Alessandro Panconesi obtained a "Laurea" degree in Mathematics from Sapienza, University of Rome. Subsequently he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Cornell University.
In 1992 he received the ACM Danny Lewin award for his research on algorithms. He has been the recipient of faculty awards by Google, IBM, and Yahoo! More recently, he has been awarded a Google Focused Grant. He is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation and is also an editor of the Journal of Discrete Algorithms. He is Director of BiCi
, the Bertinoro International Center for Informatics.
He has served on the programme committees of various international conferences, among which the European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA), Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization (IPCO), IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, the ACM Web Search and Data Mining conference (WSDM), the World Wide Web Conference (WWW), the ACM Principles of Distributed Computing conference (PODC) and many others. His research has been supported by the European Union, Sapienza University, the Italian Ministry of University and Research, and by industrial leaders such as Google, IBM and Yahoo!