I am Full Professor at the University of Bologna, since 2001.
I teach Radio Networks within the international Master degree in Telecommunications Engineering, and two additional courses in other Engineering curricula: Vehicular Communications, Project Management and Soft Skills. Soon I will be also teaching a course on the Internet of Things, somehow hanging between wireless technology and business.
In 2001 I founded a research group named Radio Networks (RN) performing scientific and industrial research in the field of the Internet of Things, and Mobile Radio Networks. Since then, I have been involved in / responsible for / coordinator of many international projects funded by the European Commission (among them, four Networks of Excellence, three COST Actions). I have also been responsible for many contracts with industries (Telecom Italia, NEC, Microsoft, Sadel, Cefla, Smail, and others).
In 2016 I co-founded IDESIO, a startup delivering IoT services.
Why radio, not wireless? Because I am interested mostly in networks where radio is the essence; the radio channel with all its impairments (distortion, interference, fading) and opportunities (broadcast nature, mobility), makes networks challenging and interesting to study.
The evolution from GSM (2G) towards 5G makes clear evidence of why these systems are called Mobile Radio (not Wireless) Networks, as the radio channel plays a fundamental role in the design and performance of the entire system.
INTERNET OF THINGS
The IoT is much more than just connecting things to the Internet through radio links. It is about the opportunity to control things through the Internet without the need for human intervention.
The IoT is a complex paradigm comprising several processes: Sensing, Transmission, Storage, Processing, Decision and Action. It includes therefore components like Things (often, embedded devices), Networks, Cloud, Big Data Analytics, Applications and Services.
You can not study the IoT without selecting an application area. Those of larger interest to us are Smart Cities and Buildings, Industry 4.0, Precision Agriculture, Environmental Monitoring.
Companies can find information on how we make the IoT a reality in the page about innovation.