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The laboratory

The Laboratory of “Computer Engineering and Networks”, “CENs Lab, Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory, was born as a research group in 2010, later in 2011, it was expanded and was established by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture first and then by Decree of the President of the University N.174 of 2016, with the name “Laboratory of Computer Engineering and Networks”.

It originates from the CENs, Computer Engineering and Networks research group of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Enna – Kore, formed in 2010 and currently composed of professors, researchers, and research fellows.

The CENs Laboratory provides tools to support research, design, configuration and management of information processing systems in the field of artificial intelligence.

The Laboratory also hosts students engaged in thesis and internship activities, as well as researchers interested in promoting experimental research in the area of artificial intelligence and specifically in the field of expert systems, security, big data management, management, control and optimisation of services, networks (both wired and wireless) and next-generation information systems.

Since 2010, the lab has ensured that the most promising student research activities are presented annually at the International Society of Automation (ISA) student research long-distance conference and published in the journal BULLETIN OF THE UNESCO DEPARTMENT “DISTANCE EDUCATION IN ENGINEERING” OF THE SUAI.
The Laboratory has a specialised area in ‘Expert Systems and Networks’, i.e., the study of applications for the control of systems and innovative strategies and algorithms for the flexible management of resources in real-time systems and networks.

The objective is to define resource allocation policies (in terms of CPU time or bandwidth, depending on the context) that are flexible and achieve a good compromise between timeliness and efficiency, accepting a limited performance degradation for soft real-time activities where possible.

Applications in various sectors have been investigated and are still under consideration, including embedded and wireless systems to support factory and home automation communication.


  • Mario Collotta – Associate Professor SSD ING/INF-05 – Scientific Responsible
    MARIO COLLOTTA received the PhD degrees in Computer Science Engineering and Telecommunications from Catania University, Italy, in 2011.
    He is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering – Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Kore University of Enna, Italy.
    He was the Chair of the BD course in Computer Science Engineering and the MD course in Telematics Engineering with the Kore University of Enna.
    He is the scientific responsible of the Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory (CENs Lab).
    His research activity mainly focuses on studying innovative solutions and approaches in expert systems and networks, focused on real-time and secure applications while publishing more than 80 refereed papers in these areas.
  • Giovanni Pau – Associate Professor SSD ING/INF-05 – Area Referent “Expert Systems”.
    GIOVANNI PAU is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Kore University of Enna, Italy.
    Prof. Pau received his Bachelor’s degree in Telematic Engineering from the University of Catania, Italy. His Master’s degree (cum Laude) in Telematic Engineering and PhD from Kore University of Enna, Italy.
    Prof. Pau is the author/co-author of more than 80 refereed articles published in journals and conference proceedings.
    He is a Member of the IEEE (Italy Section). In addition, he has been involved in several international conferences as a session Co-Chair and Technical Program Committee member.
    Prof. Pau serves/served as a leading Guest Editor in special issues of several international journals and is an Editorial Board member as Associate Editor of several journals, such as IEEE Access, Wireless Networks (Springer), EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (Springer), Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (Hindawi), Sensors (MDPI), and Future Internet (MDPI), to name a few.
    His research interests include Wireless Sensor Networks, Fuzzy Logic Controllers, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Internet of Things, Smart Homes, and Network Security.
  • Fabio Arena – Researcher TD SSD ING/INF-05
  • Francesco Termine – Research Fellow in Computer Engineering


The CENs research group proposes innovative solutions, approaches and applications for the control of computer systems in the field of networks, IoT and artificial intelligence.
The studies carried out by CENs have already aroused great interest both nationally and internationally, and there are numerous scientific contributions in journals with high editorial content.

Some of the scientific collaborations

  • Soonchunhyang University – the Republic of Korea (since 2017 – ongoing)
  • Carnegie Mellon University – USA (dal 2016 al 2018)
  • General Motors – USA (dal 2016 al 2018)
  • State University of Feira de Santana – Brazil (from 2015 to 2020)
  • University of the Bío-Bío – Chile (from 2015 to 2018)
  • Politecnico di Torino (from 2014 – ongoing)
  • University of Catania (from 2010 – ongoing)
  • Zhejiang University of Technology College of Computer Science and Technology, China (from 2019 – ongoing)
  • The Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Russia (from 2010 – ongoing)

PON “SAMANTA – SmArt MAiNTenance plAtform” – F/190197/01-03/X44.

The SAMANTA project creates a technological platform to facilitate the management of the entire maintenance and repair process of transport vehicles (public/private, freight/passenger) and logistics.
The solution consists of a platform to provide an advanced maintenance and repair service for freight and passenger vehicles.

The specific functionalities are:

  • collect IoT data from freight and passenger vehicles
  • intelligently identify the type of problem/failure on the vehicle based on “big data” techniques – Predictive Maintenance
  • identify the type of vehicle and specific parts of its engine through video analysis
  • provide intelligent support to the operational phase of intervention by using multimedia content (texts, videos and animations) in ‘Augmented Reality.’
  • enable the simulation of maintenance operations using “Virtual Reality” techniques
  • improve maintenance processes based on best practices from experienced mechanics

The bridge over the District: the Computer Engineering and Networks laboratory coordinated the project activities to develop innovative real-time interaction platforms for the development of advanced web-marketing applications, funded by “Fondazione con il Sud – Invito Sviluppo Locale 2010”.
The project was funded by the ‘Fondazione con il Sud’ based on a competitive call for proposals with a review.

Multimedia paths in the company of experts:
PSR Sicily 2007/2013 measure 413, axis 4.
CUP code H23514000370009.
The project was financed by the RDP Sicily based on a competitive call with revision.
The Computer Engineering and Networks laboratory coordinated the project activities to develop multimedia applications for users of the territory in real-time and on the move.

PON PRISMA (PiattafoRme cloud Interoperabili per SMArt-government): financed by P.O.N. Ricerca e Competitivita’ 2007-2013 – Notice n. 84/Ric. del 02/03/2012 – Projects Smart Cities – cod.

The Laboratory of Computer Engineering and Networks was involved in research activities related to the following work units:


  • Study of Smart systems for building monitoring.
    Implementation of a prototype of a building monitoring system;


  • Seismic vulnerability:
    Study of CLOUD applications for land status reconstruction;


  • Study of UAV fleet systems and fixed cameras for the construction of damage scenarios in RVA:
    Hardware/software development of an autonomous multi-rotor aircraft.

Research products and publications

The research group has an extensive international production of scientific articles in journals, conferences and books in the field.

The group has presented (some still in progress) several Special Issues and Special Sections in international journals and conferences to promote the research topics addressed in the Laboratory.

Here are the scopus links to access the research papers

Contacts and where we are

The Laboratory is located on the first floor of the Engineering and Architecture building at the University Citadel.

Mario Collotta – mario.collotta@unikore.it
Giovanni Pau – giovanni.pau@unikore.it
Fabio Arena – fabio.arena@unikore.it
Francesco Termine – francescogaetano.termine@unikore.it