The Institute of Information Science and Technologies (CNR-ISTI)

The Institute of Information Science and Technologies "A. Faedo" (CNR-ISTI) belongs to the Italian National Research Council (CNR). CNR is the largest public governmental research organization in Italy. The network of CNR research institutes is constituted by 107 institutes. CNR is multidisciplinary organization, whose competences address health and biology, computer science, elecommunications, environment and climate, chemistry, physics, geology, volcanologist, behavioural, economic, social and cultural sciences. About 12000 researchers are employed in the 107 Institutes. 

 The research and development activity of the Institute can be classified into 6 thematic areas:

  •  Networking
  •  Software
  •  Knowledge
  •  High Performance Computing
  •  Visual
  •  Flight and Structural Mechanic



Francesco Potortì received my electronic engineering degree from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1991. I am a senior researcher at the CNR-ISTI institute in Pisa, Italy, where I have worked since 1989 in the field of wireless communications as a member of the Wireless Networking group. I have been cofounder, board member since its birth and current chair of EvAAL, which in its fifth year (2015) merged its localisation competition with the IPIN (Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation) conference. I have organised the EvAAL competitions since 2011 and the first IPIN competition in 2014. I was Italian representative in the European COST action 285 and I have participated in several European funded research projects as member and task leader. My research interests include communications protocols, wireless communications, internet technology, simulation of communications systems, RSS-based indoor localisation, evaluation of indoor localisation systems. I co-authored more than seventy peer-reviewed scientific papers. I have managed the use of software licenses in some European projects. I encourage the use of free software licenses in the research community. I was the real-time software implementer and one of the inventors of the FODA/IBEA system for satellite communications, which had been patented in Italy. I wrote, alone or with others, many small and medium-sizedfree programs, most of which I have used in my research activity. I taught computer science and operating systems courses at the Engineering and Computer science faculties of the University of Pisa.