Following a restructuring and streamlining of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), seven departments have been created to represent the main thematic areas of research. The departments are responsible for coordinating and promoting the scientific and technology transfer activities of CNR. DIITET will focus on the domains of manufacturing, ICT, energy and transportation and will supervise the activities of 22 institutes. The main objective of DIITET will be to promote interdisciplinary research in key sectors of the European digital agenda and Horizon 2020 with particular attention to the development of those technologies that will ensure secure cities and communities, smart energy and intelligent mobility and transportation systems. Areas of importance will include ICT, energy, advanced materials, sustainable mobility and advanced manufacturing and processing. Dr Conti is currently Head of the Ubiquitous Internet Lab of the CNR Institute for Informatics and Telematics (IIT). He has published widely in the fields of design modelling and performance evaluation of computer networks pervasive systems and social networks. He is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Computer Communications and Associate Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing. He is the founder of successful conference and workshop series such as ACM RealMAN, IEEE AOC, ACM MobiOpp, and IFIP/IEEE SustainIT.