Gianfranco Balbo

Torino University, Italy

35 years of (generalized) stochastic Petri nets for performance analysis


Gianfranco Balbo is Emeritus Professor at the Informatics Department of Torino University, after retiring as Full Professor in November 2016. Since January 2017, he is also Visiting Lecturer at the Computer Science Department of Iowa State University, USA.

His research interests are in the area of performance evaluation of computer systems, queueing networks, stochastic Petri nets, and queueing theory. He is one of the proposers of the Generalized Stochastic Petri Net (GSPN) formalism that he developed while conducting research on the performance of parallel computers.

Recently he extended his studies to the modelling aspects of Systems Biology using Stochastic Petri Nets and their associated mathematical methods.

The results of his activity are published in more than 100 conference and journal papers and in 10 books (as author or editor). Besides his research and teaching activities with University of Torino, Gianfranco Balbo played organizational and advisory roles in several Institutions among which the Consortium for the Information System of Piemonte Italy) and the Computational Biology Research Centre of Microsoft and Trento University.

Gianfranco Balbo is an ISI highly cited researcher, member of the Academy of Sciences of Torino), and “Commendatore” of the Italian Republic in honor of his scientific achievements.