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Massimo Villari is Full Professor in Computer Science at University of Messina (Italy).
He is actively working as IT Security and Distributed Systems Analyst in Cloud Computing, virtualization and Storage and one of the creators of Osmotic Computing Paradigm.

For the EU Projects “RESERVOIR” he leaded the IT security activities of the whole project.
For the EU Project “VISION-CLOUD”and H2020-BEACON, he covered the role of architectural designer for UniME. He was Scientific ICT Responsible in the EU Project frontierCities, the Accelerator of FIWARE on Smart Cities – Smart Mobility. He is strongly involved in EU Future Internet initiatives, specifically Cloud Computing and Security in Distributed Systems. He is co-author of more of 190 scientific publications and patents in Cloud Computing (Cloud Federation), Distributed Systems, Wireless Network, Network Security, Cloud Security and Cloud and IoTs, and recently in Osmotic Computing.

He was General Chair of ESOCC 2015 and IEEE-ISCC 2016. Since 2011 he is a Fellow of IARIA, recognized as a Cloud Computing Expert, and since 2011 he is also involved in the activities of the FIArch, the EU Working Group on Future Internet Architecture. In 2014 was recognized by an independent assessment (IEEE Cloud Computing Transaction, Issue April 2014) as one of World-Wide active scientific researchers, top 27 classification, in Cloud Computing Area. He is General Chair of IEEE-ICFEC 2019 and Workshop Co-Chair in IEEE-CIC 2018. He will be General Chair of IEEE CCGRID in 2021 in Messina(Sicily). Currently he is the Head of Computer Science School and Rector delegate on ICT for whole University of Messina. He also covers the role of academic consultant for the City Council of Messina in the context of Smart City.


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Professor of Performance Engineering and previously led the Complex Systems research group. His research interests lie in the overlap between intelligent systems and high performance distributed computing.  He is particularly interested in understanding how intelligent techniques could be used to support resource management in distributed systems, and the use of these techniques in various application areas.

He is the Dean of International for the Physical Sciences and Engineering College.

Read more about his research and personal interests here.


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Dr. Maria Fazio is Associate Researcher in Computer Science and Adjunct Professor at the Università di Messina (Italy). Her research work has been accomplished in collaboration with many national and international research groups, and she has been involved in several national and international projects, She has been co-editor of a number of Special Issues published in international journals (e.g., IEEE Cloud Computing, Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience, Scientific International Journal for Parallel and Distributed Computing). She has been co-editor in chief of EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cloud Systems, member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking (IGI Publishing), and member of the Editorial Board of the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Smart Cities. She served as chair in several conferences and workshops (e.g., IEEE International Conference on Fog and Edge Computing, IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, EAI International Conference on Cloud Computing Networking for IoT systems, European Conference on Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing) and organized some of them (e.g., Workshop on Cloud for IoT, Workshop on Big Data: Applications and Methods, Workshop on Management of Cloud and Smart City Systems). She co-authored more than 130 scientific articles and papers.


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Radu Prodan is a professor in distributed systems at the Institute of Information Technology, University of Klagenfurt, Austria. He received his Ph.D. in 2004 from the Vienna University of Technology and was and associate professor until 2018 at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

He is interested in performance, optimization, and resource management tools for parallel and distributed systems. He participated in numerous national and European projects and coordinated, among others, the Horizon 2020 project ARTICONF (

He co-authored over 200 publications and received two IEEE best paper awards. His paper “A Two-Sided Matching Model for Data Stream Processing in the Cloud-Fog Continuum” received the second best paper price at the 2021 edition of the CCGrid conference.

Dhabaleswar K.

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Dr. Dhabaleswar K. (DK) Panda is a Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Computer Science at the Ohio State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Southern California. His research interests include high-performance computing, high-performance networking (InfiniBand), big data analytics (Spark and Hadoop), Deep Learning, cloud computing, Virtualization, GPUs and accelerators, file systems and storage, and exascale computing. He has published over 500 papers in major journals and international conferences related to these research areas. Dr. Panda has served (or serving) as Program Chair/Co-Chair/Vice Chair of many international conferences and workshops including SCAsia ’20, ISC ’20, CCGrid ’18, ExaComm (15-21), ESPM2 (15-21), HPBDC (15-19), CCGrid ’16, PGAS ’15, HPBDC ’15, HiPC ’12, CCGrid ’12, HiPC ’11, IEEE Cluster (Cluster)’10, Supercomputing (SC)’08, ANCS ’07, Hot Interconnect 2007, IPDPS ’07, HiPC ’07, Hot Interconnect 2006, CAC (2001-04), ICPP ’01, CANPC (1997-98) and ICPP ’98. He has served as the General Chair/Co-Chair of CCGrid ’20, IEEE Micro ’19, and ICPP ’06. He has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC), and Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC). Currently, he is serving as a Co-Editor-in-Chief of CCF Transactions on High-Performance Computing. He has served as Program Committee Member for more than 100 international conferences and workshops. Prof. Panda is a motivated speaker. He has Served as an IEEE Distinguished Visitor and an IEEE Chapters Tutorial Speaker. He has delivered a large number of invited Keynote/Plenary Talks, Tutorials and Presentations Worldwide.

More details on Dr. Panda can be obtained from his detailed Vita .