Currently Financed Research Projects:

IT²RAIL (IP4 Project)

IT²RAIL aims at developing IT Solutions for a Seamless Attractive Railway’, i.e. for transport multimodality, seamlessness and sustainability. The objective is to create the momentum that will optimise European Railway usage in its integration with other modes of transportation.


Project on the use of ICT for energy efficient buildings, funded by Regione Lombardia in the Smart Cities and Communities area (Mar. 2014 – Sep. 2015).

EEB (Zero Energy Buildings in Smart Urban Districts):

Project within the National Technological Cluster “SmartCommunitiesTech” (Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2016), on the use of ICT for energy efficient buildings.


ObiGame aims to prevent the childhood obesity and its risks, by reducing the social and economic impacts, by promoting correct lifestyles and. To achieve this goal, it integrates medical best practises with gamification techniques and apps, to involve families in a personalized process that try to drive children, directly or through their parents, to eat better and to be more physically active.

MOTUS – Mobility and Tourism in Urban Scenarios:

MOTUS si propone di migliorare la gestione, la sostenibilità e l’eco-compatibilità della mobilità urbana attraverso un cambiamento di paradigma che metta al centro il cittadino come fruitore e costruttore dei servizi di infomobilità.

A questo scopo MOTUS prevede lo sviluppo di una piattaforma di servizi capace di rilevare, aggregare e interpretare la mobilità urbana in tempo reale a partire da informazioni provenienti da infrastrutture eterogenee esistenti sul territorio e da dati provenienti dai dispositivi mobili presenti nelle aree di interesse. MOTUS sarà in grado elaborare in maniera innovativa i dati di mobilità allo scopo di sviluppare dei modelli di traffico sulla base dei quali costruire servizi di monitoraggio e planning che potranno essere utilizzati per pianificare interventi per il miglioramento di infrastrutture.

Recently Closed Research Projects:


Software is the key enabling technology of our society. Since the early 1970s, there has been a continuous progress in the science and engineering of software, which led to better quality of products. Today, however, emerging requirements are challenging our current knowledge, and require a shift from the incremental improvements we have experienced in the past to radical changes to the way software is conceived, developed, and operated. In particular: Software development and operation are increasingly decentralized. Applications are composed dynamically out of parts that are developed and operated by independent parties. Requirements changes ask for continuous software adaptation and evolution. The infrastructures on which applications run are fully distributed. Technologies like RFID tags, wireless sensors, and embedded devices imply that the infrastructure can change dynamically both in physical and in logical structure. The so-called Internet of Things is fostering a situation where computing power and connectivity are not only possible any-time and any-place, but also for any-thing.
As a consequence, software must behave in a situational, self-managing manner. The term situational indicates that software is built to address a particular situation, problem, or challenge, and behaves according to the evolving situation in which it operates. The term context is also used with a similar meaning, although often with a narrower scope. Examples of situations are: the type of user (its preferences, its knowledge, …), the physical environment (the current location of the executing environment), the computational units that populate the environment at any given time, the devices on which they may run, the environmental conditions (like temperature, light, …). We assume that situational changes are frequent, even continuous, and may require adaptation as the application is running and offering a service. This requires the software to be self-managing. Thus, situational software applications are not static entities, but they must be able to self-adapt to changeable external conditions. Indeed, context-awareness and self-adaptation are central concepts of SMScom, along with the idea of a control loop that propagates the sensed information about situation changes back to a change in the software.


Description: research aims at developing techniques and methods for the diffusion of “networked enterprises” among the Italian Small and Medium Enterprises, testing the proposed approach in association with companies working in two test fields (food and textile/fashion) during all the phases of the project, from the initial definition of requirements to the development of prototypes/demonstrators, through a flexible and iterative process, where the technological development advances together with knowledge acquisition and with the refinement of network mechanisms.

To pursuit such results, the research consists of three, tightly coupled macro-goals: Organization and business models for networked enterprises; Acquisition, modeling and automatic management of business knowledge derived from heterogeneous sources, including natural language; Technological autonomic pervasive infrastructure, based on smart peripheral devices (Wireless Sensor Networks and RFID).


The ODYSSEY project aims at developing a secure interoperable platform for automated information analysis to combat organised crime and terrorism. This goal is achieved by:
• Creating European Standards for ballistics data collection, storage and sharing
• Setting-up a secure interoperable platform for crime information management and use of ballistics intelligence
• Mining data and extracting knowledge to tackle organised crime and terrorism across the EU
• Exploiting automated and semi-automated processing and analysis of data for generation of ‘Red Flags’ situation awareness by automated analysis of complex, different cultural/domain data with multiple reference models
• Adopting new and improved methods for the detection of micro and nano forensic information that supplement current approaches
• Enhancing mutual co-operation, security and sustainability across the EU

ESTEEM Emergent Semantics and cooperaTion in multi-knowledgE EnvironMents – Advanced methods and tools for semantic cooperation in Web virtual communities

The main goal of the ESTEEM project is the design and the implementation of a platform for emergent semantics in multi-knowledge environments, where semantic communities can interoperate according to the P2P paradigm. The ESTEEM platform provides a comprehensive framework for data and service integration in P2P systems, and advanced solutions for consensus-driven construction of semantic communities, trust and quality management, P2P physical infrastructure design, and context-aware query processing, dynamic service discovery, composition and matching. Indeed, since parties of a semantic communities may be dislocated in different contexts and may need to access data through heterogeneous devices, the ESTEEM platform provides features for mobile and ubiquitous information access and storage, and multichannel delivery. Techniques and solutions provided by the ESTEEM platform are deployed as Web services on the reference P2P middleware architecture and demonstrated in the application scenario of scientific collaboration in medicine.