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Scientific & technological consultancy services offered by D.GT

The Telecommunication group offers Scientific and Technological consultancy services in the following fields


  1. Wireless Telecommunications systems, including cellular (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, 4G), wireless LANs (802.11 family), personal area networks (Bluetooth, UWB, etc.), wireless sensor networks (802.15.4, ZigBee, etc.) ad broadcasting services (DVB-T, DAB, etc.)

  2. Wired Telecommunications systems

  3. Audio and Video signal processing

  4. 3D modeling and processing

The group, for each of the subject above mentioned, can offer a comprehensive approach, ranging from theoretical modeling and studies to actual implementation. In that respect the group can take advantage of rapid prototyping platforms including FPGAS, DSPs and microprocessors/microcontrollers. Last but not least the group can offer training services, tailored to the individual company needs on all of the above subjects.

Business models

Some common basic rule are always followed, no matter of the contract type:

  1. a specific person from the permanent staff is assigned as responsible for the contract and as a single point of contact for the company
  2. the above mentioned person acts as scientific program manager, responsible e.g. for review meetings, reporting, etc. according the ISO 9000 policies adopted by the Department of Information Engineering

The group is flexible in offering its services, however usually the following business models are used in most of the cases.


  1. Training: the training usually take place at the company premises and customized depending on the company needs; the compensation includes a basic fee to prepare the course material (depending on how much the responsible of the course estimate it will take to prepare it), an hourly compensation and travel/accommodation reimbursement

  2. Hourly based consultancy services: in this case a contract is stipulated between the company and the Department of Information Engineering (for Italian companies 40% of the amount of the contract can be deducted from the taxes to be paid – see the 2008 Financial Law); for this type of contract a specific person or pool of people can be involved; the topic of the contract is of course mentioned but not in great detail. The amount of hours can be stipulated in advance or be calculated at the end, with a periodic report and periodic payment.

  3. Short term contract (less than 1 year): in this case a contract is stipulated between the company and the Department of Information Engineering (for Italian companies 40% of the amount of the contract can be deducted from the taxes to be paid – see the 2008 Financial Law); for this kind of contract the topic is stipulated in detail and a workplan is usually agreed as well; a specific person or pool of people can be involved; master or bachelor thesis can be assigned to promising students, if the company agrees on that. For specific tasks research grants can be given, in the framework of the contract, to M.Sc students of Post-Docs. From the past experience of the group, this kind of contracts are usually employed when companies want to perform quick feasibility studies, specific optimizations, or small scale projects.

  4. Medium term contract (1-2 years) in this case a contract is stipulated between the company and the Department of Information Engineering (for Italian companies 40% of the amount of the contract can be deducted from the taxes to be paid – see the 2008 Financial Law); for this kind of contract the topic is stipulated in detail and a workplan is agreed as well; a specific person or pool of people can be involved; master or bachelor thesis can be assigned to promising students, if the company agrees on that. For specific tasks research grants can be given, in the framework of the contract, to M.Sc students of Post-Docs. From the past experience of the group, this kind of contracts are usually employed when companies want to perform concept evaluation, medium size projects, often ending with a prototype.

  5. Long term contract (3 years or more) in this case a contract is stipulated between the company and the Department of Information Engineering (for Italian companies 40% of the amount of the contract can be deducted from the taxes to be paid – see the 2008 Financial Law); for this kind of contract the topic is stipulated in detail and a workplan is agreed as well; a specific person or pool of people can be involved; master or bachelor thesis can be assigned to promising students, if the company agrees on that. For specific tasks research grants can be given, in the framework of the contract, to M.Sc students of Post-Docs. Furthermore in this case Ph.D. grants, linked to the topic of the contract can be given. The Ph.D. school rules allow to link a specific Ph.D. grant to the topic of the contract, so it ensured the company resources are not assigned for anything else than the aim of the contract. From the past experience of the group, this kind of contracts are usually employed when companies want to start strategic innovation projects, wen they wan to externalize high risk/high return projects and keep their resources on ongoing internal projects and medium term projects. When this kind of project comes to the end the company will benefit of the new know-how and can hire trained people (who have been working at the University during the contract).

Confidentiality

The group is very much aware that what is demanded from the partners is knowledge and this calls for strict confidentiality. Helped from the ISO 9000 guidelines as well, everybody is committed to confidentiality. Moreover usually there is a specific clause in the contract stipulating that, when a paper is going to be prepared for presentation to a conference of publication on a journal, the consensus of the company shall be asked before and credit should be given to the company financing the research.

Intellectual property

Usually the contract stipulates the ownership of the intellectual properties (in any form) which results from the work; apart from some minor constraints coming the Italian law and the University regulations, there is a quite large freedom in establishing the ownership in the contract. Of course the compensation we demand from our work is strongly dependent from the final ownership of the IP.

In case of patents, usually there are 2 options:

  1. either pay a fixed initial fee and get a percentage of the royalties (this percentage can go up to 100%);

  2. negotiate the royalties case by case.

Contact person for industrial relationships

If you want to know more about the consulting services of the group and establishing a first contact to discuss a possible cooperation you can contact

Prof. Lorenzo Vangelista, lorenzo.vangelista@unipd.it