Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) is the largest Technical University in Italy with more than 40000 students. The project will involve personnel of the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB) that, with about 840 members, is one of the largest European ICT departments, both for its size and for the quality of its research. According to the QS World University Rankings 2014, POLIMI is the first university in Italy in research subjects including Computer Science & Information Systems, and the seventh in Europe. POLIMI is a vital institution capable of promoting education, fundamental and applied research, and technology transfer to companies. Funding for the POLIMI research work has been attracted from a number of research projects with the Italian National Research Council, the Italian Ministry for Research and Education, national and international industry and the European Union. Research activities have been funded by EU-funded project 44%, National funded research 16%, foreign public institutions 4%, private companies 36%. Since 2009 the number of filed patents per year has been from 26 to 45.
Research is the main focus of DEIB, pursued according to the highest international quality standards. DEIB has a broad network of partnerships with the best international institutions, which makes the Department one of the fundamental players in the worldwide scenario of scientific and technological innovation. Considering only DEIB, several labs are available focusing on specific topics of the research, in particular in 2013 the labs were the following: 11 Bioengineering Labs; 12 Computer Science and Engineering and Systems and Control Labs; 7 Electrical Engineering Labs; 6 Electronics Labs, and 10 Telecommunications Labs, split over 8 main facilities spread in the Lombardy region around Milano. DEIB’s eco-system also includes the CEFRIEL technology transfer center and eleven spin-offs located in the incubator and many others surviving on the marked, created by professors and former students, with still a strong relation with POLIMI.
More in detail, POLIMI will participate in this project through a cross-disciplinary research team with competencies covering system architectures, embedded system design and design methodologies, and compiler construction. The System Architecture research group is composed of 3 full professors, 6 associate professors and a number of assistant professors, post-doc researchers and PhD students. This team has long been active in the field of designing computing systems and developing methodologies and prototype tools to support the automation of different phases of design. In particular, system-level design space exploration and runtime management techniques for manycore architectures have been mainstream lines of research in the recent years. POLIMI is a member of the CINECA consortium, one of the largest HPC centers in Europe.
The POLIMI group has a long experience on design space exploration and optimization for system-on-chip architectures from the performance and power perspective, as well as runtime resource management, design and implementation of compilers for parallel programming languages such as OpenMP and OpenCL, code optimization for parallel architectures, including SoC multicores, NUMA multiprocessors, general purpose GPU, and VLIW processors, and scheduling techniques for OpenMP. Additionally, POLIMI will bring its long experience in participating to many European project belonging to embedded and high-performance computing areas. POLIMI has also a consolidated experience in management of projects Recently POLIMI has coordinated from the second period the FP7-OMP-85526 OpenMediaPlatform project, the FP7-216693-MULTICUBE project (Multi-objective design space exploration of multi-processor SoC architectures for embedded multimedia applications) and the FP7-248716-2PARMA project (PARallel PAradigms and Runtime MAnagement techniques for Many-core Architectures). Moreover, POLIMI participated also to SEED-22133, PEOPLE-26796, POET-2000-30125, FP7-247999-COMPLEX and ARTEMIS SMECY acting also as WPLeader. Prof. William Fornaciari from POLIMI is Project Coordinator of the on-going FP7-612069-HARPA project (2013 – 2016). POLIMI is currently participating to FP7-611146-CONTREX project (2013 - 2016).
Prof. William Fornaciari
, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at POLIMI. He published six books and over 170 papers, collecting 5 best paper awards, one certification of appreciation from IEEE and holds 3 international patents on low power design. Since 1993 he is member of program committees and chair of international conferences in the field of computer architectures, EDA and system-level design. Since 1997 he has been involved in 12 EU-funded international projects and he has been part of the pool of experts of the Call For Tender No. 964-2005 – WING – Watching IST INnovation and knowledge, studying the impact of FP5 and FP6 expenditures. Recently, he participated to the projects MULTICUBE for design space exploration and the IP WASP on Wireless Sensor Networks. In FP7 he has been WP leader for the IP COMPLEX projects and Project Technical Manager of 2PARMA (ranked as success story the the EU) and he also participates to the Artemis SMECY project on smart multi-core embedded systems. Currently he is WP leader of the CONTREX IP project on mixed criticalities and Project Coordinator the the HARPA strep project on embedded and HPC technologies to ensure dependable performance. He cooperated for around 20 years with the CEFRIEL Technology Transfer Center of POLIMI, gaining significant experience in cooperating with international companies for the development of leading edge products: industrial exploitation of research ideas is one of his main attitudes. His main research interests cover multi-many core architectures, NoC, low power design, software power estimation, run time resource management, wireless sensor networks, thermal management, and EDA-based design methodologies. He is co-author of the first italian book on embedded systems and he acted as project reviewer for EC funded projects and invited speaker during EU consultation/information workshops.
Prof. Giovanni Agosta
, Ph.D., has obtained the Laurea (M.Sc.) degree in Computer Engineering (2000) and the doctoral degree in Information Technology (2004) at Politecnico di Milano, where he currently holds the position of Assistant Professor (with tenure). His research interests focus on the interaction between compiler and hardware architecture and the impact of compiler transformations on non-functional characteristics of the application, including compiler techniques for security, dynamic compilation, power-aware compilation, parallel programming models (in particular OpenCL and OpenMP), as well as on design methodologies for embedded systems and logic synthesis. He has published over 50 papers in international journals and conferences, collecting two best paper awards and three HiPEAC paper awards. He has been WP Leader for the compiler tool-chain work-package in the FP7 2PARMA project, as well as WP Leader for the hardware and software acceleration techniques work-package in the ARTEMIS SMECY project, coordinating over 20 partners from 9 different European countries. In the past, he participated to the FP7 OpenMediaPlatform and FP6 ICODES projects. He is a member of the HiPEAC network of excellence, has been an expert reviewer in the CHIST-ERA program, and is the organizer of two workshops co-located with the HiPEAC conference, as well as a guest editor for a special issue of ACM TECS.