Battlefield Operational Technology and Secure Internet of Battlefield Things


Caruso Antonio Mario Caruso

Antonio Mario Caruso

University of Salento - Department of Mathematics and Physics 'Ennio De Giorgi', Italy

Bistarelli Stefano Bistarelli

Stefano Bistarelli

University of Perugia, Italy


Over the past 15 years, we have witnessed the development and transition of different advanced network technologies: ad-hoc wireless networks (mesh networking), distributed environmental sensor networks, and now the more widespread Internet of Things (IoT), that encompass internet of Drones and the general idea that everyday objects such as cars, watches, food packaging, domestic appliances and many other products can be inter-connected. Civil applications and commercial producers are the main drivers of this IoT technological revolution. A recent article of EDM (from the European Defense Agency) explain the important role played by 'Defense Internet of Things', especially in urban-combat scenarios, with a growing trend to support pure defense innovation projects and not only dual-use projects.

Military intelligence and command and control systems use the myriad of sensors that can be deployed in all the domains, allowing them to acquire full situational awareness and control over diverse conflict zones or battle areas. The trend is towards an increase in urban scenarios where millions of sensors could provide military commanders with increased situational awareness and combat intelligence to carry out more effective operations on the ground.


Topics of interest for the special session include, but are not limited to:

  • Security of IoT devices in conflict scenarios;
  • IoT for 24/7 surveillance of urban conflict zones;
  • Autonomous IoT with autonomous power (energy harvesting capability);
  • Sensor Networks for ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition);
  • Application of ML and AI methods related to IoT platforms;
  • IoT for Smart Military Logistics;
  • Blockchain Security;
  • Self Sovereign Identit.


Antonio Mario Caruso, received the MS degree (“cum laude”) in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, Italy, and the PhD in Computer Science from the same University. From 2005 he joined the Mathematical and Physics Department of the University of Salento as Assistant Professor. He received the Innovation Award from Italian-Canada in 2017.
He has been member of several program committees of conferences and workshops, and published on international journals and conference proceedings mainly in the area of: mobile distributed systems, internet of things, smart environment, wireless sensor and ad-hoc networks, underwater networks, and distributed algorithms, artificial intelligence, image analysis from satellite and drones. He is the local coordinator of a national PON-Industria Project, and the local leader for several PNRR projects.

Stefano Bistarelli, is full Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Perugia (Italy) since November 2008. Previously he was Associate Professor at the Department of Sciences at the University “G. d’Annunzio” in Chieti-Pescara since September 2005 and assistant professor in the same department since September 2002. He is also research associate of the Institute of Computer Science and Telematics (IIT) at the CNR (Italian National Research Council) in Pisa since 2002. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2001 that was awarded as the best Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Thesis (awarded respect ively by the Italian Chapter of the European Association of Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) and by the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA)). In the same year he was also nominated by the IIT-CNR for the Cor Baayen European award and selected as the candidate for Italy for the award. He was PostDocs at University of Padua and at the IIT-CNR in Pisa and visiting researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at the UCC in Cork. Some collaborations, invited talks or visits involved also others research centres (INRIA, Paris; IC-Park, London; Department of Information Systems and Languages, Barcelona; ILLC, Amsterdam; Computer Science Institute LMU, Monaco; EPFL, Losanna; S.R.I, San Francisco). He has organized and served in the PC of several workshops in the constraints and security fields; he was also chair of the Constraint track at FLAIR and currently of the same track at the SAC ACM symposium. His research interests are related to (soft) constraint programming and solving. He also works on Computer Security and recently on QoS. On these topics he has published more then 100 articles, a book and edited a special issue of a journal on soft constraints. He is also in the editorial board of the electronic version of the Open AI Journal (Bentham Open).