The PAF-FPE Project

This is the website of the PAF-FPE project. A Marie-Curie project run by Leonardo Maccari in the period 2011-2014. I do not plan to update this website anymore, If you are interested in this project, you can find a description and a list of achievements in this short Executive Summary. In that pdf I will also update the publication list as the last papers get published.

About the project

This is the website of the PAF-FPE project, Privacy aware content filtering for future pervasive environments, financed by the Province of Trento and FP7.The objective of this project is the design and development of a privacy-aware content filtering platform focused on future pervasive wireless networks.  I'm expected to design a content filtering and users protection platform based on two building blocks:

  • a novel scalable rule-set generation and filtering algorithm to be used on wireless pervasive network
  • effcient rule-sets distribution algorithms that will exploit the distributed nature of this kind of networks

The project started in March 2011 and the funding is for three years. The first part of the project is devoted to understanding the state of the art, and to locate myself in the huge map of the pervasive computing background. Actually, the terms pervasive or ubiquitous computing are extremely vague concepts. Somebody refers to them thinking of the media that is used to communicate, for instance a Wireless Sensor Network or a Wireless Mesh network is often considered a kind of pervasive network, meaning that it could be deployed in a wide area, it works without need for a manager and its interaction with the environment is silent. Others concentrate on the human-machine interaction, since they interpret pervasive as something that doesn't need a voluntary interaction from the user. In this case pervasive computing means that the environment is always computing something even if we do not directly interact with a classical computer. In the first case research and applications focus on the way such a network can be reliable and performant, in the latter the focus is on how to build things that will automatically interact with the users. My personal experience comes from the first field, but I will try to mix it as far as I can with research coming from the second. Unluckily, the second term involved in this project, that is privacy, is even less well-defined. Everybody talks about privacy but nobody is really able to define it, tens of years of social studies produced variegate definitions of this concept, each time correlated with a certain interest that the research was focused on (law, psychology, sociology...). Probably, we can tell of privacy the same thing that tech-guy says when he is not able to define something, privacy is a process, meaning that its value changes with time and its application to something loses or gains value depending on the context. The aim of this project is to make some more sense from the union of these two concepts.   This project is financed by: The Trentino programme of research, training and mobility of post-doctoral researchers, incoming Post-docs 2010, CALL 1, PCOFUND-GA-2008-226070.