The University of Pisa is a state-owned public university, one of the oldest in Italy. It offers a wide range of courses at the BSc, MSc and PhD level, but it is especially known for its science and engineering branches. The university has about 1500 research staff and 52,000 students. It is the only Italian member of Universities Research Association. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Pisa ranks at the first place among the Italian universities, and among the first 150 in the world. The Department of Information Engineering (Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, DII) of the University of Pisa counts 81 research scientists, plus an equal number of PhD students and post-docs, doing research in the fields of computer engineering, telecommunications, electronics, biomedical and control engineering. DII receives financial support from national and international public agencies (MIUR, CNR, ENEA, ESA, EC) and private companies (including CISCO, Microsoft, Intel, Nokia, Marconi, Thales Alenia Space Italia, Telecom Italia). With a yearly throughput of 400 peer-reviewed works, DII is among the top 10% of Italian engineering departments according to the most recent national research assessment.