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 Assistant 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 systems such as wireless sensor networks, cyberphysical systems, and the "Internet of Things"! 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 about "Building Internet of Things Software"!
I will be guest-editor of a Special Issue of IEEE Internet Computing Magazine
about "Building Internet of Things Software"!
More details are in the CfP. Deadline is June 15th, 2014!

Workshop on Robotic Sensor Networks!
Together with Karthik Dantu and Pei Zhang, I'm organizing a workshop on
Robotic Sensor Networks as part of CPSWEEK in Berlin, Germany. If you work at the intersection of embdded/distributed systems, mobile computing, and robotics,
send us your best ideas! Deadline is February 14th, 2014!

New DCOSS paper!
Our paper "Context-oriented Programming for Adaptive Wireless Sensor Network Software" has been accepted at the Int. Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS) to be held in May 2014 in Marina del Rey (CA, USA)!

Scientific events I'm currently involved in:
IEEE RTSS 2014 (PC member):
35th IEEE Real-time Systems Symposium.
ACM/IEEE IPSN 2014 (PC member, PhD Forum panel):
13rd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks.
IEEE ICDCS 2014 (PC member):
34th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems.
ACM MOBIQUITOUS 2015 (Poster/demo chair):
12nd ACM International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing,
Networking and Services.
IEEE SRDS 2014 (PC member):
33rd IEEE International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems.
IEEE DCOSS 2014 (PC member):
10th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems.

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

Selected Publications

The following papers are representative of my current investigation and of projects I'm involved in (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:


"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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