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Alessandro Montanari

Cambridge, UK
Research Scientist


PhD in Computer Science, University of Cambridge, UK, 2018.

MEng Computer Engineering (Laurea Magistrale), University of Bologna, Italy, 2013.

BEng Computer Engineering (Laurea Triennale), University of Bologna, Italy, 2010.


Alessandro Montanari is a Research Scientist in the Pervasive Systems Research team of APSS Lab. Alessandro holds a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge and a MSc cum laude in Computer Engineering from the University of Bologna. Prior to starting his PhD, Alessandro completed his Master Thesis at the ABB Corporate Research Center working on wireless sensor networks. Later he interned at Nokia Bell Labs focusing on privacy issues in the context of the Internet of Things and at ARM where he built IoT applications to showcase the potential of ARM’s technology. Before joining Bell Labs he worked as Research Assistant at the University of Cambridge on optimising drone surveying flight paths using on-board context sensing and computation.

Research Interests

  • IoT/M2M
  • Machine Learning
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Platforms

Honors and Awards

  • EPSRC GCRF Institutional Grant. Efficient Area Surveying through Context Aware Drone Mobility, 2018.
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Scholarship, 2014 - 2018.
  • Qualcomm Inc. Research Studentship in Computing, 2014 - 2018.
  • Study Abroad Scholarship, European Erasmus Programme, 2011.

Selected Articles and Publications

  • Fahim Kawsar, Chulhong Min, Akhil Mathur, Alessandro Montanari. Earables for Personal-Scale Behavior Analytics. IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 17, no. 03, pp. 83-89, Jul., 2018.

    Alessandro Montanari, Zhao Tian, Elena Francu, Benjamin Lucas, Brian Jones, Xia Zhou, Cecilia Mascolo. Measuring Interaction Proxemics with Wearable Light Tags. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT). Presented at Ubicomp 2018. Singapore. October 2018.

    Alessandro Montanari, Cecilia Mascolo, Kerstin Sailer, Sarfraz Nawaz. Detecting Emerging Activity-Based Working Traits through Wearable Technology. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT). Presented at Ubicomp 2017. Maui, Hawaii, USA. September 2017. 

    Alessandro Montanari, Sarfraz Nawaz, Cecilia Mascolo and Kerstin Sailer. A Study of Bluetooth Low Energy Performance for Human Proximity Detection in the Workplace. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications, March 2017, Hawaii, USA. [Best Paper Nominee] 

    Alessandro Montanari, Afra Mashhadi, Akhil Mathur, and Fahim Kawsar. Understanding the Privacy Design Space for Personal Connected Objects. Proceedings of the 30th British Human Computer Interaction Conference (British HCI 2016), July 2016, Bournemouth, UK. 

    Alessandro Montanari, Yvonne-Anne Pignolet, and Ettore Ferranti. REST assured, we manage your microgrid. IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), November 2014, Venice, Italy. 


  1. Alessandro Montanari, Afra Mashhadi, Aidan Boran, Fahim Kawsar. Privacy-Aware Personal Data Store (US Patent 20,160,044,039), Published 11/02/2016.