Luca Mottola

Luca Mottola

"The purpose of abstraction is not to be vague,
but to create a new semantic level in which one can be absolutely precise"

E. W. Dijkstra - from the Humble Programmer, 1972.
(Read also another interesting article about abstraction).

I am an Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy and a Senior Researcher at
SICS Swedish ICT. My research is about designing, building, and validating
networked embedded software to power the operation of cyberphysical systems, the "Internet of Things", wireless sensor networks, and drone sensor networks! To that end, I try not just to talk and to write about these systems, but also to build and deploy them!

Awards and Recognition

What's New?

IEEE Internet Computing Special Issue out!
The special issue of IEEE Internet Computing about "Building Internet of Things Software"
I guest-edited together with Luciano Baresi and Schahram Dustdar is out!

I'm serving as PC co-chair for IEEE DCOSS 2015, together with Jie Gao.
Check the DCOSS website for complete info!

Networked Embedded Software @TU Graz!
During 2015 I will also be on a visiting professor position at at TU Graz, hosted by Kay Roemer. During my time in Graz, among other things,
I'll be teaching a course on Networked Embedded Software.

Scientific events I'm currently involved in:
IEEE DCOSS 2015 (PC co-chair):
11st IEEE International Conference on Distributing Computing on Sensor Systems.
ACM SENSYS 2015 (PC member):
13rd ACM International Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems.
IEEE INFOCOM 2016 (PC member):
IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications.
NASA/ESA AHS 2015 (PC member):
1st NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems.
IEEE ICDCS 2015 (PC member):
35th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems.
IEEE MASS 2015 (PC member):
12nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad hoc and Sensor Systems.
ACM ESEC/FSE 2015 - New Ideas Track (PC member):
10th ACM European Software Engineering Conference/
Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering.
ACM ESEC/FSE 2015 - Tools Track (PC member):
10th ACM European Software Engineering Conference/
Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering.
ACM MOBIQUITOUS 2015 (PC member, Poster/demo chair):
12nd ACM International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems:
Computing, Networking and Services.
IEEE SRDS 2015 (PC member):
34rd IEEE International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems.

Previously, I was also involved in ACM SENSYS (PC member - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015), ACM/IEEE IPSN (PC member - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016; poster/demo chair - 2013), IEEE ICDCS (PC member - 2011, 2014, 2015), IEEE RTSS (PC member - 2013, 2014), IEEE Percom (PC member - 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), EWSN (PC member - 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016; poster/demo chair - 2011), IEEE DCOSS (PC co-chair - 2015; PC member - 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), IEEE SRDS (PC member - 2010, 2014, 2015), and SESENA (PC co-chair - 2011; PC member - 2010, 2012), among the others.

Selected Publications

The following papers are representative of my current and past investigation (more under publications):

Students and Collaborators

If you are interested in researching the embedded systems of the future and have a passion for making things concrete and not just on paper, drop me a line. Several thesis topics both at M.Sc. and Ph.D level, as well as smaller projects are available around these themes!

Right now, I have the pleasure to work with a number of smart people around here:

Past students and collaborators who contributed to several of the works that appear here are:


"Dott. Paolo Mottola" scholarship
The Italian Association for Liver Research is offering a scholarship
to carry out research on liver tumors.

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