Main on-going projects

NewSEA - SEAmless content delivery

SEA is an ICT STREP project co-funded under EU's seventh framework (FP7), ICT Call 1, Challenge 1: “Pervasive and Trusted Network and Service Infrastructures”, Objective 1.5: “Networked Media”.

Politecnico di Torino is involved in research activities in the fields of multiple description video coding, scalable video coding, applications of digital fountain codes to video streaming, cross layer optimization of heterogeneous networks.

The project is coordinated by STMicroelectronics and accounts for 10 participants, among which Thompson Broadcast and Multimedia, Philips, Vodafone, Fraunhofer HHI, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Network of Excellence in Wireless Communication++

NEWCOM is a Network of Excellence (NoE) funded by the European Commission within the VII Framework Programme, ICT Call 1, Challenge 1: “Pervasive and Trusted Network and Service Infrastructures”, Objective 2007.1.1: “The Network of the Future”.

Role: participant (as part of CNIT - Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni). The group is involved in research and integration in the field of wireless multimedia communications. NEWCOM++ is a follow up of the NEWCOM NoE.

DiVA project on distributed video delivery

DiVA fosters the development of efficient tools for the reliable delivery of multimedia contents across heterogeneous networks using H.264/AVC video standard and Multiple Description Coding. Check this page for further details.


Past projects

Network of Excellence in Wireless Communication

NEWCOM is a Network of Excellence (NoE) which will be funded by the European Commission within the VI Framework Programme (see for more information on the NoE instrument).

It encompasses 64 partners of excellence in the field of wireless multimedia communications, among which: Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications, University of Thessaly, Intracom, Technion, Bilkent University, ISIK University, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Telecommunications Technological Centre of Catalonia, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Telefónica, University of Catania., University of Pisa, Politecnico di Torino - CERCOM at Politecnico di Torino, I3P Politecnico, ST Microelectronics, Groupe des Ecoles de Télécommunications, SUPELEC, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Cooperative Lab. "Telecommunications for Space and Aeronautics" (TeSA), France Télécom, Philips France, Thales Communications, Motorola Labs - France, TurboConcept, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Elektrobit, Munich University of Technology (TUM), Institute of Communications Engineering (LNT), RWTH of Aachen, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, German Aerospace Center - DLR, IMST GmbH, Vodafone, Vienna Telecommunications Research Centre, Budapest University, Poznan University of Technology, Ghent University., Université Catholique de Louvain, IMEC, European Space Agency, Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology, Karlstad University, Uppsala University, Lund University, Ericsson, University of Oulu, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Bergen, Nera Research, University of Southampton, University of Surrey, University of Edinburgh, Central Research Labs Ltd.

The network is coordinated by Prof. Sergio Benedetto, whereas the CERCOM Research Unit is coordinated by Prof. Gabriella Olmo.

NEWCOM aims at creating a European network that links in a cooperative way a large number of leading research groups addressing the Strategic Objective "Mobile and wireless systems beyond 3G", a frontier research area of the Priority Thematic Area of IST.

The main objectives of NEWCOM are the following:

  • Strengthening, development and integration of research in the field
  • Empowerment of groups and individuals via dissemination activities
  • Effective use of produced knowledge via exploitation-commercialisation strategies.

To achieve those objectives, NEWCOM has created an elaborate plan of initiatives which revolve around the key notion of a Virtual Knowledge Centre. In other words, NEWCOM will effectively act as a distributed (decentralised) university, with Disciplinary Departments and Projects. NEWCOM's Joint Programme of Activities involves researcher exchanges, organisation of workshops and conferences, preparation of graduate courses to be diffused via NEWCOM high-speed network, broad dissemination of scientific results, promotion of entrepreneurship among its researchers. NEWCOM objectives are scientifically and socio-economically relevant to the Information Society Technologies (IST) 2003-2004 Work Programme issued by the European Commission, with particular reference to the focuses and outcomes listed in its Section "Mobile and Wireless Systems beyond 3G".

Center for Multimedia Wireless Communications

CERCOM is a research center founded by the Dipartimento di Elettronica (DELEN) and the Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica (DAUIN) at Politecnico di Torino. It has been approved and funded by the Italian Ministry of education, university and research in May 2000. Its main objectives are to coordinate and focus a wide range of disciplinary competences in the field of wideband wireless communications, to foster cooperation with the related industries and to promote high-level permanent education. The Center is directed by Prof. Sergio Benedetto.

The main research areas are:

  • WP1: Antennas for wireless communications and wideband radio channel modelling (Project manager: Prof. Mario Orefice)
  • WP2: Modeling, design, and characterization of RF circuits and subsystems for wireless applications (Project Manager: Prof. Giovanni Ghione)
  • WP3: Digital architectures and circuits for low power wireless communications (Project Manager: Prof. Guido Masera)
  • WP4: Physical layer of wireless systems (Project Manager: Prof. Gabriella Olmo)
  • WP5: Wireless networks and protocols (Project Manager: Prof. Marco Ajmone Marsan)
  • WP6: Processing and reliable delivery of multimedia signals (Project Manager: Dr. Juan Carlos De Martin)
  • WP7: Enabling technologies and applications (Project Manager: Prof. Luigi Ciminiera)
  • WP8: Electromagnetic compatibility for wireless systems (Project Manager: Prof. Flavio Canavero)

Watermarking technologies for authentication and copyright protection of remote sensing images accessible through public and private networks

This project has been funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in 2001 and will be led to conclusion by the end of February 2004. Its main objectives are to study, develop and evaluate innovative techniques for application of data hiding technologies to remote sensing images. In particular, authentication and copyright protection are the main target applications for this project.

Although watermarking and data hiding are fairly established in the multimedia field, their application to remote sensing seems to be not straightforward. In particular, the main challenges are the fulfillment of the demanding robustness requirements in the remote sensing scenario and the quality assessment of the watermarked imagery. As a matter of fact, the usual "visual transparency" criterion is not suitable for remote sensing applications, for which image quality must be guaranteed more rigorously than in terms of mean squared error. The project aims at developing innovative watermarking technology to address these issues. Moreover, it is foreseen to develop an image data base and a demonstrator of the selected algorithms, to be made available on the Web.

The participating Research Units are:

  • University of Siena ( RU leader and project coordinator, Prof. Mauro Barni
  • University of Florence ( RU leader Prof. Vito Cappellini
  • Politecnico di Torino ( RU leader Prof. Gabriella Olmo

Advanced Algorithms for Lossless Compression of Hyperspectral Data

ACHYDA is a one-year research project, ending in Jan. 2004, and funded by the European Space Agency. The main contractor is Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA, a small-medium enterprise located in Milan (Italy) whose core business is the development of small satellites for telecommunications.

The aim of this project is to develop, evaluate and implement state-of-the-art and advanced lossless compression algorithms for hyperspectral images. The project activity has been initially focused on the performance evaluation of several 3D image compression algorithms for hyperspectral imagery. The results of this analysis have led to the selection of a simple 3D predictor as benchmark algorithm and of an advanced predictor based on the Adaptive Switching of Adaptive Predictors (ASAP) strategy. The algorithm defined in the CCSDS recommendation on lossless data compression ( is used as entropy-coding stage for both the benchmark and the advanced algorithms. The benchmark and the advanced compression algorithms have been optimized and implemented on a test equipment consisting of a SpaceWire data acquisition and transmission module and an Analog Devices ADSP21020 radiation-tolerant DSP board.

The participating Research Units are:

  • Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA ( RU leader and project coordinator, Mr. Andrea Bertoli
  • IFAC-CNR ( RU leader Dr. Stefano Baronti
  • Politecnico di Torino ( RU leader Prof. Gabriella Olmo

Development and realization of advanced algorithms suitable for space applications for lossless and near-lossless compression of single band and multi/hyperspectral data

This is a one-year project funded for 2003/2004 by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) within its fundamental research program. The aim of this project is to develop and evaluate techniques for lossless, near-lossless and lossy compression of hyperspectral images. In particular, a novel lossless and near-lossless 3D compression algorithm based on CALIC (context-adaptive lossless image coding), and named M-CALIC, has been developed during the project. M-CALIC is being compared with other lossless and near-lossless compression strategies, including Adaptive Switching of Adaptive Predictors (ASAP) and Adaptive Combination of Adaptive Predictors (ACAP), and with state-of-the-art lossy compression algorithms based on the JPEG 2000 family of standards.

The participating Research Units are:

  • Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA ( RU leader and project coordinator, Mr. Andrea Bertoli
  • IFAC-CNR ( RU leader Dr. Stefano Baronti
  • Politecnico di Torino ( RU leader Prof. Gabriella Olmo

Watermarking for Video and Images Copyright Protection

WAVECOP is a two year research project (November 2003/November 2005) funded by the Italian Ministry of education, university and research. Its main objectives are to further promote the Italian research in the data hiding and watermarking fields and to coordinate the activities of the Research units (RU) in such a way to increase their effectiveness. This will be achieved, on one hand, by strengthening the know-how of the RU on the basic theoretical aspects of this technology and, on the other hand, by investigating practical solutions to four different applications, namely:

  • Robust watermarking for multimedia copyright protection.
  • Secure watermarking tools for multimedia documents.
  • Security and conditional access for video streaming using watermarking.
  • Robust watermarking of multispectral images.

The Research units participating to the project are:

  • University of Florence ( RU leader and project coordinator, Prof. Vito Cappellini
  • University of Siena ( RU leader Prof. Mauro Barni
  • University of Roma 3 ( RU leader Prof. Alessandro Neri
  • Politecnico di Torino ( RU leader Prof. Gabriella Olmo

Reconfigurable Platforms for Wideband Wireless Communications

PRIMO is a research project funded by the Italian Ministry of education, university and research. It deals with the design, the development and the experimental validation of base stations and user terminals for wideband wireless communications systems, able to cope with those reconfigurability and interoperability characteristics required by next generation mobile communication systems.

The main focus of the research is on the physical layer, with emphasis on algorithms and architectures yielding bandwidth efficiency, low power, high capacity, reconfigurability, to both mobile terminal and base station. Several multimedia applications are considered and tested with innovative resilience options. Various architectures suitable to implement a flexible software-defined radio (SDR) platform are studied and compared, with the aim of an efficient implementation of a set of key algorithms to be "customized" and shared between various radio access schemes. One of the project outcomes will be the platform, to be used also as a test-bed for long-term, innovative system solutions.

Besides the scientific objectives, the project aims at developing a national multi-pole centre for advanced studies on wireless systems, offering a broad range of research opportunities to young researchers and internationally renowned scholars. Moreover, a continuous and constructive cooperation among universities and industries will be pursued, so as to enrich the long-term innovative vision of the academy with the experience, assessment of relevance, sensibility to cost-effectiveness and attention to the final product of the industry.

The participants to PRIMO are:

The First European Network of Stratospheric Platforms

HeliNet is a three year project (2000-2003) carried out by a transnational and multisectorial partnership of research departments at universities and companies and takes into account all the aspects of a new stratospheric infrastructure.

Its main achievements are:

  • Aerodynamic and structural design of the HELIPLAT platform, including wing and tail areas and spans, electric power, engines ad propellers efficiency, total mass, operations, safety and regulatory requirements.
  • Design of the energy subsystem, including solar cells, fuel cells and electrolyse efficiency and mass.
  • Design and realisation of a scaled size prototype, completely representative of the full size platform from the technological point of view.
  • Design of a network of platforms.
  • Design of the telecommunication network topology, architecture, protocols, and communication interface towards the applications.
  • Pilot applications in strategic areas, namely:
    1. Positioning and Navigation: traffic monitoring applications, and integration with GNSS2/ Galileo
    2. Environmental Surveillance: design of an optical payload for remote sensing
    3. Broadband Communications: design of local-mutipoint-distribution services based on the HAVE platform infrastructure

The project has been funded by the European Commission within the Fifth Framework Programme (see for details), and coordinated by Prof. Mario Pent, Politecnico di Torino, Dept. of Electronics. The project has been led to its conclusion with the Final Workshop and Exhibition, held in Turin of February 17-18, 2003.