TeCIP Institute The Institute of Communication, lnformation and Perception Technologies (TeCIP), was established in 2001 as a Center of Excellence by the Italian University Education Ministry. It provides research and training related to information, communication, and perception technologies, focusing on computer applications and computer systems for embedded real-time systems; sensor networks; the study, design and construction of communication networks with partial or total use of photonic technologies; the use of photonic technologies in sensors and in biophotonics; and virtual environments and robotic systems as interfaces for the study of human-computer interactions and human perception.
The main aims of the institute are:
- promote research, including interdisciplinary, scientific and technological research of the highest quality, by attracting new resources and by increasingly asserting their role and identity both within Italy and internationally;
- offer innovative educational programs for postgraduates, PhD and Master students, and those attending first and second level standard courses in fields related to the activity of the institute and in accordance with organizational guidelines and regulations of the School.
Integrated Research Center
The institute is an Integrated Centre for Research in the Photonic Networks and Technologies. This is the result of a decade-long collaboration between the School, Ericsson and the Italian Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT). One outcome of this collaboration is the IRCPhoNeT (Integrated Research Centre on Photonic Networks and Technologies) which consists of the Italian Laboratory of Photonic Networks (LNRF) - of the CNIT - and of Macroarea Communication. Another major outcome is the Ericsson Research Branch Italy which was set up within the TeCIP institute.
Dr Giancarlo Prati Prof. Prati was born in Rome in 1946. He graduated in 1972 at Pisa University in electronic engineering “cum laude”. In 1978-79 he was Visiting Scientist at USC (University of Southern California). In 1982 he was Visiting Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 1976 until 1986 he was Researcher with the CNR Centre for Radio Transmission in Pisa, in 1986-87 he was professor of telecommunications at Genoa University, Italy, then from 1988 to 2000 at Parma University. In 1992-98 he served as Dean of Engineering in Parma. In 1993-95 he was member of the CNR Feasibility Committee for “Photonics” national project. In 1997-99 he served as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Space Agency (ASI). From 1995 to 2004 he was Director of CNIT, a Consortium of 37 Universities for Telecommunications he promoted. In 2000 he moved to Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa to create a new research centre on Photonic Networks. From 2002 to 2004 he was Director of the Research Division and Vice Director of the same School, where he became Executive Vice President from 2004 to 2007. In 2004 he was elected to the IEEE Fellow grade. In 2000-05 he has been in the TPC of European Conference Optical Communication (ECOC), then General Co-Chairman of ECOC 2010. From 2004 to 2007 he has been Italian National Representative in the Information Society Technologies (IST) Committee of the European Commission in Bruxelles. From 2004 to 2010 he has served as President of CNIT, where is currently Member of the Board. From 2005 to 2010 he has served as Director of the Centre of Excellence for Information, Communication and Perception Engineering (>200 researchers) in Pisa. Since 2008 he is a Member of Panel 7 Telecommunications of the European Research Council (ERC). Since 2011 he is Director of the Institute of Communication, Information, and Perception Technologies in Pisa. Professor Prati pioneered the area of free-space optical communications for deep-space applications in the late Seventies at USC. Since then prof. Prati has promoted and managed several national/international projects focussed on fibre-optics communications and co/authored more than 100 papers and 6 patents. He has also worked in the Seventies-Eighties on digital radio links, becoming in 1987 co-recipient of the IEEE “W.Bennett” Prize Paper Award for his work on blind equalization of fading radio channels.