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CNIT: Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni

CNITCNIT (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni) is a non-profit consortium, currently joining 33 major Italian Universities, whose main purpose is to foster research activity and provide networking support to specific projects in the area of telecommunications. CNIT has about 600 members from affiliate universities and over 40 own research and administrative staff. The Consortium has two National Laboratories, on Photonic Networks (Pisa) and Multimedia Communications (Naples), and operates a private TCP/IP network over a mixed satellite and cabled infrastructure used both to study/test innovative solutions and to offer services. CNIT possesses its own Legal Status, independent of the consortium parties, and it typically operates in two complementary ways: i) with the Consortium’s own staff and Laboratories; ii) with staff and resources of the Consortium’s Research Units (RUs), located at the member Universities; in this case, the staff is identified with the staff of the member University, affiliated to the Research Unit, and the member University appears as Third Party.
Over 90% of CNIT annual budget comes from Italian and European research projects. CNIT membership in international organisations includes ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), IEEE Technical Committees and Technical Committees of International Journals and conferences. The Consortium has been an active participant in COST actions 272 and 273 on Satellite and Wireless Communications, and is a member of the NoE “SatNEx” and of the STREP project GridCC, among others. The main research issues are connected with: wired and wireless networking, multimedia communications and information theory. CNIT participates in the project with resources from the RUs of Genoa and Pisa and from the National Laboratory for Multimedia Communications in Naples.

CNIT's Third Parties

University of Genoa
The CNIT RU at the University of Genoa is located within the Department of Communications, Computer, and Systems Science (DIST). The Telecommunication Networks and Telematics group, which is part of the CNIT Research Unit, consists of 4 academic staff and research scientists, 4 PhD students and some scientific collaborators. The main research topics of expertise concern both wireless and cabled networks and, in particular, modelling, simulation, control and resource planning in integrated and differentiated services high-speed wired networks, and in multiservice broadband ad-hoc wireless networks.  The RU is active in European Projects in FP6 (SatNEx, GridCC, Optess).

University of Pisa
The research activity of the CNIT Research Unit at the University of Pisa is carried out in strict cooperation with the Telecommunications Networks Group at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa. A strong activity on theoretical and practical aspects of next-generation networks is performed at the laboratories (Telecommunication Networks, Photonic and Wireless Networks, Simulation of Telecommunication Networks) located at the Department of Information Engineering.
In particular, the research activities are focused on: broadband networks; traffic measurements; teletraffic engineering; wireless networks;  satellite networks.
In the recent years, the Research Group has been involved in European projects such as eTen-COBRA (with the coordination role), IST-MOICANE, ACTS-PETERPAN, EURO-NGI Network of Excellence and several National projects funded by MIUR (Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Universita e della Ricerca scientifica) as NEBULA-IP, TANGO, EURO, GRID.IT, VICOM.

CNIT Research Unit of Bologna
The CNIT Research Unit of Bologna developed research activities in the ICT area and strictly cooperates with the University of Bologna and with the Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering (CNR/IEIIT) of Bologna www.bo.ieiit.cnr.it . The main interests, in particular, are related to the Multimedia Wireless Communication System, Virtual Immersive Communications, Digital Communication Theory, Network of Laboratories and Telemeasurement System, Virtual Laboratory and Remote Measurement, Mobile Communication and Intelligent Transportation Systems. The 3 laboratories composing the CNIT Research Unit of Bologna are equipped with high value instrumentation for the characterization of communication systems, DSP (digital signal processor) and wireless sensor platforms; the 3 laboratories are interconnected with heterogeneous network architectures, enabling remote control, resource aggregation, advanced user interface (3D). Regarding these topics, CNIT Research Unit of Bologna is active in these projects: VICOM (Virtual Immersive Communications) and CRIMSON (Cooperative Remote Interconnected Measurement Systems Over Networks).