Past Editions

 2015 Summer School of Information Engineering,

Bressanone (Brixen, BZ), Italy - July 5 – 11, 2015

ICT for Automotive Industry


ICT Automotive Industry



Sunday 5/7 (Hotel Gruener Baum)

17:00 – 19:00 SSIE Opening, Welcome, Introduction to the school and Program description (Gaudenzio Meneghesso, Silvano Pupolin, Co-Directors).


         Monday 6/7 (Casa della Gioventù)

         9:00 – 13:00 Cristian Garbossa, Infineon Technologies Italia S.r.l. Development Center Padova; “Power Electronics for automotive”

15:00 – 18:00 PhD students working Groups


Tuesday 7/7: (Casa della Gioventù)

9:00 – 13:00 Alberto Guiotto, Davide Baccarin; Automotive Lighting Italia S.p.A; “Automotive Lighting”

15:00 – 17:00 PhD students Presentations


Wednesday 8/7(Casa della Gioventù)

9:00 – 13:00 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Wicht, Robert Bosch Center for Power Electronics Integrated Circuits Reutlingen University, “Automotive Smart Power IC Design”

15:00 – 18:00 PhD students working Groups


Thursday 9/7: (Casa della Gioventù)

9:00 – 13:00 Giovanni Pau, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6) “Vehicular communications”

15:00 – 18:00 Workshop: Reporting of the WG activity

Presentation WG1

Presentation WG2

Presentation WG3

19:30 – 22:00 Social Dinner


Friday 10/7: (Casa della Gioventù)

9:00 – 13:00 Paolo Falcone Chalmers, “Fundamentals and recent advances in vehicle platooning control”

13:00 – 13:30 SSIE Closing, (Gaudenzio Meneghesso, Silvano Pupolin, Co-Directors)


Saturday 11/7(Hotel Gruenen Baum)

9:00 – 11:00 SSIE 2015 Final test (for those who need the 2 ECTS)




Cristian Garbossa

Infineon Technologies Italia S.r.l. Development Center Padova

Power Electronics for automotive”

Abstract: Automotive environment is very challenging for the electronics modules mounted in a car. According to where they are hosted, the IC should work within a huge range of temperature and should be immune of disturbances coming from the environment as ESD event and EMI, which means they should be very robust. Moreover, depending where the IC is mounted (ie EPS, airbag…), it should also prevent the system to fail and cause injury to passengers.

In this seminar it will presented an overview of the harsh environment where the electronic component is supposed to work with a deeper look of the battery that is the core of the energy storage for the electronic modules in a car. It will be discussed also briefly the quality target the automotive IC normally has to reach.

In addition this tutorial will introduced energy efficient systems that will satisfy the increased demand of CO2 reduction with special focus on power supply modules (standalone linear or switching regulators as well as System Basis Chip solution). Finally the Functional safety will be introduced describing the purpose of the ISO26262 standard and discussing the consequence in the development of the IC from process to technical solution.



Alberto Guiotto, Davide Baccarin;

R&D, Automotive Lighting Italia S.p.A.

Automotive Lighting”

Abstract:The first part of the tutorial will describe Automotive Lighting and Magneti Marelli group, with a focus on the Lighting business line. Therefore, current and future implementations in exterior lighting will be presented: Adaptive Frontlight Systems (AFS), Laser Head Lamps, Matrix High Beam Head Lamps, Intelligent LED Rear Lamps, together with several details on homologation requirements and intellectual property. The following part will include a more technical overview on the electronic design aspects inside the rear lamp, with application cases that will give examples on the real problem in the Automotive field. The last part will expose the innovation topics, as OLED rear lamp and Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP) development.”


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Wicht,

Robert Bosch Center for Power Electronics, Integrated Circuits, Reutlingen University

Automotive Smart Power IC Design"

Abstract: Smart power ICs combine analog, digital and high-voltage / power functions in a single chip. Based on high-voltage BiCMOS technologies smart power design allows for integration of complete systems or subsystems into single chip solutions. With the adoption of more electronics, vehicles become safer, cleaner, more efficient, more comfortable, more affordable. This tutorial will give an overview of automotive design challenges and will cover the circuit design of main smart power circuit blocks like charge pumps, gate drivers, linear and switched-mode voltage regulators. System design aspects like pinout, floorplanning, grounding / supply guidelines will also be addressed.

Part I: Introduction, Power Switches, Gate Drivers and Protection

Part II: Charge Pumps, Linear and Switched-Mode Regulators, System Design


Giovanni Pau,

Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), CNRS, Paris, France

Vehicular communications”


Abstract: Vehicular networks have been investigated by industry and academia for over a decade yet no actual deployments are on the road today; this due to inadequate technical solutions and a vertical market that slows down innovation. Recent innovations in autonomous driving, however, are reinforcing the case for connected vehicles able to communicate both V2I and V2V in support of cooperative driving and machine-to-machine information exchange. In this talk we will take a journey through the current state of the art and research challenges in Connected Vehicles. From the initial vision of Ad-Hoc connectivity to the modern vision of an integrated M2M network able to seize connectivity opportunities as well as to take advantage of LTE infrastructure.


Paolo Falcone

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg Sweden

Fundamentals and recent advances in vehicle platooning control

Abstract: The objective of this lecture is twofold: 1) introducing the fundamentals and 2) overviewing the most recent results on vehicle platooning control. The lecture is therefore organized in two parts. First, the basics of vehicle dynamics modeling and longitudinal control will be presented to formally state the platooning control problem. The string stability property will be then introduced and two important classes of string stable linear controllers will be presented and analyzed. In the second part of the lecture, recently proposed approaches will be overviewed, with emphasis on the challenges set by the inherent limitations (delays and packets drops) of wireless communication links. Experimental results will be presented, based on a three-vehicle platoon. 



Signat Processing in ICT

Monday 7/7 (Casa della Gioventù)

9:00 – 12:30 Luca Benini, University of Bologna DEI and ETH Zurich, D-ITET “Parallel digital signal processing in a mW power envelope: how and why”

14:00 – 16:30 PhD students Presentations


Tuesday 8/7: (Casa della Gioventù)

9:00 – 12:30 Andrea Zanella, Università di Padova (DEI),Signal processing: a networking perspective”

14:00 – 17:00 PhD students working Groups


Wednesday 9/7(Casa della Gioventù)

9:00 – 12:30 Nicola Laurenti, Università di Padova (DEI), “Signal processing for unconditional security”


Thursday 10/7: (Casa della Gioventù)

9:00 – 12:30 Pietro Zanuttigh; Università di Padova (DEI); “Image and video analysis: feature descriptors and their applications”

14:00 – 16:30 PhD students Presentations


Friday 11/7(Casa della Gioventù)

9:00 – 12:30 Marco Chiani; Università di Bologna (DEI); “Some recent results in signal processing for communication and localization

12:30 – 13:00 SSIE Closing, (Gaudenzio Meneghesso, Silvano Pupolin, Co-Directors)




Luca Benini

University of Bologna DEI and ETH Zurich, D-ITET

parallel digital signal processing in a mW power envelope: how and why?”

Abstract: With the widespread diffusion of distributed and wearable sensors, the requirements for ultra-low power sensor data stream processing and fusion are becoming more stringent. In this talk I will discuss recent trends in near-threshold parallel processing which make it possible to break the pJ/op barrier at a total power envelope of a few mW. In this regime, sensor interfaces become the power bottleneck and new solutions pushing heterogeneous integration are required.


Andrea Zanella,

Università di Padova (DEI),

Signal processing: a networking perspective

Abstract: This tutorial will illustrate how signal processing plays a pivotal role in many fields of the networking domain. We will start with a broad overview of the main challenges in modern networks and discuss how signal processing gets into p-lay in this domain. To substantiate the discussion, we will successively consider specific networking challenges that are tackled by adopting suitable signal processing techniques at different levels of the protocol stack. We will show how context-information can be inferred from suitable processing of PHY-layer signals and exploited to improve the high-level network performance, or to support location-dependent services. Then, we will see how signal processing can help designing network protocols in wireless sensor networks. Finally, we will show an example of how signal processing methods coming from (apparently) unrelated areas, such as that of cognitive science, can be applied into our domain for the optimization of modern communication systems.


Nicola Laurenti,

Università di Padova (DEI),

Signal processing for unconditional security

Abstract: As our personal data and communication are ever more often transmitted and stored in electronic form, concerns are growing about whether we can maintain some control over them and to what extent. Such interest has led to the development of the field of information and communications security well beyond the traditional realm of military communications. In particular, the unconditional security paradigm guarantees a given level of security that is independent of the computational capabilities of the adversary, by leveraging the generation and processing of (true) random signals In this tutorial we will review the application of signal processing techniques in providing several security services, such as secrecy, anonymity, signal authentication and integrity protection, watermarking and fingerprinting, with a particular focus on those mechanisms that ensure unconditional security. Application examples will range from secret wireless communication at the physical layer, to the protection of multimedia content.


Pietro Zanuttigh;

Università di Padova (DEI);

Image and video analysis: feature descriptors and their applications

Abstract: This tutorial will cover some recent advancements in the field of image and video analysis. The first part will be devoted to the extraction of relevant features from images and videos like edges, corners and other distinctive points. The construction of reliable descriptors for the points of interest will then be addressed with a particular focus on the Scale-Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT), a method that has attracted a huge interest in recent years. Finally some examples of the usage of the extracted features in applications like image mosaicking, 3D reconstruction and motion estimation in videos will be shown.


Marco Chiani;

Università di Bologna (DEI);

Some recent results in signal processing for communication and localization”

Abstract: The possibility to communicate with nodes and to accurately localize them by using wireless techniques is of central importance for emerging applications in the Internet of Things (IoT) scenario. After a review of the main results in detection and estimation theory, we will present some recent results in signal processing for communication and localization. The talk will cover in particular:

  • model order selection based on information theoretic criteria for signals counting, for ranging and for spectrum sensing;

  • interference subtraction and codes on graphs for the random access in the IoT: Coded Slotted Aloha.

  • recent results on the distribution of the eigenvalues of random Wishart matrices with applications to wireless MIMO systems and to spectrum sensing.

Sunday June 31st, 2013 17:30-20:00

Prof. Gaudenzion Meneghesso and Silvano Pupolin, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Welcome and School Organization

Abstract: The aim and the organization of the School will be presented to the participants. In particular the wayto obtain the 2 ECTS will be illustrated by considering two options, the first is to pass a final test on Saturday morning, the second consists in preparing a research study on one of the topics treated in the school and send the study to one of the co-directors by the end September 2013. Students whose PhD School permits to acquire ECTS credits are invited to bring name and e-mail address of the School Director in order to him be informed of the ECTS credited to the student during the Summer School. Students could also present their research activities during Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Time for group work is also available during the following afternoons.

Monday July 1st, 2013 8:30-11:00
Dr. Volker Cimalia, Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Solid-State Physics(IAF) Freiburg, Germany

Gallium Nitride based sensors

Abstract: The tutorial will cover the latest research in III-V nitride-based sensors for gas, chemical, biological,and medical applications. Wurtzite AlGaN, InGaN and AlInN exhibit a macroscopic non-linear pyroelectric polarization, which dramatically affects the optical and electrical properties of multilayered Al(In)GaN/GaN hetero-, nanostructures and devices. Gradients in polarization cause huge built-in electrostatic fields and bound interface charges at surfaces and heterointerfaces. The corresponding free carrier concentration profiles are very sensitive to any manipulation of surface charge. This physical effect can be used to develop novel sensors for ion fluxes, gases and polar liquids. AlGaN/GaN-heterostructures with polarization induced two dimensional electron gases (2DEG) are used to detect gases, ion fluxes or biomolecules and to determine volume and pH-value of waterbased nano- and picoliter droplets. Direct monitoring of bioreactions by recording of the ion channel activity of cells was demonstrated as well as the application in selective DNA sensors by appropriate surface functionalization. The tutorial features a balance between original theoretical and experimental research in basic physics, device physics, novel materials and device structures, process, and systems. It will begin with a general overview of the basic physics of the devices and the device designs, followed by the current state of the art, new trends, and unique advantages and limitations of this technology.

Monday July 1st, 2013 - 11:00 - 13:30

Dr. Alessandra Flammini, University of Brescia, Brescia, ITALY;
Sensor networks for industrial applications

Abstract: Distributed architectures for industrial applications are a new opportunity to realize cost-effective, flexible, scalable and reliable systems. Direct interfacing of sensors and actuators to the industrial communication network improves the system performance, because process data and diagnostics can be simultaneously available to many systems and also shared on the Web. However, sensors, especially low-cost ones, cannot use standard communication protocols suitable for computers and PLCs. In fact, sensors typically require a cyclic, isochronous and hard real-time exchange of few data, whereas PCs and PLCs exchange a large amount of data with soft real-time constrains. Looking at the industrial communication systems, this separation is clearly visible: several fieldbuses have been designed for specific sensor application areas, whereas high-level industrial equipments use wired/wireless Ethernet and Internet technologies. Recently, traditional fieldbuses were replaced by Real-Time Ethernet protocols, which are ''extended'' versions of Ethernet that meet real-time operation requirements. Besides, real-time wireless sensor networking seems promising, as demonstrated by the growing research activities. In this paper, an overview of the state-of-art of real-time sensor networks for industrial applications is presented. Particular attention has been paid to the description of methods and instrumentation for performance measurement in this kind of architectures.

Monday July 1st, 2013 - 15:00 - 17:00
Ph.D Student presentations

M. Mischo (University of Freiburg, Germany and Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics Freiburg, Germany), Indium-oxide-based Seebeck gas sensors

J.  Anzt, (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics Freiburg, Germany and University of Freiburg, Germany), AlGaN/GaN based pH-sensitive field-effect transistors for nonaqueous solutions

Nayeli Espinosa, (University of Freiburg, Germany and Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics Freiburg, Germany), Detection of mouse MCP-1 with an AlGaN/GaN HEMFET

Kasım Sinan Yildirim (Department of Information Engineering, Univ. Padova), Efficient Time Synchronization in Wireless Sensor Networks by Adaptive Value Tracking

Giulia Cisotto (Department of Information Engineering, Univ. Padova), Brain-Computer Interface in chronic stroke patients: an application of sensorimotor closed-loop with a contingent force feedback

Tuesday July 2nd, 2013 - 8:30-11:00

Prof. Andrea Cusano, Optoelectronic Div. -Engineering Dept. - University of Sannio,  Benevento, ITALY
Fiber Optic Sensors for Industrial Applications: Perspectives, Challenges and New Trends

Abstract: Over the past two decades,fiber-optic technology has revolutionized the telecommunications industry,enabling high-capacity, long-distance communications and networking at staggeringly low costs. Fiber sensing—the use of fiber optics for industrial sensing applications—is another exciting growth area for this versatile technology.Some ideas indeed have made the leap from the laboratory into the highly competitive market of sensor technology. This transition has taken the better part of 20 years and reached the point where fiber sensors enjoy increased acceptance as well as a wide spread use for structural sensing and monitoring applications in civil engineering,aerospace, marine, oil & gas, composites, smart structures, bio-medical devices, electric power industry and many others. Optical fiber sensor operation and instrumentation have become well understood and developed. And a variety of commercial discrete sensors based on Fabry-Perot (FP) cavities and fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs), as well as distributed sensors based on Raman and Brillouin scattering methods,are readily available along with pertinent interrogation instruments. Among all of these, FBG based sensors—more than any other particular sensor type—have become widely known, researched and popular within and out the photonics community and seen a rise in their utilization and commercial growth. This lecture reviews the major milestones of their technological evolution during the thirty years from the discovery of Kenneth Hill in 1978. Further, the lecture includes an overview of the major developments carried out at University of Sannio aimed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technology to provide suitable solutions for strategic industrial sectors. The lecture analyses some 'Case Studies' demonstrating how the synergy between research and industrial worlds would open new successful market options.Integration, security, and synchronization aspects

Tuesday July 2nd, 2013 - 11:00 - 13:30

Dr. Thilo Sauter, IISS Institute for Integrated Sensor Systems, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Integration, security, and synchronization aspects

Abstract:   Sensor networks, be they wired or wireless, are often part of a larger network infrastructure. In order to allow for effective transmission of information, such networks must be properly integrated. We discuss integration problems, suitable architectures, and in particular hybrid network concepts supporting seamless real-time capabilities. We also address security issues which are especially demanding in sensor networks due to the potentially large number of nodes, the high degree of distribution, and the inherent resource constraints.

Finally, we will discuss synchronization aspects in distributed sensor systems, their basic operation principles, ways to improve synchronization accuracy, and applications or services that can be built upon precise synchronization, such as localization of wireless nodes.

Tuesday July 2nd, 2013 - 15:00 - 17:00
Ph.D Student Own Activities (self study and group working and discussion)


Wednesday July 3rd, 2013 - 14:00 - 15:30

Prof. Kalle Johannson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical Engineering,

Networked control and autonomy

Abstract: Networked control systems have sensors and actuators connected through wireless communication networks. These systems are of growing importance in many engineering domains. In these two lectures, we will first motivate networked control from recent developments in sensor networking, wireless communication, and real-time control, which have enabled more autonomous, efficient, and robust control systems. Illustrated by research projects with Swedish industry, some of the practical challenges will be discussed. In the second lecture, we will formalize these challenges into research problems and discuss how to systematically design and implement networked control systems. The interplay between the requirements from the control application and the uncertainty of the underlying wireless medium will be highlighted, for example, how the wireless access scheme can drastically influence the networked control performance. It will be argued that the underlying scheduling-control problem has an interesting non-classical information structure. Appropriate models for medium access control protocols will be introduced. It will be shown how these protocols can be tuned for various wireless control applications. We will also see that by making event-triggered transmissions based on decisions taken locally at the sensor and actuator nodes, it is possible improve the design and to limit the use of the communication resources.


Wednesday July 3rd, 2013 - 15:30 - 17:30
Ph.D Student Working Groups:


Thursday July 4th, 2013 - 8:30 - 11:00

Prof. Christian Scheideler, Institut für Informatik, Universität Paderborn,

Self-assembling sensor networks
Abstract:   Self-assembling nano-structures have already been investigated for a number of years in various classical disciplines like physics, chemistry, and biology, but research has mostly focused on rather simple particles without intelligence like DNA molecules. In recent years, also self-assembling structures based on intelligent particles have been investigated, particularly in the context of modular robotics. Self-assembling nano-stuctures have a number of very interesting applications, especially in medical treatment and environmental monitoring. An important problem in the second texts is the so-called smart paint problem: Given a certain object O and particle structure S that is connected to O, design a simple distributed protocol for the particles that allows them to transform their structure in order to cover O as good as possible without losing connectivity at any point in time. In my talk I will discuss particle models and ways of solving the smart paint problem and show how this can help to solve certain monitoring problems.

Thursday July 4th, 2013 - 11:00 - 13:30

Dr. Andrea Facchinetti, Prof. Giovanni Sparacino, Department of Information Engineering,University of Padova

Glucose Sensor Smarter for Managing Diabetes:Where We Are and Where to Go.

Abstract. Tight monitoring of glucose concentration in the blood is essential in the management of diabetes, a pathology which affects 350 millions of people in the world. Since the early 2000’s, portable and minimally-invasive continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensors have been proposed in the market to measure glucose concentration in real time with a 1-5 min sampling period and for up to7 consecutive days. These CGM sensors are potentially usable in applications of great clinical impact, as on-line prediction of forthcoming dangerous hypo/hyperglycemic events and artificial pancreas algorithms for closed-loop glucose control, but some accuracy and precision problems of the state-of-art devices are still open. In this lecture we present some on-line signal processing algorithms that we have developed in the recent past to render glucose sensors “smarter”. In addition, we describe progresses and perspectives of our recently established collaboration with Dexcom Inc., one of the world's leading glucose sensors manufacturers, aimed at porting some of our algorithms within a commercial CGM device.

Thursday July 4th, 2013 - 15:00 - 17:00

Ph.D Student presentations

Carlo Augusto Grazia, (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Defining an Effective Wireless-Link Packet Scheduler through a Modular Architecture

Carlo De Santi, (Department of Information Engineering, Univ. Padova), Generation of defects and thermal recovery of blue InGaN-based LEDs after proton irradiation

Isabella Rossetto, (Department of Information Engineering, Univ. Padova), Reverse - bias stress of High Electron Mobility Transistors: correlation between leakage current, current collapse and trap characteristics

A. Zanandrea, (Department of Information Engineering, Univ. Padova), Single- and Double-Heterostructure GaN-HEMTs Devices for Power Switching Applications

Thursday July 4th, 2013 - 20:00 - 22:00

Social Dinner

Friday July 5th, 2013 - 8:30 - 11:00

Prof. Deniz Gunduz, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Imperial College, London

Energy harvesting wireless sensor networks

Abstract:   Lifetime of wireless sensor networks depends critically on the energy available at individual sensor nodes. However, constraints on the cost and physical size of low-complexity sensor nodes severely limit the battery capacity. Moreover, battery replacement can be impractical or impossible due to inaccessibility of remote sensor nodes, or their vast numbers. Harvesting the available ambient energy is a promising technology for sensor networks providing theoretically perpetual operation. However, in most cases harvested energy is limited in quantity and sporadic in availability, necessitating novel communication schemes to best exploit this intermittent energy. In this lecture we will study the design of intelligent communication schemes for energy harvesting sensor nodes. Focusing on a point-to-point time-varying channel, we will consider stochastic arrival of both energy and data over time, and take into consideration practical system parameters such as battery leakage and energy consumed in the processing circuitry. We will identify the optimal transmission schemes in the 'offline optimization' framework, which assumes non-causal knowledge of all future events in the system; as well as in the 'online optimization' framework, assuming only a statistical knowledge about the underlying random processes. Finally, we will provide a 'learning-theoretic' approach, suitable for practical scenarios in which the statistical properties of the underlying random processes are either not known at the deployment, or vary over time. If time permits, we will also consider challenges in designing communication protocols for networks of energy harvesting nodes.

Friday July 5th, 2013 - 11:00 - 11:20
Coffee Break

Friday July 5th, 2013 - 11:20 - 14:00

Workshop: “WSAN: Wireless sensor and actuator networks”

Luca Corradini, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova,

Overview of Power Processing Techniques for Harvesting-Based Wireless Sensor Nodes

Abstract: The broad range of potential applications of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN’s) is drawing attention from many and interdisciplinary research fields, encompassing telecommunications, control theory and low-power electronics. Crucial to the practical utilization of large-scale WSN's is the sensors capability to operate over extended periods of time in an essentially zero-maintenance fashion. Such energy autonomy is a key requirement for large-scale WSN’s, in which tens to hundreds of sensor nodes are scattered over the environment. Scenarios include industrial monitoring, building automation and surveillance systems, and even more challenging outdoor applications such as landslide detection networks, in which sensor nodes may no longer be accessible once deployed. For the above reasons, conventional sensor nodes powered by non-rechargeable batteries are evolving into harvesting-based sensor nodes capable of absorbing ambient energy and locally storing it into an on-board rechargeable cell. Because of the very nature of harvesting-based nodes, smart power processing and battery management solutions are mandatory for effective utilization of the available energy and prolonged sensor lifetime. The talk first provides a preliminary overview of available energy sources and power processing techniques for harvesting-based wireless sensor nodes. The presentation then outlines recent and ongoing activities of the Power Electronics Group in the energy harvesting field.

Giada Giorgi, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova,

Design and characterization of sensor nodes under real constraints

Abstract: The growing interest on Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks (WSAN) in these last years is mainly due to the benefits that such kind of distributed measurement and control systems present. WSANs represents a winner technology in situations where a wired communication infrastructure results to be excessively demanding in terms of accessibility, feasibility and maintainability costs or it results even impossible to realize. Furthermore, in this context network nodes must be necessarily fed up by autonomous energy sources, such as batteries or energy harvesting modules and, on the other hand, they must be designed in order to consume few energy resources. Finally, WSANs, as well as any distributed measurement system, must also rely on a common timescale that needs to be shared among its constituent elements. In this talk we will illustrate the comprehensive structure of a sensor node by describing the main functionalities and characteristics of its constituent elements such as the measurement block, the power management unit, the communication interface, the clock module and the elaboration unit. The attention will be focused in particular on the clock module and synchronization systems, which represent a crucial issue in measurement applications.

Leonardo Badia, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova,

Modeling and Optimizing the Operation Policies of Energy Harvesting Devices under Realistic Assumptions

Abstract: Battery-powered devices are subject to limitations in their energy storage. Such a constraint is often simply represented as if the devices had an ``energy bucket'' which can be emptied but not replenished. Energy harvesting capabilities change this rationale by allowing the energy storage part to become more similar to a buffer, which could be studied within a queueing system context. A communication device, e.g., a wireless sensor node, is therefore characterized by an energy queue, which must be coordinated with the data queue it has to transmit. Yet, several assumptions should be included in the representation of the energy queue in order to have a meaningful approach. For example, not only the discharge process of the battery is correlated, as it happens in batches due to transmission of packets from the data queue, but also the arrival instants of energy in the battery cannot be independent. Moreover, a precise evaluation of the exact level of charge in the battery is difficult, as it is both time- and also energy-consuming. This talk will discuss the challenges in properly modeling such a system, showing how oversimplified models can lead to system underutilization and/or inefficiency. Conversely, we will also show how, under proper conditions, even a small amount of information on the battery charge status can be extremely helpful in achieving an almost-optimal performance.

Ruggero Carli, Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova,

The impact of battery degradation on Harvesting-based Wireless Sensor Devices

Abstract: Energy Harvesting Wireless Sensor Devices are increasingly being deployed in today’s sensor networks, due to their demonstrated advantages in terms of prolonged lifetime and autonomous operation. However, there are irreversible degradation mechanisms which strongly affect the battery lifetime, calling for intelligent management policies to minimize the impact of these phenomena while guaranteeing a minimum Quality of Service (QoS). In particular these degradation mechanims cause the storage capability of a battery to diminish over time, depending on how the battery is used. Degradation phenomena due to deep discharge are significantly strong for Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries, which represent the reference case of rechargeable batteries in consumer electronics. Importantly, the deeper the discharge of the battery, the faster the degradation. In this talk we focus on a mathematical characterization of harvesting-based battery-powered sensor devices, stressing the impact of the battery discharge policy on the irreversible degradation of the storage capacity. Firstly, we propose a general stochastic framework, based on Markov chains and suitable for policy optimization, which captures the degradation status of the battery. Secondly, we formulate a policy optimization problem as the maximization of the battery lifetime, subject to a minimum guaranteed QoS in each battery degradation status. We show that this problem can be solved efficiently by a sequential linear programming optimization algorithm over the degradation states of the battery. Interestingly, a numerical evaluation gives evidence of the fact that a lifetime-aware management policy significantly improves the lifetime of the sensor node with respect to a 'greedy' operation policy, while guaranteeing the minimum required QoS.


Final Test

Students which wants to obtain the 2 ECTS have two options:

1. Pass the final test prepared for today. The test consists of three questions with multiple choice for each topic treated during the week. There is a total of 27 questions. The adopted score system is 1 point for exact answer, 0 point for no answer, -0,3 point for wrong answer. To pass the test the student must gain at least 17 points.

2. prepare a research study on one of the topics treated in the school and send the study to one of the co-directors by the end September 2013. Topic will be chosen jointly by the student and the School Directors.

Students whose PhD School permits to acquire ECTS credits are invited to bring name and e-mail address of the School Director in order to him be informed of the ECTS credited to the student during the Summer School.

Monday July 16, 2012 - 9:00 - 13:00
Prof. Paolo Tenti, University of Padova
Smart micro-grids - Properties, trends and local control of energy sources.
Abstract. After a general introduction of the main properties, benefits and challenges of the smart grid, the lecture focuses on low-voltage residential smart grids (smart micro-grids), which represent a new and huge potential market for ICT. In fact, the distributed energy resources acting in the micro-grids (renewable sources, storage batteries, etc.) interface with the distribution network by electronic power processors (EPP), whose synergistic operation may result in full exploitation of energy sources, increase of distribution efficiency and voltage stabilization across the micro-grid. This requires distributed cooperative control algorithms, which are implemented locally in each EPP and feature plug & play operation. The lecture analyzes some basic cooperative control principles which allow automatic integration of new energy resources, provide quasi-optimum operation of the micro-grid, and require only narrowband communication among neighbor units.

Tuesday July 18, 2012 - 9:00 -12:30
Prof. Antonio Liscidini, University of Pavia
RF building blocks and techniques for low power wireless transceiver
Abstract. The reduction of power consumption in modern wireless transceivers can be achieved following two main strategies: the power recycling and the power re-configurability. In the first case, a long-lasting battery life is obtained with a penalty in performances while in the second case with an increment of the complexity. Both these approaches will be discussed: current re-use techniques applied to GPS and WSN receivers, while power scalability concept applied to some RF blocks of a cellular transceiver.

Wednesday July 17, 2012 - 9:00 - 11:00
Prof. Sandro Zampieri, University of Padova
Distributed Control of the reactive power in smart microgrids.
Abstract. We consider the problem of optimal reactive power compensation for the minimization of power distribution losses in a smart microgrid. We first propose an approximate model for the power distribution network, which allows us to cast the problem into the class of convex quadratic, linearly constrained, optimization problems. We also show how this model provides the tools for a distributed approach, in which agents have a partial knowledge of the problem parameters and state, and can only perform local measurements. Then, we design a randomized, gossip-like optimization algorithm, providing conditions for convergence together with an analytical characterization of the convergence speed.

Wednesday July 17, 2012 - 11:30 - 13:00
Dr. Andrea Tonello, University of Udine
Power Line Communication Systems in the Smart Grid Context
Abstract. The seminar will focus on Power Line Communication (PLC) Systems: telecommunication systems that are among the most interesting in the Smart Grid context. PLC systems exploit the electrical wires to convey information data. This can translate into reduced installation time and cost for the telecommunication infrastructure that is necessary for the management of the grid through supervision and control mechanisms. The seminar will offer an overview of PLC applications. Then, we will discuss relevant aspects related to the channel characterization, channel modeling, and we will describe reliable transmission technologies and techniques. Finally, we will present some relevant PLC standards, both narrow band and broad band, and discuss their application in the Smart Grid.

Wednesday July 18, 2012 - 14:30 -18:00
Prof. Stephan Weiss, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Smart Grid Communications in Rural Areas --- Wireless Access via TV White Space Spectrum
Abstract. Due to the hierarchical organisation of the electricity grid and the emergence of distributed generation particularly in rural areas where the communications infrastructure is poor, this seminar will focus on emerging wireless access techniques for areas which are currently underdeveloped or underserved. As an example, we will focus on a wireless trial running in the Western Isles of Scotland, where broadband access and 3G services are non-existent or limited at best. We will review the emerging idea of utilising 'white space' spectrum, which is being freed as part of the switch-over from analoue to digital TV broadcast. The freed UHF spectrum has benign propagation characteristics, and a comparison between wireless broadband access in UHF to 2.4GHz and 5.2GHz bands will be made. Results from the trial will be presented, and motivate novel transceiver designs that are capable of sampling at RF, have cognitive features and can interact with geolocation data bases in order to identify suitable transmission channels. The seminar will conclude by considering how TV white space communications can be best utilised to enable smart grid communications.

Thursday July 19, 2012 - 9:00 - 13:00
Prof. Ruediger Quay, Fraunhofer, Freiburg, Germany
Advanced devices for efficient power conversion for green applications
Abstract. Green applications have entered the news not only since the recent natural disasters. They have also changed our way of considering every modern commodity. Electronic power devices and circuits are the engines of this technical development which is steady, breathtaking, and still - progressing extremely dynamically. The tutorial will give an overview on electronic devices for power applications with a focus on the developments induced by recent progress in the wideband gap semiconductor world. This includes the discussion of trends such as higher conversion frequencies, more compact designs, and faster switching and related issues.

The tutorial will be divided in three parts: in a first part it discusses material properties of group III-nitride semiconductors for power applications. In a second part advanced power devices and circuits are given for both group III-N as well as silicon technology including, e.g., FET, COOLMOS and IGBTs. The third part yields a mutual comparison and circuit examples are given for various green applications.

Friday July 20, 2012 - 9:00 - 13:00
Prof. Marco Tartagni, University of Bologna
Future Trends in Zero-Power Systems
Abstract. Zero-Power systems may contribute to many applications in various sectors. Among them portable autonomous systems could open new endemic scenarios for wireless sensor networks, in situ monitoring for mobile/moving systems, body area networks, biomedical devices, portable power generation for mobile electronics. Special attention has been given to the market drivers for adopting energy harvesting devices in different market segments, factoring the progress of competing technologies and cost constraints. This presentation is aimed at giving an overview of this emerging field where energy aware electronic design is of strategic importance. However, since the processes of scavenging, transforming and storing energy are strictly inter-dependent, design optimization procedures should be treated using an integrated approach from a system perspective.

Case Study Analysis
Tuesday July 17, 2012 - 15:00 - 16:30

Workshop on Emerging Topics
Thursday July 19, 2012 - 15:00 - 17:30

Nicola Delmonte, University of Parma, Wave energy converter: a brief review of WECs technology and some aspects of oscillating wave column converter

Fabrizio Troni, University of Parma, Modeling of Thin-Film Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells

Cristina Rottondi, Politecnico di Milano, A Security Framework for Smart Metering with Multiple Data Consumers

Sanaz Kianoush, University of Pavia, Localization in Wireless Sensor Networks

Alberto Savioli, University of Pavia, Impact of Channel Access on Localization in Cooperative UWB Sensor Network: a Case Study

Simone Vaccari, University of Padova, Current and temperature dependence of electroluminescence in InGaN-based LEDs with multi-wavelength emission

Isabella Rossetto, University of Padova, Indirect Techniques For Channel Temperature Estimation Of Hemt Microwave Transistors: Comparison And Limits

Carlo De Santi, University of Padova, Trapping in AlGaN/GaN Gate Injection Transistors: a combined electrical and optical investigation

Monday July 4, 2011 - 15:00 - 18:30

Prof. Albena MIHOVSKA, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Wireless Technology for autonomic networks
Abstract. Traditional telecommunication systems were designed for a single technology, while the modern communication infrastructure builds on a suite of technologies, devices, equipment, facilities, networks and applications for support of communication at a distance, often without human intervention. Each communication element (e.g., device, service, application) uses a mobile radio component for communicating data by way of some specific technology. Communication scenarios in the context of modern telecommunication systems are defined by the data context and can occur randomly among mobile components based on different technologies (i.e., heterogeneous), leading to an unpredictable and complex communication process and dynamic network topology. Reliable end-to-end transfer of data to application, which provides the particular network functionality and interface to the user, depends on algorithms and protocols for medium access control, routing, and mobility. Currently, these are organized in layers in architecture known as protocol stack and need the cooperation of a set of complimentary layered capabilities. The layered design is a key limitation as it assigns each protocol layer a specific purpose and task to support the data transfer, and is executed by means of targeted design protocols associated with it.

The tutorial will provide a good understanding in the fundamental principles on which modern telecommunication systems build and will outline the reserach challenges and approaches to overcome those for their successful adoption.

Tuesday July 5, 2011 - 9:00 - 12:30
Prof. Giorgio Spiazzi, University of Padova
Renewable Energy Sources for Distributed Generation in Smart Grids: the role of Power Electronics
Abstract. The continuously increasing demand of energy, the reduction of the availability of traditional energy sources (oil, gas, nuclear, etc.) together with the increasing concern about environmental conditions (pollution), have risen the interest on renewable energy sources (wind, solar, thermal etc.) that are almost democratically distributed, with different concentration levels, on the whole earth surface. This fact is going to affect the way how the energy is first generated and then distributed in large areas and is likely to drastically change the traditional energy distribution grid into the so called 'smart grid', where few power sources of large capacity and sinusoidal supply are replaced by many small, distributed and interacting energy sources providing supply voltages that can be asymmetrical and distorted. From the above considerations, it follows that facing the problems of smart grids requires a revision of traditional power theories as well as a comprehensive approach to cooperative operation of distributed electronic power processors.

The seminar is divided into two parts: in the first one, after a brief discussion of the potentialities and challenges of smart grids, the focus will be on the role and the requirements of power electronic converters interfacing energy sources, like photovoltaic panels and fuel-cells, with the grid. In the second part, it is shown why traditional power theories are no longer able to model the scenario opened by the smart grid paradigm and a new conservative power theory is introduced, that can be used for reducing power consumption from the utility, improving power quality and increasing distribution efficiency.

Wednesday July 6, 2011 - 9:00 - 12:30
Prof. Giulio Colavolpe, University of Parma, Italy
On the applications of factor graphs and the sum-product algorithm to detection and decoding
Abstract. Many detection and decoding problems can be formalized as the computation of the marginal distributions associated to a joint probability mass function (pmf) or to a joint probability density function (pdf) of many variables. Factor graphs (FGs) are a graphical representation of these joint pmfs or pdfs describing how these functions may be factorized in the product of 'local' functions, each of which depends on a subset of the variables. These factor graphs enable efficient computation of the marginal distributions through thesum-product algorithm (SPA). Although proposed to explain decoding algorithms for capacity-approaching error-correcting codes, such as low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes and turbo codes, FG and SPA have proven to be very useful in deriving new detection/decoding algorithms with unprecedented performance/complexity trade-offs.

Detailed program
Introduction: (1 hr)
Factor graphs, Sum-product algorithm, FG transformations
Application to communications: (2.5 hrs)
Message-passing decoding for LDPC codes, BCJR algorithm, Decoding of Turbo codes and turbo Gallager codes, Detection for linear channels (channels with intersymbol interference, orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) with intercarrier interference, multiuser detection), Detection and decoding for channels with memory (with particular emphasis on phase noise and fading channels)

Thursday July 7, 2011 - 9:00 - 12:30
Prof. Giacomo Morabito, University of Catania, Italy
Opportunities, technologies and challenges in the Internet of Things
Abstract. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a novel paradigm that is rapidly gaining ground in the scenario of modern wireless telecommunications. The basic assumption of this concept is the pervasive presence around us of a variety of things or objects – such as Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID) tags, sensors, actuators, mobile phones, etc. – which, through unique addressing schemes, are able to interact with each other and cooperate with their neighbors to reach common goals.
The IoT has the potential to radically change our life, even more that what the Internet did so far.
However, there are several conceptual and technical challenges that must be faced before the IoT can be actually realized and there is huge space for basic and applied research in most fields of information engineering and science. For example, the IoT requires novel addressing schemes that can be used by heterogeneous technologies, there is the need for technical solutions able to guarantee an acceptable level of security and privacy, new mobility management solutions are required able to cope with the huge number of objects that will be included in the IoT, appropriate traffic characterization and modeling is needed to evaluate the impact of the deployment of the Internet of Things on the communication infrastructure, and scalable service discovery protocols are also required that operate efficiently in extremely large networks, and this list could continue further and further.

Objectives of this course are manyfold as we will:
• Introduce the fundamental concepts, technologies and standards related to the Internet of Things
• Survey the basic architectural and technological approaches proposed so far
• Provide the most relevant open research challenges regarding the Internet of Things

Friday July 8, 2011 - 9:00 - 12:30
Dr. Nicola Laurenti, University of Padova
Quantum cryptography: when security comes from uncertainty
Abstract.In the modern approach to cryptography, the security of network and communication protocols heavily relies only on the confidentiality of the keys to cryptographic algorithms that must be shared between transmitter and receiver, often without the use of a separate secure channel. The importance of reliable and secure schemes for key distribution or agreement is therefore easily understood.

Quantum key distribution (QKD, popularly known as Quantum cryptography) represents the only practical instance of perfect secrecy, in the information-theoretic sense, that has been so far accomplished. Its security relies, on one side, on the laws of quantum mechanics such as the uncertainty principle or the no-cloning theorem, on the other on information-theoretic methods for the processing of common randomness.

In this tutorial talk, after introducing motivations and requirements for QKD, I will briefly review the information-theoretic model and the theoretical limits on the generation onf perfectly secure keys. Then, I will present under a common established framework the different practical schemes that are currently adopted in QKD implementations, and discuss methods and possibilities for the integration of QKD into commodity security protocols at different layers of the OSI stack. Finally I will identify current and future research directions and open problems.

No previous knowledge of quantum mechanics is required to the audience, just some basic notions of information theory (entropy, mutual information, source and channel coding).

Workshop on Emerging Topics

Tuesday July 5, 2011 - 14:30 - 17:30

1. Paolo Baracca, Downlink Multicell Processing Employing QAM Quantization under a Constrained Backhaul, University of Padova, Dept. of Information Engineering.

2. Aljosa Dorni, Asynchronous Multi Packet Communications in 802.11- based Heterogeneous Networks, University of Trieste, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione.

3. Francesco Michielin, A Wavelets Based Deblocking Technique for DCT Based Compressed Materials, University of Padova, Dept. of Information Engineering.

4. Alexey Baraev, Optimisation of Performance of 4G Mobile Networks in High Load Conditions , University of Trento, Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science.

5. Matteo Fiorani, Hybrid Optical Switching and Power Consumption in Optical Networks, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

6. Matteo Canale, Schemes for Secret Key Agreement as Applied to Quantum Key Distribution, University of Padova, Dept. of Information Engineering.

Tuesday June 29, 2010 -14:30-18:00

Prof. Giorgio Matteo Vitetta,University of Modena & Reggio Emilia and CNIT, Game Theory: Application to Communication Systems

Abstract: In a human community, the goal of each member is to satisfy its own needs through the available environmental resources. Similarly, in a wireless communication network, the terminal of any user tries to satisfy its own requirements, in terms of connectivity, exploiting the resources it is endowed with. Such resources, however, are limited and, at least in part, need to be shared with other users; their physiological shortage raises the problem of establishing fair rules that regulate the sharing among multiple users, each having its own personal goals. This natural similarity between the problem of resource management in a communication system and that of the resource management in a complex social system suggests to adapt the methods, exploited for a long time by economists to tackle the latter problem, to solve the former one. One of the most relevant theoretical methods in this area is probably the so called game theory, which represents a powerful tool to model and solve the above mentioned problems. In this talk, after illustrating some basic concepts of game theory, some of its applications to data communications in wireless ad hoc networks are analysed. In particular, we focus on the problem of coordinating data communications among multiple terminals (acting as data relays), so that reliable multi-hop links can be established.

Wednesday June 30, 2010 -9:00-12:30

Dr. Luca Ronga,CNIT, Cognitive Systems

Abstract: Enabled by reconfigurability at physical layer (SDR), Cognitive Radio Networks are providing a stimulating research context for future telecommunication engineering. Initially developed to face the scarcity of radio resources, are becoming a potential solution to several communications challenges such as coexistence, high performances and limited environmental impact of TLC. The talk will expose the basics of Cognitive Radio, its relevant technologies and applications, the potential evolutions and some open issues to stimulate research cooperation among various fields of engineering.

Wednesday June 30, 2010 -14:00-15:30

Dr. Carlo Fantozzi,University of Padua, An Example of Hardware/Software Partitioning in SDR Systems, Part 1: the Software

Abstract: In Software-Defined Radio (SDR) systems, the need of attaining flexibility while maintaining high performance pushes physical implementations towards complex architectures with heterogeneous processors: a general-purpose processor (GPP), a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) and a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are all present in a significant number of cases. With such a diversified lineup of computing resources, the choice of which resource is better suited for each component in the telecommunication system is far from trivial.This is the first of a series of two talks illustrating an example of hardware/ software partitioning for the implementation of a DVB-T2 transmitter on a board with an ARM GPP, a C64x+ DSP and a Virtex4 FPGA. This first talk will introduce the subject, then it will concentrate on protocol/software issues. Hardware issues will be dealt with in the Part2 by Daniele Vogrig on July 1.

Thursday July 1, 2010 -9:00-12:30

Prof. Enrico Del Re, Universita' di Firenze, Satellite systems and Future Internet

Abstract: Framework of Future Internet; Satellite Role in Future Internet; Satellite for Fixed and Mobile Communications; Satellite for Positioning Systems; Satellite for Monitoring Systems; Satellite System Architectures; Trends in Satellite Constellations; Trends in Satellite Services; Trends in Satellite Technology; Examples of Satellite Services/Applications; Future Perspectives

Thursday July 1, 2010 -14:00-15:00

Dr. Daniele Vogrig,University of Padua, An Example of Hardware/Software Partitioning in SDR Systems, Part 2: the Hardware Abstract: This is the Part 2 of a series of two talks illustrating an example of hardware/ software partitioning for the implementation of a DVB-T2 transmitter on a board with an ARM GPP, a C64x+ DSP and a Virtex4 FPGA. This talk will concentrate on FPGA/hardware issues. An introduction to the subject and details on software issues have been given by Carlo Fantozzi on June 30.

Friday July 2, 2010 -9:00-12:30

Prof. Marina Ruggieri, University of Roma 'Tor Vergata', Advanced ICT Infrastructures for Emergency Scenarios

Abstract: The conceivement and deployment of effective ICT infrastructures for emergency applications need a broad and flexible approach to identify suitable technologies and architecture elements. A wise coperation between software and hardware, satellites and terrestrial networks, wired and wireless connections is mandatory to converge towards the proper solution.
The tutorial will drive the audience to explore the ?cooperation? approach and its application in emergency scenarios, providing examples of advanced concepts and applied research achievements. In particular the research activities performed in the above frame at CTIF_Italy (Center for TeleInFrastructures) will be pointed out.

Saturday July 3, 2010 -9:00-12:30

Prof. Enzo Dalle Mese, Università di Pisa and CNIT, Signal Processing in Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR imaging)

Abstract: The ISAR tecnique is based on a suitable signal processing algorithm, in order to increase the radar resolution to obtain a kind of target electromagnetic image. The 'ISAR kit' can be realised as a software independent of the radar and for this reason can be clearly understood without particulare knowledge of the radar systems. In this tutorial the ISAR imaging process will be presented from a signal processing point of view. The following arguments will be discussed:- Modelling of the transmitted and received signals- The reflectivity function of the target- Recovery of the reflectivity function from the received signal- Analysis of the resolution attainable- Motion compensation- Superresolution- Future research- Practical example.

Workshop on Emerging Topics

Wednesday June 30, 2010 - 16:00 - 17:00

Stefano Andreacci, Marche Polytecnic University: Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum Radar and CDMA Systems: Analytical Evaluation and Implementations in Software Define Radio

Maria Teresa Delgado, Polytechnic of Turin: Soft Processing for Information Reconciliation in QKD Applications

Thursday July 1, 2010 - 15:00 - 17:00

Paolo Baracca -University of Padova: Per sub-block equalization and channel estimation for DVB-NGH

Mauro Fadda - University of Cagliari: Spectrum Sensing in the DVB-T Bands using Combined Energy Detection and Signal Classification in the Wavelet Domain

Virginia Pilloni - University of Cagliari: Fixed-mobile convergence: Using unlicensed DECT frequencies in UMTS Femtocell services deployment

Tiziana Dessì - University of Cagliari: Super Resolution Reconstruction of Video Sequences using adaptive Bilateral Filtering

Monday June 29, 2009 -9:00-12:30

dr. Sante Andreoli,  Art Group, 'ICT for Infomobility'

Abstract: Art is an electronic industry that develop apparata, systems and solutions for the transportation market, e.g.: automotive, infomobility, motor sport F1, space, railways and agricolture applications.

The description of themes and developments in these markets the role played by the tecnologies, and especially ICT, will be shown.

A section of the talk will be devoted to the operative model, with emphasis to the management of the technological innovation and its integration and synergy with the industrial processes.

Tuesday June 30, 2009 -9:00-12:30

Prof. Lorenzo Vangelista, Universita' di Padova, 'DVBT2, a new standard for digital video broadcasting'

Wednesday July 1, 2009 -9:00-12:30

Prof. Gianfranco Cariolaro, Universita' di Padova, 'Quantum Communications'

Thursday July 2, 2009 -9:00-12:30

Prof. Giancarlo Prati, Scuola Superiore S.Anna - Pisa and CNIT, '100 Gigabit Ethernet: State of the Art, Perspective and Physical Impairments'

Abstract: 100 Gigabit Ethernet is actually demanding for next generation optical networks. Since the transition between 1 to 10 GbE mainly involves cost and power consumption reduction, the jump toward 100GbE must take care of physical, technological and transmission issues. Electronic components and ICs are pushed to their limitation in terms of bandwidth and power requirement and, at the same time, optics are still in their early stage. Novel material, techniques and approaches must be reviewed in order to understand real 100 GbE perspectives. Within such framework, the state of the art for 100 Gbit/s transponder will be analysed and their suitability for 100 GbE discussed. At the same time, different technological solution including Electrical Time Division Multiplexing (ETDM), Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM), Optical Time Division Multiplexing (OTDM), and Polarization Division Mutiplexing (PDM) will be addressed in single and hybrid configuration. Modulation formats will be also considered together with transmission impairments as a function of the link characteristics.

Finally latest experimental results will be reviewed, compared, and discussed.


Friday July 3, 2009 -9:00-12:30


Abstract: In the last two decades the telecom transport market has experienced the evolution from the “digital electro-optic” to the “analog photonic” technology. It is very likely that the next decade will see the transition from the “analog photonic” to the “digital photonic”, in which a ultra-high bit-rate telecom signal will be processed at very low cost preserving the features of scalability in bit-rate and wavelengths which were brought in by analog photonics, meanwhile providing the necessary immunity from noise and transmission impairments which are typical of digital systems. Photonic digital processing of high speed optical signals will also open new applications where fast computation speed is required as in the field of optical interconnect inside mainframes, in clusters of servers inside data rooms and in applications of cloud computing among remotely located servers, with advantages in terms of throughput, wiring density, latency, and power consumption. Even if appropriate technologies are not yet mature enough, a feasibility demonstration of the digital photonic processing potential is mandatory to drive the future technology evolution. Here we will present recent results at the leading edge in the international scenario, on the realization of the basic blocks of photonic digital processing as all-optical logic gates, switches and flip-flops and more complex subsystems enabled by such basic blocks, as optical combinatorial networks to carry out full addition, comparison, counting, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion. The reported implementations are based on semiconductor and waveguide devices here considered as possible technological choices due to their integrability, and stability features.


Workshop on Emerging Topics, July 2009

TUESDAY July 1, 2009
Gianni Antichi, Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa

Giovanni Branca,Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering (DIEE), Multimedia and Communication Lab.(MCLab), University of Cagliari, 'An Approach to Quality of Service Management in Traffic Engineering Capable Networks'

Lino Fanella, INFOCOM Dep.t, 'Sapienza' Università di Roma, 'Performance limitations of Laser Satellite Communication networks due to vibrations'
Michele Sanna, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica ed Elettronica, Università degli studi di Cagliari, 'Investigations about the optimization of artificial bandwidth extension'

THURSDAY July 3, 2009
Alfonso Leal, SIMON BOLIVAR UNIVERSITY, 'Performance Analysis of MultiHomed'

Lorenzo Rossi, INFOCOM Dep.t, 'Sapienza' Università di Roma, 'Video streaming modeling via Hidden Markov Processes'

Giovanni Vaddalà, Photonics and Electromagnetic Group, University of Padova, 'Disorder effects in photonic crystal waveguides'

NEWCOM++ Summer School in Wireless Sensor Networks


Monday 30th June - Morning Session 9AM-12:30PM

1a 'Introduction/WSNs/applications' (1h30min) – R. Verdone, CNIT
1b 'Industrial Efforts/Standardization' (1h30min) – M. Dohler, CTTC
slides of the presentations done by M. Dohler are not available

Monday 30th June - Afternoon Session, 2PM-5.30PM

2a 'Hardware & Experimentations' (1h30min) – M. Dohler
2b 'Channel Modelling for WSNs' (1h30min) – C. Oestges, UCL

Tuesday 1st July - Morning Session, 9AM - 12.30PM

3a 'MAC, Routing and Data Aggregation' (3h) – M. Dohler, CTTC

Wednesday 2nd July - Morning Session, 9AM - 12.30PM

4a 'Network Coding' (1h30) – R. Koetter, LNT-TUM

4b 'Topology Control and Connectivity' (1h30min) – R. Verdone, CNIT

Thursday 3rd July - Morning Session, 9AM - 12.30PM

5a ‘UWB for WSNs’ (1h30min) – D. Dardari, CNIT
5b ‘Localisation Techniques' (1h30min) – D. Dardari, CNIT

Friday 4rd July - Morning Session, 9AM - 12.30PM

6a 'Distributed Data Estimation Protocols' (1h30min), C. Anton, CTTC
6b 'Final discussion' (1h30min) – D. Dardari, CNIT

Emerging Topic Workshop
July 2008


TUESDAY July 1, 2008 afternoon, 2PM - 5.30PM: 14:00

Flavio Fabbri: Area Throughput for CSMA Based Wireless Sensor Networks

Riccardo Masiero: Network Coding and Data Fusion for Data Collection in Wireless Networks

Maria Rita Palattella: On the Energy Efficiency of the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC

Francesco Zorzi: Sensor motes and applications

Ermanna Conte: Channel Prediction and Quantization Methods for MIMO-BC with Limited Feedback

Giulio Dainelli: A layered architecture for multicellular multi-carrier systems

Davide Chiarotto: Cross-Layer Design of MIMO Ad Hoc Networks

Francesco Renna: Time synchronization and channel estimation for OFDM systems in very dispersive channels

Stefano Rinauro: Gain Control Free Blind carrier frequency offset estimation for QAM constellations

Lorenzo Rossi: Robust Interpolation for Video Error Concealment using Multiple Description Coding

WEDNESDAY July 2, 2008 3 afternoon, 2PM - 5.30PM: 14:00

Anna Maria Vegni: Introduction of DOA/TOA based Localization Services Protocol

Mohamed Laaraiedh:Advanced Localization Techniques: Application to 4G Networks and Ray Tracing Tools

Roxana Burghelaa: Ray Tracing based propagation channel simulator including realistic UWB antenna behaviour Applications to radio positioning and navigation in heterogeneous radio systems

Stefano Tennina: On the Positioning Estimation of WSNs in Dynamic Indoor Environments: Experimental Results

Federico Librino: Cooperative techniques in wireless networks

Veronica Palma: A novel technique for an iris recognition system

Nicola Caporusso: Techniques for Vehicular Ad-hoc NETworks

Peter Dely: Previous, Current and Future Research Activities on Packet Aggregation for Voice over IP in Wireless Mesh Networks

Jonas Karlsson: TCP Performance Enhancements in Wireless Mesh Networks Problems, ongoing work and future

Marcello Caleffi: DHT Routing for Scalable Ad Hoc Networks

Monday July 2, 2007

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Leonardo Badia, Institutions Markets Technologies (IMT) - Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies:
Joint Routing and Scheduling in Wireless Mesh Networks
Abstract:Wireless Mesh Networks are multi-hop networks which provide wireless connectivity between clients and the Internet through dedicated router platforms. The clients can be mobile, but the routers are usually stationary. A strong advantage of this network architecture is to be cost-effective, since cable deployment is not required. Therefore, mesh networks are particularly suitable for wide rural areas as well as office and home environments.
To effectively provide broadband connectivity, several technical issues must be addressed for mesh networking. Much of these issues involve multi-hop wireless communication. In particular, a deeply studied but also challenging problem involves the search for a cross-layer approach between scheduling and routing, so as to realize a Joint Routing and Scheduling (JRS) framework.
In this presentation, we will outline general principles of wireless mesh networking, with particular emphasis on theoretical and algorithmic aspects. Moreover, we will discuss in detail the JRS problem, for which we will review and discuss several approaches, involving various methodologies and technical factors. A significant part of the lecture will be dedicated to identifying ongoing research directions and open paths for future investigations.

14:00-15:30 Students Presentations
Pietro Cassarà, University of Palermo, Italy, 'Models and Security '
Leonora Ursini, Iniversity of Padova, Italy, 'Message hiding through chaos-based optical communications systems'

Tuesday July 3, 2007

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Alberto Bononi, University of Parma, Italy
Multicanonical simulation techniques and their relation to importance sampling
Abstract: This short course will provide a tutorial introduction to the Multicanonical Monte Carlo (MMC) method, introduced by physicists Berg and Neuhaus in 1992. MMC is a truly innovative simulation technique used to estimate the probability density function (PDF) of a desired system output (scalar) variable, given the (known) PDF of the system (multidimensional) input. For example, in digital communications, the output variable can be the decision variable at the sampler, while the system random input is the ensemble of all noise samples accumulated along the transmission line, and of the random bits in the transmitted sequence that cooperate to set the value of the decision variable. The method is based on an adaptive Importance Sampling (IS) procedure, and does not need any special prior knowledge of the physical system at hand in order to find a good biasing input distribution, which is the true limit of fixed IS.
14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Carlo Bellettini, University of Ferrara, Italy, 'On Audio Recognition Performance Via Robust Hashing'
Marcello Caleffi, University of Naples, Italy, 'A Reliability Approach for Multi-path Routing Performance Modeling and Analysis in Ad hoc and Mesh Networks'
Marco Fiore, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, 'Efficient Retrieval of User Contents in MANETs'
Domenico Ficara, University of Pisa, Italy, 'Advanced high-performance networking applications on Network Processors'
Simone Merlin, University of Padova, Italy , 'Multi-channel multi-radio ad-hoc networks: overview and new findings in resource allocation'

Wednesday July 4, 2007

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Luca Salgarelli, University of Brescia, Italy:
Security in Wide-Area Wireless Networks: theory, practice and open issues
Abstract: Network security, besides the clear importance of the topic in the context of contemporary telecommunication networks, represents a source of several inter-disciplinary research subjects. The integration of security mechanisms in telecommunication networks requires coordinated efforts from many directions during the research, development and deployment phases. This becomes even more important when considering wide-area wireless networks, because of their considerable user base and the very stringent requirements they are subject to, such as minimal handover latency, for example.
This seminar will introduce the state of the art and main research directions for network security, with specific references to mobile networks. We will introduce the basics of network security, including topics such as efficient user and terminal authentication, the protection of privacy both for user data and for signaling and briefly touching on issues such as Intrusion Detection. We will then analyze how these issues have had an impact on the design of modern wireless networks, such as GSM, UMTS and 802.11, and how they are shaping the modeling of future mobile networks.

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Giampaolo Ferraioli, University of Naples 'Parthenope', Italy, 'Phase Offset Estimation in Multi-Channel InSAR DEM Reconstruction'
Luca Cicala, University of Naples, Italy, 'A Generalization of Zerotree Coding Algorithms'
Alessio Botta, IMT (Institutions Markets Technologies) Lucca, Italy, 'Augmenting the distributed evaluation of path queries with information granules'
Alessandra Mior, University of Padova, Italy, 'Channel Estimation in Wimax systems'

Thursday July 5, 2007

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Andrea Fusiello, University of Verona, Italy
Image-Based Rendering Methods
Abstract: In Image-Based Rendering (IBR), images of a real scene are taken from various view points and novel views of the same scene are synthesized from a virtual camera by processing the real images, without the need of a full three-dimensional reconstruction. I will first introduce basic geometric concepts and algorithms on multiple-view analysis, including epipolar geometry and plane+parallax theory. I will then move to the problem of computing correspondences (or disparity) in two and more views. Disparity plays an important role in image-based rendering as a proxy for the scene geometry. Finally I will give an overview of previous work on image synthesis from real images. Different techniques are described for synthesizing novel views from real images and video streams. Throughout, the presentation will try to focus on aspects of IBR relevant for 3-D image communications.
14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Michele Zanda, IMT Lucca, Italy, 'Effects of Increasing Users' Attention on Cost in Software Download Interfaces'
Nicola Baldo, University of Padova, Italy, 'Cognitive Network Access using Fuzzy Decision Making'
Alberto Vigato, University of Padova, Italy, 'Representation of a CPM Modulator through a Finite State Sequential Machine'
Anahita Goljahani, University of Padova, Italy, 'Superimposed sequence channel estimation and pilot aided channel estimation in OFDM systems: a throughput comparison'

Friday July 6, 2007

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Gianfranco Dalla Betta, University of Trento, Italy
Fotorivelatori avanzati basati su diodi a valanga a singolo fotone per visione 3D e imaging medico
Abstract: In this lecture, after recalling some basic concepts about light interaction with silicon, a new generation of photodetectors will be introduced, based on Single Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPAD). Although the invention of this device dates back to the 60’s, only recently its feasibility in standard CMOS technologies has been demonstrated, a fact that has opened the way to the fabrication of 1-d and 2-d arrays with integrated electronics. The same device concept, but with a full custom fabrication technology, is expoited in silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs), which consist in a 2-d array of SPADs with integrated quenching resistors in series, having all their terminals connected in parallel, so as to obtain an analog behavior starting from an intrinsically digital device (the output signal is proportional to the number of single pixels hit by a photon). Both SPAD arrays and SiPMs lend themselves to very interesting application opportunities in several fields: among them, luminescence microscopy, fluorescence decay analysis, optical testing of high speed circuits, range measurements (3d vision) and medical imaging.

Monday June 26, 2006

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Prof. Giorgio Franceschetti, University Federico II of Napoli, Italy and UCLA, USA, 'An overall vision of electromagnetic propagation in built-up areas'
Abstract: Propagation in the urban environment is in principle a well-posed problem: the electromagnetic field radiated by prescribed sources must fulfil Maxwell equations in the open space and boundary conditions over the built-up buildings walls. But any attempt to provide a solution to this apparently simple problem must face the complication of the scattering scenario. Each city is different from any other city, type and distribution of buildings may drastically change among different sections of the same city, and the electromagnetic boundary conditions may change in time, because the city is a living organism, with its cycles and temporal variations. A general frame to locate above mentioned problem is certainly desirable, if not necessary. The cities’ distribution may be considered as a stochastic process, each city being an element of this ensemble. Accordingly, the study of electromagnetic propagation and scattering in the city becomes the problem of searching the solution of Maxwell equations in a stochastic environment. This task may be pursued on along essentially two lines of thought: either a deterministic or a stochastic one. The former makes reference to an element of the ensemble, the latter exploits the statistical properties of the distribution. In the first case, the Deterministic Geometrical Model (DGM), an element of the cities’ ensemble is chosen, namely the particular city of interest. Knowledge of the three-dimensional geometry of the city must be known, i.e., shape and location of each building. These are schematised in terms of a parallepipedic structures, and ray tracing procedures are implemented to compute the electromagnetic field everywhere outside, i.e., in the streets and squares of the city, and perhaps also inside the buildings. In the second case, the Stochastic Environment Model (SEM), a totally different philosophy is followed: aim of the model is to derive general analytical expressions, describing the average properties of the urban propagation. In addition, the analytical results are required to containing a minimum number of physically meaningful parameters. An interesting model for the cities’ stochastic distribution is the percolative lattice: a two dimensional regular lattice of rectangular sites, where each site may be empty with probability p or occupied with probability q=1-p. The attractive feature of this model is the imprinting of the city structure in the city probabilistic description. This presentation highlights merits and limitations of the two approaches. For the DGM a numerical code is discussed, and examples of computations are critically shown, as well as possible extensions of the software. For the SEM analytical results are presented, leading to interesting theoretical considerations. In both cases, some experimental results are referred, too. Alternative models worth of future exploration are suggested.

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Matteo Lanati, University of Pavia, Italy, “End to End QoS in a wired and wireless network”
Cosimo Palazzo, University of Lecce, Italy, “An IPSec-aware Protocol for TCP Freezing in Satellite Networks”
Maguolo Federico, University of Padova, Italy, “VoIP over WLANs: performance evaluation and improvements”
Marco Levorato, University of Padova, Italy, “Cross-Layer Design of MIMO Ad Hoc wireless Networks with Spatial Multiplexing and Decision Feedback Multiuser Detection”

Tuesday June 27, 2006

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Prof. Gabriella Olmo, Polythechnic University of Torino, Italy: 'Multiple description coding of visual data'
Abstract: Multiple description coding is recognized to be an effective tool for resilient transmission of multimedia data over networks subject to packet erasures. The basic principle is to split the data into multiple streams, or descriptions, which can be independently decoded and yield independent contribution to the quality of the recovered signal. In this tutorial, the most popular MDC techniques for image and video data are described, and the related pros and cons are discussed and compared with single description and layered coding. Particular attention is devoted to MDC compatible with the JPEG 2000 and H.264/AVC standard co-decoders.

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Ottavio Campana, University of Padova, Italy, ”Multiple Description Video Compression with MDSQ and H.264/AVC”
Daniele Menon, University of Padova, Italy, “Techniques for demosaicing in digital cameras”
Francesco Pecile, University of Udine, Italy, “Synchronization Algorithms for Multiuser Filtered (FMT) Systems”
Matteo Trivellato, University of Padova, Italy, “Joint Timing/Frequency Synchronization and Pilot aided Channel Estimation in Time-Varying Multipath Fading Channels for IEEE 802.11p Transmissions”

Wednesday June 28, 2006

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Prof. Marco Lops, University of Cassino, Italy: 'Finite Random Set Theory: a Natural Framework for Multi-User Communications'
Abstract In a typical multiple-access communications scenario, the number of active users, their location, as well as the parameters that characterize their channels vary with time . Thus techniques aimed at identifying not only the transmitted data, but also the users parameter play a central role in analysis and design of wireless transmission systems. Examples of applications e.g., in Multi-User Detection, spatial multiplex schemes and ad hoc networks. 1)MUD receivers must account for the number of interferers being active at any given time. Adaptive systems, wherein the channel is first sensed, and the receiver then adjusted to the real scenario have been proposed, e.g., in [1], while more and more sophisticated procedures have been analyzed in [2-3], in order to deal with more and more challenging scenario. 2)In spatial multiplexing schemes, the total system throughput may be optimized by identifying a subset of users to which the power is allocated (see e.g. [4]). 3)In ad hoc networks, optimal transmission strategies require the identification of active nodes in the neighbourhood of the transmitter.
In this talk, considering, as a field of application, adaptive MUD, the issue of joint identification and parameter estimation of active users is re-formulated in a completely different context, the so-called Finite Random Sets Theory (FRST). To fix the ideas, assume that a classical CDMA system, and denote by N the maximum user number. Assuming a constant load in the network (e.g., K <= N active users) is definitely unrealistic, since it may happen that some of the users become silent at a the end of a transmission phase, while some other users start transmitting. Since each user is characterized by a flag, containing its identity (an integer number <= N), an information symbol, plus a number of unknown parameters (e.g., average power, phase, and so on), the set Xt of users active at time “t” is random, not only in its cardinality, but also in its elements, each element being a members of a hybrid space, S say, the Cartesian product between a countable set U and the space R^d. Additionally, denoting by S_t the random set of the users surviving into epoch t+1 and by N_t the set of newly born users, it is understood that: X_{t+1}=S_t U N_t. Just to give an idea, being able to estimate (possibly in a recursive way) the set sequence {X_t} would enable undertaking channel sensing and user demodulation in a unique step, and would offer the possibility of accounting for a number of effects, such as the users’ activity factor, the inherent death-and-birth process of the users themselves, and so on. To this end, several intermediate steps should be taken, i.e.: Develop a suitable probability space so that “set probability densities” can be defined; Devise manageable models for the evolution of the random set Xt under diverse instances of channel state information; Derive and implement structures which optimally solve the detection/estimation problem above.
The course develops, obviously in a tutorial form, the three points above, and is mainly intended to introducing FRST as a tool whose applicability appears to reach well beyond the issue of adaptive multi-user detection. A tentative schedule might be as follows: Review of classical adaptive multi-user detection [1-3] and reformulation in terms of random sets, with a brief history of FRST: 1 hour; Finite Random Set Statistics: belief functions, set densities, set derivatives, set integrals, set estimation [5]: 1 hour; Multi-User Detection in a Static Channel; Multi-User Detection in a dynamic Channel: set sequence detectors and Bayes Recursions [6-7]: 1 hour; Conclusions and hints for further developments: 0.5 hours.
[1] U. Mitra, V. H. Poor, “Activity Detection in a multi-user environment”, Wireless Personal Communications, vol. 3, No. 1-2, pp. 149-174, January 1996.
[2] K. W. Halford, M. Brandt-Pearce, “New user Identification in a CDMA system”, IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 144-155, January 1998.
[3] T. Oskiper, V. H. Poor, “Online Activity Detection in a Multi-User environment using the matrix CUSUM algorithm”, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 477-493, February 2002.
[4] W. Yu, Y. Rhee, “Degrees of freedom in multi-user spatial multiplex with multiple antennas”, submitted for publication, 2004.
[5] I. R. Goodman, R. P. S. Mahler, H. T. Nguyen, Mathematics of Data Fusion, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer, 1997.

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Livio Denegri, University of Genova, Italy, “Propagation Model in Urban Street Canyon Environment”
Marco Pini, Polythechnic University of Torino, Italy, “Innovative Signal Processing Techniques for the Quality Monitoring of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Signals”
Daniele Veronesi, University of Padova, Italy, “Multiple Frequency Offset Compensation in Cooperative Wireless Systems”
Federico Boccardi, University of Padova, Italy, “The p-Sphere Encoder: Peak-Power Reduction by Lattice Precoding for the MIMO Gaussian Broadcast Channel”

Thursday June 29, 2006

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Prof. Giorgio Baccarani, University of Bologna, Italy, 'Trends and Challenges in VLSI Technology Scaling'
Abstract: This tutorial addresses the evolution of micro- and nano-electronics technology towards increasing integration levels. First, the functional requirements of CMOS logic gates are briefly summarized, and the main tradeoffs for performance optimization are discussed within the constraints posed by noise immunity and power dissipation. Next, the generalized scaling laws are derived and the fundamental scaling limits of semiconductor devices are discussed, with special emphasis on static and dynamic power dissipation. New device architectures, such as double-gate (DG) and nano-wire (NW) FETs are then illustrated, to alleviate the short-channel effect and improve the overall device performance. Next, the growing problems of interconnect-related gate delay and noise immunity are addressed along with system-level aspects. Finally, device modeling issues are addressed, with special attention devoted to the coupled Schrödinger-Poisson equations and to the required transport models, such as the quantum drift-diffusion (QDD) and quantum-ballistic (QB) models.

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Franco Zanon, University of Padova, Italy, “Detrimental Effects Induced by Alpha Irradiation at 2 MeV on AIGaN/GaN High Electron Mobility Transistors”
Lorenzo Trevisanello, University of Padova, Italy, “Degradation mechanisms of GaN/InGaN light emitting diodes during thermal aging”
Nicola Montemezzo, University of Padova, Italy, “Brokaw and Kuijk Bandgaps Susceptibility to RF Interferences: Measurements, Modeling and Provisions”
Andrea Maniero, University of Padova, Italy, “A 0.35 µm SiGe Low-Noise Amplifier for UWB Receivers with Integrated Interferer Rejection”

Friday June 30, 2006

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Prof. Giuseppe Bianchi, University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', Italy, 'Performance analysis of 802.11 wireless LAN networks'
Abstract: Performance analysis of 802.11 (CSMA/CA) wireless LAN networks has envisioned a renewed and extensive research interest in the last few years. Traditional modelling methodologies, developed in the 70s and 80s were bound to special assumptions, such as, e.g. slotted operation, and/or colliding traffic modeled as a Poisson process, which somehow limited their practical application. Conversely, modern analytical models have been shown to be able to accurately account for important implementation details such as the specific Binary Exponential Backoff rules employed in the practical implementation of CSMA/CA (namely, the Distributed Coordination Function - DCF - of the IEEE 802.11 standard). Goal of this talk is to review the basic foundations and principles of these new modeling methodologies, and to show how they have been successfully applied not only to model single-cell networks, but also how they have been generalized to capture and thoroughly explain critical issues such as lack of fairness and flow starvation emerging in multi-hop/Mesh environments. Rather than providing a report on this research area, the talk wishes to provide an understanding of the basic key ideas, principles, and methodologies which, we believe, are not bounded to the specific framework of Wireless LAN systems, but may be successfully applied to other systems and protocols.
Detailed outline of the talk: - Introduction, review of 802.11 DCF, basic modeling principles - Throughput bounds for 802.11 networks - Markov-Chain saturation throughput analysis and its reinterpretation/generalization in terms of elementary probability theory - Model extensions for error-prone channels and non saturated conditions - Models for multi-hop networks

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Chiara Buratti, University of Bologna, Italy, “On the Number of Cluster Heads Minimizing the Error Rate for a Wireless Sensor Network Using a Hierarchical Topology over IEEE802.15.4”
Virginia Corvino, University of Bologna, Italy, “Scheduling of Mixed Traffic over MC-CDMA under Varying Load and Channel Conditions”
Simone Merlin, University of Padova, Italy, “Resource Allocation in a 4th Generation Wireless Cellular System”

Monday June 27, 2005

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Prof. Witold Krzymien, University of Alberta, Canada: 'Techniques for high throughput wireless packet data access'
Abstract: In delay-tolerant wireless packet-data applications, throughput can be maximized by exploiting multiuser diversity through scheduling of packet transmissions only to a user (or users) experiencing the (absolutely or relatively) best propagation conditions. To utilize the available channel capacity suitable scheduling algorithms are combined with link adaptation. Advanced hybrid ARQ techniques using soft packet combining and incremental redundancy are used to compensate for errors in channel estimation and feedback transmission. Further gains in spectral efficiency can be achieved by using multi-carrier transmission (OFDM or spread spectrum OFDM). The multi-carrier approach allows for more effective two-dimensional scheduling. The application of multiple antennas results in further capacity gains achievable through spatial multiplexing. It will be demonstrated that gains due to spatial multiplexing can be combined with those due to multiuser diversity, if suitable scheduling is applied. The talk will discuss transmission strategies and scheduling options for single-antenna single-carrier systems, single-antenna multi-carrier systems and multiple antenna single-carrier systems. Theoretical bounds on performance, as well as performance results for specific example cases will be presented. Fundamental differences between transmission and scheduling strategies for single and multiple antenna systems will be exposed.

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Federico Boccardi (Uni Padova), 'Frequency Domain Realization of Space-Time Receivers in Dispersive Wireless Channels'
Giambattista Carnevale (Uni Padova), 'SIC-VBLAST receiver for coded uplink MIMO MC-CDMA systems'
Daniele Veronesi (Uni Padova), 'Resource Allocation and power control in a 4G cellular system'
Zatout Abdulkhalek (Uni Padova), 'A New Method of Timing Estimation For OFDM Systems'

Tuesday June 28, 2005

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Prof. Christian Schlegel, University of Alberta, Canada: 'Analog methods for iterative decoding'
Abstract: Iterative decoding of error control codes has become very popular with the invention of turbo codes and their iterative decoding algorithms. The implementation of iterative decoders for both turbo codes as well as low-density parity-check codes is very complex, with digital VLSI circuits requiring millions of gates, even for moderate sized codes. As the speed of digital transmission systems increases, so does the power consumption of the decoding algorithms. Analog decoding is a novel methodology which relies on analog current multipliers that can be realized with very efficient Gilbert multiplier cells. It has been actively researched over the last few years as an alternative to digital implementations and holds the potential of significantly reducing the power requirements, as well as the VLSI footprint of a decoder circuit. In this seminar, we will review the importance of error control coding, and the functionality of low-density parity-check codes as well as the basics of iterative decoding. We will then present the basic principles of carrying out the decoding functions with analog circuits and present state-of-the art results in this novel area.

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Enrico Baccaglini (PoliTo), 'Interaction between Multiple Description Coding and sensor networks with finite buffers'
Ottavio Campana (Uni Padova), 'Multiple description coding schemes for the H.264/AVC encoder'
Andrea De Giusti (Uni Padova), 'Context-Based Predictive Lossless Coding for Hyperspectral Images'
Simone Milani (Uni Padova), 'Joint Optimization of Source-Channel Video Coding Using the H.264 Encoder and FEC Codes'
Pamela Zontone (Uni Udine - DIEGM), 'Frame based Multiple Description Coding and Distributed source coding'

Wednesday June 29, 2005

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Dr. Jan Genoe, IMEC, Belgium: 'Physics and applications of organic semiconductors'
Abstract The ability of organic semiconductors to obtain decent mobilities has enabled the usage of organic devices, such as transistors. However, the physics of the transport in these materials are substantially different from the transport in classical semiconductor materials. These differences will be discussed and the consequences on devices and applications will be shown. Next, I will detail the growth conditions to obtain high-quality thin films of these organic semiconductors. This high-quality thin-film growth is one of the enablers for the practical devices. Finally, three application areas for organic devices will be discussed, i.e. large area flexible electronics, low-cost printed RF-ID tags, and organic memories for mass-storage.
14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Elena Autizi (Uni Padova), 'Prediction of SGH efficiency in real PPLN structures grown by the off-center Czochralski technique'
Simone Levada (Uni Padova), 'Factors limiting the High Brightness InGan LEDs performance at high injection current bias'
Matteo Meneghini (Uni Padova), 'Effects of low current ageing on InGaN/GaN LEDs efficiency'
Michele Savi (Uni Bologna), 'Performance Modelling of Synchronous Bufferless OPS Networks With Partial Wavelength Conversion'
Luca Schenato (Uni Padova), 'Design of optical fibers with Low Polarization Mode Dispersion for Ultrawide Band Applications'

Thursday June 30, 2005

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Dr. Eric Sun, ZTE Communications, China, 'Next Generation Networks - The story of Fixed and Mobile Convergence'
Abstract: The merge of IP technology paves the way for the next generation network (NGN). For years, network operators and equipement vendors have viewed the coming together of fixed and mobile networks - 'fixed-mobile convergence' for short - as the next step for the telecom industry. However, the industrie's interest in the convergence has changed, from running one network to save money, to giving users acccess to fixed and mobile communication via the same interface. Then, where does the convergence take place? In terminals, access network, core network or service metwork? Which are the standard bodies concerned with fixed-mobile convergence? Whose interest does each of these organizations represent? What are the key technologies behind the convergence? Why do we say Skype is the most disruptive technology? How do we build a seccussful business model for NGN? What is the impact of NGN on our economy?

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Elena Fasolo (Uni Padova), 'Smart Broadcast for inter-vehicular communications'
Simone Merlin (Uni Padova), 'A resource allocation scheme for next generation cellular systems'
Stefano Tennina (Uni. L`Aquila), 'Development of sensor network platforms'

Monday July 19, 2004

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Roberto Verdone, Universita' di Bologna, 'Sensors and ad-hoc networks' (

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Urtzi Ayesta - Differentiation between Short and Long TCP flows
Balakrishna Prabhu - Analysis of Scalable TCP
Miorandi Daniele - Connectivity in Ad Hoc Networks and $GI|G|\infty$ Queues
Pini Marco - Techniques for Improving the Performance of Navigation Receivers Tracking the Signal-In-Space Multiple Paths
Di Renzo Marco - Performance of a Chip-Time Analog Differential Receiver for UWB Systems in a Log-Normal Frequency-Selective Fading Channel

Tuesday July 20, 2004

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Prof. Letizia Lo Presti, Politecnico di Torino, 'Galileo: A Global Navigation Satellite System' (

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Trestino Cosmo - DSP implementation a room transfer function identification system
Romanin Matteo - An Acoustic Feedback Canceller
Cellini Valentina - A Multicarrier Architecture Based upon the Affine Fourier Transform
Tosato Filippo - On the Selection of Adaptive Modulation and Coding Modes over OFDM

Wednesday July 21, 2004

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Prof. Fabio Neri, Politecnico di Torino, 'What's new in optical networks?' (

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Autizi Elena - Periodically pole lithium niobate structures for second harmonic generation
Giltrelli Massimo - Cascaded Raman Amplifier in optical fibers
Griggio Paola - PMD properties of constantly spun fibers
Boato Giulia - A novel methodology for analysis of the computational complexity of block ciphers: Rijndael, Camellia and Shacal-2 compared
Occhipinti Tommaso - Quantum Communication Research in Padua

Thursday July 22, 2004

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Prof. Giuseppe Caire, Institut EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis Cedex, France, 'On Space-Time Communications' (

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Polito Sergio - Mobile Hot-Spots in 3G-WLAN Interworked Scenarios
Spelat Massimiliano - Software Defined Radio Implementation of Navigation Receivers over Reconfigurable Hardware
Carnevale Giambattista - Joint Power Control and Receiver Optimization of CDMA
Sanguinetti Luca - Frequency Domain Equalization for Single-Carrier Wireless Systems
Federico Boccardi - Access techniques for 4G systems

Friday July 23, 2004

9:00-12:30, Tutorial Session
Dr. Nicola Laurenti, DEI Padua University, 'Physical Layer Issues of Ultra Wide Band Systems' (

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Cappellari Lorenzo - Trellis Coded Quantization as Vector Quantization using
Milani Simone - Joint Source-Channel Video Coding using FEC codes
Andriani Stefano - Lossless Compression for Digital Cinema
Feletti Luca Carlo - Cost function based Low-Density Parity-Check codes design
Fresia Maria - Energy Efficient Channel Coding based on Position Awareness

Monday 14 July 2003

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Giovanni E. Corazza, University of Bologna, Italy, 'Integrated Terrestrial/Satellite Mobile Systems for Multimedia Services'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Maurizio Fantino, Polythecnic of Torino, 'Design of Software-Radio Receivers for GPS/Galileo System'
Davide Avagnina, Polythecnic of Torino, 'Analysis of Signal Acquisition Method for GPS and Galileo'
Pasquale Pace, University of Calabria, 'On the Performance of connection admission control and traffic management schemes in a DVB-RCS Suited Satellite System'
Eros Feltrin, University of Padova, 'Skyplex Data Overview'
Adele Fusco, University of Sannio, 'Random Walk approach for wave propagation through atmospheric layers and its application to differential synthetic aperture radar interferometry'
Luca Zuliani, University of Bologna, 'Performance of A Dynamic Channel Allocation Scheme with Frequency Hopping, Power Control and Handover in a Mobile Radio System'

Tuesday 15 July 2003

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Dr. Raffaele Bruno, CNRIIT, Pisa, Italy, 'Optimization of Resources' Utilization in IEEE 802.11 networks: the WLAN and Hot Spot scenarios'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Floriano De Rango, University of Calabria, 'Multi-step Resizing of the Request Zone in Ad Hoc Networks'
Leonardo Piacentini, University of Perugia, 'Target access router selection in advanced mobility scenarios'
Giuseppe Araniti, University of Reggio Calabria, 'Control Mechanism for Soft-QOS Provisioning in UMTS Multitier Systems'
Enrico Natalizio, University of Calabria, 'All Management Based on the Mobile Terminal Peak Velocity: Virtues and Limitations in a Two-tier Cellular System'
Leonardo Badia, University of Ferrara, 'A Utility- and Price-based approach for the Radio Resource Management in Multimedia Communication Systems'
Paolo Zaffoni, University of Bologna, 'Analytical Evaluation of the TCP Send Rate in the Presence of Slotted Optical Packet Assembly'

Wednesday 16 July 2003

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Roberto Rinaldo, University of Udine, Italy, 'Multiple description techniques for multimedia source encoding'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Luca Merello, Polythecnic of Torino, 'Low-Complexity Video Compression for Wireless Sensor Networks'
Barbara Penna, Polythecnic of Torino, 'Remote sensing data compression'
Tammam Tillo, Polythecnic of Torino, 'Multiple description coding of images'
Lorenzo Cappellari, University of Padova, 'Analysis of joint predictive-transform coding'
Sanguinetti Luca, University of Pisa, 'Sequence estimation for OFDM transmissions over unknown multipath fading channels'
Antonella Munna, University of Bologna, 'WCDMA Downlink Capacity'

Thursday 17 July 2003

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Dr.ssa Paola Bisaglia, University of Padova, Italy, 'OFDM/CDMA Schemes for Future Generation Wireless Systems'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Francesca Mighela, University of Cagliari, 'Flexible PEDOT/ZnS electroluminescent lamps'
Fabiana Rampazzo, University of Padova, 'Frequency transconductance and Gate-Lag dispersion in InAlAs/InGaAs/InP HEMTs'
Simone Levada, University of Padova, 'Reliability analysis of GaN-based Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)'
Alberto Sozza, University of Padova, 'Current collapse in AlGaN/GaN HEMTs analized by means of 2D device simulation'
Leonardo Bandiera, University of Padova, 'Study of Total Dose Effects in Power VDMOSFETs'
Roberto Pierobon, University of Padova, 'Compound Semiconductor challenge for the next telecom system generation'
Elena Autizi, University of Padova, 'Analysis of stresses and optimization of silicon optical devices.'

Friday 18 July 2003

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Dr. Luca Celetto, ST Microelectronics, 'Achitectures for MPEG-2 and H.264 video coding'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Nicola Lofu', Polythecnic of Bari, 'Analysis of the on-channel modulation transmitter architecture for gsm and edge (2.5G) standard'
Luca Feletti, Polythecnic of Torino, 'CDMA/OFDM interoperable systems based on Software Defined Radio Technology'
Luca Rugini, University of Perugia, 'A full-rank regularization technique for MMSE multiuser detection'
Filippo Tosato, University of Padova, 'Bit and power loading for OFDM systems'
Antonio Assalini, University of Padova, 'Timing-Frequency Synchronization and Channel Estimation for OFDM Based Hiperlan/2'

Monday 8 July 2002

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Michele Zorzi, University of Ferrara, Italy, 'Support of IP applications in wireless and mobile networks'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Daniele Miorandi, University of Padova, 'Bluetooth Polling Schemes: Stability Issues and Performance Evaluation'
Cristina Martello, University of Roma 'La Sapienza', 'Distributed interference aware radio resource management for multi-channel systems'
Paolo Zaffoni, University of Bologna, 'Class-based Interworking of TCP/IP with Optical Packet Networks'
Alessio Raccis, University of Cagliari, 'Design of Multicast Networks'
Vincenzo Mancuso, University of Palermo, 'Is Admission-Controlled Traffic Self-Similar?'
Leonardo Badia, University of Ferrara, 'On the Impact of User Mobility on Call Admission Control in WCDMA System'

Tuesday 9 July 2002

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Augusto Sarti, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, 'New perspectives on multi-view geometry using geometric algebra'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Francesca Manerba, Università degli Studi di Brescia, 'Modulazione di opacità degli elementi di volume per il rendering di immagini mediche 3D'
Mirko Luca Lobina, University of Cagliari, 'Evaluation of Speech Quality for VoIP systems'
Ronny Tittoto, University of Padova, 'Quality of Service Evaluation in 2.5G/3G Mobile Networks'
Riccardo Veronesi, University of Ferrara, 'Introducing power-shaped advanced resource assignment (PSARA) in fixed broadband wireless access systems'
Francesco Saitta, University of Palermo, 'Significant remarks in comparing two DiffServ Queuing Strategies for TOIP'
Antonio Maria Cipriano, University of Padova, 'Realization of a source of entangled photons'

Wednesday 10 July 2002

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Giorgio Matteo Vitetta, Univeristy of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, 'Signal processing and coding techniques in MIMO OFDM systems'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Alessio Filippi, Kaiserslautern University, 'Adaptive Frequency Allocation in MC-CDMA Systems'
Stefano Tomasin, University of Padova, 'DVB-T mobile receiver with two antennas'
Gabriele Dona', University of Padova, 'An Early-Late Timing Recovery Scheme for Impulse Radio in Gaussian Noise and Dense Multipath Environments'
Mauro Isola, University of Cagliari, 'Simulating multi-service networks: use of scaling factor approach'

Thursday 11 July 2002

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Marco Lops, University of Cassino, Italy, 'Multiuser receiver for wireless communications on fading dispersive channels'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Umberto Manzoli, Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, 'Forward Link Performance of Multicarrier CDMA with Different Allocations of Quasi-Orthogonal Codes'
Giacomo Verticale, Politecnico di Milano, 'An Analytical Model for Outage Probability in WCDMA Systems Based on the ETSI User-Satisfaction Criteria'
Carlo Fischione, University of L'Aquila, 'Outage Performance of Power Controlled DS-CDMA Wireless Systems with Heterogeneous Traffic Sources'
Davide Avagnina, Politecnico di Torino, 'Design of Software-Radio Receivers for Navigation'
Andrea Bevilacqua, University of Padova, 'Non-linear spectral analysis of direct conversion wireless receivers'
Herman Castellan, University of Bologna, 'Initial Synchronization Procedure in S-UMTS Networks for Multimedia'

Friday 12 July 2002

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Francesco Svelto, University of Pavia, 'CMOS RF design for wireless applications'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Fabiana Rampazzo, University of Padova, 'Investigation on current collapse in AlGaN/GaN HFET's'
Roberto Pierobon, University of Padova, 'Comparison between new SiC Schottky and Si-based Diodesin a PFC Boost Converter'
Domenico Zito, University of Pisa, 'High image rejection fully inyegrated RF receiver front-rnd for wireless applications'

Monday 16 July 2001

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Marina Ruggieri, University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', 'Pioneering the W-band in the Heritage of the SIRIO and ITALSAT Satellites: the DAVID Mission - Scientific Aims, Design Issues and Perspectives'.

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Gianluca Aloi, Universita' degli Studi della Calabria, 'Differentiated Traffic Management in Geo-Satellite Networks with On-Board Processing Capability'
Andrea Giorgetti, Universita' di Bologna, 'Wireless Multimedia through Heterogeneous Satellite Networks'
Eros Feltrin, Universita' di Padova, 'Next evolutions of the Satellite Services'
Stefano Cioni, Universita' di Bologna, 'Closed Loop Resource Allocation for High Data Rate Packet Transmission'

Tuesday 17 July 2001

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Ing. Alessandro Ingrassia and Ing. Nicola Scantamburlo, Alcatel Microelectronics, Padova, 'ADSL Transmission Technologies'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Dario Di Sorte, Universita' degli Studi di Perugia, 'Service Provisioning through IP Networks: Pricing and Service Management Issues'
Mauro Femminella, Universita' degli Studi di Perugia, 'Definition and Performance Evaluation of a Distributed and Stateless Algorithm for QoS Support in IP Domains with Heterogeneous Traffic'
Cesare Fontana, Universita' di Bologna, 'Improved Performance in TD-CDMA Mobile Radio System by Optimizing Energy Partition in Channel Estimation'

Wednesday 18 July 2001

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Michele Elia, Politecnic of Turin, 'Cryptography: Fundamentals and algorithms moving from research to applications'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Cerroni Walter, Universita' di Bologna, 'Optimization of Wavelength Allocation in WDM Optical Buffers with Asynchronous, Variable Length Packets'
Anna Pizzinat, Universita' di Padova, 'Realization of a 40 Gb/s transmission system with single mode standard optical fibers (european project IST/ATLAS)'
Ezio Obetti, Universita' di Padova, 'An alternative GMSK Modulator Implementation'
Tomaso Erseghe, Universita' di Padova, 'Novel Time-Hopping Sequence Constructions for Impulse Radio'

Thursday 19 July 2001

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Gaudenzio Meneghesso, University of Padova, 'GaAs- and InP-based electronics devices for telecommunication applications'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Roberto Pierobon, Universita' di Padova, 'Characterization of MOS 6H-SiC Capacitors'
Daniela Maniezzo, Universita' di Ferrara, 'Distributed Power Control in Ad Hoc Wireless Network'
Simona Panacea, Universita' di Ferrara, 'Performance of a Slotted MAC Protocol with Smart Antennas'

Friday 20 July 2001

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Giorgio Gallassi, Siemens ICN, Italy, '3G and beyond: the Siemens view'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Mauro Borgo, Universita' di Padova, 'Effects of Channel Estimation on Closed Loop Power Control for TDD CDMA'
Ilenia Tinnirello, Universita' di Palermo, 'Load Balancing in Wireless Packet Networks'
Stefano Tomasin, Universita' di Padova, 'Reduced Complexity Channel Estimators for OFDM'
Andrea Tonello, Universita' di Padova, 'Principles of Space-Time Bit-Interleaved Coding and Iterative Decoding for Multiple Transmit/Receive Antenna Systems' </p>

Monday 17 July 2000

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Mario Gerla, UCLA, 'Ad hoc wireless networks', part 1

14:00-17:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Mario Gerla, UCLA, 'Ad hoc wireless networks', part 2

Tuesday 18 July 2000

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Prof. Mario Gerla, UCLA, 'Ad hoc wireless networks', part 3

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Gianluca Vannuccini, Universita' di Firenze, 'La qualità del servizio su reti IP'
Andrea Zanella, Universita' di Padova, 'Progetto di un sistema IP non cablato per ambienti interni'
Michele Rossi, Universita' di Ferrara, 'An agent-based approach for multicast applications in mobile wireless networks'
Andrea Giorgetti, Universita' di Bologna, 'Analisi statistica del traffico di una LAN Ethernet'
Andrea Detti, Universita' di Roma, 'OPTICAL COMPOSITE BURST SWITCHING (OCBS): Una Tecnica per il Supporto del Traffico IP in una Rete Ottica WDM'
Pierpaolo Loreti, Università di Roma, 'Architetture di reti satellitari in orbita bassa per il supporto del traffico IP'

Wednesday 19 July 2000

9:00-12:30 Students Presentations
Maria Giuseppina Martini, Universita' di Bologna, 'Codifica congiunta di sorgente e di canale tramite unequal error protection'
Luca Reggiani, Politecnico di Milano, 'Interpretazione geometrica e densita' di probabilita' delle informazioni 'soft' ottenute dagli algoritmi MaxLogMAP (e SOVA)'
Eugenio Chiavaccini, Università di Modena, 'Modelli di dimensionalità ridotta per canali con cammini multipli basati sulle formule di quadratura gaussiane'
Cristian Perra, Universita' di Cagliari, 'H.263+ rate control at fixed objective quality'
Roberto Cossu, Universita' di Trento, 'Un sistema misto supervisionato/non-supervisionato per l'analisi di immagini telerilevate multitemporali'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Mirko Ferracioli, Universita' di Bologna, 'Topologie di rete d'accesso in reti cellulari di terza generazione'
Andrea Conti, Universita' di Bologna, 'Prestazioni dei sistemi CDMA con amplificatori non lineari e AWGN'
Gianluca Gera, Universita' di Genova, 'Prestazioni di ricevitori CDMA a sequenza diretta e multiportante in sistemi di telecomunicazione a larga banda per sistemi satellitari'
Marco Perrando, Universita' di Genova, 'Allocazione di Risorse e Ammissione in Reti Cellulari CDMA'
Paola Salmi, Universita' di Bologna, 'Non linear effects on orthogonal multiplexing for the forward link of CDMA networks'
Marco Michelini, Università di Firenze, 'Sistemi Spread Spectrum Multi Portante per Applicazioni di Telecomunicazioni'

Thursday 20 July 2000

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Dr. Alberto Zanettin, CS Telecom, Parigi, 'ATM and IP switches: QoS, functions and design aspects'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Antonino Modafferi, Universita' di Reggio Calabria, 'Analisi di algoritmi MAC per reti wireless ATM'
Gianni Pasolini, Universita' di Bologna, 'Valutazione delle prestazioni di un protocollo MAC adattativo al canale per reti wireless'
Gianluca Aloi, Universita' degli Studi della Calabria, 'Un nuovo protocollo di accesso per reti satellitari multimediali broadband'
Anna Pizzinat, Universita' di Padova, 'Studio di sistemi di comunicazione ottici a 40 Gbit/s'
Alessandro Tonello, Universita' di Padova, 'Sistemi di trasmissione in fibra ottica con compensazione della dispersione cromatica'
Giovanni Bellotti, Universita' di Parma, 'Riduzione degli effetti del cross-phase modulation nei sistemi di comunicazione in fibra ottica a multiplazione di lunghezza d'onda'

Friday 21 July 200

9:00-12:30 Tutorial Session
Dr. Loris Vendrame, ST Microelectronics, 'Elettronica analogica nei moderni circuiti integrati'

14:00-17:30 Students Presentations
Davide Bertozzi, Universita' di Bologna, 'Analog-to-digital converters for software radios'
Arianna Novo, Universita' di Padova, 'Progetto di un Low Noise Amplifier per un ricevitore DECT in tecnologia CMOS 0.35 um'
Riccardo Bernardini, Universita' di Padova, 'Trasmissione numerica efficiente tramite portanti caotiche'
Stefano Cioni, Universita' di Bologna, 'Performance analysis of PSP based joint data decoding and phase/frequency estimation in satellite communications'
Tomaso Erseghe, Universita' di Padova, 'Stationary Model of Pulse Interval Modulation and Exact Spectral Evaluation' </p>