Riccardo Mariani is widely recognized as an expert in functional safety and integrated circuit reliability. In his current role as VP of Industry Safety at NVIDIA, he is responsible for driving safety alignment across NVIDIA’s automotive and embedded business units as industrial, robotics and healthcare. To this end, he is responsible for developing cohesive safety strategies and cross-segment safety processes, architecture, and products that can be leveraged across NVIDIA’s AI-based hardware and software platforms.
Prior to NVIDIA, he was fellow and chief functional safety technologist at Intel Corporation, where he oversaw strategies and technologies for IoT applications that require functional safety, high reliability and performance, such as autonomous driving, transportation and industrial systems.
Mariani is 2020 First VP of IEEE Computer Society, re-elected for 2021 as well. He is also VP for Standardization Activities of the same Society. He chairs the IEEE Special Technical Community on Reliable, Safe, Secure and Time Deterministic Intelligent Systems as also the IEEE P2851 standard on safety analysis and verification. He spent the bulk of his career as CTO of Yogitech, an industry leader in functional safety technologies. Before co-founding the Italian company in 2000, he was technical director at Aurelia Microelettronica, where his responsibilities included leading high-reliability topics in projects with CERN in Geneva.
A prolific author and respected inventor in the functional safety field, Mariani has contributed to multiple industry standards efforts throughout his career, including leading the ISO 26262-11 part specific to semiconductors. He has been awarded by IEEE Computer Society with the Golden Core Member and Spirit of the IEEE Computer Society awards. He has also won the SGS-Thomson Award and the Enrico Denoth Award for his engineering achievements. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a Ph.D. in microelectronics from the University of Pisa in Italy.