Andrea Passarella - Bio

IIT-CNR, Pisa, a<dot>passarella<at>iit<dot>cnr<dot>it.

Since January 2006, I’m back in Italy, working as a Researcher of the IIT-CNR. I’m still holding strong links with people I worked with in the past. Besides these activities, I’ve started working on Delay Tolerant, Opportunistic, and Autonomic Networking.
Specifically, I’m currently working on the EC Haggle Project. Haggle is a new autonomic networking architecture designed to enable communication in the presence of intermittent network connectivity, which exploits autonomic opportunistic communications (i.e., in the absence of end-to-end communication infrastructures).
More recently I also started working on the EC Socialnet project. Socialnets leverages models of and knowledge about humans social relationships to build electronic social networks supporting pervasive networking environments.


Between March and December 2005, I was Research Associate at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, UK. I was with the System Research Group (SRG), Networks and Operating Systems (NetOS). My “most foreground” activity during this period has been on P2P support for Multi-hop Ad hoc Networks (MANET) applications, within the EC MobileMAN Project, under the supervision of Jon Crowcroft. We believe that P2P systems can pave the way for the deployment and widespread use of cool MANET applications. The Big Question is, how should they be implemented without destroying the ad hoc network because of too much overhead? Well, if you’re curious, get there for some clue…


Before joining CL@Cambridge I spent three and a half years at the Information Engineering Department of the University of Pisa, pursuing my Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Giuseppe Anastasi. Most of my Ph.D. activity has been on energy management for wireless hotspots (Wi-Fi). I’ve also become increasingly interested in transport protocols for ad hoc networks, and network performance measurements of 802.11 ad hoc and sensor networks, multi-hop energy-efficient extensions to the 802.15.4 standard.

Visiting Ph.D. student

During Summer 2004 I have been visiting the DataMan Lab of the Rutgers University, NJ, USA. There I have joined the DataSpace Project, led by Tomasz Imielinski. My friend Samir Goel and I had some cool idea (at least, looks cool to us) on energy management for sensor networks.


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