SSIE - PhD School

This is the DEI – IEEE Italy Section PhD Summer School. It has been delivered yearly since 1991, reaching its 32nd edition in 2023. Since then, our goal has always been the same: sharing cutting edge science and technology on Information and Communication Technologies in a very nice setting, creating unique networking opportunities for students and  lecturers alike.

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About SSIE

This is the Website of the Summer School of Information Engineering (SSIE) – “Silvano Pupolin”, held every summer in Bressanone (BZ), Italia. SSIE is co-organized by Michele Rossi, Marco Giordani, Matteo Meneghini and Gaudenzio Meneghesso (Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova), and by Pisana Placidi, Sergio Rapuano and Tiziana Tambosso (IEEE Italy section).

SSIE 2023 will be held in Brixen, Italy, from July 10 to July 14, 2023. It will be a single track PhD school with focus on modern machine learning and optimisation (theory and algorithms), tens of scientific talks and lectures, plenty of fine food, relaxation and hiking in the alps! We are looking forward to a great event, where PhD students will have a unique opportunity to meet and discuss among themselves and with professors. The technical program is exciting, we can’t wait to meet again this year in July, in the beautiful Brixen 🙂

Introducing SSIE 2023

School Program

School dates: 10-14 July, 2023.

SSIE is jointly organized by the IEEE Italy and the Department of Information Engineering (DEI) at the University of Padova (UNIPD).

In line with the school tradition, SSIE 2023 will cover very timely and cutting edge research areas, covering theory, systems and applications within the broad ICT domain.

This year, SSIE is a single track PhD school, with general focus on 6G Mobile Networks. With this general focus in mind, specific lectures will be provided on machine learning, optimisation theory, cybersecurity, programmable networks and software defined radios, and upcoming technology such as intelligent and reconfigurable surfaces, and non-terrestrial networks, A student workshop will be organised, where PhD students will present their technical work in a conference style session. The best talks will receive a Best Presentation Award, jointly presented by DEI and IEEE Italy – the winners will be acknowledged on the SSIE Website in our Hall of Fame page.

Technical Program

Machine learning and optimisation

Latest developments on the following topics: i) neural network architecture search, ii) adversarial machine learning, iii) designing efficient and modular neural networks, iv) meta-heuristic optimisation techniques.

Programmable networks / software defined networking

i) Programmable networks for distributed deep learning, ii) FPGA-based software-defined  programming for 6G wireless network systems. 

6G Mobiler Networks - key technologies

i) Non-terrestrial communications for 6G Mobile Networks, ii) intelligent and reconfigurable surfaces for next generation mobile networks, iii) advances on multimedia signal processing: heading towards the metaverse.


New threats and solutions for the digital era. 

Soft Skill Training

Seminar on how to write a research paper [prof. Michele Rossi]. 

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Organizing Committee

Prof. Marco Giordani

DEI – University of Padova, Italy

Prof. Gaudenzio Meneghesso

DEI – University of Padova, Italy

Prof. Matteo

DEI – University of Padova, Italy

Prof. Michele Rossi

DEI – University of Padova, Italy

Prof. Gianfranco

IEEE Italy Section Chair / Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Pisana Placidi

IEEE Italy Section / University of Perugia, Italy


IEEE Italy Section Past Chair

The SSIE Honorary Director

Prof. Silvano Pupolin

SSIE was first conceived & organized in 1991 by Prof. Silvano Pupolin, an esteemed colleague and mentor, who has been the SSIE Director until 2016. Silvano passed away on February 11, 2018.


We remember him as a passionate Professor and a good man. He always loved organizing this school and, above all, spending time with the students, nurturing a great research community, without asking anything in return.


We truly miss him. It is our duty and honor to take his legacy, and continue offering high-quality PhD training schools.

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