CNR is the National Research Council of Italy, the largest Italian public research organization carrying out research activities in a broad range of sectors through a network of about 70 Institutes. CNR participates in the project through the researchers of the Ubiquitous Internet group (UI) – of the Institute for Informatics and Telematics (IIT).
UI-IIT research activities are focused on the Future Internet design and evaluation, wireless and opportunistic networks being one of the key research topics the group is focusing on. UIIIT researchers feature a broad expertise in the design, modelling, performance evaluation through analysis, simulation and experiments of innovative Internet architectures and protocols, with special emphasis on various types of wireless and mobile networks. UI-IIT members are actively participating to relevant expert groups at the national and European levels, and have been involved in the EC FIRE consultations since the beginning. In CNR, UIIIT led, between 2002 and 2005, the FP5 FET Project MobileMAN, where UI-IIT defined, developed and evaluated in an experimental testbed a campus-wide, self-organizing, wireless network. UI-IIT participated to the FP6 FET-SAC HAGGLE project, which explored disruptive networking architectures for opportunistic networks, and to the FP6 FET-SAC BIONETS project, which aimed at developing bio-inspired architecture for opportunistic environments. UI-IIT was also part of the FP7 FET-PERADA SOCIALNETS project, which looked at replicating patterns of social complex systems in the organization of mobile and opportunistic networks, and of the FP7 ICT EU-MESH project, under which UI-IIT developed and managed an experimental testbed for research on routing protocols for mesh networks.
UI-IIT is currently involved in the FP7 ICT SCAMPI project, which aims at designing a service platform for mobile users based on content-centric opportunistic networks, and in the FP7 FET-AWARE RECOGNITION project, which aims at investigating disruptive paradigms for content-centric self-aware networks for the Future Internet.