Luigi Sarti, associated researcher (and former senior researcher) at the Institute for Educational Technology of the National Research Council of Italy, sadly passed away on May 4th, 2021, following a tragically sudden relapse of a long-term illness. 

Luigi was a brilliant and eclectic scholar, one of those special  researchers whom everyone took great pleasure in collaborating with. Working with him was a true privilege, not just as an opportunity to benefit from his formidable intelligence but first and foremost because he imparted great human qualities: wisdom, equanimity and a brilliant sense of humour. 

Luigi’s work in the field of Educational Technology began in the early 1980s and continued until just a few days before his death. A pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, as well as in Open Educational Resources and learning object databases, Luigi was an expert in computer science, Logic programming, teachers’ professional development and learning design. He led and collaborated in many European research and development projects, and was thus very well known and respected in the international research community. His long-standing contribution to the Italian Journal of Educational Technology dates back to its founding days in the 1990s, when it was known as TD Tecnologie Didattiche.

Among his numerous skills was the capacity to communicate (often complex) abstract concepts in a clear, concrete manner, and also to capture complex realities in enlightening theoretical models. These qualities helped to make Luigi an excellent lecturer capable of getting his message across in a way that nurtured real understanding in others. Indeed his former students, from various parts of the world, remember him fondly and join us in our grief at this loss.

Luigi’s passing has brought tremendous sadness to all those who knew him. He was a great friend, an exemplary researcher and colleague, a loving husband and father, and a sensitive, selfless soul. He was a loyal and reliable person, someone you could always count on for help, encouragement, and sage advice.

Luigi liked to dub himself as an “engineer with a human face”, and that is exactly who he was. 

The friends and colleagues of the Institute for Educational Technology of the National Research Council of Italy