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Francesco Potortý - ISTI
- Area della ricerca CNR – Via G. Moruzzi, 1 – I-56124 Pisa
Operatore +39 050 588215
Tel +39 050 621 3058
Fax +39 050 621 2040
Email: Potorti@isti.cnr.it
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I received my electronic engineering degree from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1991. I am a senior researcher at the CNR-ISTI institute in Pisa, Italy, where I have worked since 1989 in the field of wireless communications as a member of the Wireless Networking group.

I was Italian representative in the European COST action 285 and I have participated in several European funded research projects. I have been a member of the board of the EvAAL competition since its birth.

My research interests include communications protocols, wireless communications, internet technology, simulation of communications systems and RSS-based indoor localisation. I co-authored more than sixty refereed scientific papers.

I am interested in encouraging the use of free software licenses in the research community.

I am the real-time software implementer and one of the inventors of the FODA/IBEA system for satellite communications, which has been patented in Italy. I wrote, alone or with others, many small and medium-sized free programs, most of which I have used in my research activity.

I have taught computer science and operating systems courses at the Engineering and Computer science faculties of the University of Pisa.

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I ported the Emacs editor to the Motorola Delta 68k architecture, I wrote some Emacs packages, and the 68020 assembler code of gzip. I made various minor contributions to Emacs and various parts of the GNU project.

On behalf of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) I currently volunteer to maintain etags. I also wrote other small free programs.

I contributed to the Italian translation of the history of the GNU project, and I contribute to discussions, revisions and (few) translations in the Italian free software translation group and the Italian translation team of the GNU project documents.

I was cofounder of Associazione Software Libero, the only Italian associate of Free Software Foundation Europe, for which I wrote a short introduction to free software (in Italian).

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