Keynote Speaker: Pierluigi Plebani

Orienteering in the Fog: an Information Systems perspective


Although it has been initially introduced in the telecommunication domain, Fog Computing is recently emerging as a hot topic also in the software domain with the goal of creating a continuum between the resources living on the Cloud and the ones living on the Edge. Nevertheless, especially in the Information Systems domain, there is no broad consensus yet on the nature of Fog Computing and how it is possible to take advantage of this paradigm to design and develop innovative solutions able to improve the connection between the Edge (where data are usually produced by "things") and the Cloud (where the data are processed). This keynote aims to provide a common background on Fog Computing introducing the different perspectives found in the information systems literature as well as to discuss existing solutions able to create the promised continuum between Edge and Cloud.

Short bio

Pierluigi Plebani has been working as Assistant Professor at Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano since 2008, where I also received the PhD degree in Information Engineering. He belongs to the Information Systems group and his research interests concern Business Process Management, Service Oriented Architectures, Adaptive Process-aware Information Systems, Green IS.

His research activity is now mainly focused on studying how to optimize data movement in mixed cloud/fog computing environments and I am the Scientific Coordinator of the EU-H2020-DITAS project (01/2017-12/2019) which is related to this topic (paper). He is also interested in studying how to monitor cross-organizational business processes using distributed architectures adopting smart devices, commitments, and to make them resilient.

In the past, his research activity has focused on the design of adaptive service-based business processes. A Semantic-based matchmaking algorithm named URBE, based on the evaluation of similarity between service interfaces described with WSDL or SAWSDL, has been the result of my Ph.D.. In the meanwhile, he also has investigated how to describe, negotiate, and monitor Web service and cloud quality. Recently, my work has moved to techniques for reducing CO2 emissions of applications deployed in the Cloud by changing their structure at both design-time and run-time.

-- LuisePufahl - 13 Apr 2018