Computer Engineering & Networks

Methodologies, techniques and tools for cutting-edge digital infrastructures tailored to industrial applications


Communication Networks for Automation and Industrial Applications 

Past decades witnessed a progressive transition of industrial, embedded, and automotive networked scenarios from isolated systems (mostly based on proprietary solutions) to distributed architectures relying on standard technologies. A relevant role in this process is played by digital communication networks, used to seamlessly interconnect devices and subsystems. However, unlike home/office applications, specific requirements about dependability, predictability, and timeliness are peculiar to industrial scenarios and demand for ad hoc solutions, for instance to enable the correct behavior of control algorithms. This is even more true for time- and safety-critical applications.

LaboratoriesCommunication Networks for Industry

Infrastructure Facilities: I2T

Projects: HuManS | OK-INSAID 

Security of Cyber-Physical Systems 

Nowadays interconnection through digital communication networks is of primary importance in many distributed heterogeneous environments where people and things, besides services and data, have to be protected against injuries and damages, either accidentally or maliciously caused. This is the case of critical infrastructures designed for energy, gas, and water distribution, transportation systems, air traffic control, and industrial control systems in the broader sense, also encompassing new paradigms such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Laboratories:   Security of Cyber-Physical Systems

Infrastructure Facilities:  I2T

Projects: CyberSec4Europe


Industrial Embedded Systems

Embedded systems influence important facets of our daily life by defining the behavior of many devices around us—may it be a car, a phone, or a humble thermostat—and are becoming more and more complex and capable. However, even though every new generation of embedded systems is more elaborate, complex, and dynamic than the previous one, those systems are still sometimes kept away from state-of-the art computer science and engineering techniques, due to poor interaction between academia and industry.

Laboratories:   Industrial Embedded Systems

Infrastructure Facilities: I2T