Giancarlo Fortino

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Full Professor of Computer Engineering

DIMES – Department of Informatics, Modeling, Electronics and Systems

University of Calabria

Via P. Bucci, cubo 41C

87036 Rende (CS), ITALY

Tel. +39.0984.494063

Fax. +39.0984.494713

Institutional email: giancarlo.fortino@unical.it

IEEE email: g.fortino@ieee.org

Personal web: https://labs.dimes.unical.it/speme/people/giancarlo-fortino/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/giancarlo-fortino-2040067/

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Giancarlo Fortino is Full Professor of Computer Engineering at the Department of Informatics, Modeling, Electronics and Systems (DIMES) of the University of Calabria (Unical), Rende (CS), Italy.

In 2013 he took the Italian Scientific Habilitation for Full Professorship. He received a Laurea Degree (BSc+MSc) in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He has been a Research Scholar at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley (CA), USA, in 1997 and 1999, and Visiting Professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, in 2009. He was also Assistant Professor (2001-2006) and Associate Professor (2006-2018) at University of Calabria. He was nominated Guest Professor in Computer Engineering of Wuhan University of Technology on April, 18 2012 (the term of appointment is three years) and in April 2015 he was nominated Adjunct Full Professor of Computer Engineering in the framework of High-End Foreign Experts in China (the term of appointment is three years). Since 2015 he is Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at ICAR-CNR (Italian National Research Council). In 2017 he was also nominated High-end Expert at HUST (Huazhong University of Science and Technology), China. In 2019, he won a CAS PIFI grant at SIAT in Shenzhen (China) covering a Visiting Scientist position and was also nominated Distinguished Professor of Huazhong Agricultural University (China).

He is Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Sensors Council, term 2021-23.

He is co-founder and CEO of SenSysCal S.r.l., a spin-off of University of Calabria, whose mission is the development of innovative systems and services based on Internet of Things technology for health care, energy management and structural health. He is the Director of the Postgraduate School (2nd Level Italian MSc) on INTER-IoT: Integrator and Manager of IoT Systems.

His research interests include wearable computing systems and body sensor networks, Internet of Things, wireless sensor networks, agent systems, agent oriented software engineering, distributed computing and networks, multimedia streaming content distribution networks, GRID/Cloud computing.

He was awarded with the 2014 Andrew P. Sage Best IEEE SMC Transactions Paper Award for his milestone work on the SPINE open-source project: Giancarlo Fortino, Roberta Giannantonio, Raffaele Gravina, Philip Kuryloski, Roozbeh Jafari: Enabling Effective Programming and Flexible Management of Efficient Body Sensor Network Applications. IEEE Trans. Hum. Mach. Syst. 43(1): 115-133 (2013).

He is the founder and director of the SPEME (Smart, PErvasive and Mobile systems Engineering) lab that is engaged in cutting-edge research on novel programming languages, systems, protocols and architectures, and in their implementation in smart, pervasive and mobile systems and their emerging application domains. He is the co-founder and responsible of the Italy-China Joint-Labs: Joint Lab on Internet of Things Technologies established between Unical and Wuhan University of Technology on July 2012 (WUT resp. Prof. Wenfeng Li); Joint-Lab on Internet of Things Technologies oriented to Smart Port established between Unical and Shanghai Maritime University on Nov 2017 (SMU resp. Prof. Yongsheng Yang); Joint-Lab on Internet of Things technologies oriented to Smart Agriculture established between Unical and Huazhong Agriculture University on Nov 2019 (HZAU resp. Prof. Qingxi Liao).

He has been involved in many research and development projects in the research/technical areas of Internet of Things, wireless sensor networks, intelligent and mobile agents, and content delivery networks. He gained funding for more than 3MEuro. In particular, he was the deputy coordinator and STPM of the EU-funded (8MEuro) H2020 project INTER-IoT (Interoperability of IoT Platforms).

He is author of 450+ papers in international journals (200+ papers in Top-level Journals including IEEE, ACM and Elsevier), conferences (majority IEEE conferences) and books (edited by Springer and IEEE Press).

From the bibliometrics viewpoint, according to Web of Science, he has currently 12 highly cited papers and is WoS Highly Cited Researcher 2020 (the only Italian in the computer science area). He is also in the list of Top Italian Scientists (TIS) by VIA-academy and Guide2Research, with h-index=53 and 11000+ citations according to GS. According to the SciVal tool based on the Scopus database, in the last 5 years (2015-19), he is ranked N. 39 in the Computer Science field in the ranking of Top 500 authors, by Scholarly Output in the World, based on the FWCI index, is N. 1 in the Research Area “Hardware and Architecture” and N. 1 in the topic “Body Sensor Network; Smart Object; Interoperability”.

He is founding series editor of the IEEE Press Book Series on Human-Machine Systems and founding editor-in-chief of Springer Book Series on “Internet of Things: Technology, Communications and Computing” and currently serves as associate editor in the editorial board of IEEE Trans. on Affective Computing, IEEE Trans. on Human-Machine Systems, IEEE IoT Journal, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE JBHI, IEEE Access, IEEE SMC Magazine, JNCA (Journal of Networks and Computer Applications, Elsevier), EAAI (Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Elsevier), INFFUS (Information Fusion, Elsevier, area editor on sensor fusion), Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks (Sage), Journal of Smart Health (Elsevier), CASM (Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling, Springer), Journal of Bid Data and Cognitive Computing (MDPI), MAGS (Multi Agent and GRID Systems, IOS Press), IJOAIT (International Journal On Advances in Internet Technology, IARIA), SCPE (Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience).

He organized as chair many int’l workshops and conferences (100+), was involved in a huge number of int’l conferences/workshops (500+) as IPC member, is/was guest-editor of many special issues (60+) on Content Networks, Multimedia Systems, Agent-based Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks, Body Sensor Networks, Cloud Computing in many ISI-impacted journals (e.g. IEEE Trans. on Affective Computing, IEEE Trans. on Service Computing, IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Trans. on Human-Machine Systems, IEEE IoT Journal, IEEE Access, INFFUS, COMNET, JNCA, FGCS, JOS, SIMPAT, MONET, CERA, CCPE, EAAI, Sensors, IJDSN, MIS, Cluster Computing, MTAP, Simulation).

He is IEEE Senior Member (member of the IEEE Computer, Communications, SMC, and IoT societies), co-chair of the IEEE SMC TC on “Interactive and Wearable Computing and Devices”, member of the IEEE Press Editorial Board (2017-2019), and also member of ACM. He is notably Member of the BoG of the IEEE SMC Society (first term 2018-2020, reconfirmed for the second term 2021-2023) and is chair of the IEEE SMC Society Italian Chapter.

1-Page Curriculum Vitae

HIGHLIGHTS OF MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS

Professorship. He is Full Professor starting Nov 25, 2018. He was one of the youngest associate professors in Italy in the Computer Engineering – Computing Systems sector. He became associate professor in the 2006 at the age of 35 years old, after only 5 years he became assistant professor (2001). Usually the average age to get in the associate professor position in Italy is more than 40 years old. In 2013, he took the Italian National Habilitation for Full Professorship. He was also one of the youngest associate professors habilitated to the full professor position in Italy. Usually the average age to get in the full professor position (or being habilitated) in Italy is more than 50 years old. In 2018, he won a competitive examination to be promoted Full Professor at Unical. He was Guest Professor in Computer Engineering of Wuhan University of Technology from April 2012 to April 2015. Since 2015, he is adjunct senior researcher at ICAR-CNR (Italian National Research Council), Italy. In April 2015, he was nominated Adjunct Full Professor of Computer Engineering of Wuhan University of Technology in the framework of High-End Foreign Experts in China (the term of appointment is three years). He has been also nominated (Nov 2016) High-end Expert at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China. He has been recently (Sept. 2019) nominated Distinguished Professor at Huazhong Agriculture University (HZAU), Wuhan, China.

Scientific Articles (1997-2021). He is the (co)author more than 450 articles/publications in many areas of Computer Science/Computer Engineering: agent-based computing, wireless sensor networks, body area networks, signal processing, content distribution networks, distributed multimedia systems, workflow management systems, real-time systems, distributed measurement systems. Specifically, the number of papers published in journals (J), book/series chapters (B/SC), conferences/workshops (C/W), and authored books (B), respectively are: 200 J (170+ in top-level journals), 55 B/SC, 197     C/W (100+ in IEEE events), 3 B. Moreover, he edited 32 books (proceedings and collections) and wrote three theses (PhD, Master and Laurea degree).

Bibliometrics. He is WoS Highly Cited Researcher 2020 (with 12 HCPs). He is also High-Impact Researcher according to Scopus in the last 5 years 2015-19 (Analysis done using Scival): he is ranked n. 39 in the World in the Computer Science field, N. 1 in the computer science research area “Hardware and Architecture”, and N. 1 in the research topic “Body Sensor Network; Smart Object; Interoperability“.

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Google Scholar (GS)5511541>500
Scopus468125455
Web of Science (WoS)385224297
ResearchGate (RG)
RG Score = 42.27 (>97.5% of RG members)
Reads = 80,350
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Leader of Research Groups and Laboratories. He is the founder and director of the Smart, PErvasive and Mobile systems Engineering (SPEME) Laboratory. The SPEME global “mission” is the development of innovative methods and systems for engineering distributed intelligent, pervasive, mobile, multimedia and multi-sensorial systems. The SPEME Lab is therefore open to networks of public and private actors, involved in the ICT sector and its correlated multiple application domains, with specific focus on the scientific and technological context of the Internet of Things and Smart Systems of Systems, such as Smart Home, Smart Health and Smart City, in their respective expertise areas. In particular, the main aim is to define novel methodologies, techniques and frameworks for the rapid development of distributed applications. The research activity is currently focused in the following research areas: Wireless Sensor Networks, Body Area Networks, Internet of Things, Agent-based and Multi-Agent Systems, Content Delivery Networks, Vehicular Area Networks, Workflow Management Systems, IP-based Multimedia Networking. Moreover, he is the co-founder (along with Prof. Wenfeng Li) and responsible of the Joint-Lab on IoT Technologies established between Unical and Wuhan University of Technology on July 2012. He is also the co-founder (along with Prof. Yongsheng Yang) and responsible of the Joint-Lab on Internet of Things Technologies oriented to Smart Port established between Unical and Shanghai Maritime University on Nov 2017. He is also the co-founder (along with Prof. Qingxi Liao) and responsible of the Joint-Lab on Internet of Things technologies oriented to Smart Agriculture established between Unical and Huazhong Agriculture University on Nov 2019. He is also external research advisor at KSU (Saudi Arabia).

Leader of Scientific Research & Development Projects. He is leading or led University, Regional, National, Industry and International projects. Overall, he gained funding for more than 3M Euros. Currently he is the UNICAL responsible of the PRIN Project entitled “Fluidware” (2019-2022) funded by the Italian MIUR. The PRIN framework is the most important basic research framework in Italy. He was the Scientific and Technical Project Manager and Deputy Coordinator of the EU H2020 INTER-IOT project (http://www.inter-iot-project.eu/) accepted to be funded (8.2 MEuro) by the EU commission in the call ICT-30 “interconnected smart objects”. The project will start on January 1, 2016. INTER-IOT is aiming at the design, implementation and experimentation of an open cross-layer framework, an associated methodology and tools to enable voluntary interoperability among heterogeneous Internet of Things (IoT) platforms. The proposal will allow effective and efficient development of adaptive, smart IoT applications and services, atop different heterogeneous IoT platforms, spanning single and/or multiple application domains. Moreover, he is involved as responsible of workpackages in two applied research projects funded by the Calabria regional government: SmartDistr (agent-based logistics middleware) and LocubiRehab (rehabilitation platform based on Cloud-assisted body area networks). Since 2008 he has had a University project accepted and funded each year. In the 2004, he received a project grant in the framework of Young Researcher projects from the University of Calabria. From 2002 to 2004 he was the responsible of a Bilateral Project (The COMODIN project – Cooperative Media On-Demand On the Internet) funded by the Italian Government, between University of Calabria and Universitat de Valencia, Spain. From 2004 to 2005 he was the responsible of the EU-funded AgentLink project (a project on technology transfer of agent-based computing) for the University of Calabria. Since 2007, he has been funded by Telecom Italia, the main Telco operator in Italy and one of the main International Telco operators, for the International SPINE (Signal Processing In-node Environment) project, which was launched by Telecom Italia, University of Calabria, Telecom/Pirelli WSN Berkeley Lab and University of Berkeley (CA), and is currently fully managed by his group (http://spine.deis.unical.it). Since 2009, he participates, as responsible of the University of Calabria, to the EU-funded CONET project that is a network of excellence promoting wireless sensor networked and cooperating objects technology. From 2011 to 2013, he has been the principal investigator and responsible of the research objective 4 (Middleware for Smart Objects) of the TETRis Project funded by the Italian Government. He was the Unical technical project coordinator (TPC) of the FP7 ENIAC E2SG (Energy for Smart Grid) project, and also Unical responsible of workpackages in the INMOTO (related to smart objects and IoT) and AD-PERSONAS (related to e-Health) national projects funded by the Italian Government. He was the scientific responsible of four scientific/didactics projects in the framework “Messaggeri della Conoscenza (Messengers of Knowledge)”, funded by the Italian Government. Moreover, in 1999, he participated as member with a grant to the research projects “Priority Encoding Transmission (PET)” funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at the ICSI (International Computer Science Institute), Berkeley (CA), USA.

Professional Scientific Activities. He is very active in the professional activity of Journal editor/special issue guest editor, in the organization of workshops/conferences, in being part of the program committee of conferences and workshops, in reviewing papers for the most important international Journals of his research area. Specifically, he is EiC of Springer IoT Series, IEEE Press on Human-Machine Systems, and of BDCC MDPI Journal, and is in the Advisory Editorial Board of the following Int’l Journals: IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, IEEE IoT Journal, IEEE Sensors Journal, Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, IEEE Access, International Journal of Networks and Computer Applications (JNCA), Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence (EAAI), Information Fusion (INFFUS), Sensors MDPI, Applied Science MDPI, International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, International Journal of Network Protocols and Algorithms (IJNPA), International Journal On Advances in Internet Technology (IJOAIT), International Journal on Internet and Distributed Computing Systems (IJIDCS), Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling (CASM), and International Journal of Privacy and Health Information Management (IJPHIM), Multi Agent and GRID Systems (MAGS), Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience (SCPE), (former EAB member) International Journal of Interactive Technology and Smart Education (ITSE). He organized more than 60 special issues in well-know ISI/Scopus-indexed int’l Journals on hot research topics. He also organized many int’l workshops/conferences (more than 100) and was part of the IPC of many other conferences/workshops (more than 500). In October 2012, he was elevated IEEE senior member according to his important achievements in the computer engineering research and development field.

International Scientific Collaborations and International Agreements. Since January 2020 he is the Unical Rector’s Delegate for International Actions involving extra-EU countries and for Institutional Relations with China and Australia.He has got many collaborations with researchers of many foreign and national research Institutions and Industry: US Universities (UC Berkeley, UT Dallas, TAMU, WSU, NYU), European Universities (UPV, UCD, TUB, TU/e, Univ. of Reading, Univ. of Derby, Imperial College, UCL, Univ. of Gdansk and Warsaw, INRIA Lille, Institut Mines-Telecom Paris, InsightCenter-Ireland, Univ. of Oulu), Australian Institutions (QUT, Univ. of Melbourne, CSIRO), Chinese Universities (WHUT, HUST, SMU, DUT, and SIAT), Moroccan Universities (Rabat and Tetuan), other extra-EU universities (KSU, COMSATS, etc.), and Industry research centers (Telecom Italia, Clarity Center Ireland, Shimmer Research, Adavanticsys, Telstra, etc.). He also promoted many international agreements (>50) with most of the aforementioned universities for student/research exchange and joint PhDs. Promoted agreements were signed with Wuhan University of Technology in November 2011 and with National Higher School of IT (ENSIAS), Mohamed 5 Souissi University, Morocco, in February 2012. The signature of an agreement with University of Chile was established in 2013. Recent extra-EU agreements were signed with Carleton University (Canada), New York University (USA) and SIAT (China), in 2018.

PhD Mentorship. He is currently in the committee of the Doctorate in Systems and Computer Engineering (University of Calabria, Italy), of which he is vice-coordinator, and in the committee of the Doctorate in Computer Science and Telecommunications (University of Catania, Italy). He has supervised/is supervising several PhD students on different research topics, including body sensor networks, IoT, agent-based computing, wireless sensor networks, and workflow management systems.

Entrepreneurship activity (2010-on-going). He is the main co-founder and CEO of SenSysCal S.r.l., a spin-off of University of Calabria, whose mission is the development of innovative systems and services based on wireless sensor networks for health care, energy management and structural health. Moreover, he holds an Italian Patent on a cuff-less, portable, sensor-based system for measuring the human blood pressure 24/7, under movement and in real-time.

Paper Awards.

2014 Andrew P. Sage Best IEEE SMC Transactions: Fortino, G.; Giannantonio, R.; Gravina, R.; Kuryloski, P.; Jafari, R., “Enabling Effective Programming and Flexible Management of Efficient Body Sensor Network Applications,” IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, vol. 43, no.1, pp.115-133, Jan. 2013. doi: 10.1109/TSMCC.2012.2215852.

Best Paper Award of EAI/ACM Bodynets 2015, Sydney, 2015: Giancarlo Fortino, Raffaele Gravina, Wenfeng Li, Congcong Ma: Using Cloud-assisted Body Area Networks to Track People Physical Activity in Mobility. BODYNETS 2015

Best Paper at “2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES FOR INDUSTRY 4.0 – STI 2020”, A Real-time e-Health Data Collection System from On-board Vehicle Drivers in Smart City, IEEE Computer Society.