Marco Pistoia, PhD

Head of Global Technology Applied Research, Distinguished Engineer

Marco Pistoia, PhD, is Managing Director, Distinguished Engineer and Head of JPMorgan Chase's Global Technology Applied Research (formerly Future Lab for Applied Research and Engineering), where he leads research in Quantum Computing, Quantum Communication, Cloud Networking, Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain and Cryptography.

He joined JPMorgan Chase in January 2020.  Formerly, he was a Senior Manager, Distinguished Research Staff Member and Master Inventor at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York, where he managed an international team of researchers responsible for Quantum Computing Algorithms and Applications. He is the inventor of over 250 patents, granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and over 300 patent-pending applications. Over 40 of his patents are in the area of Quantum Computing.

Dr. Pistoia received his PhD in Mathematics from New York University in May 2005. He is the lead author of two printed books: Enterprise Java Security (published by Addison-Wesley in English and by Tsinghua University Press in Chinese) and Java 2 Network Security (published by Prentice Hall), both used as textbooks in many universities worldwide. He is also a coauthor of the online textbook Learn Quantum Computation using Qiskit, published in 2020.

He has published and presented at numerous conferences worldwide, such as NeurIPS, OOPSLA, ECOOP, PLDI, ICSE, ACSAC, ISSTA, CCS, VMCAI, ICST, ICCAD and the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. He has received five Best Paper Awards (three ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards, an ACM IUI Best Paper Award, and an IEEE VL/HCC Honorable Mention). He has published articles in numerous journals, including Physical Review Research, Journal of Chemical Theory of Computation, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Bulletin of the American Physical Society, IEEE Computer, ACM TOSEM, and IEEE TSE. He has also been invited to lecture at several research institutions worldwide, including Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, New York University, University of Chicago, University of Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Stony Brook, University of Texas at Austin,, Fordham, Stevens Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Lab in the United States; Tohoku University, Keio University, and the National Institute of Informatics in Japan; École Normale Supérieure in France; Dagstuhl School of Informatics and Saarland University in Germany; ETH Zürich in Switzerland; The Royal Society of London and University College London in the United Kingdom; La Sapienza University, Polytechnic University of Milan, and Tor Vergata University in Italy; Technion, Tel Aviv University, and Ben Gurion University in Israel; University of Porto in Portugal; Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden; University of Melbourne in Australia; and Danmarks Tekniske Universitet in Denmark.

He was the General Chair of ACM PLAS 2008, the Program Chair of the ACM Student Research Competition at PLDI 2009, the Program Co-Chair of the Industrial Tracks of MobileSoft 2016 and 2017, and ICST 2020. Furthermore, he has served as a Program Committee member on several conferences, including ASPLOS 2021, PLDI 2016 and 2017, CCS 2017, ICSE 2012, 2017 and 2019. ICST 2012, ISSTA 2011, NDSS 2009,. Dr. Pistoia has been a member of the Industry Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quantum Science Center based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory since April 2020.

In April 2019, Dr. Pistoia received two IBM Corporate Awards—a Corporate Award is the highest technical recognition inside IBM. He is the only IBM employee worldwide, on a population of over 350,000 employees, to have received two Corporate Awards in the same year. He has also received an IBM Research Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award (three papers selected out of 130), four IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, two IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, and four IBM Research Division Awards. When he was a college student, he received an Erasmus Fellowship Award from the European Community.