Università degli Studi dell’Aquila – Dipartimento di Informatica
Type : Higher Education - University
Syze :The University of L’Aquila (see www.univaq.it) is a public university with both administrative and financial autonomy. Based on an ancient tradition (its foundation dates back to the XV century), it represents nowadays a medium size institution in the Italian higher education system, with about 22.000 students divided among nine faculties (among which Medicine and Surgery; Mathematics, Physics and Natural Science; Economy; Psychology; Biotechnology; Engineering; Literature and Philosophy). Since 1990 the University offers a MSc. degree in computers, which is at present structured into a three-year post-graduate and a two-year specialization. Also a first-level master degree in web technologies and a second-level master degree in production engineering (in cooperation with the faculty of engineering) are offered to a limited number of participants, according to periodical funding. Since 2002 the University has been deploying a Department of Computers (formerly operating as a section of the Math department).

The Department of Computers
Competences: The Department (see www.di.univaq.it) is responsible for most of the research activities in the area of computer science, and for the whole area of operational research. These activities also include a PhD program in computer science, and several post-doc programs. The academic staff consists of 20 members with a permanent position: 5 full professors, 5 associate professors and 10 research assistants. Of these, 1 full professor, 1 associate and 1 research assistant teach operations research. The operations research (OR) group also numbers 1 non-permanent position of research assistant, 2 post-doc positions and 2 PhD students, for a total of eight people. All the members of the OR group (except, of course, the last two) hold a PhD. The head of the OR group is prof. C. Arbib (see short CV below). The OR group took part in several national and international research projects, including two EC projects within the 5th Framework Programme: FUTURE (Functional UMTS Real Emulator, Action Line IST-2000-4.5.3), SAILOR (Satellite Integrated UMTS Emulator, Action Line IST-2002-5.1). The group also operates a scientific laboratory (OIL Lab: see www.oil.di.univaq.it), a permanent research structure mainly devoted to optimization models and algorithms, and simulation. The main lines of research of the group include
• (combinatorial) optimization models and algorithms for
o cutting/packing/assortment problems
o scheduling problems, mainly with application to production systems
o routing and capacity assignment problems in telecommunication systems
o frequency assignment problems
• simulation, as applied (mainly) to manufacturing systems

Claudio Arbib received his Ph.D. degree in Computer and System Science from the University of Roma “La Sapienza” in 1987. From 2000 he is full professor at the Department of Computers of the University of L’Aquila. He is a member of the Italian Scientific Council of Operational Research (CIRO) and of the Steering Committee of the Italian Association of Operational Research (AIRO). His main research interests include large scale integer programming, and cutting and packing problems. His scientific publications appeared in such international journals as Operations Research, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, Networks, European Journal of Operational Research, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation.

Research personnel : 4 professors and researchers in Operations Research and Computer Science, 1 researcher associate, 1 research follow, 2 technical and administrative personnel.

Contacts

Web site: http://www.di.univaq.it
Contact person: Prof. Claudio Arbib e-mail: arbib@di.univaq.it