The Foundation successfully participated in the constitution of the Extended Partnership 14, for the related project called RESTART (RESearch and innovation on future Telecommunications systems and networks, to make Italy more smART), within the MUR call for proposals aimed at funding basic research within the framework of the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience (PNRR), Mission 4 Component 2 Investment 1.3 subsidised by the European Union - NextGenerationEU.

The RESTART project is organised in a Hub and Spokes structure, where the Hub manages and coordinates the Spokes that carry out the activities to achieve the project objectives. There are eight Spoke related to eight major scientific topics. The entire organisation will collaborate on 35 research projects.


FUB is directly involved in 3 of the 8 spokes into which this project is divided:


Spoke 2 (Integration of Networks and Services), which has the following specific objectives:

  • design a multi-level communication architecture for terrestrial and non-terrestrial (T/NT) networks that support new 6G-oriented use cases with specific energy and quality of service requirements;
  • devise and evaluate new transmission techniques and advanced frameworks for orchestrating networks and services in the field of integrated T/NT networks;
  • study how emerging social objectives (inclusion, sustainability, reliability) and regulatory policies can be translated into technological solutions for the telecommunications networks of the future;
  • define the architectural principles, components, APIs and tools needed to build advanced beyond-5G test platforms and validation tools.


Spoke 3 (Wireless Networks and Technologies), with the following specific objectives:

  • redesign a new network architecture concept that is specific to smart radio environments;
  • develop new radio architectures capable of adapting to the stringent constraints imposed by the high-frequency spectrum;
  • develop a new generation of high-frequency technology components;
  • development of new and unconventional antenna array synthesis solutions.


Spoke 8 (Intelligent and Autonomous Systems), which has the following objectives:

  • combine artificial intelligence and communication technologies to enable intelligent services operating at the periphery of the network;
  • use the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and optimise critical infrastructures;
  • predictive analysis, optimal dimensioning and real-time monitoring and resource utilisation adaptation of cloud-native network functions in “5G and beyond” networks;
  • an advanced edge computing architecture distributed over several geographically dispersed sites, each site with an integrated edge-computing network infrastructure (for in-network storage and processing services).
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