University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome
The University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome (UCBM) is the first thematic Italian University centred on the Person. It includes two faculties (Medicine and Engineering), a University Hospital and only one macro-department, the CIR - Center of Integrated Research. Inside CIR operates the Complex Systems & Security lab (LASCOS), one of the leading Italian research institutions in the field of critical infrastructures protection. Research activities of LASCOS are focused on the development of innovative and strongly multi-disciplinary methodologies, tools and technologies to support the study of large infrastructures in terms of their behaviors, threats, vulnerabilities and management.
On the basis of the large experiences acquired over more than ten years of research in the field of critical infrastructure protection and security, the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome activated in 2009, as first experience in Italy and Europe, a Master in homeland Security (www.MasterHomelandSecurity.eu) with the aim to train expert of Critical Infrastructure Protection. This master is arranged in strong cooperation with Italian law enforcement agencies and with the support of the major Italian players in the field of security (Finmeccanica, Thales, Intergraph, etc.).
Previous experience relevant to the project: UCBM has been involved in many EU and national projects related to modelling and analyzing of several large infrastructure belonging to different sectors as energy transportation and distribution, telecommunications, rail-way systems, etc. UCBM has been the coordinator of the EU DG JLS project SecuFood project, and participated to several projects related to Critical Infrastructure Protection.
RadioLabs is a recently established (2001) non-profit consortium among the University of Rome “ Tor vergata”, “Roma Tre”, University of l’Aquila and industrial partners: Telespazio and Selex Communications (companies of Finmeccanica Group).
RadioLabs main goal is to promote,manage and conduct research activities in the areas of telecommunications, including wireless technologies, ambient intellingence, infomobility and context based services.
RadioLabs tean gathers a wide range of expertise on different areas on information & communication technology. In particular RadioLabs expertise & capabilities concern with:
- Radio Communication technologies
- Saltellite systems and GNSS technologies
- Local area networks (802.11,a,b,h,wi-fi and HIPERLAN2)
- Cellular communication system and tecnilogies(GSM,GPRS,EDGE,UMTS-WCDMA,802.16-WI-MAX)
- Personal area wireless systems and technologies- short range transmission (Bluetooth-development kit available,ZigBee for sensors networks,802.15 Sensor network,UWB,RFid)
- Software defined radio technologies
- Software development and tools creation for designing and planning radio systems based on existing and/or advanced radio technologies
- Analysis, design,dimensioning and implementation of local area netwoks and sensor networks
- Service & product development & testing
- Large scale evaluation prototypes
- Concept and user needs analysis
- Scenario development and testing
RadioLabs best-practicee procedure model is based on experience gained from a great number of national and international R&D projects. Strong emphasis is given to research oriented to prototyping & test.
RadioLabs main source of financing derives from EU institutions,ESA, Ministries and other national bodies.
The institution follows an educational model to promote competitive, quality teaching which is employment-orientated and accredited in Europe. Its vigour and growth over recent years have led to it becoming a reference point for universities in Spain.
With a university community of just over 40,000 people, over the last decade UMA has sought to promote the internationalisation of its teaching and research and the mobility of its teachers and students.
UMA also offers an extensive catalogue of specialised teaching and postgraduate study: PhDs, official Master's Degrees, internal studies, specialisation courses, Spanish language for foreigners, summer courses and all kinds of scientific and cultural activities for better and more complete university training.
University Of Cyprus
The University of Cyprus was established in 1989 and admitted its first students in 1992. It was founded in response to the growing intellectual needs of the Cypriot people, and is well placed to fulfil the numerous aspirations of the country.
The University is a vigorous community of scholars engaged in the generation and diffusion of knowledge. Despite its brief history, the University of Cyprus has earned the respect of the international academic community and the appreciation of Cypriot society.
Admission for the majority of undergraduate students is by entrance examinations organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, and the competition for places is approximately 10 to 1. A number of places are reserved for students with special needs or circumstances. Every effort is made to offer practical solutions to students facing specific problems, be it access to University facilities, or assistance on academic issues.
When the University of Cyprus first opened its doors to students, the incoming class consisted of 486 undergraduate students. During the academic year 2010-2011, 4691 undergraduate students attended courses offered by the 21 departments. At the same time, there were 1549 postgraduate students.
AIIC- Italian association of critical infrastructures' expert
The security, the sustainable development and the quality of life of the industrialized countries depend on the continuous and efficient functioning of a set of infrastructures that for their vital importance are referred to as "Critical Infrastructures". Among such infrastructures some are worth mentioning: the transports (airlines, ferries, railways, highways etc); the energy networks for production, transport and distribution, (gas pipelines, gas storage facilities, electric trunks, electric transformers, energy generation plants, fuel distribution etc.); financial and bank networks; water and food distribution; ICT networks (internet, radio, TV networks, cabled broadcast; satellite communications etc); the health system, government and military networks, emergency networks, etc.
For several economical, social, political and technological reasons, the complexity and the interdependency of the former infrastructures has been steadily increasing during last decades. This huge developing has allowed a significant improvement in the quality of supplied service, while preventing dramatic cost enhancement. Nevertheless it has induced new and unpredictable vulnerabilities. This unexpected vulnerability, in turn, may result into serious obstacles to the developing and the well-being of our modern society also due to the increased threads related to the terrific escalation of the climate changes and to tormented social-political world asset.
The non-profit scientific association AIIC (Italian Association of Experts on Critical Infrastructures) was born to create and sustain an interdisciplinary culture to the developing of strategies, methodologies and technologies able to adequately govern the critical infrastructures, especially in crisis scenarios resulting from both natural catastrophes or anthropic malicious behavior.
The AIIC aims at exchanging experiences and knowledge related to the critical infrastructures to create an interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral shared approach among experts of different fields. To this purpose it affiliates academics, researchers, and experts of the different critical infrastructures. The concert of the various perspectives allows a global, deeper vision of the problem and it enables the Association to support public Institutions and private Enterprises in the governance of this complex "system of systems". The main support provided by AIIC is throughout dissemination of knowledge among their affiliated and the organization of special events covering different aspects of CI(I)P.