The Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna (SSSA) is a public university with special autonomy that operates in the field of applied sciences. The research activities at SSSA are conducted in six research institutes. The 5Growth activities will be conducted by personnel of the Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies (TeCIP, http://tecip.sssup.it). The foundation of the TeCIP Institute dates back to 2001, when SSSA, the National Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) and the Marconi Communications SpA (now Ericsson) signed a long-term agreement for collaborative research on networks and photonic technologies, thus creating the Centre of Excellence for Communication Network Engineering, a unique example of synergy at national level between universities and industry. The TeCIP Institute consists today of about 60 researchers, including faculty, post-docs and PhD students. Over the years the TeCIP also reached an important position in the national and international scene, thanks to the participation in European projects, national and private agreements with universities, international research centers and laboratories, experiences of joint collaboration at the European and extra-European level. The research topics investigated at TeCIP include various aspects of the network, services, and photonic technologies. In addition, TeCIP is strictly collaborating with Ericsson R&D Italy on enabling solutions for 5G x-haul. Moreover, TeCIP is currently collaborating with Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) (the Italian Railways Network provider) on several topics. Such collaboration represents a potential industrial development of the technologies tested in 5Growth.
5Growth will involve the TeCIP “Networks and Services” area. The “Networks and Services” area research deals with the design and evaluation of communication networks considering the entire TCP/IP protocol stack, from the physical layer to the services.