Francesco De Natale, professor of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, has been appointed director of the CNIT, the National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications.
The consortium is a not-for-profit organization recognized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) that conducts advanced research and education activities in the ICT sector. The consortium brings together 47 research organizations, 39 universities and 8 research institutes of the National Research Council.
The Director of the consortium is elected for a three-year term by the shareholders’ assembly as the legal representative of the consortium and to guide and promote its activity.
Francesco De Natale is a Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Trento.
From 2001 to 2007 he chaired the Council of the Disciplinary Area of Information Engineering and, from 2007 to 2010, he was the Director of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI), of which he is a founding member.
His research interests are focused on multimedia signal processing and recognition, including coding and transmission, computer vision and monitoring, the security, reliability, generation and synthesis of multimedia data.
He coordinates the Multimedia Laboratory (MMLab) of DISI since 2001, with a staff of about 15 researchers.
He has published more than 200 papers in international journals and participated in important conferences in the sector. He has also participated in various national and international research and development projects, and has coordinated an integrated project with European funding (EU-FP7 Glocal) and is director of the AUSILIA local laboratory for assistive medical technologies, at the Villa Rosa Hospital in Pergine (Trento).
He has worked as an expert for the European Commission in various research and development programs, and for the NSF in the United States and Ireland, the QRNF, and other national research funding programs.
He has been a member of the MMSP Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, coordinating the activities of the technical directions board, and an associate editor of various IEEE journals (TCSVT, TMM, tip). He is currently Senior Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.
Professor De Natale is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, and CVPR, the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference.