I am Full Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Bologna.

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 4G / 5G 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, GD/Coesia and others).

In 2016 I co-founded IDESIO, a startup delivering IoT services. IDESIO has been acquired (I still own my shares) in January 2019 by Embit srl.

In 2020 I was co-founder of WiLab, the National Laboratory of Wireless Communications of CNIT, and was elected WiLab Director for the first three-year term. In October 2020 we established the WiLab – Huawei Joint Innovation Center on “Intelligent IoT for 6G”, which I am co-directing.

I teach Mobile Radio Networks and Internet of Things within the international Master Degree in Telecommunications Engineering, and other curricula of the School. I also offer a course on Project Management and Soft Skills to students of all Schools of the University.

The courses offered by the Radio Networks group form a cluster addressing all main aspects of the IoT – you may find here the phylosophy behind the path we propose.

I am chairperson for the triennium 2019-2021 of the European Association EURACON.

I have teaching collaborations with the University of Oulu (Finland). I am external examiner for the MEng Electronic & Computer Engineering (MECE) of Dublin City University (Ireland).


Why radio, not wireless? Because I am interested mostly in networks where radio is the essence; the radio channel with all its features (distortion, interference, fading, shadowing, mobility), makes networks challenging to control 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.


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, or for the sake of human-to-thing interaction.

The IoT is a complex paradigm comprising several processes: Sensing, Transmission, Storage, Processing, Decision and Action. It includes components like Things (often, embedded devices), Networks, Cloud, Big Data Analytics, Applications and Services.

You can not study the IoT without selecting an application/business area. Those of larger interest to us are Smart Cities and Buildings, Industry 4.0, Precision Agriculture, Environmental Monitoring.


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