National Laboratory of Radar and Surveillance Systems

RaSS Lab is one of the four national laboratories of CNIT (Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunication). It was instituted in December 2010 as an evolvement from a CNIT Research Centre. It is located in Pisa, Galleria Gerace, 18, 56124, Italy.

The main mission of RaSS is to carry out applied research activities in the field of radar, applied electromagnetics, remote sensing, telecommunication, signal processing and network security.

The main research interests are related to wideband radar, SAR/ISAR, InSAR, interferometric imaging 2D/3D and full 3D, passive radar based on digital waveform, wideband microwave radar (form X band to W band), e.m. modelling, RCS (Radar Cross Section) numerical computation, target feature extraction by exploiting target’s inverse scattering properties, propagation modelling, antenna design, tracking with multiple radars.

RaSS is organized (see Fig.1) in four research areas, namely radar systems, radar signal/image processing, remote sensing, antenna, electromagnetic modelling & materials, explorative areas, instrumental laboratories, security office, secretariat, quality control and public relation offices. The director, who chairs the Steering Committee, is in charge of the laboratory governance .

The lab staff consists of University consultants, CNIT personnel, Post-Docs, PhD students and short term contract researchers and it is currently composed by 51 people.

RaSS has been involved both as leader as well as participant in several national and international research projects, funded by MoD (Ministry of defence), EDA (European Defence Agency). MIUR (Ministry of Education), MISE (Ministry of Economic Development), EU FP7, H2020, ESA, ASI, Tuscany Region, NCIA (NATO), Italian Industries like LEONARDO, MBDA, VITROCISET, INTERMARINE, GEM, E-GEOS, others. Most of the RaSS projects led to the production of technological demonstrators at TRL 5-6.

RaSS participates in the NATO SET panel meetings, in several NATO SET (Sensor Electronic Technologies) Task Groups, and in EDA CapTechs.

RaSS is also a member of the AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association) through CNIT and is a partner of the Cluster “Trasporti Italia 2020”.

As a consequence of the high-level technological capabilities reached by RaSS, some researchers founded a CNIT and Univ. of Pisa spin-off company called ECHOES for the production of multichannel radar for civilian and military applications.

RaSS is strongly involved and participates in research and experimental activities at the JCC lab. “Ugo Tiberio”, a joint Italian navy CSSN and CNIT laboratory.


Fig.1 – RaSS Lab. organization

Laboratory building: Galleria G.B. Gerace, 18, 56124 Pisa (PI)

Director: Prof. Marco MARTORELLA, Email:; Phone: +39 050 2217624 (Università di Pisa), +39 050 3820818 (RaSS); Mobile: +39 3475848897

Valorization Committee:

  • Gaspare Galati, UdR Roma Tor Vergata (contact person)
  • Andrea Massa, UdR Trento
  • Antonio Di Maio, UdR Napoli Federico II


Annual Reports:

Contacts: Email: RaSS[AT], PEC: cnit[AT], Phone: +39 050 3820810, Fax: +39 050 3820571

Staff of the RaSS Laboratory

People Area Position
Canicattì Eliana R BORSISTA CNIT ITS 2020
Cantelli Forti Alessandro R Borsista
Capria Amerigo R Resp. di Ricerca
Corucci Alessandro T Funzionario Tecnico
Cuccoli Fabrizio R Resp. Area di Ricerca
Gelli Samuele R Collaboratore di Ricerca jun.
Giampietri Elisa R BORSISTA CNIT ITS 2020
Giusti Elisa R Ricercatore
Lupidi Alberto R Ricercatore
Mancuso Francesco R Ricercatore CNIT V Livello T.D.
Marinari Sabrina A Collaboratore Amministrativo Senior
Mazzinghi Agnese R Ricercatore CNIT IV Livello T.D.
Meucci Giulio R Ricercatore CNIT V Livello T.D.
Nenna Guido T Funzionario Tecnico
Saglimbeni Roberto A Operatore Amministrativo Junior
Saverino Anna Lisa T Funzionario Tecnico
Sorci Silvia A Funzionario Amministrativo
Tomei Sonia R Ricercatore
Ajeet Kumar R Ricercatore CNIT IV Livello T.D.

Afferents to RaSS Laboratory

Baldini Luca Ricercatore ISAC-CNR
Berizzi Fabrizio Professore Ordinario
Direttore Lab. RaSS
050 2217 535
Capannesi Luca Tecnico UNIFI 055 4796 692
Costa Filippo Ricercatore Universitario TD 050 2217 577
Dalle Mese Enzo Professore Ordinario
Facheris Luca Professore Associato 055 4796 274
Freni Angelo Professore Associato 055 4796 522/381
Fontana Nunzia Ricercatore Universitario
Genovesi Simone Professore Associato
Gentile Luca Assegnista di Ricerca
Innocenti Mario Professore Ordinario 050 2217 319
Livreri Patrizia Ricercatore Universitario
Lombardini Fabrizio Professore Associato 050 2217 675
Martorella Marco Professore Associato – Direttore RaSS 050 2217 624
Monorchio Agostino Professore Ordinario 050 2217 542
Oveis Amirhossein Assegnista di Ricerca
Rogovich Alessandro Tecnico UNIPI 050 2217 643
Rotundo Sabrina Dottoranda