The Companies and Universities
University of Trento
The University of Trento was founded in 1962 and has always aimed at building alliance and reciprocal efficiency with Italian and foreign institutions and organizations. In 1982, the University (until then private) became public, with a statute that guaranteed self-government. The Milan Agreement, signed in 2009 between the Government and the Autonomous Province of Trento (together with that of Bolzano and the Regional Authority), regarding the change to the special Statute of autonomy on financial regulations, gave the Province new authority over the University. This is a further step forward in the development of the University and guarantees that the financial resources will be allocated and sufficient. There are more than 16,000 students, about 600 professors and researchers and the same number of technical and administrative staff: these numbers indicate that the University can provide an ideal environment for study and research.
University of Trento (UNITN)
Founded in 1962, it has been on the list of the best Italian universities since 2001 (since CENSIS began its surveys in Italy) in terms of productivity, research quality and training offer. UNITN hosts the headquarters for the Italian-German University (CRUI and DADD), the India-Italy Research Center (ITPAR) program, an EAP center with the Univeristy of California and a bio-informatics research center with Microsoft. The Department of Information Engineering and Science (DISI), founded in 2002, comprises several research areas: information technology, telecommunications and electronics. The DISI's attention is focused on interdisciplinary, with lecturers from the faculties of Science, Engineering, Economics, Sociology and Cognitive Sciences. The Department organises an International PhD School in ICT, with about 150 PhD students and 17 post-doc students, half of whom come from non-EU countries. Over the past three years the Department has signed approximately 18 million euros in contracts with the EU, the European Space Agency, the US National Science Foundation, the National Funding Bodies (ASI, MIUR), bodies of Regional Fundings and Technological Transfer Contracts. DISI has hosted an edition of EU Marie Curie in Computer Networks and is one of the founding members of the CREATE-NET research centre. UNITN is also one of the founding members of Trento RISE, a node of the European Institute of Technology - ICT Labs. UNITN has a recognized experience in the area of Human Machine Interaction, Computational Vision, Embedded Systems Design and Networked Embedded Control Systems. Several DISI members have been active for years in these research areas, with an important participation in several projects funded by the European Commission. The following is an (incomplete) list of these projects: ServFace and Miauce (Human machine interface); PERCEPT (perception of visual material); COMBEST and SPEED, OCERA (design of embedded systems), RECSYS and CHAT (networked embedded control systems).
The Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) provides a dynamic and qualified response to the ever-increasing demands for cutting-edge skills in the field of ICT, drawing from a productive environment at the local, national and international level. Our Department explores all the main topics of information technology and engineering while ensuring balance between the individual disciplines and broad interdisciplinary areas. A wide educational offer, with ties to industry, research centers and top universities all over the world, makes DISI an international environment where researchers and lecturers share knowledge and transfer advanced skills to students and next generation professionals. The Department focuses on two main areas of information and communication technology: Computer Science, Information Engineering. These disciplines are taught in dedicated courses, but lecturers emphasize the interdisciplinarity of certain topics or approaches. This gives DISI the opportunity to integrate the full spectrum of competencies to develop advanced technologies that are crucial for innovative applications and services. Our research work, which counts on a network of connection at international level, has three main objectives: frontier research, knowledge transfer, and technology transfer. To achieve these goals, the research activity of the Department is organized in different research programs, which sum up the three organizational dimensions of strategic research at DISI: methodological research – that generates and disseminates theory within the scientific community; technological areas - where complementary methodologies combine to create application-oriented technologies; and application labs - where researchers collaborate with industrial partners, research centers, and end-users to demonstrate the feasibility of advanced solutions and create new technology transfer solutions.
InterAction lab is a research group of the Department of Engineering and Information Science of Trento. The group deals with human-machine interaction with a multidisciplinary approach that combines the perspectives of different disciplines such as sociology, cognitive sciences, information sciences, design and art. Digital technologies, materiality and social values are analyzed both from the theoretical and experimental aspects following processes and practices to design new socio-technical environments.
University of Salerno (UNISA)
The University of Salerno (UNISA) will contribute to the INF@NZIA DIGI.tales 3.6 Project through the competences of the Department of Business Sciences - Management & Innovation Systems (DISA-MIS). DISA-MIS is addressed to the world of entrepreneurial realities and complex organizations, pursuing the objective of training young people able to be include competitively in the labour market, taking up the global challenge related to the demand for emerging professional skills. The DISA-MIS pursues the deliberate objective of investigating and transferring knowledge related to strategic decisions and management activities of economic institutions and in particular companies through its multiple interdisciplinary research programmes and a wide range of educational and formative activities. The high complexity of the national and international socio-economic context, which is characterised by changing conditions and profound uncertainty, requires companies to be able to analyse critically and to have multidisciplinary skills. In this scenario, DISA-MIS promotes the connection of knowledge and languages of different scientific fields, placing itself at the centre of a learning community, committed to the construction and dissemination of a new "business knowledge", sensitive to the topics of innovation, sustainable development and the enhancement of human resources. The Department's mission is to promote and develop the development of knowledge on issues such as administration, governance, management, evaluation, control of public and private business, profit and non-profit. Moreover, DISA-MIS presents research groups (which also include professors and researchers of the scientific sector disciplinary INF/01 - Informatics) which have, among other things, the goal of studying the conditions and effects of technological and organizational innovation and define, test and promote methodologies, models, technologies and ICT solutions that can support the competitivity of business realities. In the IT research field, DISA-MIS is active mainly in the areas of computational intelligence, semantic enabled solution, situation awareness, social media analytics, semantic stream processing, decision support systems, technology enhanced learning.
University of Naples Federico II
The University of Naples Federico II is the main partenopean university and one of the most important in Italy (in the second half of the twentieth century the University of Naples was the second largest in the country, after the University of Rome) and Europe. Founded by Frederick II of Swabia (Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and King of Sicily) through a generales licterae, it is the oldest secular state university in Europe. Currently it is made up of 3 Poles (Science and Technology, Human and Social Sciences, Science and Technology for Life), 26 Doctoral Schools, 26 Departments and 2597 Teachers (Full Professors, associates and researchers). The " INF@NZIA DIGI.tales 3.6" Project will mainly involve the University's Department of Humanistic Studies (Director Prof. Arturo De Vivo). The Department is constituted by 220 Professors and it was born from the confluence of the former Department of Theories and Methods of Human and Social Sciences (Teomesus) in the traditional Department of Humanistic Studies. The Department's project for its founding act is based on interdisciplinary and integration of related and complementary disciplinary areas in the field of Human Sciences (L-LIN, L-FIL, L-ANT, L-ART, M-STO, M-PSI, M-PED). In its area of competence, the Department promotes research and development of humanistic scientific culture. It is also divided into Sections (organizational units that promote common scientific and cultural interests and aggregate professional, instrumental and technological resources, in compliance with the guidelines, objectives and criteria defined by the Department). The University of Naples Federico II will contribute to this Project, in line with the scientific areas of interest, especially through the Section of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences in the Department of Humanistic Studies. This section, in fact, makes use of the integration of rich and homogeneous skills formed over time in the areas of psychological and pedagogical disciplines. These skills are also expressed in a concrete and innovative way in the activities of the "Innovative Methods for Psychology" laboratory (www.nac.unina.it/implab). The Laboratory aims to exploit new technologies (artificial intelligence systems, new generation man-computer interfaces, big data analysis, etc.) to strengthen basic research in psychology and psychological activities. As for basic research, the laboratory develops methodologies for the reproduction of psychological phenomena (from neuro-cognitive phenomena to the dynamics of small groups) through artificial systems such as artificial neural networks, models to genetic agents and algorithms. These artificial systems are also used to support psychological intervention, cognitive diagnosis and rehabilitation, psychological evaluation, support for learning processes. The laboratory was founded in 2017 by a group of professors and researchers of the University of Naples Federico II in various areas of psychological science (general psychology, neuropsychology, psychometrics, Developmental psychology, dynamic and clinical psychology) who renewed and expanded the research lines of the "laboratory for the study of natural and artificial cognitive systems" (www.nac.unina.it), a research structure active until 2016. The laboratory's activities on "Innovative Methods for Psychology" are mainly funded by participation in various research programmes supported by the European Union.
Founded in Rome in 1996, Interactive Media has about 50 employees, with headquarters in Rome, plus a branch in Milan, one in Brazil, a commercial presence in Argentina and a technical branch in Trento (IM Service Lab). IM's core assets are the proprietary platform Meltemi and the MIND Framework, on which its expertise is based. Areas of intervention include Natural Language Understanding, voice interfaces and multimodal dialogue. A set of software tools enables the rapid creation and implementation of multimodal applications conforming to W3C voice standards. The Company offers its solutions to the global market (Public and Private Institutions and Organizations), both on site and in outsourcing, also from its service centre. IM supplies include products, professional services and support services necessary for the implementation and operation of the solutions; IM operates on the market both directly and in collaboration with important System Integrators with realizations for the Enterprise and Telco markets, with direct presence in Europe, North and South America and the ability to offer customized and conform to specific local needs. IM has been active since its foundation in the field of interactive services and voice technologies, and has progressively deepened and expanded its technical and market skills, designing solutions for carriers and network operators and integrating video, web and language technologies to create solutions in line with the evolution of market needs. Always attentive to the correct balance between automatic and assisted services, IM uses its solutions to improve the efficiency of the Call Center and its staff, contributing to the improvement of the quality perceived by both users and customer service staff. The software models adopted, known as Virtual Conversational Agents (VCA), integrate multi-channel, voice and language technologies for Natural Language Understanding (NLU). Natural language understanding technologies allow the design and development of interactive voice/video/text applications that enable the creation of Value Added Services (VAS) with the innovative "How May I Help You" approach of our Virtual Assistants. The experience gained from several years of work in the field and comparison with the market, and the proven competence of its R&D centres in Rome and Trento in the design and implementation of innovative solutions, are now available in the same working group that will be responsible for the implementation of the activities in scope of this project. In particular, Interactive Media proposes to experiment as a new interface of facilitated access to children's playing/educational activities, rather than to the support activities of teachers and parents, the Virtual Conversational Assistant (VCA), an innovative web and voice-based interface usable by advanced interactive devices such as tablets and Lim as an independent or online application.
Consortium founded on the initiative of Confindustria Campania, brings together 23 leading companies in the ICT sector, united by substantial investments in R&D, also in collaboration with external research organizations, private (Partner or Pilot Customers) and public (Universities and Institutions). iCampus expresses consolidated experiences and skills in the design and implementation of complex system architectures, business intelligence platforms and data representation through gis, web, mobile, hw/sw platforms for the detection, processing and monitoring of complex and heterogeneous data. iCampus targets the private enterprise market and local government agencies with a diversified offer of application solutions and IT services developed by the consortium partners. The areas of interest include industry, services, finance, telecommunications, tourism, transport and logistics. In particular, iCampus is aiming at:
- the carrying out of scientific and technological research, technical experimentation and updating programmes in the fields of information technology, telecommunications and new multimedia technologies;
- the technological transfer of research results to its consortium members;
- participation in national and foreign markets in calls for tenders and contracts issued by public and private entities for the exploitation of the outcomes of research projects in which the Consortium participates;
- the development on behalf of the consortium members of software applications deriving from industrial research;
- the commercialisation of products, technology, know-how and projects resulting from research projects.
The consortium's offer is strongly focused on consulting and System Integration services and includes: business application (enterprise content management, knowledge management, business intelligence); e-government services; e-business services; mobile services.
Sapienza University of Rome
La Sapienza University of Rome is involved in the project INF@NZIA DIGI.tales 3.6 through the competences of the Department of Communication and Social Research (CORIS). CORIS carries out activities of organization and management of research and teaching. It was created in 2010 as a result of the merger of the Departments of Social Research and Sociological Methodology (RISMES) and Sociology and Communication (DISC). The latter, in turn, is in continuity with the scientific space of the Institute (later Department) of Sociology, founded by Franco Ferrarotti 50 years ago. The interweaving of communicative knowledge and social research characterizes the scientific path and the educational offer of media and technology studies at the Sapienza University of Rome, and finds a complete realization in the field of social sciences and communication in the research activity of CoRiS, which promotes and coordinates research activities in the field of various areas of sociology, humanities and media studies with high-level results both nationally and internationally (http://www.coris.uniroma1.it/research). The research activity is strictly related to the territory, the entrepreneurial world and the Italian scientific research network. The interdisciplinary approach represents an important support to teaching and allows to integrate research and teaching at all levels of university education, including the highest. The CoRiS' specific research areas include: immigration and inter-ethnic relations; school and education (in particular through the activities of the Mediamonitor Minor Observatory: www.mediamonitorminori.it/); universities; journalism and information; radio, television and audiovisual; public and social communication; civic engagement processes; political communication (in particular through the activities of the Mediamonitor Politics Observatory: http://www.mediamonitor-politica.it/); consumption and cultural behaviour; media, gender and generations; history and science of sociology; technologies and digital media; urban studies; family and equal opportunities; young people, new cultures and lifestyles; marketing, management and corporate communication; territories and sustainable development; environmental, risk and emergency communication; methodology of social research; work, markets and professions; cultural studies, memory and narratives; signs, languages and sectoral languages; governance processes; health, communication and society; leisure and tourism.
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.
It is the lead company of the Engineering group and is listed in the STAR segment of the Milan Stock Exchange. Engineering is the first group with a majority Italian ownership operating in the ICT software and services sector, with over 754 million turnovers in 2012 and an investment in Research and Innovation equal to 7% of annual revenues: it has 13 companies, over 7,000 IT professionals and 40 operating offices in Italy and abroad. Engineering is the only national operator with an integrated and complete offer along the entire software value chain: design, development, outsourcing services, proprietary vertical products and solutions, IT and strategic consulting. A company with a strong international vocation, Engineering addresses all the main market segments: Public Administration and Health, Finance and Insurance, Energy&Utility, Training, Telco & Media, Industry and Services, which it directs with as many dedicated business units, supported by seven transversal competence centres: Open Source, Enterprise Content & Document Management, Business Intelligence, Web 2.0, ERP, Automation and controls, Broadband and Multimedia.
Engineering also has:
- a Cloud Data Center (Pont Saint Martin) certified to ISO 27001 and guaranteed to ensure a service, even in cloud mode, without interruption 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and in line with the quality and security standards defined by "Data Center Tier IV",
- a School of Training (http://www.engineeringformazione.it/).
Engineering has a significant and long-standing history of investment in R&D that has allowed it to develop proven skills in the conduct of research projects. For more than 20 years it has played a leading role in European research by participating in major European initiatives on ICT technologies; in this framework it has often coordinated and continues to lead national and international consortia of significant dimensions and importance. The Directorate-General for Research and Development currently has some 350 researchers. Engineering Ingegneria Informatica will contribute its expertise in the following areas: usability and interaction design; implementation of adaptive systems for the delivery/monitoring of teaching experience; design of innovative products/services for e-learning and electronic publishing; geolocation services, usable on the move.
It is the main alternative operator of broadband and ultra-broadband TLC Services which, in addition to having a high value technological asset (optical fibre for over 1 mln km), also makes use of the high competence of a Network and System structure able to design and manage networking and complex projects in the ICT field. The decision to become the first operator in the world to build a new generation network based entirely on IP protocol, and therefore the first operator able to serve all market segments while simultaneously offering voice and data services and applications, is consistent with this positioning. This view of the telecommunications industry's radical innovation enables Fastweb to benefit from a successful model in both the residential and business markets, where the Company generates more than half of its revenues. Fastweb has established itself as the leading alternative provider for large companies and public authorities in this segment. In line with its history and innovation strategy, Fastweb remains focused on extending its fibre-optic infrastructure to provide high-quality services to Italian households and businesses. Fastweb has launched an innovative project to extend its fibre-optic infrastructure (with Fiber to the Cabinet architecture) to cover 20% of the Italian population by 2014. Fastweb is the only alternative operator in Europe committed to a plan to modernize the country's infrastructure to provide nationwide ultra-wide bandwidth services. Fastweb's infrastructure allows it to respond to the changing needs of private customers, as well as those of companies that need not only faster connections, but also cloud computing services and applications, security and converged communication services. Fastweb has therefore also added a mobile offering to its range of advanced services in the fixed telephony market, enabling it to meet the needs of its customers at home and on the move. It is involved in the Municipality of Rome with an innovative project in preschools, for the increase of the use of digital technologies in the management of educational action, communication School City Hall and interactive School-Family.