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Roberto Di Pietro


Roberto Di Pietro - Universitá degli Studi di Roma Tre (ITALY)

Roberto Di Pietro earned his PhD in Computer Science from La Sapienza University of Rome. He holds two MSc cum laude in Information Technology and Computer Science from the University of Pisa, Italy, and a post-graduate Specialization Diploma in Operations Research and Strategic Decisions. Currently he is Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Roma Tre, Research Associate at the National Research Council - Institute for Informatics and Telematics (CNR-IIT) - in Pisa,and board member of the Master in Network and Information Security at Dept. of Computer Science at Sapienza University.
His research interests are in privacy and security of distributed systems, applied cryptography, reliable and secure broadcast, and virtualization and cloud security, just to name a few. He is the author of more than 110 publications including articles, books and collaborations. Dr. Di Pietro is a member of the Editorial Board of Computer Communications (Elsevier), he has co-organized or co-chaired several international conferences on Security and Privacy and has done consulting work in security and risk assessment.


Project: The explosive growth of mobile devices (i.e., smartphones) made this technology probably the fastest adopted one by the human kind, while its pervasiveness is part of our daily experience. These devices, that about a decade ago provided just voice-based communication, have nowadays been enriched with seamless sensing capabilities---such as an accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, GPS, microphone, and camera. The capillary diffusion of such devices, together with their sensing capabilities, is enabling new classes of applications across a wide variety of domains, such as healthcare, social networks, safety, environmental monitoring, and transportation.Such applications leverage both the low-level sensor data as well as the high-level events (for instance, context and activities inferred from mobile phone sensor data).This emergent phenomenon is giving rise to a new area of research called mobile phone sensing or human-based sensing (HBS). Within this context, the goal of this research project is to provide rigorous and fundamental results related to Privacy issues inherently conveyed by HBS Systems.

Stay Period: FEB 12 - JUL 12


Lecturer: Roberto Di Pietro
Title: Cloud computing: between holy grail and snake oil
Date: July 4 at 12:30h
Place: Aula de Grados del Edificio Padre Soler