Research & Engineering
Drawing on a multidisciplinary approach, CREATE-NET builds a bridge between researchers, users’ communities and industry with the overall aim of identifying and proposing solutions in order to respond effectively to the new technological and societal challenges. Correspondingly, CREATE-NET envisions a future scenario involving a co-evolution of technology and society, whereby the network becomes pervasive, delivering and processing user-centered information in a distributed and secure manner.
In this scenario, CREATE-NET research will focus on a set of future Internet enabling technologies, including:
- Reconfigurable optical networks
- Cognitive radio/networks
- Generic Service Delivery Platforms (SDPs)
- Dynamic resource management
- Data management
- Models/algorithm for large-scale networks
- Autonomic bio-inspired systems
- Trusted systems
- Identity & access management
- Long-term security
- Context intelligence and adaptation
- Audio-visual media
- HCI (human-computer interaction)
As for the areas of technology research, the figure below illustrates the positioning of CREATE-NET in the future Internet arena:
On the other hand, CREATE-NET is investing in the application of ICT to other sectors, addressing the need to make public service infrastructures and business processes significantly smarter (i.e. more intelligent, more efficient and more sustainable), through tighter integration with the future Internet networking and computing capabilities.
In particular, CREATE-NET is focussing on the following sectors:
- Transportantion and sustainable mobility
- Social networking
Such focus is the result of an analysis of the telecom market, in Italy in particular, where there exists a negative trend in terms of R&D investments, especially regarding medium/long term research. An opposite trend is observed in other sectors, such as Energy, with the presence of solid actors at a national level (e.g. ENEL), with a strong push towards innovation both in the native technologies of the sector (e.g. renewable energy sources) and in the ancillary enabling technologies, among which is included ICT.