Theme: Towards Opportunistic IoT Services: A Novel Paradigm for Engineering the Next-generation IoT Systems
June 13,2018

Reporter: Prof Giancarlo Fortino

Time: 16:00 pm, June 29, 2018

Location: Lecture Hall 5, Youyi Campus

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as a ubiquitous and dense ecosystem in which novel devices and smart objects interoperate to establish smart cities, smart buildings, etc. In such application contexts, a plethora of innovative services are expected to stand out, deeply impacting our daily routine. In particular, real IoT drivers will be cyber physical, collective, highly dynamic and contextualized services, called in the following Opportunistic IoT Services. This keynote proposes a full-fledged approach for their development, based on (i) a technology-agnostic yet detailed modelling phase, which allows opportunistic properties to emerge since the preliminary service analysis; and (ii) the implementation and further simulation of IoT services through Aggregate Computing, a distributed computing paradigm and engineering stack able to harness, in practice, the dynamic, collective and context-driven nature of Opportunistic IoT Services. Several case studies will be first considered that are well suited to be supported by the new introduced paradigm. In particular, the focus will be posed on a mass event case study, related to the real-world scenario of a large scale urban crowd detection and steering, provides evidence of the huge potential of the approach: indeed, simulation results highlight the effectiveness, flexibility, scalability and resilience of the Aggregate Computing-based approach to the design of Opportunistic IoT Services.

Biography of Reporter: Giancarlo Fortino is currently a Professor of Computer Engineering (since 2006) at the Dept. of Informatics, Modeling, Electronics and Systems (DIMES) of the University of Calabria (Unical), Rende (CS), Italy. He has a Ph. D. degree and Laurea (MSc+BSc) degree in Computer Engineering from Unical. He holds the Italian Scientific National Habilitation for Full Professorship and is High-end Foreign Expert of China, Adjunct Professor at the Wuhan University of Technology (China), Senior Research Fellow at the Italian National Research Council - ICAR Institute, and High-end Expert at HUST Univ. (China). He has been also Visiting Researcher and Professor at the International Computer Science Institute (Berkeley, USA) and at the Queensland University of Technology (Australia), respectively. His main research interests include agent-based computing, body area networks, wireless sensor networks, pervasive and cloud computing, multimedia networks and Internet of Things technology. He participated to many local, national and international research projects and currently is the vice coordinator and STPM of the EU-funded H2020 INTER-IoT project He authored over 350 publications in journals, conferences and books. He chaired more the 85 Int'l conferences/workshops as co-chair, organized more than 35 special issues in well-known ISI-impacted Int'l Journals, and participated in the TPC of over 400 conferences. He is in the list of Top Italian Scientists (TIS) by VIA-academy (, with h-index = 35 and 4300+ citations according to GS. He is the founding editor of the Springer Book Series on "Internet of Things: Technology, Communications and Computing”, and currently serves (as associate editor) in the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Access, Journal of Networks and Computer Applications, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Information Fusion. He is the recipient of the 2014 Andrew P. Sage SMC Transactions Paper award. He is co-founder and CEO of SenSysCal S.r.l., a spin-off of Unical, developing innovative IoT-based systems for e-health and domotics. He is IEEE Senior member, member of the IEEE SMCS Board of Governors, the Chair of the IEEE SMC Italian Chapter, and founding chair of the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on “Interactive and Wearable Computing and Devices”.