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Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy

Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria , also referred to as Mediterranea University or University of Reggio Calabria, or simply UNIRC, is an Italian public research university, located in Reggio Calabria, Italy.It was founded in 1968, and is one of the youngest universities in the country. UNIRC combines its commitment in research and teaching: three faculties , are dedicated to the territory, creating a "Environment Polytechnic" with a strong propensity to the themes of architecture, landscape, urbanism, infrastructure associated at the green economy. The faculty of Law, study from the economic issues to those related to archeology and artistic heritage. The university provides undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education, in addition to a range of double degree programs.The 2012 edition, of the ranking list of Italian public universities - written by the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore - based on indicators of quality, puts Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, to first place in the South Italy and Insular Italy, and in particular, its school of architecture is one of the best in the country. Wikipedia.

Capra A.,University of Reggio Calabria
Theoretical and Applied Climatology

The study analyses spatial and temporal patterns of drought in an area with a wide range of precipitation characteristics (the Calabria region in southern Italy) during the period 1921-2007. The short-time (2, 3 and 6 months) Standardised Precipitation Index (SPI) was estimated to analyse drought especially from the agricultural point of view. Principal component analysis (PCA) was applied to the SPI to assess the spatial variability of drought. During the period of observation, moderate to severe drought occurred at a frequency of almost 13 % in wet seasons (autumn and winter). Almost half of the region was affected by drought in the years 1981-1990 when the area experienced its most severe drought. Although the spatial patterns of drought estimated by PCA were logical and consistent with precipitation distribution, very complex patterns were observed for all the time scales looked at. The high fragmentation of the maps obtained makes them of limited value, and caution is recommended in classifying the region into homogeneous areas. © 2012 Springer-Verlag. Source

Atzori L.,University of Cagliari | Iera A.,University of Reggio Calabria | Morabito G.,University of Catania
IEEE Communications Magazine

Social networking concepts have been applied to several communication network settings, which span from delay-tolerant to peer-to-peer networks. More recently, one can observe a flourish of proposals aimed at giving social-like capabilities to the objects in the Internet of Things. Such proposals address the design of conceptual (and software) platforms, which can be exploited to easily develop and implement complex applications that require direct interactions among objects. The major goal is to build techniques that allow the network to enhance the level of trust between objects that are "friends" with each other. Furthermore, a social paradigm could definitely guarantee network navigability even if the number of nodes becomes orders of magnitude higher than in the traditional Internet. Objectives of this article are to analyze the major opportunities arising from the integration of social networking concepts into the Internet of Things, present the major ongoing research activities, and point out the most critical technical challenges. © 1979-2012 IEEE. Source

Pezzimenti F.,University of Reggio Calabria
IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices

The electrical characteristics of a normally off 4H-silicon carbide (SiC) bipolar-mode FET are investigated by means of a careful design activity and an intensive simulation study useful for a first-time-ever realization of this device in SiC. Specific physical models and parameters strictly related to the presently available 4H-SiC technology are taken into account. The device basically consists of a trench vertical JFET operating in the bipolar mode that takes full advantage of the superior material properties. A drain-current density up to 500 A/cm2, a forced current gain on the order of 50, and a specific on-resistance as low as 1.3 mΩ cm2 are calculated for a 1.3-kV blocking voltage device. The turn-off delay is on the order of a few nanoseconds. The presented analysis is supported by experimental results on the p-i-n diodes embedded in the device structure. © 1963-2012 IEEE. Source

Pucinotti R.,University of Reggio Calabria
Construction and Building Materials

When the seismic assessment of existing RC structures is conduct, a fundamental aspects is the assessment of in situ concrete strength; in fact, the compressive strength assessment of concrete in existing buildings is conditioned by various factors which are difficult to quantify especially when dealing with poor quality concrete. In this paper a series of destructive laboratory tests on 359 cores, extracted from specimens realized ad hoc at the Laboratory for Materials and Structures of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria and from nine existing structures (buildings, viaducts, bridges and tunnels) were performed with the purpose to estimating the characteristic strength of in situ concrete. Moreover, an analytical expression was proposed in order to estimate the in situ characteristic concrete compressive strength. The results of these applications were compared with those obtained by other equations available in technical literature showing that the proposed formulation is capable of provided a good estimate of the in situ characteristic concrete compressive strength. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Boccotti P.,University of Reggio Calabria
Ocean Engineering

Profiles of exceptionally large waves in wind seas were obtained using a gauge array that was nearly aligned in the dominant wave direction; the length of these profiles ranged from 1.5 to 3.0 times the dominant wavelength. The profiles were also obtained through calculations using the quasi-determinism theory from the datasets of the sea states. The possibility to observe waves in the spacetime domain enables us to obtain a remarkable confirmation of the quasi-determinism theory. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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