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European Innovation Council

Chiara Petrioli

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Rome La Sapienza

Chiara Petrioli


“As a kid I was always fascinated by the abysses described by Jules Verne. Today I am exploring them with the technology I invented. Hold on to your dreams!”

Chiara Petrioli is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Rome La Sapienza, where she directs two labs and has had leadership positions including deputy rector for scouting, fundraising and SME Incubation. She is Founder and CEO, WSense Srl, a deep tech company which has pioneered and is leading the Internet of Underwater Things revolution.

Chiara is among the most cited international researchers in the field of computer science and engineering and has received several innovation awards -NT100 top social global techs changing our lives 2016; 100 women against the stereotype in STEM 2016; Inspiring Fifty Italy 2018; N2Women 2019 Stars in Computer Communications and Networking; Wired Italy fifty women who have made and are making the history of Computer Science; #EUWomen4Future,100 women who are changing the world, Repubblica D 2021, Finalist of Gamma Donna 2022 and winner of the Gamma Donna Women Startup Award 2022, Intesa San Paolo Innovation Center. WSense is one of  top italian innovation companies (100 eccellenze italiane 2020), winner of the european commission Blue Invest Award 2022, of the EIT Digital Challenge 2022 and of the Uplink World Economic Ocean Data Challenge 2023.