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Dr. Giovanni Merlino is currently tenure-track Assistant Professor in Computer Engineering at the Department of Engineering, University of Messina (UniMe).
He holds an Electronics Engineering degree from the Faculty of Engineering at UniMe and an international PhD degree in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering from the Department of Engineering (DIEEI) at the University of Catania (UniCt).
His research activity is currently focused on mobile and distributed systems with particular emphasis on Cloud paradigms, Edge computing, Internet of Things, Network Virtualization, Smart sensors, and crowdsensing, co-leading the design of Stack4Things, an OpenStack-based Sensing-and-Actuation-as-a-Service framework for I/Oclouds, co-authoring over 70 papers in international journals and conferences, participating in technical program committees of international conferences, as well as spearheading efforts for an official and crowdfunded research initiative (#SmartME) to deploy and operate an experimental Smart City testbed in Messina.
He is co-founder of smartme.IO (http://smartme.io), an academic spin-off company.
He is co-inventor and holder of an Italian patent.
He is IEEE/ACM member.
Until 2018 he has been teaching assistant at UniMe for the course in Distributed Systems and there acknowledged as Fellow (italian title: “Cultore della Materia”) in Distributed Systems as well.
Until 2017 he has been teaching assistant at UniMe for the course in Computer Networks and in 2014 for the course in Embedded Systems too.
Until 2012 he worked as a manager for the EGI (Grid) site at the Department of Engineering, UniMe.
He has been research fellow at UniMe under the EU H2020 BEACON project, including leadership of testbed management activities, as well as UniME node manager for XI-FI (FIWARE Lab).
He has worked as a Contractor at UniMe for a EU-funded POR project about sensing devices, Cloud computing, and power management strategies.