Telecommunications of the Future for Industrial Networks


Caputo Stefano Caputo

Stefano Caputo

University of Florence, Italy

Mucchi Lorenzo Mucchi

Lorenzo Mucchi

University of Florence, Italy


In an era marked by rapid technological advancements, the integration of cutting-edge telecommunications solutions is pivotal for the evolution of industrial networks. The Special Session on "Telecommunications of the Future for Industrial Networks" at our esteemed scientific congress invites researchers, practitioners, and industry experts to delve into the forefront of innovations shaping the future of telecommunications in industrial settings.

The session aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of the latest breakthroughs, challenges, and transformative applications in telecommunications for industrial networks. Attendees will explore emerging technologies, methodologies, and best practices that are redefining connectivity, data exchange, and control mechanisms within industrial ecosystems.

As a special highlight, this session will feature insights from the RRNP project "IN – Industrial and Digital Transition Networks". This groundbreaking initiative focuses on advancing Italy's industrial landscape by strategically integrating digital technologies and telecommunications. The project aims to bolster the nation's competitiveness on the global stage, fostering innovation, sustainability, and resilience in industrial processes.


Key topics are, but not limited to, the followings:

  • 5G and Beyond for Industrial Applications;
  • Edge Computing and Industrial IoT;
  • Network Security in Industrial Environments;
  • AI and Machine Learning in Industrial Telecommunications;
  • Interoperability and Standardization;
  • Case Studies and Practical Implementations.


Stefano Caputo, received the Dr.Eng. degree (Laurea) in mechanical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in telecommunications engineering from the University of Florence, Florence, Italy, in 2016 and 2019, respectively. He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Florence. His current research areas include theoretical modeling, algorithm design, and real measurements, mainly focused on: physical layer security and lightweight cryptography, sensors and V2V/V2I communication in the automotive field, visible light communications, localization, body area networks, and molecular communications.

Lorenzo Mucchi, (M’98-SM’12) received the Laurea in telecommunications engineering and the Ph.D. in telecommunications and information society from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1998 and in 2001, respectively. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Florence, Italy. His research interests involve theory and experimentation of wireless systems and networks including physical-layer security, visible light communications, ultra-wideband techniques, body area networks, and interference management. Dr. Mucchi is serving as an associate editor of IEEE Communications Letter and IEEE Access, and he has been Editor-in-Chief for Elsevier Academic Press. He is member (2013) and chair (2022) of the European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI) Smart Body Area Network (SmartBAN) group and team leader of the special task force 511 (2016) “SmartBAN Performance and Coexistence Verification.” He has been lead organizer and general chair of IEEE and EAI international conferences.