In Estonia, three Italian GARR scholars have won the Géant Future Talent Programme, the initiative of the European Research Network to enhance innovative projects on the network. I’m Agnes Sbrollini, Luca Coviello and Enrico Pietrocola.

The three Italian researchers under 30 were given the opportunity to present their work at TNC19, the European Conference on Research and Education Networks, which was held this year in Tallinn, Estonia.

Cardiological Cloud Prevention is the project of Agnese Sbrollini, a graduate in biomedical engineering and GARR scholar at the Polytechnic University of Marche. The goal is to create a GARR cloud-based system for preventing sudden cardiac death of sportsmen. Athletes’ data will be collected through wearable sensors during sports practice and transmitted in real time to doctors or large databases to make timely assessments and anticipate risk.

As Agnes Sbrollini has explained in a note from the GARR derl, \ We try to bring in the necessary instrumentation for the diagnosis of this pathology and to prevent it. •The technology has made great progress, we think for example of wearable sensors, but we are not yet able to transmit the signal recorded by the sensor to the doctor. Through the GARR infrastructure, we will try to create a telecommunications system that sends signals recorded by the athlete directly to the cloud so that they are seen in real time by the cardiologist to evaluate the risk indices of sudden cardiac death and decide whether to intervene immediately. At the moment, we are prototyping interfaces and in parallel we are acquiring data on athletes to develop and test new algorithms.

The application of artificial intelligence techniques in agriculture is the research field of Luca Coviello, data scientist who is carrying out his GARR scholarship at the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento.

His project deals with smart farming, i.e. the application of digital technologies in the agrifood sector to control the quality of products more effectively and to be able to produce more using less resources.

Tell Coviello that we will use a series of sensors that can measure different variables within the cultivated field (wind, precipitation, soil humidity, atmospheric pressure). By analysing these data we can understand how a plant develops and when it should be irrigated or when a fertilizer used, so as to understand the quality and its state and how its development will be in the immediate future.

The third project refers to music and distance learning.

Enrico Pietrocola, musician, expert in music network and computer science, is leading him. He is creating a software dedicated to real-time interaction on music score during musical performance situations.

Enrico Pietrocola says he is working on the creation of a new man-machine interface to reduce distances. The main objectives of my project are to create a shared online platform for distance music learning, sharing best practices for musicians and creating an effective online operating environment. All this absolutely in open source format.

The GARR scholarships are entitled to Orio Carlini, one of the fathers of the Italian network, each year allow 10 young researchers to develop their original ideas on the issues related to digital infrastructures at one of the research community or at GARR. The new call for new projects will be launched by mid-July.

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