Wireless Technologies and Applications for Sensing, Management, and Decision Support

Keywords
Wireless Sensor Network, Radio Frequency Identification, Wireless Localization and Tracking, Decision Support Systems, Internet of Things.

Abstract
Nowadays, the need for mobility, adaptability, and pervasiveness of communications is leveraging the wireless technologies and more and more applications are rapidly growing in heterogeneous research and industrial fields. Wireless technologies are exploited not only for sensing purposes, but also and specially to improve remote management of distributed resources (like vehicles, personnel) and support decision-makers. Representative application examples are in the field of smart cities and communities, smart building management, crowd flow control in large indoor areas, fleet management, road security, etc.
The key-motivation of such proliferation is the simplicity with which wireless devices are accepted by end-users and how they provide direct support to every-day tasks. This happens when good matching between the wireless technologies and the adopted methods for data processing, visualization, and user interaction exists. Present research activities and projects are focused on (i) the development of more and more compact and low-power devices, as well as on (ii) the study of methods getting smarter, self-learning, faster, responsive to the user needs, and able to find the optimal solution (from the user perspective).
The fusion of such technological and methodological advances is laying the foundations for the next-generation wireless systems,  simpler, more transparent, and user-centric.

Organizers
Federico Viani, ELEDIA Research Center University of Trento, Italy, federico.viani@disi.unitn.it
Alessandro Polo, ELEDIA Research Center University of Trento, Italy, alessandro.polo@disi.unitn.it

Federico Viani is currently Research Associate (Post Doc) at the ELEDIA Research Center. He received the PhD degree from the International Doctoral School in ICT, University if Trento, Italy, in 2010. His main interests are in wireless sensor networks, wireless localization, antenna synthesis and design, and electromagnetic inverse scattering methodologies.

Alessandro Polo is currently a Ph.D. Student at the International Doctoral School in Information and Communication Technology, University of Trento, Italy. He is a member of the ELEDIA Research Center and his main interests are in wireless networks, wireless geo-location services, decision support systems, optimization strategies and advanced learning methods.