Maurizio Dècina is Emeritus Professor at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He equally shared his 45-year career in telecommunications between industry and university. He was scientific consultant for AT&T Bell Laboratories in Chicago, scientific Director of the CEFRIEL consortium and Executive Director of R&D of Italtel in Milan. Prof. Dècina was President of the Ugo Bordoni Foundation, Commissioner of the Italian Communications Authority, and Member of the Board of Telecom Italia and Italtel. Prof. Dècina was President of the IEEE Communications Society for the years 1994-1995. In 1986, he was appointed Fellow of IEEE for contributions to voice/data packet switching, and he received three IEEE Awards: International Communications (1997), Third Millennium Medal (2000), and ComSoc/KICS Global Service (2008).