Research

Research at DIT is organized along many dimensions, each responding to a specific goal. The overall organizational structure is described below in this page.

Our primary goal is to produce top quality research both in terms of publications and research projects. To this extent DIT is organized in Research Programs (RPs). Research Programs are the synthesis of methodological know how and strategic applied research lines (more specific than research lines, more general than research projects). Research Programs are involved in Basic Research, Applied Research and Technology Transfer projects. The DIT research Programs are:

    At DIT we believe that interdisciplinarity is fundamental for the future of electrical engineering and computer science and all its related IT and non-IT application areas. To this extent DIT has started various initiatives whose main goal is to create collaborations with other departments within the University of Trento. The overall goal is to open new interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research areas and the boundary of the existing disciplines. The centers activated so far are:

    • CIMEC, the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences is an interdisciplinary center for teaching and research in cognitive neuroscience, and the Language, Interaction and Computation Laboratory (CLIC), an interdisciplinary group of researchers interested in studying verbal and non-verbal communication. Research in the laboratory uses both computational and cognitive methods.
    • CiBio, The Centre for Integrative Biology - at the University of Trento is an interdisciplinary centre which pursues the task of creating a suitable environment for merging classical cellular and molecular biology approaches with the new powerful tools of systems and synthetic biology, and with the contribution of chemistry, physics, informatics, mathematics, and engineering in an integrative view of basic biological processes and of their derangement in disease.
    • CoSBi, The Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology, aims to develop new conceptual tools and prototypes based on programming language theory to unravel the dynamics of life. The goal is to facilitate the predictive modelling of biological systems and processes, at the level of fundamental research to foster our understanding of life and to enhance medicine therapies and environmental protection.

    Applications are also core in the DIT strategy not only because they produce value out of research results but also because they provide very strong motivations for interdisciplinary research, both within and outside electrical engineering and computer science. The application labs created so far are:

    • LEGO, the Lab on Interoperability and e-Government.
      The lab is a point of aggregation for academia, research institutions, industry, and public administration that work together to develop and apply innovative solutions to realize e-government.
      The strategic objective of the lab is to create the opportunity for Trentino to achieve critical mass and lead research and innovation in this key area.
    • TRITON (Trentino Research & Innovation in Tunnel mONitoring) is a joint research-industry laboratory started in the context of a 3-year project funded by the Provincia Autonoma di Trento (PAT), which targets the monitoring, control, and management of road tunnels. In TRITON, research centers (DIT, FBK-IRST and Create-Net) and companies (Siemens and Heidi) cooperate in defining, designing, and integrating research solutions within established practices. An example of such integration is the use of wireless sensor networks for reducing energy consumption and improving safety within the tunnel. TRITON is expected to deploy many of its results in a real-world setting, starting with a testbed constituted by four road tunnels nearby Trento.
    • WOTBL (Wireless Optical Test bed Laboratory) is a experimental networking test-bed laboratory built around an initial infrastructure endowement by PAT (Provincia Autonoma di Trento), the local government. The activity long-term roadmap is divided into six R&D areas:
      • Architecture & Infrastructure: focus on both optical and wireless infrastructure that will extend from Trentino across Europe (over Geant) and beyond.
      • Underlay: experimental technologies - may be "clean slate" or disruptive for gradual inclusion in the current Internet (the Centerlay).
      • Centerlay: production network, i.e., the current Internet, used for control, monitoring and testing of the Underlay, but also as the "hourglass waist" that will still interface core networks and services for the foreseeable future.
      • Overlay: focus on all aspects of demanding (e.g., interactive) applications and services with mapping to actual network resources, i.e., network-aware applications and services.
      • Sidelay: focus on wireless access networks, such as, broadband mobile wireless, broadband ad-hoc networks, etc. The initial focus will be on WiMAX for 4G, other access technologies will be tested as we move forward.
      • Experimentation & Validation: focus on the development of distributed real-time, orchestrated engines for emulating: users, (content, media, computing, etc.) servers, interfaces (gateways, access equipment, etc.), concentration points, and generic network devices.

    Finally, with the goal to develop sinergies with other research institutions DIT and the University of Trento have been founding members and participate in the management of various research centers located in Trentino (see also local partners).
    They are:

    • Fondazione Bruno Kessler-Irst is a public research center of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy. It was founded in 1976. For nearly three decades, the Center has been conducting research in the areas of Information Technologies, Microsystems, and Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces.
    • CreateNet, which specializes in telecommunications, networking, and related areas
    • GraphiTech, a joint venture with the IniGraphicsNet and FBK, which specializes in computer graphics and related areas
    • CoSBi, The Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology, aims to develop new conceptual tools and prototypes based on programming language theory to unravel the dynamics of life. The goal is to facilitate the predictive modelling of biological systems and processes, at the level of fundamental research to foster our understanding of life and to enhance medicine therapies and environmental protection.
    • CNR-Laboratory for Applied Ontology performs basic and applied research on the ontological foundations of conceptual modeling, exploring the role of ontologies and ontology management in different fields.
    • ILIKS, The Interdisciplinary Laboratory on Interacting Knowledge Systems is an "European Joint Laboratory" (Laboratoire Européen Associé or LEA), an initiative of the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) which will study the theoretical foundations of interaction under a strongly interdisciplinary approach, by developing rigorous models grounded on Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, Economy, as well as Logics and Computer Science.
    • Centro Ricerche Fiat is a research center with the following priorities: environment and energy, safety and well being, sustainable competitiveness.