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International cooperation and technology transfer
Mussio, Luigi

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Welcome addresses
On behalf of the Rector, Prof. Nicola Occhiocupo, I’m glad
to give the regards, the warmest welcome and the thanks of
the Parma University, as well as my personal, to all of you
present here to attend the meeting in memory of Prof.
Mariano Cunietti, professor for more than thirty years at the
TU Milan.
A special greeting to Prof. Carlo Monti, delegate of the
Rector of Milan TU, and to Prof. Luigi Mussio, chairman of
ISPRS WG 3/1, who together with Prof. Gianfranco Forlani
(docent at the University of Parma), his co-worker, promoted
and organized this important event.
We are at the beginning of the third millenium, that is a
period of deep changes regarding not only the society, but the
universities too. We don’t know on which aspects these
changes will focus, but for sure we are looking forward to a
greater flexibility, with respect to didactics, and a greater
dynamism with respect to research activities.
We are very pleased that Parma was chosen as site for this
qualified international meeting. This means that is
recognized, to our university, an important role in the
photogrammetric and remote sensing fields.
Our university is old, since it dates back to the year 1000
A.D., but it’s projected to operate with renewed efforts and
strong responsibility in the national and international
community and, right at the beginning of the third millenium,
it reaches a turning point in its history.
The University of Parma has nine faculties, thirty graduate
courses, several first level diplomas and specialization
schools whose scientific and didactics activity is performed
by a thousand teachers and researchers, supported by around
nine hundred unities of administrative and technical staff and
stimulated by 31,000 students.
It’s an university in which research and training in the
various classical and scientific fields constitute a high level
center carried on by several researchers belonging to different
faculties, departments, institutes, in cooperation with
researchers and scientists belonging to prestigious Italian and
foreign universities.
In this meeting too, as Prof. Forlani pointed out, will be
active the participation of foreign professors, internationally
recognized, as Prof. Karl Kraus, who has been Rector of
Vienna University, and Prof. Gottfried Konecny, Past
President of ISPRS and Honorary Member of it.
I’m not an expert in this field and thus I didn’t know Prof.
Mariano Cunietti to whose memory is dedicated this meeting:
I think yet that so many colleagues and friends of his
attending the meeting, and the attention of the academic
authorities of TU Milan testify the role and the importance of
his figure to which I pay tribute.
Looking through the program of this meeting, I noticed the
variety of the subjects that will be treated, as well as the
presence of very qualified speakers. So, welcoming you again
in Parma, I express also the certainty that your committment
will be an occasion for an intensive and fruitful exchange of
experiences and the hope that you could enjoy the hospitality
and, why not, the traditional cuisine for which Parma is also
Corrado Scaravelli
Pro-rector of the University of Parma
With much regret, it is impossible for me to be in Parma to
attend the meeting.
My regret is augmented by the fact that, many years ago, I
had the pleasure to discuss for long time with Mariano
Cunietti about the problem of university reform (we were at
the end of sixties - beginning of seventies), and since than
my esteem towards him, if possible, increased.
I would like that Prof. Carlo Monti, Director of the D.I.I.A.R.
(Department of Hydraulic, Environmental and Surveying
Engineering), who will represent TU Milan, would also
represent my personal feelings.
Adriano De Maio
Rector of the Polytechnic of Milan
I met, for the first time, Prof. Cunietti in 1967, when I
frequented, just graduated and waiting for the military'
service, I frequented for a couple of months what was then
the Institute of Geodesy, Topography and Photogrammetry. I
met, in this way, also Professors Solaini, Inghilleri, Mazzon,
Tomelleri, Togliatti and Galetto, then all active at the
Institute. That was a wonderful chance for the high scientific
level of this group, with respect to both national and
international communities, and for the impression of a “team”
and the harmony which characterized the group.
I have many pleasant memories of Cunietti, of great respect
and admiration, and of gratitude for all that he taught me.
From the beginning, I was integrated in the Institute’s
research activities, in particular, in Cunietti’s researches. It
was the period, didactically speaking, of practical courses in
the field for teachers of Technical Institutes for Land-
surveyors. Cunietti was in charge, on ministerial assignment,
for the updating which he considered as teoretical education,
supported by a big practical component.
Then from ’69 onwards, a series of practical exercises were
carried out in the mountains and especially in Varzi, in the
“Oltrepo Pavese”. Cunietti was a great estimator of good
food and wine, and he could choose the “right” places and he
put the same care and attention both in the surveying
operational practice and in the critical discussions of what
done. Discussions which most of the times continued at table,
cheerfully invading fields similar to thematics typical of
survey, ranged then over extremely varied thoughts, more or
less deep.
The pleasantness of good food, the charism of Cunietti
created a particular atmosphere, appropriate for exchanging
ideas. Cunietti was a skilful epistemologist and he always