Keynote Speaker – Prof. Giacomo Morabito

Internet of Things, quo vadis?


Prof. Giacomo Morabito
Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica e delle Telecomunicazioni
University of Catania

Giacomo Morabito received the Laurea degree in electrical engineering and the PhD degree in electrical, computer, and telecommunications engineering from the Istituto di Informatica e Telecomunicazioni, University of Catania, Catania (Italy), in 1996 and 2000, respectively. From November 1999 to April 2001, he was with the Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, as a research engineer. Since April 2001, he has been with the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica e Informatica, University of Catania, where he is currently an associate professor. His research interests focus on analysis and solutions for wireless networks. He serves on the editorial boards of the IEEE WirelessCommunication Magazine, Elsevier Computer Networks, and ACM/Baltzer Wireless Networks. Furthermore, he has been co-guest editor for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, Elsevier Computer Networks, and ACM/ Baltzer Mobile Networks and Applications. He is a member of the IEEE.


According to many the upcoming Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has the potential to change the way we live much more radically than any other technological revolution did in the past. While waiting for such revolution to blast, we have observed frequent and radical changes in the directions of the technology developments supporting the IoT vision. For example, most of the focus has moved from the exploitation of the data generated by RFID systems to the use of data generated by smart nodes and sensors; deployment of most of the platforms developed for IoT has moved to the cloud and now is moving to the edge cloud according to the fog computing vision, and many others. Such changes have been mostly led by industry and the scientific community is having hard times in anticipating them and keeps wandering one step behind. Objective of this talk is to provide an updated overview of the current technological trends in the dynamic IoT context and to analyze the major research challenges, in order to identify probable future directions.