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?

New SENSYS paper!
Our paper "Directional Transmissions and Receptions for High-throughput Bulk Forwarding in Wireless Sensor Networks", co-authored with Ambuj Varshney, Mats Carlsson, and Thiemo Voigt,
has been accepted at ACM SENSYS 2015!

New WF-IoT paper!
Our paper "Virtual Resources for the Internet of Things", co-authored with Andrea Azzarà,
has been accepted at IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things 2015!

Scientific events I'm currently involved in:
ACM SENSYS 2015 (PC member):
13rd ACM International Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems.
ACM/IEEE IPSN 2016 (PC member, Ph.D. Forum chair):
15th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing
in Sensor Networks - part of CPSWEEK.
IEEE INFOCOM 2016 (PC member):
IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications.
EWSN 2016 (PC member, Poster/demo chair):
International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks.
IEEE Percom 2016 (PC member):
IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications.
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 - part of CPSWEEK (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, 2016), 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.

Recent 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!

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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