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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore UNIVERSITA' CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE

Five campuses (Milano, Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona, Roma and Campobasso), 14 colleges, 72 three-year Major tracks (as established by a recent decree), 7 graduate level degrees, 54 specializations, 47 master tracks, and 59 post-graduate specialization courses. These are the basic numbers that characterize the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, founded in 1921 by Father Agostino Gemelli and legally recognized by the Italian state on October 2nd, 1924. During the university's distinguished history, there have been six University Presidents since Father Gemelli: Francesco Vito, Ezio Franceschini, Giuseppe Lazzati, Adriano Bausola, Sergio Zaninelli, and the current acting President - Lorenzo Ornaghi.

From among the universities which award legally recognized degrees (as with Italian State Universities), the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is the most comprehensive and complete in Italy. Our network of Cultural Development Centers extends as far as the Italian islands, making our University strongly national, with the added bonus of also being recognized in the international scientific community.

Thanks to its prestigious faculty, the Università Cattolica excels in the diverse and articulate study opportunities that it offers, both in the humanities, as well as the scientific fields. Through the courses offered, combined with strong research programs, the university values and promotes an interdisciplinary approach which helps students gain scientific knowledge in a responsible and autonomous fashion.

Our extensive research program closely collaborates with 16 internal colleges, 64 departments and 72 research centers. Their common goal is the understanding and study of those topics that have proved vital to the well being of each human being: the new frontiers of economics, bioethics, environmental recuperation, developments in the judicial fields, family dynamics, major mass phenomena, the evolution of political systems, new horizons in medicine, the technological applications of physics and mathematics, and the most recent discoveries in environmental research.

Opportunities for academic development and growth don't by any means end with the confirmation of degrees, but are rather continually enhanced through further opportunities available to alumni, already entrenched in professional careers, by keeping them in contact with the more than 40,000 enrolled Cattolica students through extra curricular and post-graduate activities.

The attention given to each individual student and his/her specific interests starts with enrollment and continues throughout and beyond the completion of a diploma or degree. In fact, it is because of the many services offered by the Cattolica, such as orientation activities, specialized tutoring labs specifically designed to accompany and guide students during their academic path, internships and stages, study abroad and Erasmus programs both in and beyond European countries, and job-placement services which help students select a future career, that we establish a strong tie between the university and the professional world.

CRATOS - Center of Research on Applications of Telematics to Organizations and Society

CRATOS, Centre of Research on Applications of Telematics to Organisations and Society, belongs to the of the Faculty of Economics of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

CRATOS is managing the "Master of Management in the Network Economy" (MiNE), the first international-level Master fully dedicated to New Economy themes. CRATOS research activities are directed towards the invention and the study of new applications of information and communication technologies to industry, commerce and, more generally, to all of society.

Telematics is the discipline that deals with the systems deriving from the combined use of information and communication technology. It came about with the first networks for the transmission of electronic data between computers, and developed above all with the introduction of packet switching and of digitalisation; while the former led to the Internet, the first global telematic network, the latter extended the benefits of the combination of communication and computing to information of all types, including audio, video, and fixed images. The progress of telematics has always been fuelled more by technology than by applications. Only in recent times have we woken up to the real use that telematics can be put to in the manufacturing, commerce and service industries, as well as to the profound influence that its widespread introduction into daily life will have on society in general. A small, but growing, group of researchers have therefore begun to shift their attention from the problems of technology to applications, ranging from engineering to the socio-economic impact of telematics. CRATOS is one of the fruits of this current tendency: the nucleus from which it was born is made up of experts in telematic technologies (above all of multimedia communication and computing), interested in the applications of such technologies, and who bring with them technical know-how which is rare in the environments in which CRATOS operates.

Amongst the research topics that CRATOS considers part of its "jurisdiction" are Internet and similar network applications (intranet and extranet, for example): electronic commerce, advertising, multimedia conferencing, communications (telephone, videophone), telework, information retrieval (above all on the World Wide Web, but also from various databases), video-on-demand, customer assistance, virtual business, and so on.

There are also very similar topics concerning future broadband telematic networks "with integrated services", designed specifically for multimedia traffic. One of the "meta-application" problems still to be faced concerns the choice of services that these networks will have to offer in order to facilitate the creation and use of new applications.

Finally, we should mention multimedia applications (with different "meta-questions" regarding, for example, the structuring methods of such applications, or the use of multimedia techniques to facilitate access to telematic systems by reluctant or untrained persons).

Key people: Prof. Domenico Ferrari

Staff working on the project: Claudia Alborghetti, Massimo Araldi, Roberto Bernazzani, Elena Murelli