Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies


Institution background

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies is a public university institute – with special autonomy – working in the field of applied sciences: Economics and Management, Law, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Plant Biotechnology, Medicine, and Industrial and Information Engineering.

The TeCIP Institute of Sant’Anna School was created in 2001 as a Centre of Excellence of the Italian University, Scientific and Technological Research Ministry. Core activities of the TECIP Institute are research and education linked to Communication, Information and Perception Technologies. Main research areas are:
– optical communication networks through the use of photonic technologies, also in the fields of sensors and biophotonics;
– IT applications of embedded real-time systems and sensor networks for the Internet of Things;
– virtual environments and interface robotic systems for the study of human-machine interaction and human perception.

Scientific and technological research has an interdisciplinary character and is developed inside Laboratories, equipped with the utmost leading edge instruments and technologies. The around 300 professors and researchers can count upon an annual budget of more than 10 million euro to develop their research activities, with the main objective of leading the innovation to an extent of technological development to be used on field.

The innovative training initiatives, taught in English, such as PhD, Master’s degrees and Italian University Masters, are in line with the highest international standards.

The recent Quality of Research Evaluation (VQR), run by the National Agency for University and Research Evaluation (ANVUR), located the TeCIP Institute in 1st position in the national ranking for the Industrial and Information Engineering, among medium-sized departments.

The research and teaching in the field of Photonic Networks and Technologies is currently structured into seven research areas:
– networks and services
– optical communication systems
– theory and techniques of optical communications
– digital and micro-wave photonics
– optical sensors and integrated photonic subsystems
– high-capacity optical systems
– advanced technologies for integrated photonics

In these areas, the TECIP Institute is able to develop relevant projects through the complementarity of skills, the international-level scientific qualification and its size, both in terms of human resources and equipment; namely, it can produce experimentations that even include technology demonstrations in relevant (industry) environment, i.e. up to TRL6.

The Integrated Photonic Technologies (INPHOTEC) Center is also part of the TeCIP Institute. Its mission is to provide fabrication facilities and technology platforms for research, prototyping and production of photonic components and circuits to academic and industrial SME. INPHOTEC features 500 m2 of clean room area (up to class 100) and has four different technology platforms: Silicon Photonics, Glass on Silicon, Hybrid Integration, and Advanced Packaging.

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Key research areas (aligned with MULTIPLY focus areas)

Coherent communication, nonlinear challenge, capacity crunch – Marco Secondini,

New formats protocols, capacity crunch – Piero Castoldi,

Emerging photonics applications, distributed sensing, capacity crunch – Antonella Bogoni,

Silicon photonics, New photonic materials – Marco Romagnoli,

Diagnostics modalities, Non-invasive imaging – Luca Poti,