COMMS4ITALY: A solidarity initiative for Italy by telecom researchers

It is a hard period for Italy due to COVID-19 outbreak, and the scientific community of telecommunications, represented by IEEE Italy Joing ComSoc/VTS Chapter, Consorzio Nazionale Universitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT) and Gruppo Nazionale delle Telecomunicazioni e Tecnologie dell’Informazione (GTTI), decided to offer specifically to young members the possibility to meet, even though virtually, some of the most representative figures of the tlc sector and to learn from them about emerging and future technologies.

Thanks to this initiative, it will be possible to learn the vision of the experts on the future of communication, which are the hottest technologies and most relevant challenges in the future.

The initiative was endorsed with enthusiasm by several experts in the field, which gave their availability to offer free online webinars (around 45 minutes) on topics including quantum communications, ICT sustainability, and others. Participants will be exposed to the most revolutionary ideas and find interesting issues to study and analyze, but also to interact and communicate, helping to ease the restrictions due to the current isolation period.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jaafar Elmirghani (Univ. of Leeds, UK) “ICT Sustainability”, April 3rd at 11:00am (Rome time)
  • Lajos Hanzo (Univ. of Southampton, UK) “Quantum Communications”, April 3rd at 3:00pm (Rome time)
  • Ashutosh Dutta (IEEE Future Networks Founding Co-Chair) “IEEE Future Networks Roadmap”, April 7, 2pm (Rome time)
  • Frank Fitzek (TU Dresden, 5G Labs Germany) “5G Rules, who needs 6G?”, April 14, 2pm (Rome time)

This virtual event will take place online in the period between April 1st and 15th, 2020. Participants will get access information by registering to the event. The event will be presented entirely in English. The detailed program will be available here.

Participation is free for everyone registered through the online registration form. Participants are invited to perform a voluntary donation for Italian Civil Protection – EMERGENZA CORONAVIRUS. More information can be found here.

Info: Fabrizio Granelli (