Dimitrios Koutsonikolas


Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things
Northeastern University

Address: 360 Huntington Ave., 129 ISEC, Boston, MA 02115
Office: 424 ISEC
Phone: 617-3738046
Fax: 617-3737765
Email: d.koutsonikolas@northeastern.edu

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University. Between January 2011 and Decemebr 2020, I was in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo, first as an Assistant Professor (2011-2016) and then as an Associate Professor (2016-2020) and Director of Graduate Studies (2018-2020). I received my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University in 2010. Previously, I received my Bachelor's degree from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

My research interests are broadly in experimental wireless networking and mobile computing, with a current focus on millimeter wave networking, high-bandwidth applications (AR, VR, 360o video streaming) over wireless networks, LTE/WiFi coexistence, energy-aware protocol design for smartphones, and wireless sensing. I lead the NU Wireless Networking and Systems Lab (NU WiNS Lab). I have served as the General Co-CHair for ACM EWSN 2018 and TPC Co-Chair for IEEE WoWMoM 2021 and IFIP Networking 2021. I received the IEEE Region 1 Technological Innovation (Academic) Award in 2019, the UB Teaching Innovation Award in 2018, the NSF CAREER Award in 2016, the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Senior Teacher of the Year Award in 2017 and the Early Career Researcher of the Year Award in 2015, and the UB CSE Senior Researcher of the Year Award in 2019 and Early Career Faculty Teaching Award in 2015.








[NU WiNS Lab]




Current projects at NU

Past projects at UB

Past projects at Purdue

Selected Publications [Full list: by type, by year]

Mobile VR and 360o Video Streaming

  1. Throughput Prediction on 60 GHz Mobile Devices for High-Bandwidth, Latency-Sensitive Applications, PAM 2021 (44%)
  2. An Analysis of Delay in Live 360o Video Streaming Systems, ACM Multimedia 2020 (27.8%)
  3. How to Evaluate Mobile 360o Video Streaming Systems, ACM HotMobile 2020 (33%)

Millimeter Wave Networking

  1. 802.11ad in Smartphones: Energy Efficiency, Spatial Reuse, and Impact on Applications, IEEE INFOCOM 2021 (19.9%)
  2. LiBRA: Learning-Based Link Adaptation Leveraging PHY Layer Information in 60 GHz WLANs, ACM CoNEXT 2020 (24%)
  3. Performance and Pitfalls of 60 GHz WLANs Based on Consumer-Grade Hardware, IEEE TMC 2020
  4. MuSher: An Agile Multipath-TCP Scheduler for Dual-Band 802.11ad/ac Wireless LANs, ACM MobiCom 2019 (18.9%)
  5. Multi-Stream Beam-Training for mmWave MIMO Networks, ACM MobiCom 2018 (22.4%)
  6. LiSteer: mmWave Beam Acquisition and Steering by Tracking Indicator LEDs on Wireless APs, ACM MobiCom 2018 (22.4%)
  7. Enabling Indoor Mobile Millimeter-wave Networks Based on Smart Reflect-arrays, IEEE INFOCOM 2018 (19.2%)

LTE-WiFi Co-existence

  1. DeMiLTE: Detecting and Mitigating LTE Interference for Enterprise Wi-Fi in 5 GHz, ACM MobiHoc 2019 (23.7%)
  2. ELI: Empowering LTE with Interference Awareness in Unlicensed Spectrum, IEEE ICNP 2018 (17.9%)
  3. BLU: Blue-printing Interference for Robust LTE Access in Unlicensed Spectrum, ACM CoNEXT 2017 (18%)

Wireless/Mobile Sensing

  1. Automating CSI Measurement with UAVs: from Problem Formulation to Energy-Optimal Solution, IEEE INFOCOM 2019 (19.7%)
  2. Towards Environment Independent Device Free Human Activity Recognition, ACM MobiCom 2018 (22.4%)
  3. ABC: Enabling Smartphone Authentication with Built-in Camera, ISOC NDSS 2018
  4. Messages Behind the Sound: Real-Time Hidden Acoustic Signal Capture with Smartphones, ACM MobiCom 2016 (12.5%), IEEE TMC 2019
  5. WiDraw: Enabling Handsfree Drawing in the Air on Commodity WiFi Devices, ACM MobiCom 2015 (18%)

IEEE 802.11 WLANs

  1. On Packet Loss Rates in Modern 802.11 Networks, IEEE INFOCOM 2017 (21%)
  2. AmorFi: Amorphous WiFi Networks for High-density Deployments, ACM CoNEXT 2016 (17.9%)
  3. A Walk on the Client Side: Monitoring Enterprise Wifi Networks Using Smartphone Channel Scans, IEEE INFOCOM 2016 (18.25%)
  4. Power-Throughput Tradeoffs of 802.11n/ac in Smartphones, IEEE INFOCOM 2015 (19%)
  5. Bringing Mobility-Awareness to WLANs using PHY layer information, ACM CoNEXT 2014 (20%)
  6. Crowdsourcing Access Network Spectrum Allocation Using Smartphones, ACM HotNets 2014 (22%)

Wireless Mesh Networks

  1. Comparison of Routing Metrics in 802.11n Wireless Mesh Networks, IEEE INFOCOM 2013 (17%), IEEE TMC 2013
  2. CCACK: Efficient Network Coding Based Opportunistic Routing Through Cumulative Coded Acknowledgments, IEEE INFOCOM 2010 (17.5%), IEEE/ACM ToN 2011
  3. Pacifier: High-Throughput, Reliable Multicast without "Crying Babies" in Wireless Mesh Networks, IEEE INFOCOM 2010 (17.5%), IEEE/ACM ToN 2012
  4. TDM MAC Protocol Design and Implementation for Wireless Mesh Networks, ACM CoNEXT 2008 (17.5%)
  5. How To Evaluate Exotic Wireless Routing Protocols?, ACM HotNets 2008 (20%)
  6. Practical Service Provisioning for Wireless Meshes, ACM CoNEXT 2007 (20%)


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