Building the Internet of Things

Building the Internet of Things: A Journey Across Scientific Communities

Luca Mottola
Politecnico di Milano

Ed. via Golgi 42 - Sala Riunioni
9 maggio 2012


As embedded devices sensing from the environment and acting on the real world integrate with existing computing infrastructures, we will create an "Internet of Things (IoT)" that will improve society and quality of life. In making this vision a reality, we are continuously confronted with challenges across different fields and scientific communities, both within and outside computer science and engineering. In this talk, I will survey my experience in this respect, which especially focuses on the design, implementation, and real-world validation of distributed sensing and actuator systems. In this context, I will touch upon past, present, and future work across software engineering, programming languages, distributed systems, and networking. I will interleave the discussion with examples of past and on-going collaborations with domain experts in such diverse fields as supply chain management, biology, structural engineering, industrial control, and interaction design. These collaborations often seeded the technical work and have been instrumental to validate the solutions in real-world settings.
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Short bio:
Luca Mottola is an assistant professor at Politecnico di Milano. Previously, he was a Senior Researcher at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (2009-2011) and a Research Scholar at the University of Southern California (USA, 2006-2007). He completed his Ph.D. studies at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2008. His research interests include the design, implementation, and validation of modern distributed systems, with the current focus on the Internet of Things. He has extensively published at the most prestigious scientific venues in the sensor network and closely related fields. Out of his research, he has received two Best Paper Awards at ACM/IEEE IPSN, the EWSN/CONET European Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, and the ACM SenSys Best Demonstration Award, all at flagship conferences in the field. He was also listed amongst Postscapes "Internet of Things Top 100 Thinkers" and has received the Cor Baayen Award for the most promising young researcher in computer science and applied mathematics. He routinely serves on the TPCs of major conferences in sensor networks, and gives invited lectures and tutorials in scientific conferences, summer schools, and graduate courses.

Luca Mottola

Area di ricerca:
Metodologie e architetture software avanzate