ACE Seminar: Green, Energy-Aware Security? What are we talking about? And Why?

Speaker: Mauro Migliardi

Date/Time: 25-Jun-2015, 15:00 UTC

Venue: MPEB 1.02



While the concept of energy awareness has been part of the literature on computing and networking for quite a long time, the concept of "green security" appeared for the first time in papers published in 2011. A clear case of the reason why energy-aware security is a must for the future of computing and networking was formulated only in 2013, with the introduction of the Green, Energy-Aware Security (GEAS) paradigm. In a broad sense, GEAS may be described as a field of study identified by the following reciprocal points of view:
1)      analyzing the effects of security practices and techniques on energy-saving/consumption;
2)      analyzing the effects of energy-saving practices and techniques on security.
In this presentation, we will first provide a general definition of what is Green, Energy-Aware Security, then we will describe the reasons and trends in the ICT field that are pushing this vision into the mainstream, finally, to corroborate our vision, we will provide two case studies:
The first one will be the case of energy savings induced in networks by aggressive detection of unwanted traffic and malicious packets; the second one will show how energy consumption itself may be considered a "vital sign" to be monitored in search of "unhealthy" software in mobile devices.



 Mauro Migliardi got a Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering in 1991 and a PhD in Computer Engineering in 1995. He was a Research Associate and AssistantProfessor at the University of Genoa and Research Associate at Emory University as Co-PI in the HARNESS heterogeneous metacomputing project.Currently he is Associate Professor at the University of Padua and Supply Professor at the University of Genoa.He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Center for Computing Platforms Engineering.His main research interest is distributed systems engineering in general with several past projects on Grid and Cloud computing; recently he focused on mobilesystems, memory support services, energy awareness and green security.He has tutored more than 100 among Bachelor, Master and PhD students at the Universities of Genoa, Padua and Emory.Recently he has won the 2013 Canada-Italy Innovation Award.Mauro Migliardi has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific papers published in national and international, peer reviewed conferences, books and journals.He is a reviewer for several international journals, he has chaired several international workshops and he is in the editorial board of the Journal of High SpeedNetworks (IOS Press).A more detailed CV is available at and



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