The paper “Hybrid LoRa-IEEE 802.11s Opportunistic Mesh Networking for Flexible UAV Swarming,” authored by IoTLab members (L. Davoli, E. Pagliari, and G. Ferrari) graces the cover of the June 2021 issue of MDPI Drones, Special Issue “Mobile Fog and Edge Computing in Drone Swarms” (vol. 5, no. 2, April 2021, pp. 26. DOI:10.3390/drones5020026).
Prof. Ferrari is an invited speaker at Shipping, Forwarding & Logistics meet Industry 2021, in the session “Cyberlogistics: state of the art, opportunities and solutions.” His talk focuses on “IoT: the senses and the memory of logistic “objects”.”
The paper “Wireless Mesh Networking: An IoT-Oriented Perspective Survey on Relevant Technologies,” co-authored by A. Cilfone, L. Davoli, L. Belli, G. Ferrari and published in MDPI Future Internet (vol. 11, no. 4, 17 April 2019. DOI:10.3390/fi11040099) has gained a lot of interest since its publication and has been highlighted as the top 10 cited papers selected for the “10th Anniversary Feature Papers” special issue.
Prof. Ferrari, as a member of the Scientific Council of the ARTEMIS Industry Association together with the Scientific Council Chairman Prof. Dimitrios Serpanos (University of Patras, Greece), gives the talk “Connectivity side protocols for devices” in the online Workshop “IoT and Edge Computing II: The Far Edge,” organized in the context of the Coordination and Support Action (CSA) Next Generation Internet of Things (NGIoT).
The paper “LoRaFarM: A LoRaWAN-Based Smart Farming Modular IoT Architecture,” co-authored by G. Codeluppi, A. Cilfone, L. Davoli, G. Ferrari and published in MDPI Sensors (vol. 20, no. 7, 4 April 2020. DOI:10.3390/s20072028) has been selected in the Editor’s Choice Articles. See also the certificate.
G. Ferrari, L. Davoli, A. Cilfone and G. Codeluppi participate to the General Assembly of the European project Aggregate Farming in the Cloud (AFarCloud), Call H2020-ECSEL- 2017-2-RIA-two-stage, project ID 783221. The General Assembly was held in online mode because of COVID-19 situation.
Online kick-off meeting (because of COVID-19 situation) of the European project Intelligent Secure Trustable Things (InSecTT), Call H2020-ECSEL-2019-1-IA-two-stage, project ID: 876038. The project involves 52 partners, is coordinated by Virtual Vehicle Research Gmbh (Austria), and the total project cost is over 44 M€. The University of Parma is participating as part of Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica (CINI).
Online kick-off meeting (because of COVID-19 situation) of the European project Airborne DAta COllection on Resilient System Architectures (ADACORSA), Call H2020-ECSEL-2019-2-RIA-two-stage, project ID: 876019. The project involves 49 partners, is coordinated by Infineon Technologies AG (Germany), and the total project cost is over 41 M€.
Online kick-off meeting (because of COVID-19 situation) of the European project Next generation smart perception sensors and distributed intelligence for proactive human monitoring in health, wellbeing, and automotive systems (NextPerception), Call H2020-ECSEL-2019-2-RIA-two-stage, project ID: 876487. The project involves 43 partners, is coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (Finland), and the total project cost is over 28 M€.
Following October 2018’s visit, Prof. Ferrari visits again Prof. Li-Chun Wang‘s group at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, giving a talk on “Hybrid Radio/Inertial Localization: Challenges and Perspectives”. Following this visit, a memorandum of understanding and a Student Exchange Agreement between NCTU and University of Parma were signed in 2019. Together with Li-Chun and Stefano Rini.
G. Ferrari and L. Davoli participate to the General Assembly of the European project Aggregate Farming in the Cloud (AFarCloud), Call H2020-ECSEL- 2017-2-RIA-two-stage, project ID 783221. The General Assembly was held at the Kotipellon tila farm (TUWien) in Ylivieska, Finland. The project involves 60 partners, is coordinated by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), and the total project cost is over 28 M€.
Prof. Gianluigi Ferrari takes part in the “Panel on “5G IoT Networks“ at the IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2019), Istanbul, Turkey, organized by Dr. Yi Wang, Huawei Technologies, Shanghai, China. Gian presenting, panelists discussing, end of panel.
Prof. Gianluigi Ferrari, coordinator of the IoT Lab, takes part in the “Modena Smart City“ event organized by the Comune di Modena, discussing about the paradigm of Internet of Things and the possibilities which can be open through this concept in several contexts.
Gaia Codeluppi, Ph.D. student at the IoT Lab, takes part in the contest “QUI le idee diventano realtà“ organized by the Regione Emilia-Romagna. The competition involves the realisation of a video in which she talks about her research project, which is founded by the Regione Emilia-Romagna with the Ph.D. scholarship “IoT-based Systems for Efficient Data Collection and Processing in Smart and Sustainable Agriculture (AgrIoT)”.
Dr. Sagar B. Tambe, Assistant Professor at the Pravara Rural Engineering College, Loni, India, visits the IoT Lab in April-November 2019. He collaborates with us in biomedical signal-oriented research applications. Welcomed by our group after a group meeting in May 2019.
Nicolò Strozzi receives his PhD in Information Technologies from the University of Parma, with the thesis “Pedestrian Inertial Navigation.” Fourteenth PhD graduate of IoT Lab. Together with colleagues.
L. Davoli, A. Cilfone and G. Codeluppi participate to the General Assembly of the European project Aggregate Farming in the Cloud (AFarCloud), Call H2020-ECSEL- 2017-2-RIA-two-stage, project ID 783221. The General Assembly was held at the Technische Universität Wien (TUWien) in Wien, Austria. The project involves 60 partners, is coordinated by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), and the total project cost is over 28 M€. See the also the news in the University of Parma website.
Mohamed Sandeli, Assistant Professor Class A and PhD Candidate at the Department of Software Technologies and Information Systems, Faculty of New Technologies of Information and Communication, University Abdelhamid Mehri – Constantine 2, visits the IoT Lab in September-October 2018. This visit is a follow-up of his previous visit on July 2017 to continue collaborating on positioning in wireless sensor networking.
Prof. Ferrari participates as keynote speaker at the 1st International Conference on Cyber Physical Systems and IoT (CPSIOT 2018), Stockholm, Sweden, with the speech “Inertial Signal Processing for CPS.”
G. Ferrari and A. Cilfone participate to the kick-off meeting of the European project Aggregate Farming in the Cloud (AFarCloud), Call H2020-ECSEL- 2017-2-RIA-two-stage, project ID 783221. The kick-off was held at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Madrid, Spain. The project involves 60 partners, is coordinated by UPM, and the total project cost is over 28 M€. See the also the news in the University of Parma website.
Prof. Ferrari coordinates a panel on “IoT and Sensors” at the meeting INDUSTRY 4.0: strumenti operativi, tecnologie e servizi di supporto per le imprese organized by Unione Parmense degli Industriali, Parma, Italy. This event is organized in the context of the Confidustria initiative INDUSTRY 4.0: #Preparati al futuro.
The paper “Monitoring infants by automatic video processing: a unified approach,” co-authored by L. Cattani, D. Alinovi, G. Ferrari, R. Raheli, E. Pavlidis, C. Spagnoli, F. Pisani and
published in Elsevier Computers in Biology and Medicine (vol. 80, 1 January 2017, pp. 158-165. DOI:10.1016/j.compbiomed.2016.11.010) received the Honors status. The award is assigned to the top 9% of over 300 papers published in 2017.
Prof. Ferrari co-authors an online article on Agenda Digitale: “Smart City Parma, metabolismo e sostenibilità: il viaggio verso il 2030.” In this article (pdf version), we discuss about Parma as a smart city, highlighting its metabolic and sustainable aspects. This article follows the meeting “Parma Smart Benchmarking” held in December 2017.
N. Strozzi and G. Ferrari participate to the 7th meeting of the NATO Research Task Group HFM–260 “Enhancing Warfighter Effectiveness with Wearable Bio Sensors and Physiologicol Models” in Portsmouth, UK. Attendees from USA, Canada, UK, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy come together for a concept demonstration. IoT Lab presented a live demo on hybrid GPS-inertial multiple person tracking.
Prof. Ferrari and Prof. Agostino Gambarotta (University of Parma) coordinate a panel on “Smart Energy – Environment & Grid – Infrastructure” at Parma Futuro Smart: progettare città smart e resilienti per tutti – Scenari per Parma Futuro Smart al 2030,” Officine ON/OFF, Parma, Italy. In the panel, attendees discuss on the most relevant trends for Parma in a smart future, in the context of smart energy distribution and IoT-based monitoring.
Prof. Ferrari gives the invited speech “Parma 2030: inclusiva, attrattiva e sostenibile” at the meeting Parma Smart Benchmarking: equilibrio, inclusione, sostenibilità e attrattività, organized by FPA
and the Municipality of Parma in Palazzo del Governatore, Parma.
In his speech, Prof. Ferrari discusses the impact of IoT (multiple radio technologies, inertial navigation) and future telecommunications technologies (5G) on the development of smart cities.
See also a final interview.
The IoT Lab participates to the Notte dei ricercatori (Researchers’ Night) of the University of Parma, on September 29th. This event, promoted by the European Union at a European level, aims at stimulating people (especially young people) to approach the academic research world. The IoT Lab will present a few of its activity. Come and visit us.
Prof. Ferrari gives the invited speech “The importance of data collection for an ad-hoc personalized analysis: the experience of the University of Parma on wearable-based monitoring of Parkinson patients” at the Life Science Data Congress 2017, Milan, Italy. In the presentation, Prof. Ferrari outlines the main results obtained by IoT Lab in collaboration with Istituto Auxologico Italiano, coordinated by Prof. Alessandro Mauro.
Mohamed Sandeli, Assistant Professor Class A and PhD Candidate at the Department of Software Technologies and Information Systems, Faculty of New Technologies of Information and Communication, University Abdelhamid Mehri – Constantine 2, visits the IoT Lab in July 2017. He collaborates with us on wireless sensor networking.
Mohamed Skander DAAS, PhD Candidate at the Department of Fundamental Computer Science and its Applications, University of Constantine 2 and Assistant Professor of computer science with the department of Applied Biology at the University of Mentouri – Constantine 1, visits the IoT Lab in June-July 2017. He collaborates with us on the design and implementation of artificial intelligence-inspired routing algorithms.
Prof. Ferrari and Prof. Marco Silvestri (University of Parma, Italy, and SUPSI, Switzerland) coordinate an Industry 4.0 panel at the Drug
Supply Chain Congress 2017, Milan, Italy. In the panel, attendees discuss on the evolution of the supply chain management in the Pharmaceutical Industry through business optimization based on IoT, Robotics, and Industry 4.0.
Prof. G. Ferrari gives the invited speech “Driving risk mitigation: a technological perspective” at the 2017 meeting of the Assembly of National Sleep Societies (ANSS) of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS), held in Reykjavik, Iceland. The meeting was coordinated by Prof. Liborio Parrino (University of Parma), Chair of the Executive Committee of ANSS. The attendees were received by the President of Iceland.
Rachit Saluja, from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India, visits the IoT Lab in March 2017. He collaborates with us on cyber physical systems and signal processing.
Prof. Ferrari contributes his opinion on IoT in the article “IoT, la rivincita degli oggetti” (IoT, the revenge of the objects) published in the first issue of the new Italian technological magazine “Eureka!” published by Open Factory Edizioni. In the same article, relevant industrial opinions are also given.
Prof. Pooya Hejazi, from the Department of Computer Engineering and Information Technology, Eqbal Lahoori University, Iran, visited the IoT Lab in January-March 2017. He collaborated with us in the area of distributed storage and Internet of Things.
Badr-eddine Miles, maitre-assistant at the Université des Frère Mentouri, Constantine, Algerie, and Researcher at the Laboratoire de Modélisation et d’Implémentation des Systèmes Complexes (MISC), visits IoT Lab to collaborate on Internet of Things research topics.22
IoT Lab hosts the 4th meeting of the NATO Research Task Group HFM–260 “Enhancing Warfighter Effectiveness with Wearable Bio Sensors and Physiologicol Models.” Attendees from USA, Canada, UK, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, and Italy come together to share current research results and exchange ideas.
IoT Lab receives a grant from the Cooperative Planning Programme Fund of NATO (Science and Technology Organization – Collaboration Support Office) to carry out advanced navigation research activities in the context of the NATO RTG HFM 260 “Enhancing Warfighter Effectiveness with Wearable Bio Sensors and Physiological Models.”
Prof. Ferrari gives the invited talk “Internet of Things: Ideas and Applications to Factory 4.0” at the Think&Talk meeting on Industry 4.0 organized by Marchesini Group in their headquarters in Carpi (Modena), Italy. The Think&Talk meetings are a series of three meetings (Industry 4.0; Serialization, Track&Trace and Traceability; Regulatory aspects and currents regulations) to talk about pharmaceutical industry innovation, exchange ideas and perspectives about the future of manufacture inside the Open House.
Nicolò Strozzi, PhD student at the WASN Lab, classifies third in the Track 2 “Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Positioning” competition at Seventh International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN 2016), Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain. The used navigation system is described in the paper N. Strozzi, F. Parisi, and G. Ferrari, “A multifloor hybrid inertial/barometric navigation system,” published in the proceedings of IPIN 2016.
Federico Parisi, PhD student at the WASN Lab, will visit the Motion Analysis Lab of Harvard University (Boston, MA, USA), led by Prof. Paolo Bonato, for a few months to collaborate on inertial signal processing for biomedical applications. Prof. Ferrari visited the Motion Analysis Lab in August 2016, giving the speech “Signal Processing for Biomedical Applications, with an Outlook to IoT”.
The paper “Models, statistics, and rates of binary correlated sources,” co-authored by WASN Lab member M. Martalò is accepted for Elsevier Physical Communication (Apr. 2016. ISSN 1874-4907). Additional slides HERE
Prof. Ferrari gives the invited talk “Cognitive Wireless Networking: Exploiting
Sensing Correlation and Position Information” at the Huawei Technologies’ Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab in Paris. The talk is based on joint work with Andrea Abrardo (University of Siena) and Marco Martalò (University of Parma).
The activities of WASN Lab in the context of IoT and Smart Cities are featured in the “Speciale SMART CITY: Realtà Eccellenti” of the November 12, 2015 issue of Il Sole 24 Ore, one of the major Italian economic newspapers. The featured article is titled “Smart City e Internet delle Cose: Un matrimonio ben riuscito all’Università di Parma.”
The paper “BSN-based kinematic characterization and comparative outlook of UPDRS scoring in leg agility, sit-to-stand, and gait tasks in Parkinson’s disease,” co-authored by WASN Lab members F. Parisi and and G. Ferrari is selected for the Special Section “Enabling Technologies for Parkinson’s Disease Management” of IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 1777-1793, Nov. 2015. DOI: 10.1109/JBHI.2015.2472640).
Prof. Ferrari gives the invited talk “Smart Cities e Internet of Things: un matrimonio ben riuscito” (Smart Cities and Internet of Things: a successful marriage) at the Workshop Energie Rinnovabili e Smart City: dalla Teoria alle Buone Pratiche (“Renewable Energies and Smart City: from Theory to Good Practices”), organized by the Association “Officina delle Idee” and held in Lerici (La Spezia), October 2015.
Prof. Ferrari gives the invited talk “Dalle reti di sensori all’Internet of Things: il florovivaismo va sul web” (From sensor networks to IoT: floriculture goes on the web) at the Workshop “nnovazione e Tecnologie Informatiche per il florovivaismo e l’agricoltura” (“Innovation and computer science technologies for floriculture and agricolture”), held in conjunction with International Floriculture & Gardening Trade Show (FLORMART 2015), Padova, September 2015. The article
“L’innovazione nel florovivaismo tra sostenibilità e internet delle cose” (authored by R. Fresco and G. Ferrari) is published on the November issue of Il floricultore.
The paper “Design and deployment of an IoT application-oriented testbed,” authored by WASN Lab members (L. Belli, S. Cirani, L. Davoli, A. Gorrieri, M. Mancin, M. Picone, and G. Ferrari) graces the cover of the September 2015 issue of IEEE Computer, Special Issue “Activating the Internet of things” (vol. 48, no. 8, September 2015, pp. 32-40. DOI:10.1109/MC.2015.253).
Prof. Ferrari is nominated, by the Italian Ministry of Defense, as the only Italian representative (Technical Team Member) in the NATO Research Task Group HFM–260 “Enhancing Warfighter Effectiveness with Wearable Bio Sensors and Physiologicol Models,” in the period 2015-2018.
Federico Parisi, PhD student at the WASN Lab, wins the hackaton (teaming up with a Researcher from MIT Lincoln Laboratory) organized at the 12th Annual Body Sensor Networks Conference (BSN 2015), Boston, MA, USA.
Prof. Ferrari is an invited Panel Member at the MobiSys 2015: PhD Forum, held at the 13th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys 2015), Florence, Italy.
The WASN Lab (Prof. Ferrari, Dr. Picone, Dr. Cirani) co-organizes (jointly with: King’s College London, UK; Politecnico di Bari, Italy; and Inria, France) the 1st International Workshop on IoT challenges in Mobile and Industrial Systems (IoT-Sys 2015), held in conjunction with the 13th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys 2015), Florence, Italy.
The paper “A swarm intelligent approach to 3D distance-based indoor localization,” by S. Monica and G. Ferrari, receives the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApplications15), Track on International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApplications15), held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The paper “Lightweight Multicast Forwarding for Service Discovery in Low-power IoT Networks,” co-authored by Mattia Antonini, Simone Cirani, Gianluigi Ferrari, Paolo Medagliani, Marco Picone and Luca Veltri, receive the Best Conference Paper Award (Symposium on RFID Technologies and Internet of Things) at IEEE 22st International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM 2014), Split (Croatia), September 17-19, 2014 , 2014.
The paper “Linking UPDRS scores and kinematic variables in the leg agility task of Parkinsonians,” co-authored by Matteo Giuberti and Gianluigi Ferrari, together with collaborators from Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Telecom Italia, and Politecnico di Milano, receives the Best Runner-up Paper Award at the 11th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2014), Zurich, Switzerland.
The WASN Lab has been accepted as exhibitor at 23rd European Conference on Networks and Communications (EUCNC 2014) , held in Bologna, Italy, with a project entitled ‘Real-time monitoring of dynamic Internet of Things environments using Smart Objects’.
WASN Lab has been granted, as a donation (over 50k$) by CISCO, an extension of the testbed with 12 high-end WiFi Access Points and controller servers to support and deploy CISCO CMX indoor localization system inside the department. The appliances provided by CISCO will be integrated with the ongoing activities on Internet of Things.
Prof. Ferrari participates as keynote speaker at the 19th IEEE Workshop on Local & Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN 2013), Brussels, Belgium, April 2013, with the speech “Seamless (and cloudy) integration of heterogeneous networks: from vertical handover to mobile offloading”. Watch his talk here.
The paper “Impact of the number of beacons in PSO-based auto-localization in UWB networks”, by S. Monica and G. Ferrari, receives the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApplications13), Track on Nature-inspired Techniques for Communication Networks and other Parallel and Distributed Systems (EvoCOMNET 2013), held in Vienna, Austria.
The paper “Redundant Distributed Data Storage: Experimentation with the SensLab testbed”, by P. Gonizzi, G. Ferrari, Vincent Gay and Jeremie Leguay, receives the Best Paper Award at1st International Conference on Sensor Networks (SENSORNETS 2012), held in Rome, Italy.
The WASNLab team (M. Giuberti, M. Martalò, S. Busanelli, and G. Ferrari) receives the
First Body Sensor Network (BSN) contest winner award, held in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2011), Dallas, TX, USA.
The paper “On the link layer performance of narrowband body area networks,” co-authored by G. Ferrari and collaborators from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, receives a Best Paper Award at the Second International Conference on Emerging Network Intelligence (EMERGING 2010), Florence, Italy.
The paper “Sensor networks with decentralized binary detection: clustering and lifetime,” co-authored by M. Martalò and G. Ferrari, receives a Best Student Paper Award at the 2006 3rd Annual IEEE Communications Society on Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON ’06), New York, NY, USA.