I received my electronic engineering degree from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1991. I am a senior researcher at the ISTI-CNR institute (formerly CNUCE) in Pisa, Italy, where I have worked since 1989 in the field of wireless communications as a member of the Wireless Networking group.
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.
I was Italian representative in the European COST action 285 and I am currently involved into the universAAL FP7 integrated project.
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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