Pranvera Kortoçi

Pranvera Kortoçi

Doctoral candidate

Department of Computer Science

Aalto University, School of Science

Interested in

IoT (Internet of Things), Fog Computing,
Data Offloading in WSN, Routing Protocols

Projects I work on

Data Offloading in Urban IoT

Why? Urban environments as an application scenario for IoT are dense and highly dynamic, whereas IoT devices are resource-constrained. Thus, in order to achieve reliable data collection and scalable coordination, we leverage the fog network paradigm to devise a multi-tier data offloading scheme suitable for diverse data-centric applications in urban IoT scenarios.

INFOCOM 2019: Fog-based Data Offloading in Urban IoT Scenarios

Data Reduction for IoT sensors

Why? The increasing number and variety of IoT devices produce a huge amount of diverse data upon which applications are built. Depending on the specific use case, the sampling rate of IoT sensors may be high, thus leading the devices to fast energy and storage depletion. We propose a multi-tier data reduction mechanism that filters and fuses the data coming from multiple IoT sources.

IoT 2017: A Multi-tier Data Reduction Mechanism for IoT Sensors

Secure Authentication of IoT devices

Why? Deploying IoT devices is challenging, as they need to be correctly configured with appropriate network and security credentials. We alleviate the burden put on the, already constrained, IoT device's memory and computation resources and propose a secure and low-power authentication for such devices.

IoT 2015 - Best Paper Award: Secure and Low-Power Authentication for Resource-Constrained Devices

Routing protocols for disaster scenarios

Why? During disaster scenarios, the communication infrastructure is often damaged or even missing. Designing robust and novel routing protocols that leverage the power of communication resources that can be allocated dynamically in the disaster area, e.g., ad-hoc femto cells, provides the survivors and the first-aid teams with communication means.

PIMRC 2019 - A Multi-tier Communication Scheme for Drone-assisted Disaster Recovery Scenarios

Electro-magnetic interference detector

During my research visit at the University of York, I contributed to design and built a system able to detect IEMI (Intentional Electromagnetic Interference) attacks. In fact, the possible use of IEMI to disrupt critical infrastructure is a significant concern.

EMC Europe 2014: A cost-efficient system for detecting an intentional electromagnetic interference (IEMI) attack

Wearable array antenna

For my MSc thesis project, I designed and built a wearable patch antenna as part of an electro-magnetic system that supports visually-impaired athletes to define a virtual path and follow it. Such a system supports the athletes during the training/races by warning them via vibration sensors, which receive the signal from the antenna.

MSc Thesis: Wearable Antenna System Supporting Visually Impaired Runners

A bit about me

Aalto University
Doctoral student
Since 01.2015

I am currently pursuing my doctoral studies with the department of Computer Science, Aalto University, under the supervision of Mario Di Francesco. My research focuses on all the aspects of the life-time management of IoT devices.

Huawei Technologies
Intern -- Researcher
05.2019 - 09.2019

I carried out an internship with the Mobile Security Laboratory of Huawei, Helsinki, Finland.

Inria, Lille - Nord Europe
Research visitor
03.2018 - 04.2018

I visited the FUN team under the supervision of Nathalie Mitton. During such a research collaboration we investigated and devised a novel communication architecture, particularly suitable during natural disaster phenomena.

Princeton University
Research collaborator
04.2016 - 08.2016

I visited the EDGE Lab under the supervision of Mung Chiang . The research collaboration focused on investigating various aspects of IoT and devising a data offloading scheme for diverse data-centric applications based on the novel fog architecture.

University of York
Research visitor
04.2013 - 10.2013

I visited the department of electronic engineering, under the supervision of John Dawson. I contributed to design and build a system able to detect intentional electro-magnetic interference attacks.

Technical University of Denmark
Erasmus programme
08.2011 - 01.2012

I spent one semester of my MSc studies at DTU as an Erasmus exchange student.

Polytechnic University of Marche
BSc and MSc programmes
09.2006 - 02.2013

I carried out my BSc and MSc studies in telecommunication and electronics engineering, correspondingly.


Reviewer for international journals and conferences
  • IEEE Communications Magazine
  • IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing
  • Elsevier, Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal
  • IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing
  • IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks
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Mailing address

PO Box 15400, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland