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In its budget proposal for the coming year, the U.S. Air Force is trying to send the same message to foreign adversaries and critics at home: the service definitely is not underestimating threats the United States and its allies face in space.
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The U.S. Senate confirmed Jeffrey DeWit as NASA's new chief financial officer March 14, completing an expedited process starkly different than the one for the agency's next leader.
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United Launch Alliance plans to increase its activities in the commercial launch market using both the current Atlas and future Vulcan rockets, while acknowledging that the U.S. government will remain its major customer for the foreseeable future.
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Satellite manufacturers say they are trying to protect their component suppliers from the drought of commercial telecom spacecraft that threatens to put such companies out of business.
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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry: "We will not relax our effort on space reforms. This topic is just too important.”
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:24:56 +0000
WASHINGTON — The Air Force on Wednesday awarded two major launch contracts to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance. Under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, SpaceX received a $290 million firm-fixed-price contract for three GPS 3 missions. ULA was awarded a $351 million firm-fixed-price deal for Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-8 and AFSPC-12 satellites […]
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Despite uncertainty about who will lead the agency after the end of April, NASA's current acting administrator says he expects little change in the agency's activities in the near future.
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     Date Submitted:24-09-2011
     Last Modified:03-03-2014 (08:30)
    Job information
     Current job:IT Architect - Computer Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsAnalytical Thinking, Flexibility, Initiative, Impact and Influence, Project Management, Teamwork, Computer networks, Mobile systems, Pervasive systems, Technology, Wireless Sensor Networks, Researcher,Healthcare,Logistics, Localization
    |“At a glance”|
    An accomplished “idea person” who thinks strategically, acts tactically while having the strength of character and experience to influence significant positive change in business.
    - Proven performer
    - Tenacious but flexible
    - Anticipates challenges
    - Clear communicator
    - Easily learns new and different things
    - Impact and influence
    - Effective implementer
    - Handles unusual pressure
    - Team worker



    Executive Master in Project Management                       11/2012 – 05/2013

    Quality Evolution Consulting S.r.l., Florence, Italy

    Executive Master based on the PMBOK® - Project Management Institute’s Foundational Standards


    PhD in Computer Science and Engineering 2012

    IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca Italy
    Thesis title: Wireless Sensing Devices: From Research to Real Applications in Logistics and Healthcare
    - Full grants winner – Final Evaluation: Excellent
    Master’s degree in Computer Engineering 2008
    Faculty of Engineering – University of Pisa, Italy
    Thesis title: Automated localization of containers: a non-conventional approach based on wireless sensor networks
    - Grade: 110/110
    Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering 2005
    Faculty of Engineering – University of Pisa, Italy
    Thesis title: Standard 802.11e and design of a corporate network using CISCO guidelines
    - Grade: 110/110 cum Laude
    Computer Science Diploma 2002
    I.T.I.S. “Antonio Pacinotti” – Taranto Italy
    - Grade: 100/100
    |Personal Experience|
    Bank of Italy, Rome - Italy 11/2013 - present
    IT Architect - Computer Engineer
    KVM, VMware ESX virtualization, provisioning, configuration (Red Hat Linux / Windows)
    Software tools: Puppet Labs, The Foreman, Git, VMware Sphere
    CMS - dotCMS in clustered environment, Liferay portal installation and configuration
    Cross Browser Testing for desktop, mobile, and responsive web sites
    Institute of Informatics and Telematics, NRC of Pisa – Italy 09/2012 – 11/2013
    Postdoc Researcher
    7th EU Framework project ICT-296451 (2012-2014):
     o Open Polarity Enhanced Named Entity Recognition (OpeNER)
     o 2 Million EUR project
     o Responsible, coordinator and manager of the NRC tasks of the project
    Collection, analysis and processing of social media and web content (Big Data)
    Programming mobile devices to collect / integrate data from different sources of online information
    Opportunities & fund seeker and proposal co-writer
    University of Pisa, Faculty of Engineering, Pisa – Italy 03/2012 – 09/2012
    Postdoc Researcher
    Improvement of a glacier monitoring system with real-time and remote data collection
    Main task: Programming Campbell Sc. CR1000 sensors to use Michrosat satellite modems enabling satellite communication and integration with a smart monitoring system
    Work partially funded by the Italian Glacier Committee
    PRIN (Research Program of National Interest) – University of Pisa – Italy
    Participation as Researcher 03/2010 – 09/2012
    Project title: Mobility and context dependence in the system Cloud@Home
    Team task: Design of a distributed system for environm. data retrieval using smartphones
    University of New Brunswick, Saint John – Canada 
    Sep 2010 – Jul 2011 Full-time Research PhD Student
    * Developing and testing of a patient-monitoring system using wireless sensor technology solutions to detect and predict certain types of falls among elderly.
    University of New Brunswick, Saint John – Canada 
    Sep 2009 Visiting Research PhD Student
    * Innovative Research regarding a patient-monitoring system using wireless sensor technology solutions to detect certain types of human movements.
    * Monitor body movements and brain activity as predictive indicators for falls.
    Central Administration, University of Pisa, Pisa – Italy
    2004–2008 Part-Time student technician
    * Technical support, PC assembly, hardware repair
    * McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator installation and management
    * Time Navigator 4 (backup software) management
    Institute for Informatics and Telematics – National Research Council of Pisa – Italy
    2007 Internship 
    * Voice Over IP – “Trusted” session identification (SIP protocol)
    * Voice Over IP – Security protocols for granting confidential communications
    Department of Biology, University of Pisa, Pisa – Italy
    2006-2007 Term contract
    * McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator upgrade and related McAfee software update
    |Technical Skills|
    Computer Networks design
    Cloud Computing
    Router and Switch CISCO configuration and related
    CISCO security configuration for Routers
    Operating Systems
    Microsoft Windows 3.11 - 8
    MS-DOS, Unix FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, TinyOS
    Program languages and Scripts
    Java, C, C++, Android, Java3D, J2ME, Assembly, Visual Basic, Turbo Pascal
    HTML5, Javascript, jQuery, Perl, PHP, CGI
    MySQL, TinyDB, XML, JSON, Apache webserver, Hadoop, Matlab, SciLab
    UML, OpenSSL, NesC, MASM, Verilog, VHDL, LaTeX
    Eclipse RPC, NetBeans
    VMware Workstation and Fusion
    VMware ESX, virtual machines management system
    McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator antivirus management
    Server VoIP: SER, OpenSER (Linux)
    Network Simulator 2
    Microsoft Office Automation Software
    Microsoft Project and Visio
    |Foreign Languages|
    English: fluent 
    Spanish: basic
    French: basic
    |Hobbies and Passions|
    * Hobbies: music, tennis, RC planes, finance
    * Passions: computer science, hi-tech, Formula 1, planes and helicopters
    |Academic Publishing|
    2012 – A smartphone-based fall detection system – S. Abbate, M. Avvenuti, F. Bonatesta, G. Cola, P. Corsini and A. Vecchio, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, ISSN 1574-1192.
    2012 – An integer linear programming approach for radio-based localization of shipping containers in the presence of incomplete proximity information – S. Abbate, M. Avvenuti, P. Corsini, B. Panicucci, M. Passacantando, and A. Vecchio, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
    2011 – MIMS: A Minimally Invasive Monitoring Sensor Platform – S. Abbate, M. Avvenuti, and J. Light, IEEE Sensors Journal.
    Workshops and others
    2013 – Deploying a Communicating Automatic Weather Station on an Alpine Glacier – S. Abbate, M. Avvenuti, L. Carturan, D. Cesarini, Procedia Computer Science, Volume 19, 2013, Pages 1190-1195, ISSN 1877-0509,
    2012 – Estimation of energy consumption for TinyOS 2.x-based applications. – S. Abbate, M. Avvenuti, D. Cesarini and A. Vecchio, The 2nd International Workshop on Sensor Networks for Intelligence Gathering and Monitoring (ANT 2012 Workshop SNIGM), Procedia CS. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
    2011 – Developing cognitive decline baseline for normal ageing from sleep-EEG monitoring using wireless neurosensor devices. – S. Abbate, J. Light and X. Li, The 1st IEEE International Workshop on Sensor Networks for Intelligence Gathering and Monitoring (CCECE 2011 Workshop SNIGM), Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
    2011 - Estimation of energy consumption in wireless sensor networks using TinyOS 2.X - S. Abbate, M. Avvenuti, A. Biondi and A. Vecchio, The 8th Annual IEEE Consumer Comm. and Networking Conference - Demos (CCNC’2011 - Demos), Las Vegas, NV, USA, 1 2011.
    2011 - Recognition of false alarms in fall detection systems - S. Abbate, M. Avvenuti, G. Cola, P. Corsini, J. V. Light, and A. Vecchio, in 1st IEEE International Workshop on Consumer eHealth Platforms, Services and Applications (CCNC’2011 Workshop CeHPSA), Las Vegas, NV, USA, 1 2011, pp. 538–543.
    2010 - Monitoring of Human Movements for Fall Detection and Activities Recognition in Elderly Care Using Wireless Sensor Network: a Survey - S. Abbate, M. Avvenuti, P. Corsini, J. Light and A. Vecchio, Book chapter of Wireless Sensor Networks: Application-Centric Design, ISBN: 978-953-307-321-7, InTech.
    2009 - Localization of shipping containers in ports and terminals using wireless sensor networks - S. Abbate, M. Avvenuti, P. Corsini and A. Vecchio , Proc. of 12th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE 2009), Vancouver, Canada, IEEE Computer Society, vol.2, pp.587-592, August 2009.
    2007 - Deployment of TLS support with Open SIP Express Router - S. Abbate and M. N. La Polla
    2007 - Deployment of auth_identity module with SIP Express Router - S. Abbate and M. N. La Polla
    |Further Experience|
    Workshops on Sensor Networks for Intelligence Gathering and Monitoring
    Workshop chair, publicity chair, reviewer, webmaster
    SNIGM 2013 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Canada 06/2013
    Part of the Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT 2013)
    SNIGM 2012 – Niagara falls, Ontario – Canada 08/2012
    Part of the Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT 2012)
    SNIGM 2011 – Niagara falls, Ontario – Canada 05/2011
    Part the IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE 2011)
    Workshop on the Impact of Human Mobility in Pervasive Systems and Applications
    Workshop publicity chair, reviewer
    PerMoby 2012 – Lugano – Switzerland 03/2012
    Part of the IEEE Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2012)
    Annual Waterfront Conference: Waterfronts, The Economy and Leading Change
    Committee member, organizer
    Saint John, New Brunswick – Canada 05/2011
    Business conference with 100+ key influencers and decision makers on developing Port Cities
    Workshop on Sensor Networks and Systems for Pervasive Computing
    Workshop publicity chair, reviewer, webmaster
    PerSeNS 2011 – Seattle, Washington – USA 03/2011
    Part of the IEEE Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2011)

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