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Pietro Zanarini (zip@crs4.it)

Co-founder, Director of ICT & Business Development @ CRS4

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Born: 1957. Degree: Physics @ Bologna, Italy. Co-founder, Director of ICT & Business Development @ CRS4. 30+ y experience in ICT, Information Society, Internet.

CRS4

Il CRS4 (http://www.crs4.it) è un centro di ricerca interdisciplinare privato fondato dalla Regione Autonoma della Sardegna nel 1990 il cui socio unico è l’agenzia regionale Sardegna Ricerche. Il Centro promuove lo studio, lo sviluppo e l’applicazione di soluzioni innovative a problemi provenienti da ambienti naturali, sociali e industriali. Tali sviluppi e soluzioni si basano sulla Scienza e Tecnologia dell’Informazione e sul Calcolo Digitale ad alte prestazioni. Il CRS4 collabora con Università, con Centri di Ricerca e con l’Industria, partecipando a rilevanti progetti nazionali e internazionali e svolgendo attività di ricerca e di trasferimento tecnologico. Attualmente sono impiegate circa 150 persone. Dal 2003 il Centro è situato nel Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico della Sardegna, luogo di attrazione per la ricerca high-tech, nel Comune di Pula a circa 40 km da Cagliari.

Fondato a fine 1990, sotto la guida del Premio Nobel per la fisica Carlo Rubbia, il CRS4 ottiene subito alcuni risultati prestigiosi: nell’agosto del 1993 www.crs4.it è il primo sito web in Italia; nel 1994 il CRS4 promuove e collabora allo sviluppo del primo quotidiano via Web in Europa (L’Unione Sarda); nel 1995, grazie anche al CRS4, nasce in Sardegna il primo Internet Service Provider italiano (Video On Line) e successivamente Tiscali.

Questi e altri risultati susseguitesi nel tempo hanno portato la Sardegna ad essere praticamente la prima regione italiana per “e-intensity” (fonte: BCG Report 2011) e seconda solo alla Lombardia per investimenti in startup innovative negli ultimi tre anni (fonte: AIFI 2013-2015). Recentemente alcuni tra i maggiori leader ICT mondiali come Huawei, Amazon, Microsoft, etc. hanno stipulato importanti accordi con il CRS4 e la Regione Sardegna per la realizzazione di progetti congiunti.

Pietro Zanarini: short bio…

Pietro Zanarini (http://www.zanarini.it) is the director of ICT & Business Development sectors at CRS4, focused at launching new initiatives to help further the growth of Sardinia in the Information Society.

Specific experience in the fields of Internet/Web/Mobile Applications, Smart Environments, Digital Media, User Experience, Scientific Visualization. Member of the Internet Society, among the founders of ISOC.it (Italian Chapter of the Internet Society), strong supporter of open innovation. Co-author of the book ”Finalmente libero!” (McGraw-Hill, 2007) on free software and open standards.

He holds a degree in Physics from the University of Bologna (1982). Before joining CRS4, he worked for 9 years at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva (… where the web was born!), developing some of the major CERN Software Application Packages (GEANT3, PAW, KUIP). He came to Sardinia in 1991 as the first employee of CRS4, helping the President Carlo Rubbia and the CEO Paolo Zanella to set-up the Centre from scratch.

In 1993 he co-launched “L'Unione Sarda On-Line” project, one of the first on-line newspapers available on Internet/WWW, that originated the Video On Line Internet Service Provider and, with the later advent of Tiscali, de-facto started a process of transformation of Sardinia in one of the Internet key players. He launched the “DistrICT”, a multi-lab facility to develop advanced prototypes of possible “future” applications of state-of-the-art technologies, aiming at catalyzing innovation in current companies of Sardinia, attracting and stimulating collaborations with outside companies, faciliting the birth of spin-off and start-up companies in the ICT-Information Society. Some of the topics of this multi-lab are: Natural Interaction and Knowledge Management Technologies, Content Technologies & Information Management, Internet of Things and Energy Efficiency Technologies, Smart Environments and Technologies, Educational Technology.

Simpatica scheda di presentazione preparata da Luca Tremolada e Guido Romeo, Il Sole 24 Ore, per una mia intervista a Radio24 il 18/09/2009…

Non è James Bond ma anche lui ha il doppio 0. E' Pietro Zanarini, matricola 001 del CRS4, il centro di ricerche fondato dal Nobel Carlo Rubbia alle porte di Cagliari. Fisico prestato all'informatica, per 8 anni ha lavorato al CERN di Ginevra, dove ha visto nascere il Web da quello che definisce un brodo primordiale di grandi cervelli. In Sardegna il suo lavoro ha contribuito a creare il primo giornale online d'Italia, l'Unione Sarda online, e oggi è a capo dell'ICT del centro CRS4. Come Internet, anche il CRS4 è uno spinoff della ricerca del CERN. Intorno al centro, che Zanarini ha contribuito a costruire dal nulla, oggi c'è uno dei Distretti dell'ICT più promettenti d'Italia, prova che la ricerca non porta solo particelle ma anche nuove aziende e lavoro.

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Born in 1957. Degree in Physics (University of Bologna) in 1982. About 30 years of experience in Computer Science and Information Technology. Specific experience in the fields of Computer Graphics, Scientific Visualization, User Interface, Multimedia, Internet and WWW Applications. Member of the Internet Society, among the founders of ISOC.it (Italian Chapter of the Internet Society), former member of GFOSS.it (Italian Chapter of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation), strong supporter of open standards, open source, open content, open services. Co-author of the book ”Finalmente libero!” (M.Marchesi, G.Concas, G.De Petra, F.Marzano, P.Zanarini, McGraw-Hill, 2007).

1982-1990 at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, … where the web was born!), as staff researcher in Data Handling Division, developing some of the major CERN Software Application Packages (GEANT3, PAW, KUIP).

In 1991 came to Sardinia as the first employee of CRS4 (Centre for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia, Cagliari), helping the founding CEO to set-up the Centre from scratch. CRS4 is an interdisciplinary applied research center conducting research, development and innovative applications in the field of the Information and Communications Technology, as well as developing advanced simulation techniques to the solution of large scale computational problems. CRS4 is the first building block of the Technology Park of Sardinia, aimed at re-directing Sardinia on a hi-tech economy, and specifically CRS4 is the reference for computing and network activities. 1991-1996 at CRS4 as head of Scientific Visualization Group (~10 researchers).

In 1993 co-launched a project of on-line newspaper available on Internet/WWW (L'Unione Sarda On-Line, one of the first WWW newspapers), the basis of the Video On Line Internet Service Provider, that in 1994 rapidly became the italian biggest ISP, and de-facto started a process of transformation of Sardinia in one of the key players in the era of the Network Economy, with the advent of Tiscali, among the european biggest Internet Communications Companies. The role of CRS4 as a technology/innovation catalyzer in this new hi-tech development of Sardinia is unanimously recognized.

Since 1996 director of the ICT - Information Society division (~40 staff people) of CRS4, involved in many projects in the fields of Natural Interaction and Knowledge Management Technologies, Content Technologies & Information Management, Internet of Things and Energy Efficiency Technologies, Smart Environments and Technologies, Educational Technology.

Appointed by the DG Information Society of European Commission as reviewer of several projects proposals and running projects in the field of Information Society Technologies and member/advisor of various scientific commissions for the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.

In 2006 he launched the "DistrICT", a multi-lab facility to develop advanced prototypes of possible “future” applications of state-of-the-art technologies, aiming at catalyzing innovation in current companies of Sardinia, attracting and stimulating collaborations with outside companies, faciliting the birth of spin-off and start-up companies in the ICT-Information Society.

Currently launching and coordinating joint research activities between CRS4 and industrial partners as well as other research centres and universities, aiming also at generating new spin-off and start-up to promote further the growth of Sardinia and Italy towards the era of the Network Economy.

See all my web links here: https://plus.google.com/+PietroZanarini/about

 
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