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Thematic Weekend 6 - 13/12/2020

Resilient communities, the connection issue and online services

Project information

Purpose project
Thematic Weekend: ICT Infrastructures at the time of Pandemics
28/11/2020 - Time TBD
Necessary funds

ICT Infrastructures at the time of Pandemics

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding lockdowns applied by several governments around the World put heavily under stress the ICT infrastructures, as many face-to-face activities were moved online. Still, the Internet and its services demonstrated strong resilience and capability of adaptation to the increased load and users' requests.

The main concept of this session is to underline how Internet traffic and services' requests increased during the lockdown, and to illustrate which actions were applied in order to guarantee proper services even under such stressful conditions. Moreover, some potential advances and lessons learned will be reviewed and discussed.

What to expect?

The students should expect a presentation to explain what happened "behind the curtains", and what allowed the Internet to maintain social contacts and seamless transformed several work activities into something new - but not unexpected. Indeed, to some extent, the pandemic sped up the process of digital transformation of our Society - a process that is already in place by several years. 


  • 2/3 hours of lecture-style presentation on the role of the ICT infrastructure during the COVID-19 emergency
  • group discussions and presentations on topic suggested by the lecturer
About the teacher

Fabrizio Granelli is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy), and Chair of the Joint IEEE VTS/ComSoc Italian Chapter. Between 2004 and 2015 for a total of six months, he was visiting professor at the State University of Campinas (Brasil) and in 2016 he was visiting professor at the University of Tokyo (Japan). He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for the period 2012-15 (2 terms), ComSoc Director for Online Content in 2016-17, Delegate for Education at DISI in 2015-2017, and IEEE ComSoc Director for Educational Services (2018-19).

He is author of more than 250 papers published on international journals and conferences.