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Networking Science & Technology

The WNLab is the laboratory responsible for Networking Science & Technology within the Institute of Science and Information Technologies (ISTI) at the National Research Council (CNR) in Pisa. The mission of the Wireless Network Laboratory is to investigate, develop and prototype innovative solutions in Cyber-Physical Systems field, but the developed technologies have much wider application opportunities. We focus our work on the design of new algorithms and tools ranging from Smart Cities to Intelligent Transportation Systems, and from Ambient Assisted Living systems to sustainable and digital agriculture.


Research Topics

Sensing and Assistive Spaces: Environments are sensitive, adaptive, and responsive to human needs, habits, gestures, and emotions. In particular, ICT solutions Sensing can help ageing people to enhance their quality of life (Ambient Assisted Living - AAL).

Communication Middleware for Context-Awareness: Study, design and implementation of middleware for gathering context information from heterogeneous sensing devices in an integrated manner.

Indoor Localization: Study and design of indoor localization systems able to exploit the ubiquity, pervasive of wireless devices in the environments in an opportunistic fashion.

Mobile Social Computing: Study of mobile and opportunistic communications. Study of techniques to automatic detect interactions among people by exploiting sensing and unobtrusive wearable devices. Design of social-aware Crowd Sensing platforms.

Wireless Communications: Study and test Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and wireless sensors communication protocols, Internet of Things (IoT) communication patterns as well as 5G technology with particular interest for the smart cities application scenarios.

Sustainable and Digital Agriculture: Study and design innovative solutions to improve the efficiency, sustainability, and resilience of the agricultural sector. We employ interdisciplinary approaches that combine advanced digital technologies with principles of sustainable agronomy to address crucial challenges such as climate change, food security, and natural resource management.


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