Resources Optimization for Distributed Mobile Platforms in Smart Cities

This is my Ph.D. thesis, disserted in 2016. It collects the outcomes of a Ph.D. course in Electronics, Telecommunications, and Information Technologies Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy). It is focused on the study and design of techniques able to optimize resources in distributed mobile platforms. It is related to a typical smart city environment, to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services. The subject is the operation of computation offloading, intended as the delegation of certain computing tasks to an external platform, such as a cloud or a cluster of devices. Offloading the computation tasks can effectively expand the usability of mobile devices beyond their physical limits and may be necessary due to limitations of a system handling a particular task on its own.

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Original Contributions
Personal Publications
Part I Urban Mobile Cloud Computing: a framework at the service of smart cities

1 The UMCC architecture

Part II Partial Offloading Optimization

2 A Partial Computation Offloading Technique

3 A User-Satisfaction Based Offloading Technique

4 A Cluster Based Computation Offloading Technique

Part III Optimization considering a community of devices

5 A Social-Aware Biased-Randomized Algorithm for UMCC

6 Conclusion and future works