In the City4Age Project, the University of Salento in Lecce is represented by the Department of Innovation Engineering (DII – Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Innovazione).
The Department focuses on new technologies and it is devoted to promote technological innovation. Its main fields of interest are Renewable Energies, Materials Science and Technology, ICT and diagnostics for Cultural Heritage, Bio-applications of materials and ICT, Nanotechnologies, manufacturing technologies, Robotics, design and testing in Mechanical and Civil Engineering. Research activities are supported by European Union (in the FP5, FP6 and FP7 programs), the Italian Ministry for Education University and Research, regional authority, main Italian research centers (ENEA, ASI CNR, INFM, INFN), and private companies. A staff of about 100 people is involved in teaching activities in Engineering Faculty and Science Faculty, with an average of 100 of PhD students and Post-docs.
The Department organizes an average of three international conferences and workshop each year and several national conferences. It also promotes innovation favoring the growth of spin-off companies participated by young researches and academic staff. Moreover, the Department plays a key role in the local economy supporting most of the technological innovation of the local industry and contributing to the wealth of Salento.
Two laboratories belonging to the Department are involved in the City4Age Project: the IDA Lab and the GSA Lab.
IDA Lab - IDentification Automation Laboratory is a laboratory of the Department of Innovation Engineering of the University of Salento, founded in 2008. Its initial mission was to define and develop innovative services focused on product traceability and Business-to-Business (B2B) communication. The laboratory is equipped with many devices able to test the most prominent "Auto-Identification" solutions, especially those based on the RFID and NFC technologies. Thanks to these characteristics, IDA-group has developed hardware and software solutions to support the traceability of products throughout the supply chain and to identify individuals in critical scenarios such as healthcare applications and micro-payments.
Over the years, the laboratory has expanded its research activities embracing many other areas, also leveraging collaborations with important national and international companies. In particular, new important research areas concern the Internet of Things and Wireless Sensor Networks, i.e. the technologies that will characterize the Future Internet. These researches focused on the definition, development and validation of solutions at various layers of the protocol stack in order to overcome the limitations that are obstructing the widespread diffusion of these technologies.
The main research topics of the GSA Lab - Graphics and Software Architectures Lab of the Department of Engineering of the University of Salento are collaborative computer graphics, service-oriented and IoT-oriented middleware architectures, Web engineering and mobile technologies, the knowledge engineering. The GSA Lab is active in various research projects involving collaborative access to knowledge, information systems for Smart Cities and the Internet of Things, mobile technologies for the dissemination of cultural goods and for innovative didactics.
It promotes basic research and industrial research, internships, dissertations and doctoral degrees in the field of collaborative technologies for computer graphics, virtual communities, and communication service-oriented architectures. It also hosts educational and university training activities for software engineering and computer graphics courses.