DISIT lab Overview

DISIT lab and research group is active since 1994. It is one of the most active ICT labs of the University of Florence, metropolitan Tuscany area. DISIT successfully developed a relevant number of International and National research, development and innovation projects. DISIT provides an infrastructure for cloud and distributed computing.
DISIT has coordinated a number of large EC projects, in many others has covered the role of partner, and also coordinating scientific and technical WP and performing activities of dissemination and assessment.  DISIT has received a relevant number of awards and is directly involved into top level international conferences, advisory boards, and committees.
DISIT research areas: big data, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, distributed systems, formal models, metrics definition and assessment:
  • Data Mining and understanding: OD ingestion, quality improvement, data fusion, reconciliation: http://www.disit.org/6056  
  • Open Data: OD, LOD, RDF stores visual tools, link discovering, enrichment, such as: http://log.disit.org
  • Data analytics: statistics, clustering, logistic and holistic regression, machine learning, indexing and search, similarity distance,  
  • Semantic computing: ontology / knowledge modeling, reasoning, deduction, recognition, disambiguation, prediction, inference, such as: http://www.disit.org/6568
  • high performance distributed systems, Grid and parallel computing: http://www.disit.org/6566, http://www.disit.org/5551
  • RDF store: indexing, high performance, parallel querying
  • Content and data protection: IPR modeling, conditional access, digital rights management, MPEG-21 (http://www.axmedis.org), http://www.disit.org/5509,  protected content players, etc.

DISIT solutions for: user behaviour analysis, multilingual and cross media indexing, user and collective profiling, indoor/outdoor navigation, media synchronisation, matchmaking, audio transcoding, sentient and autonomous agents and tools, open data, linked open data.

(see more on Publications and Current Projects page, see on the left bar of this page for the Conferences in which DISIT is directly involved). See web page of DISIT coordinator Prof. Paolo Nesi

DISIT commitment for the next European Commission Calls are reported below, while major information can be easily recovered by performing a query above, by searching on the web page, projects, documents, papers, deliverables and slides available and indexed on the DISIT Lab web site. The reported links are only to show examples.
DISIT lab may develop original solutions in RIA project as well as solutions grounded on available DISIT tools for specified TRL for IA, inovation action projects:


Big Data, Smart Cities and Distributed Systems (for example ICT16, ICT8):

Smart City models and applications (for example SCC1, SCC3, SCC5, ..):

Collective Awarness Platforms (for example, INFSO, CAPS ICT10, ..):

  • Social media tools and platforms
  • Collective profiling computing, suggestions and recommendations
  • Scalable social media platforms, LOD for cultural heritage
  • Open data and linked open data: tools (LOG, Service map), algorithms reasoners
  • Ontologies for collective communities, knowledge and competences,
  • matchmaking (see APREToscana), crowd sourcing
  • applications on: mobile, spart TV, tables, etc.
  • natural language processing algorithms and tools: profile processing, comments understanding, affective analysis, social media analysis.
  • intellectual property right models and tools: see IPR wizard and model
  • see for example projects and tools: ECLAP, OSIM, APRETOSCANA
  • high TRL tools

Creative industry, creativity, elearning: (see overview) (for example ICT19, ICT20,..)

Smart cloud (for example ICT8, INFOSO, ICT12, GOV, etc.):

Linked Open Graph                                 ServiceMap for LOD                         Smart City tools

DISIT directly supported conferences: ICSOFT2014, ,ICECCS2014, DMS2014, MobiWIS2014, ICSOFT2014, DATA 2014, ..
research results have been successfully applied in solutions/tools for: social networks (ECLAP, ApreToscana), social learning (Mobile Medicine, FC), smart cities for mobility, smart cloud and intelligence (ICARO Cloud), health care, brain information modelling and analysis, business intelligence, mobile solutions, autonomous agents, content processing (AXCP), automated formatting, web based content aggregation, content based retrieval (XmediaCBIR), digital rights management (AXMEDIS), collaborative work, audiovisual annotation, CAS, GRID, P2P, crowd sourcing, multimedia middleware, ... (see more on Current Projects page and on Tools Page where some of the produced innovations and tools are listed).
DISIT has generated Effective Knowledge spinoff company participated by the University of Florence.

Some Flyers as PDF (for links to the projects web pages see on the left):


References of DISIT activities in the areas of:



DISIT has received a number of awards, for projects such as WEDELMUSIC, AXMEDIS. And Awards for best paper conferences and for innovation.


Innovation Selected from the Italy of Innovators 4 different Innovations of DISIT Lab have been selected by the Italian Ministery Agency for the diffusion of Innovation Technologies in the national competition Italy of Innovators.

  • best paper awards: DMS, AXMEDIS, IEEE ICECCS, etc.
  • winner of MIREX 2009 competition: DISIT partecipated to MIREX competition for the 2009, about the polyphonic music transcoding algorithms and tools. Multiple Fundamental Frequency Estimation & Tracking Results. DISIT resulted to be the winner for the Tukey-Kramer HSD Multi-Comparison for Task2B (Piano). Conference 2009.
  • AXMEDIS FP6 IST research and development project: considered as one of the most succesfull IP projects of the FP6 in the area of content and tools. Social Network and content demonstration: XMF
  • WEDELMUSIC project has been selected as one of the best top 20 projects in the area of “Cross media content and publishing” for the FP 5 of the European Commission. On such grounds it has been granted with the support of the ADOPT-IT project, even after the WEDELMUSIC project reached its end.
  • Discovery technology award: DISIT reached the final in the area of Information Technology, among several submitted papers, with his research work for the MOODS project, where Prof. P. Nesi was coordinator. The project itself has been proposed for candidacy by the Disney Company in 2001.
  • Pirelli Internet Technology Award 2002, DISIT reached the final in the area of Information Technology among more than 1200 submitted papers, with his research work for the project WEDELMUSIC IST FP 5.


DISIT Spin off

has generated Effective Knowledge SpinOff start-up of the University of Florence


DISIT Managed networks and communities

DISIT is managing best practice networks and social networks as: ECLAP, APRETOSCANAIUF, and SMNET.


DISIT Master Studies, Ph.D. Courses and work with

If you are interested in performing a stage, thesis or a doctoral study at DISIT please contact his director Prof Paolo Nesi and visit the related web pages for thesis, projects and didaptical activities on: distributed systems, software engineering and project planning/management.



Paolo Nesi paolo.nesi@unifi.it

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