Adriano Valenzano is a native of Torino, Italy. In 1980 he graduated summa cum laude in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. From 1980 to 1983 he joined the Department of Control and Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, where he was involved in research on advanced parallel processors and special purpose processor architectures. At that time he also was a consultant for a number of main Italian companies, which were active in industrial automation.

From 1983 to 1990 he was a tenured researcher with the Research Centre for Digital Signal Processing (CENS), Italy, an initiative established jointly by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and Politecnico di Torino. During his activity at CENS, Adriano Valenzano was deeply involved in the Italian National Computer Science Programme and focused, in particular, on the MODIAC (MOdular Distributed system for Industrial Automation and process Control) and MUMICRO (MUlti-MICROprocessor Systems) projects. In that framework he led the research team that was responsible for designing and developing the MODIAC network, one of the first high-speed industrial LANs, which was able to connect multiprocessors nodes by means of the full ISO-OSI protocol stack hosted on a single microprocessor board.

In 1991 Adriano Valenzano became Director of Research at CNR. Since then, he has led several research teams, taking part into a number of national and international advanced research projects, supported by the Ministry for Scientific Research of Italy, CNR and the European Union. In 2002, following an in-depth reorganization of the CNR scientific network, Adriano Valenzano joined the Institute of Electronics and Computer and Telecommunications Engineering (CNR-IEIIT), Torino, where he is now the head of the Computer Engineering and Networks (CE&N) research group.

Adriano Valenzano has authored/co-authored more than 200 scientific papers published in refereed international journals, books and conference proceedings, mainly in the areas of computers and networks, industrial communications and formal methods for the analysis of security properties of complex systems and networks.
He has been awarded as the co-author of the best papers presented at the IEEE WFCS 2004 and WFCS 2010 conferences. He is also the co-author of the books "Advanced Microprocessor Architectures" and "MAP and TOP Communications: Standards and Applications" both published with Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.

During his scientific and professional activity, Adriano Valenzano has taken part in the program and organizing committees of many international conferences in the area of industrial informatics, and also served as a general co-chairman for the 6th edition of IEEE WFCS, which was held in 2006. Since 2007 he is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.

In 2013 he received the ABB and IEEE IES Lifetime Contribution to Factory Automation Award, which was assigned "for lifetime contribution to the factory and industrial automation field; for meritorious technical contribution and technical leadership".

For about 20 years Adriano Valenzano has been teaching courses on programming techniques, languages and operating systems to undergraduate students at the Engineering Faculty of Politecnico di Torino and has been an invited lecturer of a significant number of advanced seminars and courses attended by postgraduate students and professionals in the areas of industrial communications, fieldbuses, networks for automation and product data technology (PDT).

Adriano Valenzano is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian National Association for Automation (ANIPLA) - Piedmont Chapter and since 2006 he has also been Vice President of the same association.