Mobile Cloud Networking and Edge Computing for Quality-enhanced Service Provisioning

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Speaker(s) : Paolo Bellavista (Università di Bologna, Italy)

Abstract: The number of connected devices worldwide continues to grow and is forecast to triple by the end of 2019, from 15 to 50 billion. It starts to be widely recognized that this continuous and exponential growth will inevitably force towards a deep transformation of how we organize, manage, and access virtualized distributed resources, which we currently identify with the global location-transparent cloud. This transformation is particularly central for quality-sensitive service provisioning: as a notable example, in Industry 4.0 Internet-of-Things (IoT) application scenarios, strict latency and reliability requirements are sometimes critical to determine even the overall stability and behavior of the managed system, e.g., for prompt actuation of control loops. The seminar will describe some of the recent research activities accomplished at the University of Bologna in the areas of i) orchestration of mobile cloud networking resources for enhanced quality, and ii) edge computing (fog) for efficient IoT-cloud integration in wide-scale deployment environments. In particular, the focus of the presentation will be on already achieved results and ongoing research directions that can provide a significant terroir where to establish synergies and joint research activities with UPMC in the short-medium term, such as hierarchical locality management and distributed control functions at both cloud and edge nodes, under the general umbrella of “industrial-grade” quality-enhanced cloud-edge virtualized support for wide-scale IoT applications.
Short Bio: Paolo Bellavista is an Associate Professor of Distributed and Mobile Systems at Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna (UNIBO), Italy, where he received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. His research activities span from mobile computing to pervasive ubiquitous middleware, from IoT middleware for scalable cloud integration to vehicular sensor networks, from mobile cloud computing to big data adaptive stream processing, and from mobile edge & fog computing to resource management in SDN. He co-authored more than 180 papers, including around 60 magazine/journal articles and around 100 conference/workshop papers in those fields, reporting results from several national- and EU-funded projects. About notable recent experiences in the mobile cloud and edge computing area, in 2016 he was keynote speaker at the IEEE Mobile Cloud conference and led the UNIBO team in the completion of the large EU Mobile Cloud Networking project ( He serves on the Editorial Boards of IEEE TNSM & TSC, Elsevier PMC & JNCA, and Springer JNSM & WINET. In addition, he is senior member of the IEEE and the ACM. For additional details and his complete list of publications, see also

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