Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore –
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Five campuses (Milano, Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona,
Roma and Campobasso), 14 colleges, 72 three-year Major tracks (as
established by a recent decree), 7 graduate level degrees, 54 specializations,
47 master tracks, and 59 post-graduate specialization courses. These
are the basic numbers that characterize the Università
Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, founded in 1921 by Father Agostino
Gemelli and legally recognized by the Italian state on October 2nd,
1924. During the university's distinguished history, there have
been six University Presidents since Father Gemelli: Francesco Vito,
Ezio Franceschini, Giuseppe Lazzati, Adriano Bausola, Sergio Zaninelli,
and the current acting President - Lorenzo Ornaghi.
From among the universities which award legally recognized degrees
(as with Italian State Universities), the Università Cattolica
del Sacro Cuore is the most comprehensive and complete in Italy.
Our network of Cultural Development Centers extends as far as the
Italian islands, making our University strongly national, with the
added bonus of also being recognized in the international scientific
Thanks to its prestigious faculty, the Università Cattolica
excels in the diverse and articulate study opportunities that it
offers, both in the humanities, as well as the scientific fields.
Through the courses offered, combined with strong research programs,
the university values and promotes an interdisciplinary approach
which helps students gain scientific knowledge in a responsible
and autonomous fashion.
Our extensive research program closely collaborates with 16 internal
colleges, 64 departments and 72 research centers. Their common goal
is the understanding and study of those topics that have proved
vital to the well being of each human being: the new frontiers of
economics, bioethics, environmental recuperation, developments in
the judicial fields, family dynamics, major mass phenomena, the
evolution of political systems, new horizons in medicine, the technological
applications of physics and mathematics, and the most recent discoveries
in environmental research.
Opportunities for academic development and growth don't by any means
end with the confirmation of degrees, but are rather continually
enhanced through further opportunities available to alumni, already
entrenched in professional careers, by keeping them in contact with
the more than 40,000 enrolled Cattolica students through extra curricular
and post-graduate activities.
The attention given to each individual student and his/her specific
interests starts with enrollment and continues throughout and beyond
the completion of a diploma or degree. In fact, it is because of
the many services offered by the Cattolica, such as orientation
activities, specialized tutoring labs specifically designed to accompany
and guide students during their academic path, internships and stages,
study abroad and Erasmus programs both in and beyond European countries,
and job-placement services which help students select a future career,
that we establish a strong tie between the university and the professional
CRATOS - Center of Research
on Applications of Telematics to Organizations and Society
Centre of Research on Applications of Telematics to Organisations
and Society, belongs to the of the Faculty of Economics of the Università
Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
CRATOS is managing the "Master
of Management in the Network Economy" (MiNE), the first
international-level Master fully dedicated to New Economy themes.
CRATOS research activities are directed towards the invention and
the study of new applications of information and communication technologies
to industry, commerce and, more generally, to all of society.
Telematics is the discipline that deals with the systems deriving
from the combined use of information and communication technology.
It came about with the first networks for the transmission of electronic
data between computers, and developed above all with the introduction
of packet switching and of digitalisation; while the former led
to the Internet, the first global telematic network, the latter
extended the benefits of the combination of communication and computing
to information of all types, including audio, video, and fixed images.
The progress of telematics has always been fuelled more by technology
than by applications. Only in recent times have we woken up to the
real use that telematics can be put to in the manufacturing, commerce
and service industries, as well as to the profound influence that
its widespread introduction into daily life will have on society
in general. A small, but growing, group of researchers have therefore
begun to shift their attention from the problems of technology to
applications, ranging from engineering to the socio-economic impact
of telematics. CRATOS is one of the fruits of this current tendency:
the nucleus from which it was born is made up of experts in telematic
technologies (above all of multimedia communication and computing),
interested in the applications of such technologies, and who bring
with them technical know-how which is rare in the environments in
which CRATOS operates.
Amongst the research topics that CRATOS considers part of its "jurisdiction"
are Internet and similar network applications (intranet and extranet,
for example): electronic commerce, advertising, multimedia conferencing,
communications (telephone, videophone), telework, information retrieval
(above all on the World Wide Web, but also from various databases),
video-on-demand, customer assistance, virtual business, and so on.
There are also very similar topics concerning future broadband telematic
networks "with integrated services", designed specifically
for multimedia traffic. One of the "meta-application"
problems still to be faced concerns the choice of services that
these networks will have to offer in order to facilitate the creation
and use of new applications.
Finally, we should mention multimedia applications (with different
"meta-questions" regarding, for example, the structuring
methods of such applications, or the use of multimedia techniques
to facilitate access to telematic systems by reluctant or untrained
Key people: Dr. Angelo
Contact person: Dr. Eng.
Gianni Zanrei (Tel.: +39-0523-599444)
Staff working on the project:
Angelo Manfredini, Silvia Libè, Gianni Zanrei