I am a PhD student at the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Cecilia Mascolo.
I am currently interested in exploring how technology could be applied to study personal interactions in a workplace environment. This could help improve the work experience and boost productivity and innovation by shaping the offices in ways that stimulate, for example, serendipitous interactions between members of different teams. My research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and by a Qualcomm Inc. Research Studentship in Computing.
I received my BSc and MSc cum laude in Computer Engineering from the University of Bologna (Italy). During my master I spent six months as an exchange student in Mid Sweden University (Sweden). I then completed my Master Thesis at the ABB Corporate Research Center (Switzerland) working on wireless sensor networks and lately I did an internship at Nokia Bell Labs (Ireland) focusing on privacy issues in the context of the Internet of Things.
In September/October 2016 I was a visiting researcher at Dartmouth College, hosted by Dr. Xia Zhou.
In August 2017 I joined ARM for a 14-week internship in the IoT Engineering Group.


Surveying Areas in Developing Regions Through Context Aware Drone Mobility. [pdf] [slides]
Alessandro Montanari, Fredrika Kringberg, Alice Valentini, Cecilia Mascolo, Amanda Prorok.
In Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications for Civilian Use (DroNet18). Colocated with ACM MobiSys18. Munich, Germany. June 2018.
Measuring Interaction Proxemics with Wearable Light Tags. [pdf]
Alessandro Montanari, Zhao Tian, Elena Francu, Benjamin Lucas, Brian Jones, Xia Zhou, Cecilia Mascolo.
Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT). To be presented at Ubicomp 2018. Singapore. October 2018.
Detecting Emerging Activity-Based Working Traits through Wearable Technology. [pdf]
Alessandro Montanari, Cecilia Mascolo, Kerstin Sailer, Sarfraz Nawaz.
Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT). Presented at Ubicomp 2017. Maui, Hawaii, USA. September 2017.
A Study of Bluetooth Low Energy Performance for Human Proximity Detection in the Workplace. [pdf]
[Best Paper Nominee]
Alessandro Montanari, Sarfraz Nawaz, Cecilia Mascolo and Kerstin Sailer.
IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (Percom), March 2017, Hawaii, USA.
Understanding the Privacy Design Space for Personal Connected Objects. [pdf] [slides]
Alessandro Montanari, Afra Mashhadi, Akhil Mathur, and Fahim Kawsar.
Proceedings of the 30th British Human Computer Interaction Conference (British HCI 2016), July 2016, Bournemouth, UK.
Experience in deploying wearable devices for office analytics. [pdf] [slides]
Alessandro Montanari, Sarfraz Nawaz, Cecilia Mascolo, Kerstin Sailer.
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Quantified Workplace. Co-located with CSCW 2016. February '16, San Francisco, USA.
Multimodal Indoor Social Interaction Sensing and Realtime Feedback for Behavioural Intervention. [pdf] [slides]
Alessandro Montanari.
Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on Wireless of the Students, by the Students & for the Students. September 2015, Paris, France.
REST assured, we manage your microgrid. [pdf]
Alessandro Montanari, Yvonne-Anne Pignolet, Ettore Ferranti.
IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), November 2014, Venice, Italy.
Demo Abstract: Plug & Play Site Management or, Why Your Solar Panel Should Be Like Your Webcam. [pdf]
Ettore Ferranti, Alessandro Montanari, Yvonne-Anne Pignolet, Igor Zablotchi.
ACM SenSys 2013. November 2013. Rome, Italy.


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


2015 - 2017 Supervised course “Mobile and Sensor Systems”. University of Cambridge, UK.
2014 Co-supervisor of Master student Andrea Bucaletti, University of Bologna, Italy.
Main supervisor Prof. Enrico Denti.
Co-supervisor of Bachelor student Matteo Librenti, University of Bologna, Italy.
Main supervisor Prof. Enrico Denti.
2013 Co-supervisor of Bachelor student Alessio Mercurio, University of Bologna, Italy.
Main supervisor Prof. Enrico Denti.

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