Autonomic management of pervasive environments

Staff - Faculty of Informatics

Start date: 12 January 2010

End date: 13 January 2010

The Faculty of Informatics is pleased to announce a seminar given by Apostolos Malatras

DATE: Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
PLACE: USI Università della Svizzera italiana, room SI-008, Informatics building (Via G. Buffi 13)
TIME: 13.30

Mobile ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, service oriented architectures, self-management, autonomic computing and context awareness have been amongst the research topics that I have studied and worked with over the course of the last years. All these seemingly diverse technologies and notions can be seen as the integral components of an overall framework to enable Mark Weiser's innovative conceptualization of future computing that is "indistinguishable from everyday life". This paradigm refers to truly pervasive environments that exploit ubiquitous communication were computing and human activities can be seamlessly and unobtrusively intertwined, with the sole purpose of enhancing everyday activities.

Pervasive environments have attracted and have been the focal point of interest and attention of a great number of researchers and relevant projects worldwide for a number of years. My research over the years entailed the fundamental requirements behind enabling such environments in terms of three core aspects, namely communications, context awareness and automated decision-making. Particular practical examples of pervasive environments that I have worked on  include that of self-management of mobile ad hoc networks and that of the use of wireless sensor networks for facilities and buildings management.

Apostolos Malatras received the Diploma in computer science from the University of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece, the M.Sc. degree in information systems from the Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece, and the Ph.D. degree in networking from the University of Surrey, Surrey, U.K.
He is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Informatics at the University of Fribourg, working within the Pervasive & Artificial Intelligence research group. Prior to this position he was a Senior Research Engineer with Thales Research and Technology, Berkshire, U.K., where he works on service-oriented architectures and wireless sensor networks. He was also a Post- Doctoral Researcher with the Centre for Communication Systems Research, Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey, where he was an active member of the Networks Research Group. He is the author and coauthor of more than 25 research papers. His research interests focus on context awareness, network management, mobile ad hoc networks, service oriented architectures wireless sensor networks, and communications middleware.

HOST: Prof. Mauro Pezzè