Fondazione Ugo Bordoni

FUB is a non-profit research institution that promotes scientific progress and technological innovation by performing and supporting research and scientific studies in telecommunications, information technology, electronics and multimedia services in general. Current work force comprises around 80 permanent staff (about 60 of whom are research scientists and technicians), and FUB benefits from the contribution of as many associate researchers and post-graduate students. The main activity areas are the following:
Research: information and data mining, Internet and Web 2.0, multimedia signal processing, speaker recognition, ICT security, critical infrastructures, wireless and mobile radio systems, QoS and QoE, sensor networks and RFID systems, cognitive radio, white space devices, NGN, info-mobility, digital TV, e-inclusion, ICT for energy, user aspects and ICT assessment by end-user.
Innovation policies: innovation policies for the TLC industry in partnership with national and international organisations; support to institutional bodies at technical, economical, financial, managerial, legal, and regulatory levels.
Consultancy: consultancy to the Government, the Parliament, the Authorities, Public Institutions and Regional and Local Administrations in nation-wide technological innovation processes (i.e. transition to digital TV and analogue switch-off, frequency management and planning, broadband deployment).
FUB has a long-time experience in coordinating European projects since the first programmes. Moreover, FUB has strong competence in key areas relevant for the project: speaker identification and related software.  FUB is the coordinator of OCTAVE and therefore leader of the WP1 on Management. Moreover, it is the leader of the WP7. FUB contributes also to other WPs.

Sebastiano Trigila

Project Manager

Sebastiano Trigila  received his Licence Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” on 1980. Since 1980 he has been working at FUB under different roles: research group leader (1987-2002), coordinator of National Ministry of Communications Programs (2002-2007). Currently he is technical staff member of the Directorate of Research at FUB and Deputy Vice President of HD Forum Italia, an Association committed with the uptake of High Definition and Ultra HD Definition TV in Italy. He is also technical coordinator, on behalf of the Directorate General for Radiospectrum Planning and Management, of the Ministry of Economic Development, of a five-year monitoring activity (2013-2017) on energetic performance of the Mobile Networks run by operators winners of the 2011 LTE Auction.   Recently, he has acted as Financial Manager, in particular for DOMINO Project (2010-2012) JLS/CIPS Programme of the European Commission), and IRMA Project (2010-2012) European Regional Development Fund Program). He served as FUB delegate to CEPT, ITU and ISO committees and working groups, and as coordinator of several EU-funded projects (CTS, RACE, ACTS, IST Programs from 1989 to 2002). He was technical coordinator of the national Project “Transition to Digital Terrestrial Television” (2002-2006), awarded to FUB by the Ministry of Communications, and the Chief Project Officer for the National Program of the Trial Projects for T-Government services to the citizens for the Ministry of Communications (2005-2007). He also authored about one hundred and twenty papers.

Mauro Falcone

Technical Leader and WP7 Leader

Mauro Falcone was born in Rome in 1961. He received a degree, with maximum vote, in Physics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, discussing a thesis on automatic speech recognition. He served as project advisor for several TLC and ICT companies. In 1988 he started an external collaboration with FUB. In 1990 he joined FUB to conduct a research for a European project on speech quality assessment. Then served as task leader in many projects, under the aegis of  ESPRIT, FP6 and COST programmes. He also had the role of EC reviewer. He has been expert consultant for the Italian Judicial Authority. He has been Italian representative in ITU, with a rapporteur role, carrying out several speech and audio quality campaigns for both ITU and ETSI. His research areas concern: speech and audio system evaluation/assessment; speech and audio quality; speech technology; speaker recognition; biometrics. He is in the scientific committee of the most important conferences in the field, and in a number of review committees. He is author of about 100 publications. He is a member or associate AES, ISCA, AISV, SQEG.

Michele Cornacchia

WP7 co-leader

Michele Cornacchia, degree in Physics, had leading work experience in multivariate statistics techniques applied as well to the automatic speech recognition. Since 1986 he joined the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni concerning with voice interaction, human factors and usability. On 1992 he received his Master’s degree and Specialisation in Organisational Science and at later stage he was involved in mediated communication and telework studies. He attended a number of national and international activities, i.e. socio-organisational survey committed by the Italian Communication Ministry, COST actions and the EU funded project RACE 1065 Issue. Later he took part at “Monitoring Italian e.m. fields” (2006) committed by Economic Development Ministry and as well as he coordinated (2004-2006) the final trial of ePerSpace (EU FP6, IST-506775), dedicated to develop integrated services in the home area.
Moreover about modelling and assessing by end-user, he was (2011-2013) as well technical coordinator of the final trial in EU Pandora Project (FP7-ICT-2007-1-225387) on advanced training environment for crisis scenarios. As for acceptance models and use behavioural prediction, he contributed to a number of innovative studies, i.e. the Smart Life in ICT-Wireless area, the EasyReach project (2012-2014) to foster social interaction of less educated people (FP7, AAL-JP), and the microsimulation of T-government services to reduce the digital divide of classes of not experienced citizens.
At present he concerns with issues of user modelling, behavioural change, and user experience in different ICT application areas. He is author/contributor of many scientific papers and books.

Renato Menicocci

Security Committee Member

Renato Menicocci graduated with a summa cum laude degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in July 1991 with a thesis on Stream Cipher Cryptanalysis. From 1992 to 2000, he was a Researcher of the Cryptology Group of Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (FUB). From 1996 to 1999, he was the Italian delegate at ISO/JTC1 SC27 WG2 (“Information Technology – Security Techniques – Security Techniques and Mechanisms”). From 2000 to 2002, he was a Cryptography and Computer Security Expert of the Rome Crypto Design R&D Centre of Gemplus. From 2003 to 2008, he restarted cooperating with FUB as a consultant for ICT Security and ITSEC/Common Criteria Security Evaluation. Since August 2004, he’s been cooperating with the Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where, from 2004 to 2006, he was under a research fellowship connected to the EU FP6 Project SCARD (Side Channel Analysis Resistant Design Flow). Since 2008 he’s a researcher of FUB, where his main interests are ICT Security and ICT Security Evaluation and Certification, especially under Common Criteria. From 2010 to 2013, he was involved in the EU FP7 Project ASSERT4SOA (Advanced Security Service Certificate for SOA). Currently, he’s involved in the EU FP7 Project CUMULUS (Certification Infrastructure for Multi-Layer Cloud Services).

Albenzio Cirillo

ICT Administrator and Scientific Contributor

Albenzio Cirillo received his Ph.D. in Information and Communication Engineering in 2010 from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with a thesis on sound source localisation in reverberant environments. In 2009 he was a visiting Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego, cooperating with the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory and with the DSP Laboratory. Since 2010 he has been working at Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (FUB) as an Audio Signal Processing and ICT expert. He has mainly contributed to various FUB projects for the Italian Communications Authority AGCOM, in the topic of Loudness Control of TV programs, and for the Italian Ministry of the Economical Development. He is author of several IEEE conference papers.

Andrea Paoloni

Former Technical Leader

Andrea Paoloni was a member of the core group of experts that initiated the OCTAVE project proposal in response to a Horizon 2020 call. He subsequently served as Technical Leader of the project, but unfortunately passed away on October 16, almost unexpectedly, after a ten days sickness leave. His scientific profile was excellent in all respects. He received the “Doctorate” degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome, in 1973. He was granted a Research Fellowship of the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Rome. He joined FUB permanent staff in 1976. His research activity was in the fields of speech processing, with particular emphasis in speaker recognition and in systems evaluation. He authored approximately 300 papers in these fields. In his long  career, he gave numerous expertise services in speaker identification and in authentication of recordings for the criminal justice system. He took task responsibility in ESPRIT projects, as well as in a number of COST projects. He was the Chairman of the COST 250 project. He was joint lecturer of Electroacoustics and Professor of Phonetic at the Logopaedia Course at Università ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome. In his last years, he was university professor of acoustic phonetics at the University of Tuscia. He was a member of the Acoustical Society of America, of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA) and of ENFSI (European Network of Forensic Science Institutes). He was a College member of the PhD “Historical Linguistics and History of Italian Linguistics”.