I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Siena since September 2016.
I was born in Siena, Italy, on June 6, 1979. I got my degree at "G. Galilei" lyceum in Siena in 1998, my MS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Siena in 2006 and my PhD in Information Engineering in 2012.
My research activities are mainly focused on telecommunications, ICT applications and the Internet of Things. In the last ten years I worked on the development of innovative applications based on the use of several different communication technologies. In particular, I focused on the study of applications based on RFID technology in the fields of environmental monitoring, healthcare and cultural heritage. I also worked on NFC and Wireless Sensor Network technologies, developing several innovative applicative solutions in Regional and European research projects.
Currently, I am working on Internet of Things architectures, with applications in several fields, ranging from environmental monitoring to Digital Heritage
The IoT Lab of the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Siena was set up with the purpose of exploiting the knowledges available in the Telecommunications Research Team of the Departnent in the field of the Internet of Things.
Thanks to the knowledges acquired in the last years on key technlogies for the IoT sector, such as Wireless Sensor Networks, mobile platforms, RFID and Local Networks, the team is developing different projects in several sectors, ranging from cultural heritage to environmental monitoring up to services for Smart Cities.
The IoT Lab encompasses high level knowledges in the fields of embedded programming, focusing on Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone platforms, wireless communication technologies such as ZigBee, Bluetooth LE, LoRa and Sigfox, and mobile Android and iOS programming.
The IoT Lab is currently composed of a Full Professor, an Assistant Professor, and external collaborator and serveral students.
Since 2007 I've been teaching assitant for the courses of Electrical Communications and Fundamentals of Telecommuincations for the first cycle degree course in Computer and Information Engineering at the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Siena
Below are some of the most significant research activities and projects I have worked on in the last years
Since 2009 I've been working on the use of Low Frequency RFID technology for the tracing of marine sediments. The Smart Pebble technology allows to analyse the movements of pebbles for both the emerged and submerged portions of a beach, allowing the collection of data that are crtucial for a better understanding of the coastal erosion phenomenon.
The Farfalla project, financed by the Tuscany Region, aims at valorizing the traditional agricultural productions in Tuscany. The role of mobile technolgies can be crucial to allow the transmission of the information concerning traditionl agriculture and landscapes, through innovative user interaction modalities.
In the last years I've been working on the development of a wireless sensing infrastructure to study the dynamics of coastal sand dunes along the Tuscan coast. For this purpose I cooperated at the realization of a novel WSN architecture integrating different typologies of sensors, remotely transmitting data on a cloud infrastructure.
Since the year 2015 I've been working on wireless monitoring infrastructures for cultural sites: in particular, I worked on the development of wireless sensing solutions for the medieval acqueducts and city walls of Siena. I also worked on innovative modalities for the friuition of cultural heritage based on the use of mobile devices and immersive virtual environments.
In the last years I've been cooperating with the Department of History and Cultural Heritage of the University of Siena and with the Department of Education, Human Sciences and Intercultural Communication of the Arezzo seat of the University of Siena on the valorization of Intangible Cultural Heritage through the use of mobile devices.
I begun to work on applications and services based on the use of Near Field Communication technology in 2008. Since then I've been involved in several regional projects (SIESTA, PITAGORA) and I developed innovative solutions exploiting NFC in different contexts, ranging from healthcare to tourism, cultural heritage and public transport.
I'm generally available at the Laboratory of Telecommunications and Telematics, room 240 or in my office, room 247, a few meters away from the laboratory...