Paolo Bientinesi was born in 1973 in Livorno, Italy. He studied computer science at the University of Pisa, and at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Ph.D. in 2006. In 2007-2008, he was a research associate at Duke University, and between 2008 and 2018, he was professor at RWTH Aachen University (Germany).
His research interests are centered on computer automation, and range from numerical linear algebra to computer music. He was the recipient of the Karl Arnold Prize from the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.