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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:35:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:41:00 +0100
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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:30:00 +0100
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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:30:00 +0100
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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:24:00 +0100
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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:07:00 +0100
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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:30:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:52:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:36:00 +0100
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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:15:00 +0100
Some of us may be easing ourselves gently into the New Year, but for the team readying Sentinel-2B for liftoff on 7 March it's full steam ahead. On 5 January, the satellite was shipped from ESA's site in the Netherlands - where it had been undergoing testing since June - and arrived safe and sound in French Guiana the following day. The Sentinel-2 mission is designed as two satellites working in tandem - Sentinel-2A has been in orbit since June 2015. Offering 'colour vision' for Europe'...
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:39:00 +0100
Sentinel-2B has touched down in French Guiana, bringing the second satellite for Europe’s Copernicus program closer to its early March orbiting by Arianespace on a Vega lightweight launch vehicle. Arriving at Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne last week, Sentinel-2B was delivered by a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner. Following its unloading process, the satellite was readied for transfer by road to the Spaceport. As a follow-on to Sentinel-2A – lofted by a...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:30:00 +0100
The U.S. Air Force's next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was encapsulated on Jan. 7 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it will launch on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Encapsulation refers to the sealing of the satellite in a protective launch vehicle fairing-one of the last steps a satellite must undergo before launch. The SBIRS GEO Flight 3 satellite is the latest to join an orbiti...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0100
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    Personal information
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     Date Submitted:29-02-2012
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    Job information
     Current job:Firmware Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsCompetent with most office software, word processor, spreadsheet, etc. Proficient in following programming languages • VHDL • Verilog • ANSI C • JAVA • Objective C Competences acquired both in degree course and work experience. Prof
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    Personal information

     

     

     

    Nationality

    Italian

     

     

    Date of birth

    18/07/1981

     

     

    Gender

    male

     

     

    Desired employment / Occupational field

    Hardware / Software research or engineering

     

     

    Work experience

     

     

     

    Dates

    July 2011 onwards

    Occupation or position held

    Permanent

    Main activities and responsibilities

    System Analist and Software/Hardware Engineer.

    System analisys and development of VHDL/Verilog/C software for FPGA and PowerPC devices. In this period i’m enchrged of the studies of new project and i’m finalizing a digital signal processing system railroad transportation oriented.

    Name and address of employer

    ART s.r.l. – Reserch center “Il Pischiello” – Via Voc.Pischiello, 20 - 06065 Passignano Sul Trasimeno (PG), Italy. http://www.ilpischiello.com

    Type of business or sector

     

    Aerospace, Transportation, Automotive, Military.

     

     

     

    Dates

    July 2010 - July 2011

    Occupation or position held

    Researcher

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Software/Hardware Engineer.

    Development of VHDL/Verilog/C software for FPGA and PowerPC devices. In this period i was employed in aerospace field. In this context I was encharged of development/integration/validation of a SCOE device, for satellites constellation named GALILEO. During this experience i have managed a little team of engineers for integration and validation activity.

     

    Name and address of employer

    ART s.r.l. – Reserch center “Il Pischiello” – Via Voc.Pischiello, 20 - 06065 Passignano Sul Trasimeno (PG), Italy. http://www.ilpischiello.com

    Type of business or sector

     

    Aerospace, Transportation, Automotive, Military.

     

    Dates

    November 2008 - July 2010

    Occupation or position held

    Researcher/Independent Consultant

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Software/Hardware Engineer.

    Development of VHDL/Verilog/C software for FPGA and PowerPC devices. In PE-EDCine european project context i was encharged of design of a board for DCinema contents elaboration. The board was a complex and powerfull processing system, that employs three FPGA and two TI DSP. The system uses JPEG2000 and H.264 compression and decompression IP cores; HD-SDI/3G-SDIand PCI-express for input-output data transfer; Sarial Rapid IO for intercommunication between all logic devices and for board-to-board data transfer; DDR2 for data processing. All these technologies are managed by the FPGA’s Board Support Package functions.

    Name and address of employer

    D.I.E.I University of Perugia Via G. Duranti, 93 06125 Perugia http://www.diei.unipg.it

    Type of business or sector

     

    Digital Signal Processing for Digital Cinema.

     

    Dates

    April 2008 – November 2008

    Occupation or position held

    Internship

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Software/Hardware Engineer.

    The activity done during the internship period,  that concernedhardware design of DCinema support board in the field of PE-EDCine european project field. This work was done in partnership between University of Perugia DIEI and DIGILAB2000.

    Name and address of employer

    D.I.E.I University of Perugia Via G. Duranti, 93 06125 Perugia http://www.diei.unipg.it

    Type of business or sector

     

    Digital Signal Processing for Digital Cinema.

     

    Education and training

     

    Dates

    October 2004 – November 2008

    Title of qualification awarded

    Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Telecommunication

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    The main learned skills cover Object-Oriented programming lenguage and transmission of information. The title of my graduation is “Design of a multiprocessor platform for JPEG2000 support in DCinema context”

    Master degree topics: Electromagnetic Propagation, Telecommunication Systems,

    Computer Networks, Automation and Control Theory,

    Software Engineering, Programming, Digital Signal Processing

    Evaluation : 106/110

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    University of Perugia Via G. Duranti, 93 06125 Perugia http://www.diei.unipg.it

         

    Level in national or international classification

    ISCED 5A

     

    Dates

     

    October 2000 – November 2004

    Title of qualification awarded

    Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic and Telecommunication

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    The main learned skills are in electronic field and transmission of information. The title of my graduation is “Statistical system for a multichannells contents handler”.

    Bachelor degree topics: Mathematics, Physics, Algebra, Chemistry,

    Signals and Systems Theory, Statistics, Electronics,

    Computer Architecture and Operating Systems, Relational Data Bases

    Evaluation : 94/110

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    University of Perugia Via G. Duranti, 93 06125 Perugia http://www.diei.unipg.it

       

    Level in national or international classification

    ISCED 5A

     

     

     

     

    Personal skills and competences

     

     

     

    Mother tongue(s)

    Italian

     

     

    Other language(s)

    English

     

     

     

     

    Social skills and competences

    Team work: I have worked in  several teams from research groups to university study teams.

     

     

    Organisational skills and competences

    Team management: during my work experience I was responsible for the coordination of small teams in several steps of my career.

     

     

     

    Technical skills and competences

    Competent with most laboratory instrumentation regarding electronics:

    • Digital multimeters
    • Digital oscilloscopes
    • Digital spectrum analyzers
    • Function generators
    • Laboratory power supply

    Competences acquired both during degree course and work experience.

     

    Experience with the following hardware components and software protocols:

    Programmable logic:

    • Xilinx FPGA/CPLD devices
    • Altera FPGA/CPLD devices

    Microprocessors and controllers:

    • Embedded PowerPC architecture

    Digital signal processors:

    • Texas Instruments C64 family Digital Signal Processors

    High bandwidth data switching and transmission:

    • Tundra Tsi 578 switch
    • Gennum 3G-SDI/HD-SDI SerDes
    • PCIe IPCORE or Device

    Data transmission protocols and physical layer:

    • SPI
    • IIC
    • UART - RS232/485/422
    • PCIe
    • SMPTE video standards
    • CRC 8/16/32/64

    Competences acquired during work experience.

     

      IP Core:

    • Microblaze
    •  Neos
    •  SerialRapidIO
    •  PCIe
    •  Memory Controller DDR2/DDR3
    •  ReedSolomon Encoder/Decoder

    Competences acquired during work experience.

     

     

    Computer skills and competences

    Competent with most office software, word processor, spreadsheet, etc.

     

    Proficient in following programming languages

    • VHDL
    • Verilog
    • ANSI C
    • JAVA
    • Objective C

    Competences acquired both in degree course and work experience.

     

    Proficient in following integrated development environments:

    • Xilinx ISE, EDK, SDK, PLANHAED
    • Altera Quartus
    • Actel Libero
    • Aldec Active HDL
    • XCode Mac OsX/iPhone
    • Code Composer Studio
    • Eclipse
    • Simplicity Simplify
    • Mentor ModelSim
    • Mathworks Matlab and Simulink

    Competences acquired both in degree course and work experience.

     

    Knowledge of the following operating systems, both in usage and administration.

    • Microsoft Windows
    • GNU Linux
    • Apple Mac OS X

    Competences acquired in degree course, work experience and personal investigation.

     

     

     

     

    Other skills and competences

    My favourite hobbies concern Astrophysics and the building of little electronics system homemade.

     

    other skills include developing of Iphone/Ipad applications.

     

     

     

    Driving licence

    Standard Italian driving licence “B” type

     

     

    Additional information

    Publications:

    1. Frescura F., Verducci L., Belli L., Presciutti G., “D4.5 Report on DSP-FPGA Hardware processing module design for Wireless Streaming of Digital Cinema Contents”, European Union IST project “EDCine”, http:// www.edcine.org, 2008

     



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