Lorenzo Ghiro

I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) at the University of Trento, Italy.

My research interests focus on Community Networks (CNs), where a typical CN is a wireless mesh network (WMN) built and maintained by a community of people. CNs have been identified as a role model to counteract the digital-divide in under-served areas while promoting the network-neutrality principle. My goal is to support CNs contributing to the advancement of the underpinning technologies. In this regard, I am trying to optimize Distance-Vector routing protocols for WMNs, this by exploiting graph-centrality metrics and designing efficient, distributed algorithm to compute centrality indexes. I have also deeply investigated the blockchain technology trying to design a compensation systems for the users contributing to the maintenance of a CN. The idea is to let community users trade networking resources recording transactions in a blockchain.

I hope that my research contribution would help the growth of CNs, thus promoting a free, neutral and fair network access. I suggest to take a look at the netCommons Project.