10.00 AM - 10.30 AM
Aula Magna

From Zero to Hero in 50 hours: the WebRTC class at Federico II

Simon Pietro Romano @ University of Napoli Federico II / Meetecho

In this presentation, we explore the structure of the course on Web and Real-Time Communication Systems in the Master's Degree program of Computer Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II. Our emphasis lies in adopting a challenge-based approach to navigate through the landscape of modern technologies supporting real-time collaboration applications. We demonstrate how the course revolves around two fundamental pillars: firstly, an extensive examination of programming techniques in the web domain. Beginning with foundational technologies, we progress smoothly to the latest frameworks incorporating flexible backends and interactive user interfaces. Secondly, we delve into the intricacies of protocols and technologies enabling real-time multimedia communication. We also tackle the effective management of reachability challenges between end-systems across the network. By seamlessly intertwining these diverse components, our educational journey leads to a comprehensive grasp of contemporary web-based real-time systems. These systems form the cornerstone for facilitating seamless communication and real-time collaboration across the vast landscape of the Internet.

Simon Pietro Romano is a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Napoli Federico II. His academic prowess extends across various domains, including computer networks, computer architectures, network security, and Web and Real-Time Communication Systems. Beyond academia, he is a visionary co-founder of Meetecho, a dynamic startup and university spin-off celebrated for its pioneering work in scalable video streaming and WebRTC-based unified collaboration. Additionally, he spearheads SECSI (SECurity Solutions for Innovation), an innovative initiative dedicated to advancing the frontier of network security.

Simon Pietro Romano is actively engaged in shaping global standards as a participant in IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) standardization activities, notably in the Applications and Real-Time (ART) area. His journey in networking research commenced over two decades ago, marked by groundbreaking contributions to real-time multimedia applications. Notably, he has played an instrumental role in designing, implementing, and standardizing scalable, distributed architectures for conferencing, media control, and telepresence.

Complementing his pioneering work in multimedia, Simon Pietro Romano has delved into the intricate realm of network security, pioneering advancements in distributed intrusion detection, critical infrastructure protection, and AI-driven automation of Penetration Testing techniques. His scholarly pursuits further encompass cutting-edge explorations into the complexities of control distribution within 5G-compliant, container-based, virtualized architectures.

In addition to his scholarly endeavors, Simon Pietro Romano holds esteemed leadership roles, serving as the Director of the CINI laboratories in Naples. His illustrious career is underscored by an extensive portfolio of research and development projects, spanning national and international domains. Notably, he has helmed significant initiatives, including the SHINE project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), where he served as the Principal Investigator.

Beyond academia and research, Simon Pietro Romano's visionary leadership extends to executive roles, including his pivotal role as the Scientific Director of the Accenture Cyber HackAdemy, a distinguished partnership between the University of Napoli Federico II and Accenture dedicated to cybersecurity training. He also holds the position of Managing Director of the prestigious Apple Developer Academy, where innovation thrives under his guidance. Furthermore, he serves as the Director of the ITEM National Laboratory at CINI (National Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics), a testament to his multifaceted contributions to academia, industry, and the cybersecurity landscape.