Roberto Vitalini was born in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1971. He gained an MBA from the University of St.Gallen and specialized in Media and Communication at Saint Mary's College of California. He is the founder and director of BASHIBA SA, a creative firm dedicated to immersive entertainment (large scale video art, interactive art, video scenographies, light sculptures).
Roberto Vitalini has been video set designer for the operas "Love from Afar" (English National Opera 2009, Vlaamse Opera 2010, Canadian Opera Company 2012) and "Aida" (Mariinsky Theatre 2011, nominated to 4 Golden Mask), for Giuseppe Verdi's "Messa da Requiem" (Mariinsky Theatre 2012), for the theatrical shows "Donka - A Letter to Chekhov" (Company Finzi Pasca 2010, world tour) and for "La Verità" (Company Finzi Pasca 2013, world tour), all of which were directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca. In June 2013 he has been lighting designer for Europe’s newest waterpark, Splash e Spa.
In 2006 he filed the patent "Instinctive Communication Channel for the perception of Multivariate Data Changes" and the same year he founded BASHIBA.com to design and deliver immersive design experiences. The flagship product, BASHIBA Panorama, allows organizations to display real-time changes in large datasets by way of a beautiful three dimensional seascape. In view of the compelling aesthetic qualities of the solution, it has been used also in the operatic context to create a spectacular and immersive video-scenography. In March 2008 Roberto was granted the "Venture Leaders 2008" award by Venturelab, thanks to which he completed an entrepreneurship program at Babson College. The same year, he offered a Tech Talk at the Google Headquarters in California about Real-Time Data Metaphors.
Before founding BASHIBA, Roberto led the Research and Prototyping Competence Centre within the Fantastic Corporation. There, he explored future media experiences and their enabling technologies, such as the real-time integration of live sport events with broadband-enabled gaming consoles.