointly supervising Master and PhD students. She has written numerous highly cited journal and conference papers. She is a reviewer for several journals and was an Associate Editor for IEEE Sensor Journal (2018-2019). She serves on several conference committees and student competition committees at international scientific conferences, including IEEE (International) Radar Conferences, CoSeRA Workshops, SSPD, European Microwave Week/EuRAD, and IRS.

She is a member of the NATO’s Science and Technology (STO) Sensors and Electronics Technology (SET) Panel since 2019 (Dutch national representative from 2019 until 2023, and Italian member at large since 2024) and co-coordinator of the Radio Frequency focus group within the SET panel. She initiated and chaired several activities in the panel, including the “Woman in SET” working group.  Her significant contributions to the SET Panel were recognized with the NATO SET Early Career Award in 2018,  the SET Panel Excellence Award in 2019, and the NATO Scientific Excellence Award in 2022. She is also national member in the European Defense Agency Radar Captech.