Curricula of involved personnel

Permanent Members


 Vincenzo Romano

General Manager and co-founder of SpacEarth Technology. He has more that 12 years experience as researcher at the upper atmosphere physics unit at INGV. He has a consolidated experience on Radio Science, GNSS network management and data processing. He is unit responsible in the PNRA project “Upper Atmosphere Monitoring and Space Weather” since 2002. He has been the principal investigator of the PNRA project IDIPOS (Italian Database Infrastructure for Polar Observation Sciences) to realize an infrastructure for polar data acquired by different stations and observatories in the framework of the global change studies. He has been leader of the working packages “Real-time Models and Data Assimilation” in the TRANSMIT project (FP7, ITN Marie Curie, ) and of the WP “Data management strategy” in the SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) expert group ( ). He is appointed as Space Weather expert in the Italian delegation at United Nation Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). He published more than 60 papers in international scientific journals as first-author or co-author.

Vittorio Cannasvcannas

President of SpacEarth Technology. Mr Vittorio Cannas (Male) graduated in physics at the University of Cagliari and in 1998 attained a MSc in Telecommunications at the University College London. He has worked in HP and Ericsson and then has been senior researcher at the University of Paris and at Istituto Superiore Mario Boella. Subsequently has worked 8 years as a project manager in the Lazio Aerospace Technology Cluster and as a program manager in General Electric Aviation Business.


Moreno Prosperi

Management board member. B. Sc. Degree: Statistics & Operational Research 30 years of progressive business development and organizations management mostly in Airport and Airline Industry. I have gained specific knowledge in the strategic analysis of organizations to improve business results and to help innovative startup companies.
Expertise: strategy, firm policies definition and implementation; organizational systems design & implementation; human resources planning and management systems development; business process reengineering; production planning & control models; employee relations management within dynamic organizations.

lucaspogliLuca Spogli Co-founder of SpacEarth Technology. Researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (from 2008) at Upper Atmosphere Physics unit. As expert in ionospheric physics and in data analysis and treatment techniques, he participated or is participating to many research projects in the field of solar‐terrestrial relation and space weather studies. In particular to the European Cost 296 Action: “Mitigation of Ionospheric Effects on Radio Systems”, to the CIGALA (Concept for Ionospheric‐Scintillation Mitigation for Professional GNSS in Latin America) and ESPAS (Near‐Earth Space Data Infrastructure for e‐Science) projects funded by EC (7th framework program), to the “Original and Novel Solutions to Counter GNSS Ionospheric Scintillation Effects” project (2010‐2012) funded by the Royal Society, to the SCAR (Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research) Expert Group GRAPE (GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment) and many other national projects in the field of GNSS studies. Author and co‐author of about 15 papers on scientific journals.

Stefano_Urbini-150x150Stefano Urbini

Co-founder of SpacEarth Technology. Ph.D in Geophysics. At present is Researcher at INGV.
Scientific interests: Applied geophysics.
Recent activities:
RES exploration at Station Concordia (DomeC, Antarctica);
Snow accumulation variations by GPR measurements on Antarctica plateau;
Integrated geophysical exploration of Kamil crater (Sahara desert, Egypt).

giuditta_marinaroGiuditta Marinaro

Co-founder of SpacEarth Technology Physicist (Università la Sapienza di Roma, 2002) with a PHD in Polar Sciences (Università di Siena, 2012) on a long-term monitoring experiment in Antarctica (Weddell Sea). Since 2002 technologist at Istituto nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia where she is responsible of the technological and logistical aspects of complex deep-sea experiments. As supervisor for the experiments and for data quality analysis she takes care of the check, calibration and test of the scientific instruments installed on the autonomous underwater observatories for geophysics and environmental monitoring. She supervises the field activities on board ships and contributes in the subsequent multidisciplinary data analysis.

SETTIMI-Photo Alessandro Settimi
was born in Rome on 1972. He graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University “Sapienza” of Rome, the same university where he received later the Ph-D in “Electromagnetism” at the Department of Energy. Currently, he is employed as a contract researcher at the “Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia” (INGV). His studies are still, as in the past, invited in well-known national and international conferences, and then published by leading international journals in these topics.
Alessandro Settimi is specialized into the following topics: the characterization, design and implementation of induction devices for measuring simultaneously the electrical resistivity and dielectric permittivity of concretes and terrestrial soils in order to monitor the percentage of salinity and the volumetric content of water; and the software development of an applicative tool package in order to simulate a three-dimensional (3D) real-time ray tracing of high frequency (HF) radio waves in the ionospheric medium.



lucillaLucilla Alfonsi (female) is a researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia at  Upper  Atmosphere  Physics  unit,  Rome  2  Department. Starting from 2003 Dr. Alfonsi is mainly involved into scientific studies and applications  devoted  to  the  assessment  of the  ionospheric  disturbances  on the GNSS signals, with special emphasis on the corruption effects causing severe positioning errors. During the last 10 years Dr. Alfonsi had the possibility to work with several scientific  teams  at  international  level:  Space  Research  Center  (Warsaw, Poland), University of Rennes (France), University of Bath (UK), University of   Nottingham   (UK),   MIT   (USA),   University   of   Tromso   (Norway), Sodankyla  Geophysical  Observatory  (Finland),  Finnish  Meteorological Institute (Finland), IPS Radio and Space Service (Australia). Her skills on GNSS ionospheric measurements were matured thanks to the data analysis and  treatment  of  the  TEC  and  scintillation  data  acquired  by  the  50  Hz sampling   receivers   deployed   by   Istituto   Nazionale   di   Geofisica   e Vulcanologia (INGV) or in collaboration with other institutions in Svalbard Islands (Norway), in Antarctica, in Tucuman (Argentina), In Chania (Crete, Greece),  Lampedusa  (Italy),  Huelva  (Spain),  CIGALA  sites  (Brazil),  and others. During her career she had the possibility to join several campaigns as a scientist expert on TEC and scintillation investigation.

claudiocesaroniClaudio Cesaroni is a postdoc researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia in Rome (Italy) at Upper Atmosphere Physics unit, Rome 2. He obtained his MSc in Physics on 2011 and his PhD in Geophysics on 2015. His research focuses mainly on the ionospheric physics and, in particular, on the study of low and high latitudeionospheric irregularities by means of GNSS. He participated (as task responsible and research unit leader) to many projects for the study of the ionospheric effects on GNSS high precision applications, funded by European Space Agency (MImOSA2, ERICA), European community (CALIBRA) and the Italian National Program for the Antarctic Research (Upper atmosphere Antarctic permanent observatory).

mcMassimo Crescimbene
Master degree in Psychology at the Università “La Sapienza” of Rome. Specialization in Existential Analytic Psychotherapy. Advanced training in psychodrama and role-playing. Excellent computer knowledge of Windows and MacOS systems, programming languages (html, xml, vbasic, java, cdml, php, DBMS FileMaker, Access, MySql).
From 1986 to 1998 he worked at the CNR – National Group for Volcanology. From 1999 to present he works at the INGV.
Massimo Crescimbene deals with psychosocial research: risk perception, rumours, emotional states, communication feedbacks. He plans, teaches and evaluates within the EDURISK project, aimed to the reduction of seismic and volcanic risks. He is responsible for research projects on seismic and volcanic risk perception. He deals with design and implementation of meetings and didactic projects for schools, families and adults, from 2007 to date. He designs and evaluates projects of dissemination and education, addressed to different audiences. He teaches at graduate schools of psychotherapy and master degree in Disaster Psychology and Psychodiagnostic. He implements websites and customizing of database and applications.

GiorgianaDeFranceschi Giorgiana De Franceschi (Female) is Director of research at INGV. She was the director of the Upper Atmosphere Physics group from January 2002 to June 2007. Since 2014 she has been appointed URSI (International Union of Radio Science) delegate to SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research). She is/has been principal investigator for several national (e.g. PNRA-Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide, the Italian National Program for the Antarctic Research) and international projects, such as those funded under FP7: CIGALA, CALIBRA and TRASNMIT. She is the leader of the SCAR expert group GRAPE (GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment,


Domenico_DiMauroDomenico Di Mauro
Graduated in Physics (Geophysics). Since 1999 he is a scientist at the Geomagnetism Unit of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia in Rome. His expertise spans from the technology applied to instrumentation used for measurements in the geomagnetic field, including the management of the geomagnetic observatories to data processing and scientific studies on geomagnetic variations and their effects. He taught at university level for courses on applied geophysics, geomagnetism and general physics. He was principal investigator in different projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and  Ministry of Education and Scientific Research.


AL_pic Alessandro Lugari
PhD in Geoinformation from Rome University ‘Tor Vergata’, Degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Florence. His expertise embrace all the aspects of Earth Observation, and it was gained in more than fifteen years  working with some of the main Italian Public  Research bodies: the former  National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Environment (ENEA), the National Research Council (CNR), the High Institute for Environmental Research and Protection (ISPRA). He was involved in several EU and ESA funded projects. He acted as Expert Evaluator with the European Commission and the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus. He taught Remote Sensing theory and applications, Photogrammetry and Cartography at the Rome University ‘La Sapienza’, the University of Florence and the University of Siena. Currently he is a postdoc research fellow at the INGV, dealing with InSAR processing.

Silvia Pau
Degree in Economics from the University “La Sapienza”.
Since 1988, working at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica (first) and Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (today) as technical support for research.
Expertise in coordination in web development, administrative EU projects and Graphics sector.

SSalviStefano Salvi is technological director at INGV-National Earthquake Center.
In 1999 he founded the ING Remote Sensing Laboratory, which became in 2001 the INGV Remote Sensing and Geodesy Laboratory.
He is a geologist with a wide experience in the application of remote sensing techniques, both airborne and space-based, to the study and quantification of solid earth processes (earthquake crustal deformation, active tectonics, volcanology, surface geology) and to the assessment of geological and geophysical hazards.
He coordinates a research group including engineers, geophysicists and geologists experienced in the use of space geodesy data for the study of land deformation due to various sources. He has been PI or co-PI for several research projects funded by EC, ESA, ASI, NASA, MIUR, Italian Antarctic program, national and bilateral research programs, on the use of remote sensing data and techniques for geophysical applications and geohazard assessment. He is presently Representative of the INGV-CNT Research Group on Earthquake Physics and Co-Seismic Scenarios. He is a member of the CEOS Working Group on Disasters, co-lead of the CEOS Seismic Pilot, and since 2014 Chair of the GEO Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratory initiative.

Alberto_Sinibaldi Alberto Sinibaldi
Graduated in Civil Engineering, Master’s Degree in Business Engineering.
From 1986 to 2012 I worked at IBM Italy, where I held a number of managerial and technical tasks, and had positions of responsibility at IBM subsidiaries abroad (USA, Turkey, Sweden). This longstanding experience within a company definitely the industry leader, has allowed me to build a solid professional knowledge on topics related to information technology and business management matters. From 2012 onwards, I embarked on a path of professional consulting engineering (computer science, fire safety, verification and testing plant).
In 2013-2014 I worked as an expert qualitative analysis and operation of organizations for the project “Evaluation and Improvement” INVALSI, research institution of the MIUR (Education and Research Italian Ministry). In 2014-2015 I worked on project activities of counselling at the Research Service of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

Umberto Sciacca
Graduated in Electronic Engineering (5-years course) at the University “Sapienza” of Rome, following a telecommunications curriculum. After a short period of service as an officer in the Engineer Corps of the Italian Army, he experienced in the aerospace industry as a radiofrequency (RF) circuit designer. Since 1995, working at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) as hardware / software designer for remote sensing and acquisition systems. At present, as Senior Technologist at INGV, develops radars systems for geophysical applications (ionospheric sounding and glaciers prospecting), including the AIS ionosonde. His work specifically concerns the design at system level, prototyping and testing the electronic circuitry for the RF sections, studying radio propagation and antennas. In his free time is an amateur astronomer.

ezuccherettiEnrico Zuccheretti
Technologist at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia. Degree in Physics in 1988 at “La Sapienza” University, Rome, Italy.
Expertise in electronics, HF and VHF radar design for geophysical application, ionospheric measurements technique, ionospheric radio propagation elements.