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Prof. Fortino participated to the following international, national, and local research projects both as project member and project leader.


Jan 2008 – on-going. He is the responsible of the open-source SPINE project, which was established by Telecom Italia Labs (Italy) and University of Calabria with support from University of Berkeley (California), University of Dallas (Texas) and the Pirelli/Telecom WSN laboratory (Berkeley). From 2008 to 2012, Prof. Fortino received several research grants from Telecom Italia to start developing and maintaining the SPINE project. Website:

Jan 2016 – Dec 2018. He was the deputy coordinator, STPM (Scientific and Technical Project Manager) and the scientific responsible of the University of Calabria of the EU H2020 INTER-IOT project (n. 687283) funded (8 MEuro) by the EU commission in the call ICT-30 “interconnected smart objects”. 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. Website:

2019–2021 (on-going). International research consultant, research project “Driver Distraction Management System in KSA Using Sensor-Cloud Technology ” at King Saudi University (Scientific Responsible: Dr. Atif Mohammad Alamri) funded by National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation (NPST) of Saudi Arabia.

2020-2021 (on-going). CAS (Chinese Academy of Science) PIFI (President’s International Fellowship) for Visiting Scientist at SIAT (Shenzhen Institute for Advanced Technologies). Project name: “Body-Sensor-Network based real-time early warning mechanism for cardiovascular vulnerable plaque rupture event”.

2018. EPIC ( Expert Project for Research Exchange with the National University of Singapore (NUS). Italian principal investigator of the project “Wearable EEG-centred Body-Sensor-Network for the monitoring and recovery training of stroke people with deep learning”. Prof. Hongliang Ren, principal investigator from Singapore.

Oct 2016 – Oct 2019. Erasmus+ Project: “Boosting Innovation in Curricula Development of IT Programs in Palestine (BIT-PAL)”. He was the scientific and didactic responsible of Unical. BIT-PAL project aims to develop and to improve the curricula of IT programs in the partner Palestinian universities participating in this project. This development will enhance the teaching methodologies among teaching of IT courses that will consequently influence the students’ ability to use the IT tools not only after their graduation, but also during their study.

May 2015 – Apr. 2017. International research consultant, research project “Seamless Integration of Body Sensor Networks with Cloud Computing for Pervasive Healthcare” at King Saudi University (Scientific Responsible: Dr. M.M. Hassan) funded by National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation (NPST) of Saudi Arabia (code: 12-INF2885-02).

Jan 2013 – Dec 2015. He was UNICAL responsible of the bilateral Italy-China research project for mobility, entitled “Smart Personal Mobility Systems for Human Disabilities in Future Smart Cities”. The Chinese group is led by Prof. Wenfeng Li, Wuhan University of Technology. The main aim is the development of a distributed hw/sw platform for supporting disabled people in mobility.

Apr 2012 – October 2015. He was UNICAL co-responsible (Project Technical Coordinator) of the ENIAC E2SG (Energy to Smart Grid) project funded by EU Commission. Specifically, he coordinates the Task 2.2b of WP2 (Grid-sensing/metering & communication) on the design and implementation of an Intra-Grid Management Framework (IGMF) based on Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks. E2SG took the ECSEL Award.

Dec 2009 – Nov 2012. As associate member and UNICAL responsible he participated to the CONET project, the Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence, which is a EU-funded project under ICT, FP7. The CONET project aims at building a strong community in the area of Cooperating Objects (the Internet of Things), including research, public sector and industry partners from the areas of embedded systems, pervasive computing and wireless sensor networks.

Jan 2002 – Sep 2004. He was responsible of a research project (IT-592) with the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain) in the framework of the “Italy/Spain Integrated Actions”. The project was funded by the MIUR (the Italian Ministry of University and Research). The Spanish research group with which the collaboration was established was coordinated by Prof. Carlos E. Palau of the telecommunication department of the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. The research project, entitled “Development of a cooperative and content-enriched media on-demand system for e-Learning and e-Entertainment on the Internet” was aimed at defining and implementing a cooperative media on-demand system, and related application-level protocols, based on content distribution networks (CDN), named COMODIN (Cooperative Media On-Demand on the INternet).

Jun 2004 – Dec 2005. He was the contact point for DEIS-Unical (member 091) of the European co-ordination action AgentLink III which was aimed at supporting and promoting research activities on agent-based computing. In particular, his research activity was carried out within the TFG (Technical Forum Group) AOSE (Agent Oriented Software Engineering) which was aimed at defining agent-oriented methodologies on the basis of a generalized meta-model of multi-agent system obtained through the integration of method fragments coming from available agent-oriented methodologies.

Mar 1999 – Jul 1999. He participated as member 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. He collaborated with the project responsible and leader of the network group Dr. Andres Albanese to the writing of the final technical report of the project as well as to some proposals of extensions of the PET-based multimedia tools developed in previous phases of the project.


2019-2022 (on-going). PRIN Project (Basic Research funding scheme) funded by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research). Title of the Project: FluidWare. He is the responsible of the University of Calabria partner. The project aim is to create a new paradigm (formal models, middleware, validation tools) for the development of next-generation IoT systems. website:

Jun 2018 – May 2021 (on-going). He participates in the PON COGITO funded by the Italian Government – MIUR. COGITO (A COGnItive dynamic sysTem to allOw buildings to learn and adapt) aims at delivering a cognitive platform with associated application to build “Cognitive Buildings” where ambient assisted livings at home and more generally in buildings can be automatically supported by cognitive environments and ecosystems of cooperating objects. Specifically, he will coordinate two activities: a) definition of hw/sw interfaces between wearable sensors and the overall platform; b) definition of new algorithms for multi-user activity recognition.

2018-2020. Member of National Project MISE (Italian Ministry of Economic Development) – S2BDW: Smarter Solutions in the Big Data World. Research & Development Activity: analysis and design of a smart lighting system platform.

Jan 2013 – July 2015. He was the DIMES/UNICAL responsible of activity 2.4.4 on “Discovery of Smart Objects for Tourism” in the INMOTO project funded by the Italian Government. The main aim of the research activity is to define a suite for the management of physical/logical smart objects in the Tourism application domain.

May 2013 – May 2015. He was the UNICAL responsible of the Social Innovation AD-PERSONAS project funded by the Italian Government. The main aim is to define a cloud-based infrastructure for body area networks management in human-centered domains such as (mobile) e-Health, e-fitness/sport, e-Sociality, e-Emergency.

Jan 2013 – Dec 2014. He was the DIMES Scientific Responsible of four joint didactics/research projects in the framework of “Messaggeri della Conoscenza” funded by the Italian Government. The projects have a twofold goal: (i) the delivery of advanced scientific knowledge to master-level students in Computer/Telco Engineering through courses tenured by foreign professors at the DIMES/UNICAL and (ii) research activity supervised by Prof. Fortino and carried out by selected students at the laboratories of the foreign professors.

Jan 2012 – Jul 2015. He participated in the PON “Ambiente” SILA Project (Research Project on Environment), funded by the Italian Government. Specifically, he supported the coordination of the LIRA laboratory, supervising the development of services based on wireless sensor networks and cloud computing.

Jan 2011 – Dec 2013. He participated in the TETRis Project – TETRA Innovative Open Source Services, funded by the Italian Government (PON 01-00451). Specifically, he coordinated the WP4 on the development of an intelligent middleware for programming smart objects.

Jan 2003 – Dec 2005. He participated as member to the research project “M.ENTE: Management of Integrated Enterprise” (PROGETTO PON: N° 12970/AGROINDUSTRIA/PON), funded by the MIUR. The project was aimed at analyzing, designing, developing and experimenting with a pervasive system supporting remote control and management of productive, organizational, and managerial processes of enterprises operating in the agricultural area of Calabria. In particular, his research activity was focused on the design and implementation of an agent-based workflow management systems (WFMS) supporting the system coordination.

Jan 1998 – Dec 1999. He participated as member of the DEIS Research Unit (UR-DEIS) to the research project (MURST ex-40%) “Metodologie di progetto di sistemi ad alte prestazioni per applicazioni distribuite (MOSAICO) – Design methodologies of high-performance systems for distributed applications”. The project coordinator was Prof. Luciano Lenzini whereas the responsible of the UR-DEIS was Prof. Libero Nigro. His research activity was focused within the following research theme: “Actor Systems for real-time and simulation in distributed systems”.

Jan 2000 – Dec 2001. He participated as member of the DEIS Operating Unit to the research project “Development of virtual laboratories based on actors and on the Internet multimedia layer” coordinated by the Prof. Stefano Caselli (national coordinator) and Prof. L. Nigro (local coordinator) in the context of the projects CNR-Agenzia2000: CNRC002FE3_004, METODOLOGIE E STRUMENTI PER LABORATORI VIRTUALI DISTRIBUITI – Linguaggi e tecnologie multimediali e realtà virtuali.


Jan 2012 – on-going. He participates to the “Polo della Salute Calabria” (Calabria Health-Care Research Regional Institution) as responsible of the SPEME laboratory providing services and technology on Body Sensor Networks.

Sept 2017 – Sept 2019. He was the responsible of Sensyscal participating to Hybrid Cloud project funded by Calabria Region in the framework of POR (Research and Development). The aim is to build a new framework to efficiently manage hybrid clouds for manipulating IoT-generated big data streams.

Jul 2014 – Dec 2015. He was the UNICAL responsible of workpackage 4 of the SmartDistr project, funded by the Calabria region. The project aim is to develop a distributed platforms and related tools for smart distribution and logistics. Specifically, WP4 focuses on the design, implementation and testing of an agent-based middleware for mobile computing supporting smart transportation.

Mar 2014 – Dec 2015. He was the UNICAL responsible of the Sensys lab in the LocubiRehab Project, funded by the Calabria region. The project aims at developing innovative health-care solutions for rehabilitation based on robots and body sensor networks. In particular, his group focuses on the development of a rehabilitation solution based on wearable sensors and cloud computing.

Nov 2013 – Apr 2015. Responsible of the ARUE Project “BodyCloud: Methods and Architecture for the Integration of Cloud Computing and Body Sensor Networks”. Funding for postdoc grants.

Jan 2010 – Dec 2011. He participated to the OpenKnowTech Project funded by Italian Government.

Jan 2008 – Jan 2010. He participated to the PROMIS Project funded by Italian Government.


2011. Responsible of Unical Project (ex-60%) on “Methodologies, tools, and systems for continuous and real-time monitoring of assisted livings based on wearable computers”.

2010. Responsible of Unical Project (ex-60%) “Novel techniques for programming wireless sensor networks for building monitoring”.

2009. Responsible of Unical Project (ex-60%) “Task-oriented paradigms and architectures for programming wireless sensor networks”.

2008. Responsible of Unical Project (ex-60%) “Methods based on the Model-driven Development paradigm for Wireless Sensor Networks”

Sep 2003 – Sep 2004. He was responsible of a research project funded in the framework of the initiative “Research Projects for Young Researchers”. The project, entitled “Development of a P2P infrastructure based on mobile agents for next-generation Internet applications” was aimed at defining and prototyping a software infrastructure whose nodes are organized according to a P2P model whereas the distributed computing is carried out by mobile agents. The objective of the infrastructure is to support novel, dynamic and self-organizing applications and services such as the Virtual Private Web.

1998-2007, Giancarlo Fortino has always participated as member of DEIS research units to annual/biennial research projects (ex-60% MURST) funded by the University of Calabria.