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Giovanni Merlino earned an Electronics Engineering degree from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Messina (UniMe) and an international PhD degree in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering from the Department of Engineering (DIEEI) at the University of Catania (UniCt).
Until 2012 he worked as a manager for the EGI (Grid) site belonging to the Faculty of Engineering at UniMe.
He has worked as contractor at UniMe for a EU-funded POR project about sensing devices, Cloud computing, and power management strategies.
He is now 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) and a long-standing member of the Mobile and Distributed Systems Lab (MDSLab) at UniMe.
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, co-authoring over 40 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.
Since 2013 he is teaching assistant at UniMe for the course in Computer Networks and since 2014 for the course in Embedded Systems too.
Since 2015 he is 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.
He is co-founder of the SmartMe.io (http://smartme.io) academic spin-off.