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Drs. Claudio Martella

PhD student Large-scale Distributed Systems Group

Since December 2011, I joined the Large-scale Distributed Systems Group, Departement of Computer Science at VU University Amsterdam as a PhD student, under the supervision of Prof. Maarten van Steen and Dr. Aart Van Halteren.

Previously, I was Analyst at TIS Innovation Park where I worked on scaling Enterprise 2.0 solutions to big intranet datasets with Hadoop. For my M.Sc., I visited the Laboratory of Autonomous Robotics and Artificial Life at the National Research Council in Rome, where I worked on Adaptation in Embodied and Situated Agents. I hold a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a M.Sc. in Intelligent Systems, both obtained at the Universita degli Studi di Milano.

My research interests span from modeling social behavior to large-scale processing of data. Currently I'm working as a member of COMMIT/s EWIDS project (Very large wireless sensor networks for well-being). This project focuses on devising (decentralized) solutions for the construction and deployment of large-scale wireless (sensor) systems.

We concentrate on the application of spatiotemporal social networking which we use for monitoring and managing crowds of people, with the aim of maintaining safety and comfort for the individuals. Our central research question is how to devise a large-scale collaborative network of highly mobile, miniaturized, wireless devices collecting, disseminating, aggregating, and processing information to provide instant feedback to its users for the purpose of maintaining their safety and comfort. In particular, I work on the processing of the social interactions, modeled as a complex network, extracted out of the proximity information coming from the sensors. The dynamical aspect of this scenario, due to its dependency on time and location, and its scale are the relevant and innovative parts of this work.

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