Antonio Puliafito is a full professor of computer engineering at the University of Messina, Italy. His interests include parallel and distributed systems, networking, wireless, GRID and Cloud computing. During 1994-1995 he spent 12 months as visiting professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of Duke University, North Carolina - USA, where he was involved in research on advanced analytical modelling techniques. He was the coordinator of the Ph.D. course in Advanced Technologies for Information Engineering at the University of Messina and currently is the responsible for the course of study in computers engineering. He acts as a referee for the European Community for since 1998. He has contributed to the development of the software tools WebSPN and ArgoPerformance, which are being used both at national and international level.
Dr. Puliafito is co-author (with R. Sahner and Kishor S. Trivedi) of the text entitled "Performance and Reliability Analysis of Computer Systems: An Example-Based Approach Using the SHARPE Software Package", edited by Kluwer Academic Publishers. He is currently the director of the RFIDLab, a joint research lab with Oracle and Intel on RFID and wireless. He is currently the President of the Centre on Information Technologies at University of Messina. From 2006 to 2008 he acted as the technical director of the Project 901, aiming at creating a wireless/wired communication infrastructure inside the University of Messina to support new value added services (winner of the CISCO innovation award). He is also the responsible for the University of Messina of two big Grid Projects (TriGrid VL, http://www.trigrid.it, and PI2S2, http://www.pi2s2.it) funded by the Sicilian Regional Government and by the Ministry of University and Research, respectively. He was involved in several European projects such as Reservoir, Vision and CloudWave. He is also the main investigator of the Italian PRIN2008 research project “Cloud@Home”, trying to combine cloud and volunteer computing. He was the scientific director of Inquadro s.r.l., a spin-off company of the University of Messina whose main business is RFID and its application both in public and private sectors. He recently constituted the start-up DH Labs, which develops systems and solutions related to the Internet of Things.