Network of Excellence in Internet Science

Alma Mater Studiorum, Universita di Bologna

Almost 1000 years old the University of Bologna is known as the oldest University of the western world. It provides a peculiar blend of expertise in most of the fields of knowledge, from human science to engineering. UNIBO contribution to the EINS NoE is supported mainly by three Departments: the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering (DEI), the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (DISI) and the Department of Political and Social Sciences (DSPS). Researchers at DEI and DISI have a very well established expertise in advanced networking technologies, focusing on: (1) core optical networking technologies, ranging from switching architectures to signaling and network service management; (2) network trust, security and AAA strategies; (3) embedded networking for industrial applications. They aim to contribute to the network technology validation looking at: (1) signaling architectures for cognitive and autonomic networks, providing services according to new user oriented paradigms; (2) pervasive embedded networking for power consumption monitoring and control; (3) architecture for trustable application oriented to the fields of e-participation and public consensus collection (including e-voting). Researchers at DSPS have a well-established expertise in the areas of sociology and communication media and tools. They aim to contribute to the analysis of the impact of the new networking technologies and services on society in the following areas: (1) Digital divide; Internet and social inequalities; Immigration and Ict's, (2) Internet and politics; Social consequences of the Internet in daily life in democracy, (3) communications with the new digital media and in new Internet applications such as social networking: from the on-line 3D environments (such as Second Life) to the most recent social practices of the Web 2.0 (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Myspace). UNIBO in general, and the three departments mainly involved in EINS, already participated in many European projects (including NoEs) since early 90s.