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I am an Assistant Professor at UPF Barcelona, and the coordinator of the Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Network Engineering. I was previously a Research Scientist with Nokia Bell Labs and hold a Ph.D. from the UNSW Sydney.
I serve on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Communications Letters, and as a frequent organizer of international workshops. I have been delivering industrial seminars, tutorials, and invited workshop keynotes at various editions of IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, IEEE WCNC, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE VTC, and ACM DroNet. I am co-inventor of a dozen between granted and pending patents on wireless communications and networking.
I am a Senior Member of the IEEE, a 2018-2021 “la Caixa” Junior Leader Fellow, and a 2021-2026 “Ramon y Cajal” Fellow. I was named an Exemplary Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in 2017 and 2018. I received the Nokia Bell Labs Ireland Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in 2017, the IEEE ComSoc EMEA Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2018, and the IEEE PIMRC Best Paper Award in 2019.
I like coffee, surprises, and living by the sea. Born and raised in Sicily, I have been living across six continents for work/love/adventure. I have been inspired by great mentors and colleagues, and consider myself privileged for the opportunities I was given.
Assistant Professor (2018 – present)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Wireless and Secure Communications Research Group
Postdoctoral Fellow (2014 – 2015)
Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Host: Prof. Tony Q. S. Quek
Visiting Researcher (2013)
The University of Texas at Austin, United States
Host: Prof. Jeffrey G. Andrews
Visiting Researcher (2012)
Supélec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Host: Prof. Mérouane Debbah
Research Scientist (2016 – 2018)
Nokia Bell Labs, Dublin, Ireland
Department of Small Cells Research
Research Intern (2009)
Alcatel-Lucent, Vimercate, Italy
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications (2014)
The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Dissertation: Physical Layer Security for Multi-User MIMO Systems
Advisors: Prof. Jinhong Yuan and Prof. Iain B. Collings
M.Sc. Telecommunications Engineering (2009)
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
[110/110 "cum laude"] [Best M.Sc. Thesis Award from Milan Academy of Sciences and Arts]
Advisor: Prof. Arnaldo Spalvieri
B.Sc. Telecommunications Engineering (2005)
Università di Palermo, Italy
[110/110 "cum laude"] [Special mention for an outstanding B.Sc. academic career]
Advisor: Prof. Ilenia Tinnirello