National Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics (CINI, www.consorzio-cini.it) is the main point of reference for the national academic research activities in the fields of Computer Science and Information Technology in Italy.
Established in 1989, CINI is under the supervision of the Italian Ministry for University and Research. It includes only public universities. According to its bylaws, it is an in–house subject with respect to its founders, participants and legitimately customers. CINI is not aimed at making a profit and can’t distribute it.
The Consortium is submitted to the Quality Evaluation of Research by ANVUR (the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University System and Research) and includes 36 public Italian universities, namely L’Aquila, Bari, Bologna, Bolzano, Brescia, Calabria, Cassino, Catania, Ferrara, Florence, Genoa, Salento, Milan, Milano – Bicocca, Naples, « Federico II », the Second University of Naples, Naples « Parthenope », Padua, Palermo, Parma, Pavia, Eastern Piedmont, Pisa, Rome « La Sapienza », Rome « Tor Vergata », Salerno, Sannio Benevento, Trento, Udine, Venice, Verona, Polytechnics of Milan and Turin and Special Schools (St. Anna Pisa, IMT Lucca). The consortium members host more than 1,300+ Teachers involved in both Computer Science (Italian SSD INF/01) and Computer Engineering (SSD ING-INF/05).
The Consortium promotes and coordinates scientific activities of research and technological transfer (basic and applied), in the fields of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, in conjunction with the national scientific communities.
CINI supports the collaboration between the partners and Universities, Institutes of higher education, research institutions, industries, Public Administration, as well as the access and participation in projects and scientific activities of research and technology transfer.
In all activities CINI ensures the highest quality at the national (and, where necessary , international) level by relying on various academic excellences; the critical mass necessary to achieve the concerted objectives; and the geographical distribution throughout the national territory in Italy.
CINI is currently committed to the realization of the Plan of 2013-2015 three-year Mandate, with a view to « Create added value to the Partner Universities, the Industry, the Public Administration and the overall country, thank to its important role at the national level, being the representative of almost all the Italian academic informatics community ».
CINI is currently equipped with several Labs, and in particular:
- 4 thematic network-structured Labs, distributed throughout the whole country
- CFC: ICT Skills – Training – Certification
- AsTech: Assistive Technologies
- Big Data
- Infolife: Formal Methods and Algorithmics for Life Sciences
- 1 Lab at the University Federico II in Naples
- 3 joint Labs between CINI and private companies (“Laboratori pubblico/privati in Aree obiettivo”)
At the international level, CINI participates in the activities of the European Forum for ICST (EFICST), Informatics Europe (IE), the Artemis JTI and the Networked European Software and Services Initiative (NESSI).