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Evidenziamo in questa pagina  i  laboratori che afferiscono a CFR  e alcuni fra i  progetti di ricerca, a carattere internazionale, a cui ha partecipato il Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca.



Green Design Lab Plus

Il Laboratorio Green Design Lab Plus è un Laboratorio dedicato alla Ricerca, la Formazione e i Servizi per la promozione e l'ottimizzazione di pratiche analitiche e progettuali rivolte al miglioramento delle condizioni di Eco-Sostenibilità dell’ambiente, del territorio, del paesaggio e delle città.

Il Laboratorio Green Design Lab Plus è un Laboratorio del Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca, che intende sviluppare in maniera multidisciplinare tutte le parti che compongono in modo olistico il tema della Eco-Sostenibilità come il benessere ambientale, economico e sociale delle comunità.

Webgislab CFR

IL CFR ha costituito nel 2005 il laboratorio WebGISLab, laboratorio specializzato nella gestione e nell’automazione dei processi amministrativi dell’ente locale. Il WebGISLab ha sviluppato, in particolare, due “best practice” che hanno permesso di snellire e di semplificare l’attività dei settori trasporti, mobilità e infrastrutture degli enti coinvolti: Trasporti Eccezionali e Geo.Works.

Le applicazioni sviluppate sono totalmente web (sia front office che back office) e utilizzano i database server maggiormente diffusi, per consentire di utilizzare applicativi di facile utilizzo disponibili al maggior numero di utenti possibili.




FP7 Project SENSEI (01/01/2008  - 31/12/2010)

Integrating the Physical with the Digital World of the Network of the Future (G.A. 215923)

Project cost: € 14.977.717,00

Project website: http://www.sensei-project.eu/

SENSEI creates an open, business driven architecture that fundamentally addresses the scalability problems for a large number of globally distributed WS&A devices. It provides necessary network and information management services to enable reliable and accurate context information retrieval and interaction with the physical environment. Tangible results of the SENSEI project are: 1) A highly scalable architectural framework with corresponding protocol solutions that enable easy plug and play integration of a large number of globally distributed WS&AN into a global system – providing support for network and information management, security, privacy and trust and accounting. 2) An open service interface and corresponding semantic specification to unify the access to context information and actuation services offered by the system for services and applications. 3) Efficient WS&AN island solutions consisting of a set of cross-optimised energy aware protocol stacks including an ultra low power multi-mode transceiver targeting 5nJ/bit. 4) Pan European test platform, enabling large scale experimental evaluation of the SENSEI results and execution of field trials - providing a tool for long term evaluation of WS&AN integration into the Future Internet.

FP7 Project ARAGORN (01/01/2008 – 31/08/2010)

Adaptive Reconfigurable Access and Generic Interfaces for Optimisation in Radio Networks (G.A. 216856)

Project cost: € 2.636.778,00

Project website: http://www.ict-aragorn.eu/

The primary aim of the ARAGORN project is to research and develop a Cognitive Resource Manager (CRM) that aims to ensure that efficient use is made of both node-local and shared resources in a collaborative wireless system. In order to achieve this, ARAGORN will develop a range of standardised interfaces, using which the CRM will be able both to obtain information from and to update the configuration of each layer of the protocol stack, including at the application layer. Given this, the CRM will seek to optimise cross-layer and inter-node performance using multi-dimensional optimisation algorithms provided by partners from the machine learning and artificial intelligence communities. The proposed approaches have been selected because of the need to synthetise a relatively low-dimensional response from the many potential dimensions that could affect the optimal, all in the presence of incomplete and out-of-date information.

The main expected outcomes of the project are solid basis of theoretical and architectural work for next generation cognitive radiosand networks and a working prototype implementation.

FP7 Project SAPHYRE (01/01/2010 – 31/12/2012)

Sharing Physical Resources – Mechanisms and Implementation for Wireless Networks (G.A. 248001)

Project cost: € 3.850.000,00

Project website: http://www.saphyre.eu/

SAPHYRE will demonstrate how equal-priority resource sharing in wireless networks improves spectral efficiency, enhances coverage, increases user satisfaction, leads to increased revenue for operators, and decreases capital and operating expenditures. The vision of SAPHYRE is to: (i) show how voluntary sharing of physical and infrastructure resources enables a fundamental, order-of-magnitude-gain in the efficiency of spectrum utilisation; (ii) develop the enabling technology that facilitates such voluntary sharing; (iii) and determine the key features of a regulatory framework that underpins and promotes such voluntary sharing.

SAPHYRE’s main objectives are conceptually described as:

  1. SAPHYRE will analyse and develop new self-organising physical layer resource (spectrum, spatial coexistence) sharing models by a generalised cross-layer and cross-disciplinary approach.
  2. SAPHYRE will propose and analyse efficient co-ordination mechanisms which require only small intervention (to counteract selfish, malicious users). In particular in sharing scenarios, incentive based design is applied in order to reduce regulatory complexity.
  3. SAPHYRE will develop a framework for infrastructure sharing to support quality of service with sufficiently wide carrier bandwidths and competition between different operators.

FP7 Project AAS (01/05/2008 – 30/04/2011)

Integrated Airport Apron Safety Fleet Management - G.A. 213061

Project cost: € 2.363.004,00

Project website: http://www.aas-project.eu/

The project will integrate GSE-based onboard units in the different vehicles, which can detect, by using navigation and telematics as well as a digital airport map (geo-referencing via GPS/EGNOS), the actual situation of other apron-based equipment in real time. Different technologies, like Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a) and GPRS, will be investigated for wireless communication between GSE vehicles and the operations centre.

The described approach will identify which vehicles are to be used for which tasks, and under which status the vehicles are operating (availability, downtime, etc.). The onboard units will be connected to the RMS of the airport database in order to synchronise the flight schedules and positions of the aircraft and apron vehicles. The system will be tested during operations at the airports in Berlin (TXL) and in Porto (OPO). Both airports are appropriate sites for demonstrating new technologies like the AAS system under realistic conditions.

The main results of AAS are:

  • maximising the utilisation of GSE vehicles at airports, e.g. baggage tugs, passenger buses, Ground Power Units (GPU), follow-me cars, stairs, towing vehicles;
  • reducing costs by efficient passenger and luggage flow;
  • enhancing safety, reducing the number of accidents and GSE/aircraft damage repair costs;
  • return on investment in less than five years.

This will be a system with open interfaces towards existing airport operational systems and R&D activities like Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) and Collaborative Decision Making (CDM). The project is framed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking and the Clean Sky JTI.

FP7 Project IoTA (01/09/2010 – 30/11/2013)

Internet of Things Architecture - G.A. 257521

Project cost: € 11.956.284,00

Project website: http://www.iot-a.eu/public

IoT-A, the European Lighthouse Integrated Project has addressed for three years the Internet-of-Things Architecture, and created the proposed architectural reference model together with the definition of an initial set of key building blocks. Together they are envisioned as foundations for fostering the emerging Internet of Things. Using an experimental paradigm, IoT-A combined top-down reasoning about architectural principles and design guidelines with simulation and prototyping in exploring the technical consequences of architectural design choices. The IoT-A project led to 1.an architectural reference model for the interoperability of Internet-of-Things systems, outlining principles and guidelines for the technical design of its protocols, interfaces, and algorithms; 2.corresponding mechanism for its efficient integration into the service layer of the Future Internet; 3.novel resolution infrastructure, allowing scalable look up and discovery of Internet-of-Things resources, entities of the real world, and their associations; 4.novel platform components;5.implementation of real-life use cases demonstrating the benefits of the developed architecture.

FP7 Project MEDIEVAL (01/07/2010 – 31/07/2013)

Multimedia Transport for Mobile Video Applications - G.A. 258053

Project cost: € 5.369.788,00

Project website: http://www.ict-medieval.eu/

Video is a major challenge for the future Mobile Internet which was not designed with video requirements in mind. The project, including partners from Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Israel, will address current limitations and will tailor the future Internet architecture to efficiently support video traffic.

It is the vision of this project that the future Internet architecture should be tailored to efficiently support the requirements of this traffic type. MEDIEVAL aims at evolving the Internet architecture for efficient video transport. The proposed architecture will follow a cross-layer design that, by exploiting the interaction between layers, can raise performance to values unattainable with individual developments.

The technology developed by the project will be designed taking into account the requirements of network operators for commercial deployment, and will aim at improving the Quality of Experience by users as well as reducing the costs for operators. MEDIEVAL technology will be developed in a testbed that serves as a proof of concept of the project results as well as a basis for future commercial deployments.

FP7 Project MICORE (01/06/2008 – 31/05/2011)

Morphological Impacts and COastal Risks induced by Extreme storm events - G.A. 202798

Project cost: € 4.597.071,00

Project website: https://www.micore.eu/

The general aim of the project is to develop and demonstrate online tools for reliable predictions of the morphological impact of marine storm events in support of civil protection mitigation strategies. The project is specifically targeted to contribute to the development of probabilistic mapping of the morphological impact of marine storms and to the production of early warning and information systems to support long-term disaster reduction.

Monitoring of nine selected case-study sites is taking place for a period of one year to collect new data sets of bathymetry and topography using state-of-the-art technology (Lidar, ARGUS, Radar, DGPS). The impact of the storms on living and non-living resources is being assessed using low-cost portable GIS methods and undertaking post-damage assessments.

The models will be linked to wave and surge forecasting models to set-up a real-time warning system and to implement its usage within Civil Protection agencies. The most important end product of the project will be the production of an operational warning system with defined thresholds (Storm Impact Indicators) for the prediction of major morphological changes and flooding events.


Central Europe Programme - Project Identification Number: 3CE325P1 (01/05/2011 – 28/02/2014)

FORT – Fostering continuous research and technology application

Project Identification Number: 3CE325P1


Project cost: € 2.311.418,00

Project website: http://www.project-fort.com/ - no more available

FORT will explore existing and develop further instruments and capabilities for supporting open innovation, which foresees a permeation of Small and Medium Enterprise’s (SME) internal environment into external environment including public Research & Development (R&D) capacities, transnational networks and clusters, thus contributing to overcoming current economic crisis and establishing knowledge-based economy.

FP 7 Project SWAP (01/08/2010 – 31/07/2014)

Symbiotic Wireless Autonomous Powered system - G.A 251557

Project cost: € 991.149,00

Project website: http://fp7-swap.eu/

SWAP aims at providing a novel sensor board consisting of 1) a high efficiency RF transceiver 2) a low power micro controller 3) an energy accumulator 4) modular harvesting systems.

To this aim SWAP will study advanced solution for RF circuits and antennas, will use state of the art micro controllers, will implement highly efficient accumulator and will investigate on harvesting techniques. In particular, the different harvesting modules will be applied to standard sensor networks scenarios: for instance, environmental monitoring networks are more likely to use photo voltaic cells, while urban

sensor networks can use instead vibrations, and harvest the available ambient electromagnetic (EM) energy. SWAP will also study communication protocol from the physical to the network layer in order to implement the techniques offering the highest efficiency as well as taking into consideration the temporary availability of energy sources. Also, the SWAP system will be realized and tested on the field; applications will be developed in order to provide the basic services for the new platform. As a final result, SWAP aims at obtaining a new wireless sensor paradigm totally independent from batteries and, instead, having as little an impact on the environment as possible.

FP7 Project RISC KIT (01/11/2013 – 30/04/2017)

Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolkit - G.A. 603458

Project cost: € 7.654.452,00

Project website: http://www.risckit.eu/np4/home.html

Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolKIT (RISC-KIT) will deliver ready-to-use methods, tools and management approaches to reduce risk and increase resilience to low-frequency, high-impact hydro-meteorological events. The opensource and free-ware RISC-KIT tool kit will consist of  a Coastal Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) which - at the regional scale (100’s km) - can quickly assess present and future hot spot areas of coastal risk due to multi-hazards a quantitative, high-resolution Early Warning and Decision Support System (EWS/DSS) for use on these hot spots (with a scale of 10’s of km) and  a web-based management guide offering innovative, cost-effective, ecosystem-based DRR measures; and  a Coastal Risk Database of present and historic socio-economic and physical data. These tools will enable

Europe’s coastal managers, decision-makers and stakeholders to  identify hot spot areas;  produce timely forecasts and early warnings;  evaluate the effect of climate-related, socio-economic and cultural changes on coastal risk; and  choose the best prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures for their coast. The toolkit will be tested using data collected on ten diverse case study sites along each of Europe’s regional seas and one international site. The toolkit’s performance will be evaluated with an End-User Board of coastal managers, civil protection agencies and local governments with a vested interest in each of these case study sites. The RISC-KIT products will help to achieve rapid attainment of UNISDR Disaster

Reduction Goals and promote EU-consistent methods through innovative e-learning and open access publication. RISC-KIT will have an active synergy with Belmont Forum projects, related EU projects and an International Expert Board with members from third countries experiencing similar types of threats.

H2020 Project INCEPTION (01/06/2015 – 31/05/2019)

Inclusive Cultural Heritage in Europe through 3D semantic modelling - G.A. 665220

Project cost: € 3.990.207,00

Project website: http://www.inception-project.eu/

KEY SOCIAL INNOVATION INCEPTION realises innovation in 3D modelling of cultural heritage through an inclusive approach for time-dynamic 3D reconstruction of artefacts, built and social environments. It enriches the European identity through understanding of how European cultural heritage continuously evolves over long periods of time. INCEPTION’s Inclusive approach comprises: time dynamics of 3D reconstruction (‘forever’); addresses scientists, engineers, authorities and citizens (‘for everybody’); and provides methods and tools applicable across Europe (‘from everywhere’). KEY TECHNICAL INNOVATION INCEPTION solves the shortcomings of state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction by significantly enhancing the functionalities, capabilities and cost-effectiveness of instruments and deployment procedures for 3D laser survey, data acquisition and processing. It solves the accuracy and efficiency of 3D capturing by integrating Geospatial Information, Global and Indoor Positioning Systems (GIS, GPS, IPS) both through hardware interfaces as well as software algorithms. INCEPTION methods and tools will result in 3D models that are easily accessible for all user groups and interoperable for use by different hardware and software. It develops an open-standard Semantic Web platform for Building Information Models for Cultural Heritage (HBIM) to be implemented in user-friendly Augmented Reality (VR and AR) operable on mobile devices. SMEs are the thrust of INCEPTION consortium that will bring the innovation into creative industries of design, manufacturing and ICT. The Consortium is fully supported by a Stakeholder Panel that represents an international organisation (UNESCO), European and national public institutions, and NGOs in all fields of cultural heritage.

Service Tender for the documentation (three dimensional and two-dimensional recording and mapping) of the Citadel fortifications, Gozo, Malta CTD01 (08/06/2009 – 31/01/2010)

Reference Code CT2428/2008

Project cost: € 187.000,00

Theme: Architecture, Cultural Heritage

The project was aimed at the performance of two-dimensional and three-dimensional reliefs of the walls of the Citadel of Gozo (Malta) and the construction of the model in technical diagnostic solutions for solutions of the problems associated with the decay historical and territorial.

CFR, as coordinator, has set as a unique technical and administrative framework for the organization of work and the transmission of reports required.

Service Tender for the Restoration of the roof of the Church of Nativity – Bethlehem  - PHASE 1 (15/09/2010 – 28/02/2011)

Project cost: € 230.000,76

Theme: Architecture, Cultural Heritage

The project, divided into three phases (diagnostic tests in situ, processing and interpreting the data and, finally, guidelines and recommendations for the restoration project) had as its objective the restoration of the roof of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and increase in local operators awareness of the importance of their heritage - cultural.

Laboratori e Progetti

H2020 Project OPTIFRAME (01/03/2016 – 28/02/2018)

An Optimization Framework for Trajectory Based Operations - G.A. 699275

Project cost: € 857.241,25

Project website: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/optiframe/

The research project OptiFrame – “An Optimization Framework for Trajectory Based Operations” – is in response of the “SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research: First Call for Research Project”, research topic “Trajectory Based Operations (TBO)” (ER-09-2015), within the area “ATM Applications-Oriented Research”. The project consortium comprises University of Lancaster (Project Coordinator), the Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca, Eurocontrol and the Stichting Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (NLR).

OptiFrame is motivated by the need of studying a number of fundamental questions related to TBO, a key element of future ATM operating concepts.

The main objective of this research proposal is the application of principles of mathematical modelling and optimization to optimally configure and assess the performance of the TBO concept. This will allow to verify the viability of the TBO concept, to identify the major issues that need to be addressed, and determine whether, under which conditions, and to what extent, the objectives of flexibility of airspace users and predictability of the ATM system, can be achieved.

The core activity and focus of this proposal is the development of a framework, which consists of mathematical models and optimization algorithms, “to support the ATFCM decision making process” by suggesting optimal TBO solutions. The framework will be applied in real world instances, and it will be used to perform a wide array of analyses. We will use OptiFrame as a tool to: i) investigate several of the issues and questions arising for the exploitation and deployment of the TBO concept, ii) fully understand the benefits and limitations of the TBO approach, and iii) study the trade-off between different contrasting KPIs relevant for the TBO concept.

H2020 Project ANYWHERE (01/06/2016 – 31/08/2020)

EnhANcing emergencY management and response to extreme WeatHER and climate Events - G.A. 700099

Project cost: € 11.973.367,76

Project website: in fase di attivazione

The ultimate purpose of ANYWHERE is to empower exposed responder institutions and citizens to enhance their anticipation and pro-active capacity of response to face extreme and high-impact weather and climate events. This will be achieved through the operational implementation of cutting-edge innovative technology as the best way to enhance citizen's protection and saving lives.

ANYWHERE proposes to implement a Pan-European multi-hazard platform providing a better identification of the expected weather-induced impacts and their location in time and space before they occur. This platform will support a faster analysis and anticipation of risks prior the event occurrence, an improved coordination of emergency reactions in the field and help to raise the self-preparedness of the population at risk.

This significant step-ahead in the improvement of the pro-active capacity to provide adequate emergency responses is achievable capitalizing on the advanced forecasting methodologies and impact models made available by previous RTD projects, maximizing the uptake of their innovative potential not fully exploited up to now. The consortium is built upon a strong group of Coordinators of previous key EC projects in the related fields, together with 12 operational authorities and first responders institutions and 6 leading enterprises of the sector.

The platform will be adapted to provide early warning products and locally customizable decision support services proactively targeted to the needs and requirements of the regional and local authorities, as well as public and private operators of critical infrastructures and networks. It will be implemented and demonstrated in 4 selected pilot sites to validate the prototype that will be transferred to the real operation. The market uptake will be ensured by the cooperation with a SME and Industry Collaborative Network, covering a wide range of sectors and stakeholders in Europe, and ultimately worldwide.