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! I try not just to talk and to write about these systems, but also to build and deploy them!

Awards and Recognition

See also press coverage during the Universal Exposition in Milan, held in 2015: @Expo News: "Internet of Things and Smart Agriculture", @Expo Magazine: "Ten Innovators Talk About Visions of 2050", and @Expo Magazine: "More Team-play for Drones!"

What's New?

Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks!
I am joining the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN)!
ACM TOSN publishes high-quality papers reporting significant results in the research and applications of distributed, wireless, or wireline sensor and actuator networks.

ACM EWSN 2017 PC Co-chair!
Together with Chenyang Lu, I'll be co-chairing the next edition of the ACM International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN), to be held in
Uppsala (Sweden), February 20-22, 2017! Get ready to submit your best papers!

ACM MOBISYS Best Paper Award!
The paper "Reactive Control of Autonomous Drones", co-authored with with Endri Bregu, Nicola Casamassina, Daniel Cantoni, and Kamin Whitehouse
received the Best Paper Award at ACM MOBISYS 2016!

ACM DRONET Best Paper Award!
The paper "Model-based Real-time Testing of Drone Autopilots", co-authored with with Andrea Patelli received the Best Paper Award at ACM DRONET 2016!

New Paper on ACM Transactions on Cyber-physical Systems!
The paper "Adaptive Real-time Communication for Wireless Cyber-physical Systems", co-authored with Marco Zimmerling, Pratyush Kumar, Federico Ferrari, and Lothar Thiele
is accepted on ACM Transactions on Cyber-physical Systems (TCPS)!

Scientific events I'm currently involved in:
ACM EWSN 2017 (PC co-chair):
ACM International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks.
ACM MOBISYS 2017 (PC member):
ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services.
ACM SENSYS 2016 (PC member):
ACM International Conference on Networked Sensing Systems.
ACM IPSN 2017 (PC member):
ACM International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks.
IEEE INFOCOM 2017 (PC member):
IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications.
IEEE ICDCS 2017 (PC member):
IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems.
ENSsys 2016 (PC member):
International Workshop on Energy Harvesting and Energy Neutral
Sensing Systems (colocated with ACM SENSYS).

Editorial board member:
ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN): 2016 - present.

Previously, I was also involved in ACM MOBISYS (PC member - 2017), ACM SENSYS (PC member - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), ACM/IEEE IPSN - part of CPSWEEK (PC member - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017; poster/demo chair - 2013), IEEE INFOCOM (PC member - 2016, 2017), IEEE ICDCS (PC member - 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017), IEEE RTSS (PC member - 2013, 2014), IEEE Percom (PC member - 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), ACM EWSN (PC co-chair - 2017, PC member - 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016; poster/demo chair - 2011, 2016), IEEE DCOSS (PC co-chair - 2015; PC member - 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016), IEEE SRDS (PC member - 2010, 2014, 2015), and SESENA (PC co-chair - 2011; PC member - 2010, 2012), among the others.

Recent Selected Publications

These 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!

I have the pleasure to work with a number of smart people right now:

Past students and collaborators who contributed to some 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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