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?

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 subit your best papers!

New ACM MOBISYS paper!
The paper "Reactive Control of Autonomous Drones", co-authored with with Endri Bregu, Nicola Casamassina, Daniel Cantoni, and Kamin Whitehouse
has been accepted for publication at ACM MOBISYS 2016!

New ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks paper!
The paper "Energy Harvesting and Wireless Transfer in Sensor Network Applications: Concepts and Experiences", co-authored with with Naveed Bhatti, Hamad Alizai, and Affan Syed, has been accepted for publication on ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks!

New ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks paper!
The paper "View Consistency in Wireless Sensor Networks", co-authored with Arshad Jhumka has been accepted for publication on ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks!

New DRONET paper!
The paper "Model-based Real-time Testing of Drone Autopilots", co-authored with with Andrea Patelli has been accepted for publication at DRONET 2016!

Scientific events I'm currently involved in:
ACM SENSYS 2016 (PC member):
14th ACM International Conference on Networked Sensing 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 2017 (PC member):
IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications.
IEEE DCOSS 2016 (PC member):
International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems.
Dronet 2016 (PC member):
International Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems,
and Applications for Civilian Use.

Previously, I was also involved in ACM SENSYS (PC member - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), ACM/IEEE IPSN - part of CPSWEEK (PC member - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016; poster/demo chair - 2013), IEEE INFOCOM (PC member - 2016, 2017), IEEE ICDCS (PC member - 2011, 2014, 2015), IEEE RTSS (PC member - 2013, 2014), IEEE Percom (PC member - 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), ACM 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, 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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