Marco Picone

Marco Picone, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Research Associate 
email: marco.picone[at]
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Dip. di Ingegneria dell'Informazione
Parco Area delle Scienze, 181A
43124 Parma

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Marco Picone received the Dr. Ing. degree (Master) in Computer Engineering "cum laude" from the University of Parma in 2008. In 2012 He received the Ph.D. degree in Information Technologies from the same University. 

Between January 2011 and June 2011 was a research visitor in the Network and Operating Systems group at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.  His supervisor in Cambridge was Dr. Cecilia Mascolo and the research activities were focused on mobile based sensing system and sensor networks interaction. 

Research Interests

His research activity focuses on Distributed and  Peer-to-Peer Systems, with particular interest for solutions that involve mobile devices. Application fields include:

  • Neighbor position discovery in peer-to-peer networks

  • Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications

  • P2P approach for Inter-vehicular networks.

  • Vehicular networks simulation and mobility model

  • Mobile based sensing system

Media Coverage

- Android Apps Permissions Study: Cambridge and Techcrunch



- S. Cirani, M.Picone and L. Veltri. CoSIP: a Constrained Session Initiation Protocol for the Internet of Things. Workshop on CLoud for IoT 2013 (CLIOT 2013) organized in conjunction with the European Conference on Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing (ESOCC 2013). 11 September 2013, Malaga, Spain. (Conf-Link,Paper)

- S. Busanelli, F. Rebecchi, M. Picone, N. Iotti, G. Ferrari. Cross-Network Information Dissemination in VANETs: Experimental Results from a Smartphone-based Testbed. MDPI Future Internet 2013, 5(3), 398-428; doi:10.3390/fi5030398 (Paper)

-S. Sebastio, M. Amoretti, J. R. Murga, M. Picone, S. Cagnoni. Honest vs Cheating Bots in PATROL-based Real-Time Strategy MMOGs. In "Evolution, Complexity and Artificial Life", Ed. Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-37576-7.

- M. Picone, G. Spigoni, S. Busanelli, N. Iotti. Experimental Analysis of VHO-enabled Mobile Application for Data Offloading in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks. The 9th International Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC 2013). July 1 – 5, 2013 – Cagliari, Sardinia – Italy. (Paper)

- M. Amoretti, M. Picone, F. Zanichelli, G. Ferrari. Simulating Mobile and Distributed Systems with DEUS and ns-3. International Conference on High Performance Computing and Simulation 2013, Helsinki, Finland, July 2013. Proceeding published by IEEE. (Paper)

- A. Grazioli, M. Picone, F. Zanichelli and M. Amoretti. Code Migration in Mobile Clouds with the NAM4J Middleware. 2013 International Workshop on Mobile Cloud Computing (mCloud 2013), hosted by the 14th Int.'l Conf. on Mobile Data Management (MDM 2013), June 3-6 2013, Milan, Italy. (Paper)

- A. Grazioli, M. Picone, F. Zanichelli and M. Amoretti. Collaborative Mobile Application and Advanced Services for Smart Parking. First International Workshop on Next-Generation Location-Based Services (LBS n.0), hosted by the 14th Int.'l Conf. on Mobile Data Management (MDM 2013), June 3-6 2013, Milan, Italy. (Paper)


- D. Salvi, M. Picone, M. T. Arredondo, M. F. Cabrera-Umpierrez, A. Esteban, S. Steger, T. Poli. Merging Person-Specific Bio-Markers for Predicting Oral Cancer recurrence through an Ontology. IEEE Transaction On Biomedical Engineering. (Paper)

- G. Spigoni, G. Ferrari, M. Picone, S. Busanelli, N. Iotti, and G. Guerri. Performance analysis of vertical handover algorithms between Wi-Fi and LTE networks. BIT's 1st Annual Congress of u-World (U-World-2012, Theme: Internet of Things and Ubiquitous Network), Session 2-5: Enhanced Mobile Network, Dalian, China, August 2012. Invited talk (no proceedings).

- G. Spigoni, G. Ferrari, M. Picone, S. Busanelli, N. Iotti, and G. Guerri. An Enhanced VHO-enabled application for data offloading in heterogeneous wireless networks. 1ST ANNUAL WORLD CONGRESS OF EMERGING INFOTECH-2012 (WCEIT-2012, Theme: Welcome 3rd Wave Revolution of IT/ICT Industry), TRACK 24: NEXT GENERATION WIRELESS/MOBILE COM, Dalian, China, August 2012. Invited talk (no proceedings).

- M. Picone, M. Amoretti, M. Martalò, E. Meco, F. Zanichelli, G. Ferrari. A Joint Peer-to-Peer and Network Coding Approach for Large Scale Information Management. HPCS 2012, Madrid, Spain, July 2012.  (Paper)

M. Picone, M. Amoretti, F. Zanichelli. A Decentralized Smartphone Based Traffic Information System. In Proceeding of IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2012 . June 3-7, 2012, Alcalá de Henares, Spain (Paper - Poster - Video)

-C. Efstratiou, I. Leontiadis, M. Picone, K. K. Rachuri, C. Mascolo, J. Crowcroft. Sense and Sensibility in a Pervasive World. In Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive 2012). Newcastle, UK. June 2012. (Paper)

- I. Leontiadis, C. Efstratiou, M. Picone, C. Mascolo. Don't kill my ads! Balancing Privacy in an Ad-Supported Mobile Application Market. In Proceedings of 13th ACM Sigmobile Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile 2012). San Diego, CA, USA. February 2012. (Conf-Link) (Paper

- M. Amoretti, M. Picone, F. Zanichell. Global Ambient Intelligence: an Autonomic Approach. In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Sensor Networks and Ambient Intelligence (SeNAmI) - IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2012). March 19-23, 2012 Lugano, Switzerland. (Paper)

- M. Picone, M. Amoretti, F. Zanichelli. Simulating Smart Cities with DEUS. In Proceedings 5th International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques (SIMUTools 2012). Desenzano, Italy - March 19-23 2012. (Paper - Presentation)

- S. Sebastio, M. Amoretti, J. R. Murga, M. Picone, S. Cagnoni. Honests vs Cheating Bots in PATROL-based Real-Time Strategy MMOGs. Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation (WIVACE 2012), Parma, Italy, February 2012. (Paper)


- M.Picone, M. Amoretti, F. Zanichelli, G. Conte. Location-aware Overlay Scheme for Vehicular Networks. CONGRESSO NAZIONALE AICA 2011
Smart Tech & Smart Innovation - La strada per costruire futuro.Torino, 15-16-17 Novembre 2011, Politecnico di Torino. (Paper)

M.Picone, M. Amoretti, F. Zanichelli. Evaluating the Robustness of the DGT Approach for Smartphone-based Vehicular Networks. 5th IEEE Workshop On User MObility and VEhicular Networks, Bonn Germany (Colocated with LCN 2011), October 4-7, 2011. (Paper, Presentation)

M. Picone, M. Amoretti, F. Zanichelli. Proactive Neighbor Localization Based on Distributed Geographic Table.  International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, Vol.7, No.3, pp.240-263, October 2011, ISSN 1742-7371, Ed. Emerald, doi:10.1108/17427371111173022. (Paper)(Link)

- M.Picone, M.Muro, V.Micelli, M.Amoretti, F.Zanichelli. Mobile Architecture for Dynamic Generation and Scalable Distribution of Sensor-based Applications. Mobilware 2011, 4th International ICST Conference on MOBILe Wireless MiddleWARE, Operating Systems, and Applications. June 22-24, 2011 - London, UK. (Paper, Presentation)

- M. Amoretti, M. Picone, S. Bonelli, F. Zanichelli. Parallel & Distributed Simulation with DEUS. In proceeding of MOSPAS 2011, Workshop on MOdeling and Simulation of Peer-to-Peer Architectures and Systems. Jul 4, 2011 - Jul 8, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey. (Paper)

- M. Martalò, M. Picone, M. Amoretti, G. Ferrari, R. Raheli, Randomized network coding in distributed storage systems with layered overlay. Information Theory and Applications (ITA), San Diego, CA, USA, February 2011. (Paper)


- M. Picone, M. Amoretti, F. Zanichelli. Proactive Neighbor Localization Based on Distributed Geographic Table. 8th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing & Multimedia (MoMM2010), 8 - 10 November 2010,Paris, France (Paper - Presentation)

- M. Amoretti, G. Conte, M. Muro, M. Picone, F. Zanichelli. Modeling and Simulation of Autonomic P2P Systems Based on Altruistic Policies. Informatica Quantitativa 2010 Pisa, 7-9 luglio 2010 (Paper)

- M. Martalò, M. Picone, R. Bussandri, M. Amoretti. A Pratical Network Coding Approach for Peer-to-Peer Distributed Storage. NetCod 2010, The 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Network Coding, Toronto, Canada, June 9 — 11, 2010 (Paper-Presentation)

- M. Picone, M. Amoretti, F. Zanichelli. GeoKad: A P2P Distributed Localization Protocol. Work in Progress at 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications PerCom 2010 Mannheim, Germany, March 29 - April 2, 2010 (Paper - Poster)

M. Picone, S. Sebastio, S. Cagnoni, M. Amoretti. Peer-to-Peer Architecture for Real-Time Strategy MMOGs with Intelligent Cheater Detection. DISIO 2010 ICST/CREATE-NET workshop, Torremolinos, Malaga, Spain - March 15, 2010 (Paper- Presentation)

- M. Picone, S. Steger, K.P. Exarchos, M. Fazio, G. Chiari, D. Ardigò, E. Martinelli, NeoMark: how to predict oral cancer recurrence through multiscale data analysis, VPH Network of Excellence (VPH-NoE 2010), Brussels, Belgium.

- M. Picone, S. Steger, K. Exarchos, M. De Fazio, Y. Goletsis, D. I. Fotiadis, E. Martinelli, D. Ardigo‘. Enabling Heterogeneous Data Integration and Biomedical Event Prediction through ICT: the test case of Cancer Reoccurrence. Software Tools and Algorithms for Biological Systems – Springer – Book series, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (AEMB) (Link).


M. Picone, M. Amoretti, F. Zanichelli. An Evaluation Criterion for Adaptive Neighbor Selection in Heterogeneous Peer-to-Peer NetworksMMNS 2009, LNCS 5842, pp. 144–156, 2009. (PaperPresentation)

-M. Amoretti, G.Copelli, M. Muro, M. Picone, F. Zanichelli. E-Inclusive Videoconference Services in Ambient Assisted Living Environments. A Conference Workshop of 3rd European Conference on Ambient Intelligence November 18th - 21st 2009, Salzburg, Austria (Paper)

Theses for wich i've been Assistant Supervisor

- [M.Sc] Design and Implementation of a Mobile Middleware for the Context-Driven Generation of User Interfaces
Maria Sacchetti - University Of Parma - October 2012

- [B.Sc] Analysis and Optimization of HTTP Communications for Mobile Applications
Gabriele Ferrari - University Of Parma - October 2012

- [B.Sc] Desgin and Implementation of an Ambient Intelligence System Based on Arduino and Android
Mirco Mancin - University Of Parma - October 2012

- [B.Sc] Voice Interaction with an Android Smartphone for Better Safety on the Road
Marco Iavazzo - University Of Parma - July 2012 

- [B.Sc]  Functional Extension for an Android Platform to Report about Sites of Public Interest
Manuel Sequino - University Of Parma - February 2012 

- [M.Sc] Design and Implementation of a User Profiling and Reccomandation System for Mobile Applications
Laura Belli - University Of Parma - December 2011

- [M.Sc] Design and development of a rule engine and automata for Peer-to-Peer strategy Games
Josè Raul Murga Vasquez - University Of Parma - December 2011

- [M.Sc] A reputation-base mobile platform to contribute geotagged reports about sites of social interest.
Francesca Bassi - University Of Parma - October 2011

- [M.Sc] Progettazione e realizzazione di un middleware P2P multipiattaforma basato sul protocollo SIP
Fabrizio Caramia - University of Parma - December 2010

- [M.Sc] Progettazione e realizzazione di un simulatore distribuito per l'analisi di sistemi complessi
Stefano Bonelli  - University of Parma - December 2009

- [M.Sc] Progettazione e valutazione di un sistema di storage P2P basato su tecniche di network ed erasure coding 
Riccardo Bussandri  - University of Parma - December 2009

- [M.Sc] Architettura per videogiochi P2P con rilevamento intelligente di comportamenti anomali
Stefano Sebastio - University Of Parma - December 2009
(Winner of Bianchi Award for best theses in Artificial Intelligence presented at the university of Parma in academic year 2009/2010 )


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- GII Doctoral School 2010 - Ultra Large Scale System (From 20/09/2010 to 02/10/2010, Selva di Fasano, Fasano (BR)) ( (Received the award for the best school project with a work about "Future Mobile Environment")

- Lipari Summer School 2010 - Complex Systems, Social Networks (From 03/07/2010 To 10/07/2010 , Lipari (ME)) (


- Sistemi di Elaborazione 2011 - sip2peer Introduction and Examples [pdf,examples] 

- Sistemi di Elaborazione 2012 - sip2peer Introduction and Example [pdf, examples]