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Ivana Marra
Local manager of  Napoli
E-mail: ivana.marra[at]
Phone: +39 0816139514

Ivana Marra is Senior Applied Scientist at the Institute for High-Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and since 2014 she is the person in charge of Naples Secondary Branch of ICAR.

She received her Laurea degree in Computer Science from the University of Salerno and started her activity at CNR first as  system analyst and then as information system manager within  research projects on parallel computing.

Subsequently she dealt with research and technology transfer issues within the “Development of Digital Technologies for Advanced Graphics in Industrial and Commercial Applications” FESR Project, focusing her interests mainly on the design and development of applications for high resolution 3D graphic animations by using motion capture systems.

She currently coordinates project management and financial reporting activities within European, National and Regional  research and experimental development projects; she supervises and monitors project spending progress processes and interacts with auditors of funding agencies.

During the preparatory process, related to calls for project proposals within funding programs, she gives technical and administrative support and also serves as Organizing Committee member of International conferences and workshops.

She is co-author of several technical and financial reports.


Alfonso Urso 
Local manager of  Palermo
E-mail: alfonso.urso[at]
Phone: + 39 0918031025

Alfonso Urso received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering (Summa cum Laude), and the Ph.D. degree in systems engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy, in 1992 and 1997, respectively. In 1998, he was with the Department of Computer and Control Engineering, University of Palermo, as Research Associate. In 2000, he joined the High-Performance Computing and Networking Institute of the Italian National Research Council (ICAR-CNR), where he is currently a Researcher in systems and computer engineering. In 2006 he has been Visiting Researcher at University of Konstanz, Germany. From 2007 to 2015 he was the coordinator of the research group “Intelligent Data Analysis for Bioinformatics” of the Italian National Research Council. Since January 2016 he is Head of the Palermo branch of the High-Performance Computing and Networking Institute of the Italian National Research Council. Since 2001 he has been Lecturer at the University of Palermo where he teaches Computer Networks Security at the Faculty of Computer Science. His research interests are in the area of machine learning, soft computing, and applications to bioinformatics. Dr. Urso is a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), and of the Italian Bioinformatics Society (BITS).

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