Ugo Bordoni Foundation
The Ugo Bordoni Foundation (FUB) is a high culture and research institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Economic Development. It has a remarkable track record of research and applied studies in TLC (Telecommunication) and in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) at large. The public governance of FUB, established by law, guarantees its neutrality and independence, necessary to play its role of support and consultancy for public administration and independent authorities. FUB is therefore able to combine ICT research activities with services of public interest, with positive effects on the protection of citizens and consumers.
FUB research activities are grouped in three competence centres:
- Information transport: it encompasses knowledge on networks, both fixed (based on cables and on fibres) and radio networks, as well as on the quality of services they support. The concepts of networks and quality of services are considered under every respect, taking into account network functionality in a broad sense (public fixed and mobile networks, local networks, short and long range private networks, radio and television broadcasting), their main blocks and functions (fixed and radio access, core network), technical issues such as routing, switching and data coding as well as spectrum management issues including planning techniques and radio resource assignment.
- Information management: it includes know-how on services (considered as applications independent of the network structure) and on related performance and availability issues. These issues include security and data protection, privacy, integrity of information systems, with a special attention paid to processes and information systems that are vital for the civil society. This competence centre tackles also information and data processing issues, with a particular emphasis on modelling, indexing, search and retrieval of information available on the web. Finally, concerning media (voice, images, videos), we address coding, representation, transformation and semantic identification of data, developing in particular data mining techniques and protection of privacy when dealing with sensitive information.
- ICT policies: it combines traditional technical know-how on ICT with a sound experience on regulatory, administrative and economic aspects. Addressed issues relate to the economic, regulatory and market impact of network and services development and management policies; analysis tools to support TLC market regulations, demand analysis and socio-economic scenarios of innovation in the ICT sector, including tools for a better comprehension of digital divide and on how to combat it.
Furthermore, FUB counts on three targeted research units:
- Cognitive Radio: performing activities on dynamic and flexible spectrum allocation on an opportunistic basis. Research concentrates mainly on spectrum management techniques, which require coordination in resource allocation among different networks and systems, either in a centralised or in a distributed way. Aim of the study is the definition of new methodologies and techniques for an efficient spectrum usage.
- Advanced Quality of Experience: comprising activities on system engineering, network engineering (both fixed and mobile networks are considered) and measurable quality of service parameters. In particular, research addresses the characterisation of new services to assess their quality on new generation networks, as well as the characterisation of networks to guarantee they fully support new services. Aim of this work is the improvement of quality of experience in future ICT scenarios.
- Information Privacy: performing activities on protection of privacy for citizens with reference to acquisition, management and removal of personal information utilised by ICT service providers. Research deals with the ownership of personal data, the traceability of Internet users and the anonymisation of sensitive data. Aims of the study are the certification of privacy for both websites and services and the development of tools for the protection of digital identity.
The Ugo Bordoni Foundation has its central headquarters in Rome (Viale del Policlinico n. 147) but its laboratories are located also in other two local headquarters, one is in Rome (Vial America n. 201) and the other in Bologna (Villa Griffone - Via dei Celestini n.1).
LLAB - Laboratorio Loudness
NGN - Laboratorio NGN
QOS - Laboratorio QoS Rete
TV - Laboratorio TV++