Past Projects

SECURE! (Intelligent platform based on crowdsourcing and crowdsensing tecnology to allow security plus crisis and emergency management) Project Tuscany Region (FESR PorCreo 2007-2013) 2013-2014. The District Technology for ICT and telecommunication is the attempt to systematize the territorial excellence, maximizing partnerships and collaborations among the various actors of innovation and technology transfer (according to the Regional Development Programme 2011-2015).
This attention is divided into 3 areas to be exploited in the optical cross-disciplinary: ICT for the productive system, ICT for Public Service, ICT for large technology infrastructure. It ‘s natural that Secure! focuses precisely these areas for its value in terms of safety in each of them. In the Program it is stressed that in recent years took place a convergence among various subject areas, where scientific domains (initially separate) have started to strongly integrate (Complexity Science) to the ICT, which becomes an instrument of dialogue. Nowadays the complex technological infrastructures play a vital role in the life of nations; and therefore they are crucial elements whose vulnerability can have serious repercussions. For these reasons are needed new models of “Complex Systems” and new approaches, besides the use of conventional cognitive paradigms and technological tools. Secure! offers precisely an innovative approach to the problem, focusing on the potential of widespread and cooperative intelligence.

RIS (Research and Innovation in Soundness-health) Project Tuscany Region (FESR PorCreo 2007-2013) 2013-2015 The project belongs to the District for ICT and telecommunication themes; so, the use of ICT aims to study and experiment innovative products that facilitate the evolution process already in place in health care, gradually shifting the intervention direction by the high intensive care to the low one (to decrease costs and simultaneously to raise quality life); and it has identified the ability to collect and treat clinical and health information (wherever they are) as a key enabler to deliver new services from the hospital to the territory, and from ex post medicine to proactive medicine. Therefore, ICT can be seen as one tool able to offer specific solutions to the needs and problems existing in the public services sector. In addition, the partnership (formed by some members belonging to the POLITER Pole of Innovation) is a fundamental driver of product/services innovation acceleration; moreover it facilitates the technology transfer from research to the private sector, ensuring a qualification of the ICT business system and relevant increase in competitiveness of participating companies.

XtreemOs project (IP): Building and Promoting a Linux-based Operating System to Support Virtual Organizations for Next Generation Grids (2006-2010). Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6). Contract No. 033576.

Funded by the Commission of European Communities Information Society and Media Directorate-General, the overall objective of the XtreemOS project is the design, implementation, evaluation and distribution of an open source Grid operating system (named XtreemOS) with native support for virtual organizations (VO) and capable of running on a wide range of underlying platforms, from clusters to mobiles. The approach proposes is to investigate the construction of a new Grid OS, XtreemOS, based on the existing general purpose OS Linux. A set of system services, extending those found in the traditional Linux, will provide users with all the Grid capabilities associated with current Grid middleware, but fully integrated into the OS

Sapir project (STREP): Search on Audio-visual content using Peer-to-peer Information Retrieval (2007-2009). Sixth Research Framework Programme      (FP6). Contract No 45128. Funded by the Commission of European Communities Information Society and Media Directorate-General, the project aims at breaking this    technological barrier by developing a large-scale, distributed P2P architecture that will make it possible to search audio-visual content using the query-by-example    paradigm.

GridComp project (STREP): GRID programming with COMPonents: an advanced component platform for an effective invisible grid (2006-2009). Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6). Contract No 034442 Funded by the Commission of European Communities Information Society and Media Directorate-General, the project main goal is the design and implementation of a component based framework suitable to support the development of efficient grid applications. The framework will implement a kind of “invisible grid” concept as it will properly abstract all those specific grid related implementation details that usually require high programming efforts to be dealt with.

Challengers project (SSA). Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6) Contract No. 034128. Funded by the Commission of European Communities Information Society and Media Directorate-General, the project aims at providing the organizational and administrative framework that will support the gathering and consultation work of a group of experts from the research and business community with well established experience and deep knowledge in the area of Grid technologies.

CoreGRID project (NOE): European Research Network on Foundations, SoftwareInfrastructures and Applications for large scale distributed, GRID and Peer-to-Peer Technologies (2004-2008). Sixth Research framework Programme (FP6). Contract No. 004265. Funded by the Commission of European Communities Information Society and Media Directorate-General, the project aims at strengthening and advancing scientific and technological excellence in the area of Grid and Peer-to-Peer technologies. To achieve this objective, the Network brings together a critical mass of well-established researchers (119 permanent researchers and 165 PhD students) from forty-two institutions who have constructed an ambitious joint programme of activities. This joint programme of activity is structured around six complementary research areas that have been selected on the basis of their strategic importance, their research challenges and the recognised European expertise to develop next generation Grid middleware, namely: knowledge & data management; programming models; system architecture; Grid information and monitoring services; resource management and scheduling; problem solving environments; tools and GRID systems.

NextGrid project (IP): The Next Generation Grid (2004-2008). Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6). Contract No. 511563. Funded by the Commission of European Communities Information Society and Media Directorate-General, the project addresses the Grid Based Systems for Complex Problem Solving activity within the IST Work programme. It specifically focuses on the second strategic objective of this activity and is designed to overcome present architectural and design limitations hampering the use and wider deployment of computing and knowledge Grids and to enrich its capabilities by including new functionalities required for complex problem solving.

Grid@Asia project (CA): Advanced Grid Research Workshops through European and Asian Co-operation (2005-2007). Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6). Contract No 015994.The Grid@Asia project is designed to foster collaboration in Grid research and technologies between the European Union and Asian countries with a particular focus on China and South Korea, with the goal of will position the European Grid community as a leading centre of excellence, enrich European expertise in the field and support the adoption of common Grid standards worldwide

CODES project (CRAFT): Computing on Demand for Electromagnetic Software and applications (2005-2007). Codes is a co-operative research project (CRAFT) under the European Commission Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6). Contract N° 018122. It is a research project having the objective to create a new software platform product able to boost the quality and performance of the existing electromagnetic design tools. Electromagnetic software plays a key role in the design and manufacturing of innovative electronic sub-systems (wireless components, micro sensors, smart antennas, high-frequency active and passive devices, MEMS) and in the next future the marketing success of the products of the organizations involved in the electromagnetic area will be strongly dependent from the computational speed of their software. Higher and higher performances will be, in fact, required to face increasing sub-system complexity and reduce design time. In the past, parallel mainframes were used to improve performance, but the high costs due to new hardware and software modifications limited its usage to very narrow applications. Today, GRID computational technology offers a robust and seamless environment to achieve high speed performance and, in this frame, the CODES project will provider a GRID solution, able to exploit at best the latest Information Technology developments applied to the electromagnetic design.

EchoGRID project (SSA). (2007-2008) Contract No.  045520. Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6) The project aims to foster collaboration with China in Grid research and technologies. In particular aims to establish a common research agenda, to exchange experiences and best practices by selecting Grid Open Standards for Grid middleware and applications interoperability, and to establish tangible partnerships in the field through support activities and tools, ranging from a mobility programme for researchers, to a dedicated partner search engine.

Escogitare project: Un’infrastruttura di E-SCience per gli Istituti di Ricerca del settOre aGro-alImenTARE (2004-2008). Funded by Italian Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Policy (MIPAF). Aim of the “ESCOGITARE” Project is to provide a Grid-based infrastructure to the Italian Agricultural Research Council (CRA) Institutes in order to enable them to find and share their know-how, data and computational power in a collaborative work context. This target will be reached in this project by using both Grid and advanced videoconference technologies. In particular, the “ESCOGITARE” project which should provide an e-Science based, virtual laboratory structure for plant and animal genomics to help in the understanding of important traits such as yield, stress resistance and quality.

CNR RSTL Project: Resource Discovery in Large Collaborative Networks (2008-2009). Funded by the CNR. It regards the study of large distributed collaborative environments in highly dynamic contexts, and studies how emerging P2P models and protocols can be used and extended to support the realization of novel discovery tools, with different mechanisms for different levels of dynamicity. The main collaborative environment investigated is the Grid environment, where efficient discovery tools for dynamic and heterogeneous resources are needed to develop higher-level services aimed to find computational and network resources able to execute user applications.

Insyeme (FIRB/PNR) The project is aimed at investigating and experimenting novel tools and methodologies for the realization of systems for the prevention and management of emergencies in case of natural disasters, by exploiting a Mobile Grid Computing paradigm.

S-Cube project (NOE): Software Services and Systems Network (2008-2012). Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7). Contract No 215483.

Funded by the Commission of European Communities Information Society and Media Directorate-General, the project mission is to establish a unified, multidisciplinary, vibrant research community which will enable Europe to lead the software-services revolution and help shape the software service based Internet which will underpin the whole of our future society. S-Cube aims to push the frontiers of research in Service Oriented Computing by creating a vigorous research agenda where knowledge from diverse research communities is meaningfully synthesized, integrated and applied. Starting on March, 1 2008.

VISITO Tuscany – VIsual Support to Interactive TOurism in Tuscany (2010-2012). (POR FESR 2007-2013 project). Contract No 63748.

The project aims to create an infrastructure providing a user-centric fruition of the artistic and cultural heritage present in the art cities of Tuscany. The system that has to be realized will be able to manage in an integrated manner both historical-artistic information and other visitors’ interest requests. In particular, the project aims to develop advanced technologies to manage photographic materials which deal with the cultural heritage present in the Tuscan cities of art in order to realize a personalized electronic guide designed to provide better use and access to our artistic heritage. The goal is to offer novel immersive touristic services through both the new generation of mobile  devices and the Internet. Pilot tests are planned to be conducted in the cities of Florence, Pisa and San Gimignano  in order to test the developed system.

ASSETS  project (CIP PSP-BPN) Advanced Search Service and Enhanced Technological Solutions for the Europeana Digital Library (2010-2012). Contract No 250527.

ASSETS aims to improve the usability of the Europeana Digital Library platform by designing, implementing and deploying large-scale, scalable services for search and browsing. These services include: efficient storing and indexing, searching based on metadata and on content similarity; advanced ranking algorithms; browsing through semantic cross-links; semi-automatic ingestion of metadata requiring normalization, cleaning, knowledge extraction and mapping to a common structure.

Older projects:

ECD, Enhanced Content Delivery