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Prof. Fortino‘s research activity covers the areas of wearable computing systems, Internet of Things, distributed computing, computer networks and software engineering by using an approach that is both methodological and experimental. Moreover, he has always tried to foster interdisciplinary applied research. Since 1997, he pursued many different research lines and themes.

Currently, he is mainly focused on:

  • Wearable Computing Systems
    • Middleware for Body Sensor Networks (BSN)
    • Methodologies for the development of wearable computing systems
    • Cloud-assisted BSNs
    • Multi-sensor data fusion algorithms
    • Big Data analysis for Mobile Health Systems
  • Internet of Things
    • Methodologies for IoT systems development
    • Simulation of EDGE-based IoT Systems
    • Trust Management in IoT systems
    • 5G/6G IoT Networks
    • Internet of Vehicles
    • Internet of Medical Things
    • Middleware for cooperating smart objects
    • IoT Interoperability, Integration and Interconnection
    • Agent-based, Autonomic and Cognitive IoT
    • Networks of Aerial-Terrestrial Smart Drones
    • Integrating Cyberphysical Smart Objects with Digital Libraries
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
    • Middleware for wireless sensor and actuator networks (WSAN)
    • Energy efficient protocols for wireless sensor networks (WSNs) at the Network and MAC layers
    • Mobile agent platforms for WSNs
    • Human-centered WSNs
  • Agent-based Computing and Engineering
    • Agent Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE)
    • Agent-based Modeling and Simulation (ABMS)
    • Multi-agent Foraging based on Stigmergy approach
    • Interoperability of mobile agent systems
    • Agent-based and Multi-Agent Applications
  • Business Process Management Languages and Systems
    • Integration of IoT and BPM
    • Methodologies for risk-aware business process management
    • Distributed workflow management systems
    • BPM querying languages
  • Molecular Communications
    • Security in Nanonetworks
    • Molecular data transmission mechanisms

The aforementioned research is developing and maintaining the following open-source software frameworks:

  • SPINE (Signal Processing In-Node Environment):
  • BMF (Building Management Framework):
  • BodyCloud (Integration BSN and Cloud Computing):
  • ACOSO (Agent-based Cooperating Smart Objects):
  • AirGround (Coordination of Aerial/Terrestrial Smart Drones):
  • ELDATool (Event-driven Lightweight Distilled Statecharts Agents Tool):

Past research was focused on:

  • Large-scale Distributed Computing: Large-scale distributed data mining, Epidemic protocols
  • Content Distribution Networks: Architectures, Protocols, and Algorithms
  • Actor-based Computing and Systems: Programming Frameworks and Discrete Event Simulation.
  • Distributed Multimedia Systems: Models, Frameworks, Methodologies and Applications.
  • Real-Time Systems: Methodologies and Frameworks.
  • Distributed Measurement Systems: Programming Paradigms and Applications.


Prof. Fortino is/was (co)supervisor of the following PhD students:

  • Samuele Mascillaro, “An agent-oriented methodology for the rapid prototyping of multi-agent systems”, 2006-2009. Co-supervisor
  • Raffaele Gravina, “Domain-specific frameworks for programming Wireless Body Sensor Networks”, 2008-2011. Supervisor
  • Antonio Guerrieri, “Building monitoring through wireless sensor networks”, 2008-2011. Supervisor
  • Stefano Galzarano, “Techniques and methods for design and analysis of autonomic WSN systems”, 2010-2013. Supervisor
  • Raffaele Conforti, “Run-time risk detection and mitigation in Workflow management system”, 2011-2014. External Co-supervisor. Main supervisor Marcello La Rosa, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
  • Antonio Augimeri, “Interaction among people through collaborative body sensor networks”, 2011. External Co-supervisor.
  • Alessandro Sabato, “Structural health analyses based on Wireless Sensor Networks”, 2012-2014. Supervisor
  • Xiuwen Fu, “Scale-free and Small-world based Methods for Complex Wireless Sensor Networks”, 2013-2016. External Co-supervisor. Main supervisor Prof. Wenfeng Li, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China.
  • CongCong Ma, “Multi-Sensor Fusion in Body Sensor Networks”, 2014-on going. External Co-supervisor, main supervisor Prof. Wenfeng Li, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China.
  • Claudio Savaglio, “Autonomic and Cognitive Development and Management of Internet of Things Systems”, 2014-2018. Supervisor
  • Yun Luo, “Communication Reliability in Industrial IoT environments”, 2016-on-going, Joint-PhD Co-supervisor with Prof. Wenfeng Li, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China.
  • Ying Duan, “Communication Reliability in Industrial IoT environments”, 2016-2019, External Co-supervisor. Main supervisor Prof. Wenfeng Li, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China.
  • Ping Zhou, “Emotion Communication Systems”, 2016-on-going, External supervisor, Main Supervisor Prof. Min Chen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.
  • Abdullah Alsahly, “Deep Learning in Edge-based IoT Systems,” 2020-on-going, External supervisor, Main Supervisor Prof. Mohammad Mehedi Hassan, King Saudi University, Ryhad, Saudi Arabia.
  • Claudia Greco, “AI-based cross-layer pentesting framework for the Internet of Things”. 2020-on-going, Supervisor.