Awards & Recognitions

  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Lecturer 2021–present

  • IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer 2021–present

  • “Ramón y Cajal” Fellow, 2021–present

  • IEEE PIMRC'19 Best Paper Award, 2019

  • IEEE Senior Member, 2019

  • IEEE ComSoc Outstanding Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, 2018

  • “la Caixa” Junior Leader Fellow, 2018–2021

  • Exemplary Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 2017 & 2018

  • Nokia Bell Labs Ireland Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, 2017

  • Runner-up in IEEE Australia Council Student Paper Contest, 2013

  • Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship, UNSW, 2013

  • Research Grant to visit UT Austin, CSIRO, 2013

  • Practicum Exchange Program Scholarship to visit UT Austin, UNSW, 2013

  • Best Poster Award at IEEE Technologies of the Future NSW, Australia, 2011

  • Travel Grant to attend ISWCS conference in Germany, UNSW, 2011

  • Ph.D. top-up scholarship, CSIRO ICT, 2010–2013

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Australian Government, 2010–2013

  • Best M.Sc. Thesis Award from Milan Academy of Sciences and Arts, Italy, 2009

  • Exchange Scholarship to visit UNSW, Politecnico di Milano, 2008

  • Special mention for an outstanding B.Sc. academic career, Università di Palermo, Italy, 2005​

 

Selected Grants

  • MINECO Project PID2021-123999OB-I00 “INTERTWINE” on “Integrated Non-terrestrial Wireless Networks” (€110k for UPF, 2022–2024), Principal Investigator.

  • Ayudas Ramón y Cajal on “Tecnologías de la información y de las comunicaciones” (€308k for UPF, 2021–2026), Principal Investigator.

  • H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020 “META WIRELESS” on “Future Wireless Communications Empowered by Reconfigurable Intelligent Meta-Materials” (€4m for the Consortium, €250k for UPF, 2020–2024), Co-Beneficiary.

  • MINECO Project RTI2018-101040-A-I00 “WiND” on “Wireless Networks for Drones” (€46k for UPF, 2019–2022), Principal Investigator.

  • “la Caixa” Banking Foundation Junior Leader Fellowship on “Cellular Networks for Drone Communications” (€305 for UPF, 2018–2021), Principal Investigator.

  • H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 “PAINLESS” on “Energy-Autonomous Portable Access Points for Infrastructureless Networks” (€4.1m for the Consortium, €549k for Nokia Bell Labs, 2018–2022), Beneficiary.