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Paolo Bellavista

Professore ordinario

Dipartimento di Informatica - Scienza e Ingegneria


Temi di ricerca

Parole chiave: Edge Cloud Computing Mobile Middleware IoT Industriale Online Stream Processing in ambito Big Data Reti Wireless di Sensori Orchestrazione Cloud Continuum

ATTIVITA' SCIENTIFICA: Argomenti di Ricerca


  • Architectures and systems to support mobile, context-aware, and pervasive applications
  • Middleware for dynamic and adaptive mobile services in pervasive computing scenarios and integrated wired-wireless IoT systems in general. Application domains:
  • Integrated management of networks, systems, and services
  • Federation of cloud infrastructures and resources, with special focus on Quality of Service and dynamic resource migration
  • Efficient and scalable integration, with exploitation of dynamically determined localities, of sensors/actuators and cloud computing for Cyber Physical Systems, with special focus on edge/fog computing techniques
  • Online stream processing of big data for cloud-Internet of Things environments
  • Wireless sensor networks and smart space services, with special focus on smart buildings and high scalability in wide-scale urban environments
  • Opportunistic and completely decentralized urban monitoring via vehicular ad-hoc sensor networking
  • Resource replication and dissemination in mobile ad-hoc and dense networks
  • Framework extensions and services for scalability in IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and, more in general, for cloud-based virtual network functions in 4G/5G ecosystems
  • Provisioning of continuous and context-aware services with guarantees/indications of Quality of Service towards mobile users and devices, e.g., by considering predictive and proactive management of horizontal/vertical handovers
  • Opportunistic and cooperative sharing of resources in highly decentralized and heterogeneous environments (integration/federation of heterogeneous subnetworks, simultaneous exploitation of different network interfaces, sharing incentives, …)


  • EU H2020 ICT-11 Innovation Action, “IoTwins”, Coordinator Bonfiglioli Riduttori, Scientific Coordinator Paolo Bellavista (2019-2022), overall budget 20.6M€; overall scientific coordinator
  • EU H2020 NMP Research & Innovation Action, “SimDome”, Coordinator UNIBO (2019-2022), overall budget 4.6M€; leading UNIBO activities on ontologies for material modeling
  • EU H2020-NMBP-TO-IND Research & Innovation Action, “OntoTrans”, Coordinator TU Wien Austria (2020-2023), overall budget 5.5M€, leading UNIBO activities on ontology platforms and interoperability solutions
  • EU H2020 H2020DT Innovation Action, “Change2Twin”, Coordinator SINTEF Norway (2020-2023), overall budget 8.0M€, leading UNIBO activities on distributed and hybrid digital twins for SMEs
  • EU H2020 ICT-56-2020, “NexT GEneRation SMart INterconnectEd IoT (Terminet)”, Coordinator Univ. Western Macedonia (2020-2023), overall budget 7.9M€, leading UNIBO activities on edge cloud computing for IoT
  • EU H2020 CSA “OntoCommons - Ontology-driven data documentation for Industry Commons”, Coordinator TU Wien (2020-2023), overall budget 4.2M€, leading UNIBO activities on ontology interoperability and associated frameworks
  • EU FP7 Large-scale IP, FP7 Future Networks Call, “Mobile Cloud Networking (MCN)”, Coordinator SAP Germany (2012-2016), overall budget 15.7M€; UNIBO leader
  • Artemis Joint Undertaking, Innovation Pilot Project, “Arrowhead Tools”, Coordinator Lulea U. Technology Sweden (2019-2022), overall budget 21M€; task leader.
  • EU FP7 STREP, ICT Call 8 (FP7-ICT-2011-8), “Cooperative Self-Organizing System for low Carbon Mobility at low Penetration Rates (COLOMBO)”, Coordinator DLR Germany (2012-2015), overall budget 2.4M€; task leader
  • PNRR Research Infrastructures,, Coordinator CNR (2022-2025); UNIBO leader
  • PNRR Innovation Ecosystems, EcosistER, Coordinator Università di Bologna (2023-2025)
  • PNRR Partenariato Esteso 14, Telecommunications of the Future, RESTART, Coordinator Università di Roma Tor Vergata (2023-2025)
  • Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti, Coordinator Città Metropolitana di Bologna (2023-2025); WP3 Leader (Research & Development)
  • PRIN 2022, JOint ResoUrce Management in ReconfigurabLE I4.0 Factories (JOULE) (2023-2025); National Coordinator

The above research topics are covered also via the coordination and supervision work of a research group, namely Mobile Middleware Research Group – [] . This group, which is coordinated by Antonio Corradi and me, consists of around 10-15 people, including the colleagues Professors Luca Foschini, Rebecca Montanari, Mirco Musolesi, Ph.D. students, PostDoc collaborators and research grant staff, who actively contribute to our research activities and projects.


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