Curriculum vitae of Antonio Puliafito

General notes

Antonio Puliafito was born in Catania on August 24th 1965

Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Catania (November 18, 1988)

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Palermo (October 1, 1993)

Fellowship from CNR on "Parallel I/O subsystems" (November 1993 - June 1994)

Fellowship from CNR for research activities at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering - Duke University - Durham,

NC (USA) (June 1994 - June 1995)

Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Catania - Italy (July 1995 - Oct 1998)

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Messina - Italy (Nov. 1998- May 2002)

Full Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Messina - Italy (June 2002 -)

Coordinator of the course of study in “Computer Engineering and Telecommunications” active at the University of


Coordinator of the Ph.D. course in “Advanced Technologies for the Information Engineering” active at the

University of Messina

Author with R. Sahner and K. S. Trivedi of the book "Performance and Reliability Analysis of Computer Systems:

An Example-based Approach Using the SHARPE Software Package", edited by Kluwer Academic Publishers,

Nov. 1995

Auditor for Domain 5 ACTS european program (Jan 99- July2000)

Evaluator IST european program (Sep. 2000 - )

Winner of the CISCO ICT Innovation Award 2005

Responsible for the ICT and e-learning activities inside the University of Messina from 2004 to 2008

Director of the Center on Information Technologies and Their Application (CIA) from 2006 to 2009

Technical Director from 2006 to 2008 of the Project 901, aiming at creating a wireless/wired communication

infrastructure inside the University of Messina to support new value added services

Vice-President of Consorzio Cometa for Grid and high performance computing

Awarded as “Innovator 2008” from ForumPA 2008.

Director of the RFIDLab, a joint research lab with Oracle and Intel on RFID and wireless systems and applications

Member of IRIANC: International Research Institute on Autonomic Network Computing.

Member of the general assembly and of the technical committee of the RESERVOIR project, an IP project funded

form the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program to explore the deployment and management of

Cloud services across different administrative domains

Technical director of Inquadro srl. (

Scientific Activity

The scientific activity of Dr. Puliafito is focused on studying distributed and networked systems. Topics developed in

this context include parallel processing, problems connected with reliability and fault tolerance and advanced

programming techniques based on agents technology. Specific applications regard network and quality of service

management. He is currently investigating issues related with user mobility and security, in wireless and ad hoc

networks. Emphasis is currently being devoted also in Grid and Cloud computing and to the adoption of such

paradigms to provide advanced multimedia services to final users. Specific interests involve RFID technology and its

applications. His research activity includes:

System modelling and Performance evaluation

Reliability and fault tolerance

Multimedia systems

Wireless and RFID systems

GRID and Cloud computing


These are some of the projects Dr. Puliafito has been working on:

Project with CNR-Agency 2000 “Distributed Multimedia Services accessible in Internet”

Project with ST-Microlectronics on “Multimedia Messaging Systems”

FIRB project on “Performance Evaluation of Complex Systems: Techniques, Metodologies and Tools”

FIRB project “WEBMINDS (Middleware for advanced services in wired-wireless distributed systems)

CNR project "Software infrastructures for ad hoc networks in complex environments"

Project 297 “ISID: Security techniques in distributed information systems”.

TRIGRID project, a 3.7 M€ project which aims to create a GRID infrastructure in Sicily to provide high

computing services to the whole research community.

PI2S2 project, a 11 M€ project which extends and improves the Sicilian GRID computing infrastructure.

RESERVOIR Project, a 17M€ IST project which aims to study and develop virtualization techniques in GRID


Project “Ponte digitale”, a 4.0M€ project financed from the Italian Ministry on Innovation technologies which

aims to establish an high speed wired-wireless communication infrastructure between Sicily and Calabria.

Project SET “Eco-efficient transportation systems” , a 4.0 M€ project financed from the Italian Ministry of

Economy on the design and adoption of a new automatic vehicle location system for public transport


During his research activity, Dr. Puliafito has actively contributed in developing the following software tools:

WebSPN: non-Markovian Stochastic Petri nets tool for the analytical solution of very complex models.

MAP: a mobile agent platform based on Java which implements advanced security mechanisms.

DAVID: a video on demand server which guarantees very high level performance with reduced cost.

ArgoPerformance: a tool for the automatic generation of Performance models from a UML description.

GRIDVideo: a grid-based application to provide an high performance virtual video on demand server.

Program Committee member in

6th International Workshop on Petri Nets and Performance Models (PNPM'95), Durham, North Carolina, Oct

3-6, 1995 (Local arrangement and Financial Chair).

10th European Simulation Multiconference, Budapest, Hungary, June 2-6, 1996.

Evaluation Conference on Inter University Cooperation in Europe in the Field of Computing, Dublin, Ireland,

July 1-3, 1996.

5th Int. Conference on Fuzzy Theory and Technology, Durham (USA), March 1-5, 1997.

3th Int. Conference on Computer Science and Informatics, Durham (USA), March 1-5, 1997.

11th European Simulation Multiconference, Instanbul, Turkey, June 1-4, 1997.

5th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Computing, Dublin, Ireland, Aug 26-29, 1997 (Steering committee


4th International Conference on Analytical and Numerical Modeling Techniques with application to QoS

Modeling, Singapore, Sept. 1-4, 1997.

5th International Conference on Analytical and Numerial Modeling Techniques, Manchester, UK, June 16-19,


European Simulation Symposium (ESS’99) – Analytical and Numerical Techniques track, Erlangen, Germany,

October 24-27, 1999.

IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC2000), Antibe – St. Juan les Pins, 4-6 July 2000.

IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC2001), Ammameth – Tunisia, 2-5 July 2001.

IEEE Petri Nets Performance Models (PNPM01), Aachen – Germania, 11-14 Settembre 2001.

IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC2002), Taormina – Italy, 2-5 July 2002 (Local


IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC2004), Alessandria d’Egitto – Italy, 1-4 July 2004

(Technical Chair).

IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WOWMOM 2005),

Taormina – (Italy) 13-16 July 2005 (Local organization Chair).

International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC05), Sorrento –

(Italy) 21-23 September 2005 (program vice chair)

IEEE 20th International Conference on Advanced Information, Networking and Applications (AINA2006),

Vienna, 18-20 April 2006.

4th International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC-07), Hong Kong, July 11-13,

2007 (program co-chair).

13th IEEE Workshop on Dependable Parallel, Distributed and Network-Centric Systems (DPDNS'08), April

14-18, 2008, Miami, Florida (USA) (program chair).

9th IEEEIEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications (NCA10), 15 – 17 July

2010, Cambridge, MA (USA).

Main Scientific Publications of the period 2000-2009

Puliafito, O. Tomarchio, L. Vita, ``MAP: Design and Implementation of a Mobile Agents Platform'', in

Journal of Systems Architecture, vol.46, n.2, pp.145-162, January 2000.

Ricardo M. Fricks, Antonio Puliafito, Miklos Telek, Kishor S. Trivedi, ``Applications of Non-Markovian

Stochastic Petri Nets'', in Performance Evaluation Review, special issue on Stochastic Petri Nets, ACM Press,

vol. 26-2, pp.15-27, Aug. 1998.

Bobbio, A. Puliafito, M. Telek, ``A Modeling Framework to Implement Preemption Policies in non-

Markovian SPNs'', to appear in Transactions on Software Engineering.

S. Palazzo, A. Puliafito, M. Scarpa, ``Design and Evaluation of Replicated Databases for Mobile Systems'', to

appear in a Wireless Networks

R. Fricks, A. Puliafito, K.S. Trivedi, ``Performance Analysis of Distributed Real-Time Databases'', Special

Issue of Performance Evaluation, vol.35, n. 3-4, pp. 145-170, May 1999.

Puliafito, O. Tomarchio, L. Vita, ``MAP: Design and Implementation of a Mobile Agents Platform'', in

Journal of Systems Architecture., vol.46, n.2, pp.145-162, January 2000.

Bobbio, A. Puliafito, M. Telek, ``A Modeling Framework to Implement Preemption Policies in non-

Markovian SPNs'', in Transactions on Software Engineering., vol.26, n.1, January 2000.

Puliafito, and O. Tomarchio, ``Using Mobile Agents to Implement Flexible Network Management Strategies'',

Computer Communications Journal, vol. 23, pp. 708-719, January 2000.

H. de Meer, A. La Corte, A. Puliafito, and O. Tomarchio, ``Programmable Agents for Flexible Management in

IP Networks'', IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol.18, n.2, pp.256-267, February 2000.

S. Palazzo, A. Puliafito, M. Scarpa, ``Design and Evaluation of Replicated Databases for Mobile Systems'',

Wireless Networks, vol.6, pp. 131-144, July 2000.

Puliafito, S. Riccobene, M. Scarpa, ``Which paradigm should I use?: An analytical comparison of the clientserver,

remote evaluation and mobile agents paradigms'', in Concurrency and Computation: Practice &

Experience, vol. 13, pp. 71-94, 2001.

La Corte, A. Puliafito, O. Tomarchio, “QoS Management in Programmable Networks Through Mobile

Agents”, in Microprocessors and Microsystems, vol. 25/2, pp. 115-120, May 2001.

S. Papavassiliou, A. Puliafito, O. Tomarchio, Jian Ye, ‘‘Mobile Agent Based Approach for Efficient Network

management and Resource Allocation: Framework and Applications’’, in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in

Communications’’, May 2002.

D. Bruneo, M. Villari, A. Zaia, A. Puliafito, "QoS Management for MPEG4 Flows in Wireless Environment",

in Microprocessors and Microsystems Journal, vol.27, issue 2, pp.85-92, March 2003.

M. Mancuso, M. Guarnera, A. Puliafito, M. Villari, "Digital still cameras and mobile agents: How to create a

distributed service for image processing", in ST Journal, issue n. 0, pp. 38-51, Luglio 2003.

M. Scarpa, M. Villari, A. Zaia, A. Puliafito, “A Modeling Technique for the Performance Analysis of Web

Searching Application”, in IEEE Transaction on Knowledge & Data Engineering, vol. 16, no. 11, November,

2004, pp. 1339-1356.

Zaia, D. Bruneo, A. Puliafito, “Using Grid Paradigm for Multimedia Applications” to be published in

Concurrency & Computation: Practice & Experience. 2006, ISSN: 1532-0626.

D. Bruneo, A. Zaia, A. Puliafito. Agent-based middleware to access Multimedia Services in a Grid

Environment. In Multiagent and Grid Systems. vol. 1, pp. 41-59, 2005, ISSN: 1574-1702, 2005.

M.Fazio, M. Villari and A. Puliafito. IP Address Autoconfiguration in Ad Hoc Networks: Design,

implementation and Measurements, Computer Networks Journal, Elsevier Science Publisher, 2006,


D. Bruneo, A. Puliafito, M. Scarpa. Mobile Middleware: Definition and Motivations. In: A. Corradi. Mobile


M.Fazio, M. Villari and A. Puliafito AIPAC: Automatic IP Address Configuration in Mobile Ad Hoc

Networks. Computer Communications Journal, Elsevier, 2006, vol. 29, pp. 1189-1200 ISSN: 0140-3664.

S. Distefano, A. Puliafito, M. Scarpa., A Grid-based alghorithm for the solution of non-Markovian stochastic

Petri nets. CONCURRENCY AND COMPUTATION. vol. 18, pp. 1-18 ISSN: 1532-0626, 2006.

D. Bruneo, L. Paladina, M. Paone, A.Puliafito, Signalling in Cellular IP Regions with QoS Support.


D. Bruneo, M. Scarpa, A. Puliafito (2008). A GSPN Model to analyze performance parameters in gLite Grids.

17th IEEE International Workshop on Emerging Technologies for Next Generation GRID (ETNGRID '08)

IEEE CS press, Roma, 23-25 Maggio –Best Paper Award.

L. Paladina, A. Biundo, M. Scarpa, A. Puliafito - Artificial Intelligence And Synchronization In Wireless

Sensor Networks. Published on JOURNAL OF NETWORKS (JNW) num.6, vol.4, pp.10, august 2009.

F. Tusa, M. Villari, A. Puliafito - Credential Management Enforcement And Secure Data Storage In Glite.

Published on International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (IJDST) , IGI Publishing edition,

num.1, 2009.

M. Scarpa, A. Puliafito - Developing High Quality Software. Published on Special issue of International

Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems , Taylor & Francis Publisher edition, num.2, vol.24,

pp.171-187, April 2009.

D. Bruneo, G. Iellamo, G. Minutoli, A. Puliafito - Gridvideo: A Practical Example Of Non-scientific

Application On The Grid. Published on IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering vol.21,

pp.666-680, May 2009.

M. Fazio, M. Villari, A. Puliafito - Improvement Of Simulative Analysis In Ad Hoc Networks. Published on

International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking (IJBDCN), IGI Publishing , 1548-

0631 edition, num.1, vol.5, pp.40-59, January 2009.

D. Bruneo, A. Puliafito, M. Scarpa, A. Zaia - Mobile Middleware In Enterprise Systems. Published on

Handbook of Entreprise Integration Mostafa Hashem Sherif , 3rd edition, Auerbach Publications chap.6, New

York - 10016 - U.S.A., November 2009.