Giovanni Merlino earned his international PhD degree in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering from the Department of Engineering (DIEEI) at the University of Catania.
He has been research fellow at University of Messina (UniMe) under the EU H2020 BEACON project, including leadership of testbed management activities, and is teaching assistant (courses in "Computer Networks" and "Distributed Systems"), UniMe node manager for FIWARE Lab, and a long-standing member of the Mobile and Distributed Systems Lab (MDSLab) at UniMe. He is IEEE member.
His research activity is currently focused on mobile and distributed systems with particular emphasis on Cloud paradigms, Edge computing, Internet of Things, Network Virtualization, Smart sensors, and crowdsensing, co-leading the design of Stack4Things, an OpenStack-based Sensing-and-Actuation-as-a-Service framework for I/Oclouds, co-authoring over 40 papers in international journals and conferences, participating in technical program committees of international conferences, as well as spearheading efforts for an official and crowdfunded research initiative (#SmartME) to deploy and operate an experimental Smart City testbed in Messina.
He is co-founder of the SmartMe.io (http://smartme.io) academic spin-off.