Northeastern University Wireless Networks and Embedded Systems Lab

Tommaso Melodia

William Lincoln Smith Professor

College of Engineering Faculty Fellow, IEEE Fellow

Director, Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things

Director of Research, PAWR Project Office

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University
412 ISEC, Boston, MA 02115

Phone: (617) 373-3354
Email:
melodia@northeastern.edu

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News (Apr 2021): Keynote Speech at ICT 2021


News (Apr 2021): Keynote Speech at DCOSS 2021


News (Apr 2021): Keynote Speech at WOWMoM 2021


News (Nov 2020): Open5G


News (Oct 2020): Talk at NSF Workshop on Next-G Security, Panel on "Security issues in the virtualization of Next-G networks."


News (Oct 2020): Colosseum Webinar


News (Oct 2020): 6G Symposium


News (Sep 2020): AI Panel at IEEE WOWMOM: "Toward Wireless Networks with a Brain?"


News (Aug 2020): Panel at NSF Workshop on Spectrum: "We need a cultural shift to shape the wireless, ubiquitous, transparent, zero-power, and tactile Internet of the future"


News (Jul 2020): Talk at FCC Advisory Group on Open Ran: "Toward Fully Programmable and Virtualized Wireless Networks for 5G and Beyond"


News (Jun 2020): Keynote Speech at ACM OpenWireless 2020: "Toward Fully Programmable and Virtualized Wireless Networks for 5G and Beyond"


News (Jun 2020): Keynote Speech at ACM DroneNet 2020: "Toward Autonomous, Software-Defined Networks of Wireless Drones"


News (May 2020): Plenary Talk at the Samsung Forum


News (Dec 2019): Plenary Address at 5G Italy: "Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research at Scale"


News (Nov 2019): Keynote at the Samsung AI Forum: "When Deep Learning Meets Softwarization in 5G and IoT Systems"


News (Jun 2018): Keynote Speech at ACM MobiSys 2018: "The Internet of Medical Things: Toward Implantable Sensor Networks"





 

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Biography

Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office. He received his Laurea (integrated BS and MS) from the University of Rome - La Sapienza and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. He was named a College of Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2017 and received the Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award in 2018 - the highest research award in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. Prof. Melodia has served as Associate Editor fo IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Computer Networks, among others. He has served as Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE Infocom 2018, General Chair for IEEE SECON 2019, ACM Nanocom 2019, and ACM WUWnet 2014. Prof. Melodia is the Director of Research for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office, a $100M public-private partnership to establish 4 city-scale platforms for wireless research to advance the US wireless ecosystem in years to come. The PAWR Project Office is co-lead by Northeastern University and US Ignite and is overseeing the overall deployment and operation of the PAWR Program. Prof. Melodia’s research on modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of Internet-of-Things and wireless networked systems has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Research Laboratory the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and the Army Research Laboratory.  

Research

Recent Selected Publications

Networking for Unamnned Aerial Systems/Drones

  • J. Buczek, L. Bertizzolo, S. Basagni, and T. Melodia, "What is A Wireless UAV? A Design Blueprint for 6G Flying Wireless Nodes," Proc. of ACM Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation & CHaracterization (WiNTECH), October 2021. [pdf]

  • L. Ferranti, S. D’Oro, L. Bonati, F. Cuomo, and T. Melodia "HIRO-NET: Heterogeneous Intelligent RObotic Network for Internet Sharing in Disaster Scenarios," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2021. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Bertizzolo, S. D'Oro, L. Ferranti, L. Bonati, E. Demirors, Z. Guan, T. Melodia and S. Pudlewski "SwarmControl: An Automated Distributed Control Framework for Self-Optimizing Drone Networks," in Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Jul. 2020 (AR: 20%). arXiv:2005.09781 [cs.NI] [bibtex] [VIDEO]

  • L. Bertizzolo, T. X. Tran, B. Amento, B. Balasubramanian, R. Jana, H. Purdy, Y. Zhou and T. Melodia "Live and Let Live: Flying UAVs Without Affecting Terrestrial UEs," in Proc. of ACM Intl. Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile), Austin, TX, Mar. 2020. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Ferranti, S. D'Oro, L. Bonati, E. Demirors, F. Cuomo, T. Melodia, "HIRO-NET: Self-Organized Robotic Mesh Networking for Internet Sharing in Disaster Scenarios," in Proc. of 2019 IEEE 20th Intl. Symp. on World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM) (IEEE WoWMoM 2019), Washington DC, USA, June 2019. Best Paper Award [pdf] [bibtex]

  • F. D'Alterio, L. Ferranti, L. Bonati, F. Cuomo, and T. Melodia, "Quality Aware Aerial-to-Ground 5G Cells through Open-Source Software," in Proc. of IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Waikoloa, HI, USA, Dec. 2019. [pdf][bibtex]

5G-and-Beyond and IoT

  • B. Casasole, L. Bonati, S. D'Oro, S. Basagni, A. Capone, and T. Melodia, "QCell: Self-optimization of Softwarized 5G Networks through Deep Q-learning," in Proc. of IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Madrid, Spain, December 2021. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • M. Polese, F. Restuccia, and T. Melodia, "DeepBeam: Deep Waveform Learning for Coordination-Free Beam Management in mmWave Networks", Proc. of ACM Intl. Symp. on Theory, Algorithmic Foundations, and Protocol Design for Mobile Networks and Mobile Computing (ACM MobiHoc), October 2021. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Bonati, S. D'Oro, S. Basagni, and T. Melodia, "SCOPE: An Open and Softwarized Prototyping Platform for NextG Systems," in Proc. of ACM Intl. Conf. on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys), Virtual Conference, June 2021. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • S. D'Oro, L. Bonati, F. Restuccia and T. Melodia, "Coordinated 5G Network Slicing: How Constructive Interference Can Boost Network Throughput," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2021. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • M. Tehrani-Moayyed, L. Bonati, P. Johari, T. Melodia, and S. Basagni, "Creating RF Scenarios for Large-Scale, Real-Time Wireless Channel Emulators," in Proc. of Mediterranean Communication and Computer Networking Conference (MedComNet), Virtual Conference, June 2021. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Bonati, S. D'Oro, F. Restuccia, S. Basagni, and T. Melodia, "SteaLTE: Private 5G Cellular Connectivity as a Service with Full-stack Wireless Steganography," in Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conf. on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 2021. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Bonati, S. D'Oro, M. Polese, S. Basagni, and T. Melodia, "Intelligence and Learning in O-RAN for Data-driven NextG Cellular Networks", IEEE Communications Magazine (to appear). [pdf] [bibtex]

  • M. Polese, J. Jornet, T. Melodia, M. Zorzi, "Toward End-to-End, Full-Stack 6G Terahertz Networks", IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 58, no. 11, pp. 48-54, December 2020. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Bonati, M. Polese, S. D'Oro, S. Basagni, and T. Melodia, "Open, Programmable, and Virtualized 5G Networks: State-of-the-Art and the Road Ahead," Computer Networks (COMNET), vol. 182, August 2020. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Bertizzolo, L. Bonati, E. Demirors, A. Al-Shawabka, S. D'Oro, F. Restuccia, and T. Melodia, "Arena: A 64-antenna SDR-based Ceiling Grid Testing Platform for Sub-6 GHz 5G-and-Beyond Radio Spectrum Research," submitted for publication, Elsevier Computer Networks (COMNET), 2020. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • S. D'Oro, L. Bonati, F. Restuccia, M. Polese, M. Zorzi and T. Melodia, "Sl-EDGE: Network Slicing at the Edge," to appear in Proc. of ACM Intl. Symp. on Theory, Algorithmic Foundations, and Protocol Design for Mobile Networks and Mobile Computing (ACM MobiHoc), October 2020.

  • L. Bonati, S. D'Oro, L. Bertizzolo, E. Demirors, Z. Guan, S. Basagni, and T. Melodia, "CellOS: Zero-touch Softwarized Open Cellular Networks," Computer Networks (COMNET), vol. 180, October 2020. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Bertizzolo, E. Demirors, Z. Guan, and T. Melodia, "CoBeam: Beamforming-based Spectrum Sharing With Zero Cross-Technology Signaling for 5G Wireless Networks," in Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Jul. 2020 (AR: 20%). arXiv:2002.06969 [cs.NI] [bibtex]

  • L. Bertizzolo, M. Polese, L. Bonati, A. Gosain, M. Zorzi and T. Melodia, "mmBAC: Location-aided mmWave Backhaul Management for UAV-based Aerial Cells," in Proc. of ACM Workshop on Millimeter-Wave Networks and Sensing Systems (mmNets), Los Cabos, Mexico, Oct. 2019. [pdf] [bibtex] [video]

  • S. D'Oro, F. Restuccia, A. Talamonti, T. Melodia, "The Slice Is Served: Enforcing Radio Access Network Slicing in Virtualized 5G Systems," in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Paris, France, April 2019.

  • S. D'Oro, F. Restuccia, T. Melodia, and S. Palazzo, "Low-Complexity Distributed 5G Network Slicing: Analysis, Algorithms, and Experimental Results," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 2815-2828, Dec. 2018. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • N. Cen, N. Dave, E. Demirors, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, "LiBeam: Throughput-Optimal Cooperative Beamforming for Indoor Visible Light Networks," in Proc. of IEEE Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Paris, France, April 2019.

  • Z. Guan, L. Bertizzolo, E. Demirors, and T. Melodia, "WNOS: An Optimization-based Wireless Network Operating System," in Proc. of ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc), Los Angeles, USA, June 2018. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • Z. Guan and T. Melodia, " CU-LTE: Spectrally-Efficient and Fair Coexistence between LTE and Wi-Fi in Unlicensed Bands," in Proc. of IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), San Francisco, CA, USA, April 2016. [pdf] [bibtex]

Artificial Intelligence for Wireless

  • S. D'Oro, F. Restuccia, and T. Melodia, "Can You Fix My Neural Network? Real-Time Adaptive Waveform Synthesis for Resilient Wireless Signal Classification," in Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conf. on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 2021. [bibtex]

  • D. Uvaydov, S. D'Oro, F. Restuccia, and T. Melodia, "DeepSense: Fast Wideband Spectrum Sensing Through Real-Time In-the-Loop Deep Learning," in Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conf. on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 2021. [bibtex]

  • F. Restuccia and T. Melodia, "DeepWiERL: Bringing Deep Reinforcement Learning to the Internet of Self-Adaptive Things," Proc. of IEEE Intl. Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM), Toronto, ON, Canada, Jul. 2020 (AR: 20%). [pdf] [bibtex]

  • A. Al-Shawabka, F. Restuccia, S. D'Oro, T. Jian, B. Costa Rendon, N. Soltani, J. Dy, K. Chowdhury, S. Ioannidis and T. Melodia, "Exposing the Fingerprint: Dissecting the Impact of the Wireless Channel on Radio Fingerprinting," to appear in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM), Toronto, ON, Canada, Jul. 2020 (AR: 20%). [pdf] [bibtex]

  • F. Restuccia and T. Melodia, "PolymoRF: Polymorphic Wireless Receivers Through Physical-Layer Deep Learning," Proceedings of ACM International Symposium on Theory, Algorithmic Foundations, and Protocol Design for Mobile Networks and Mobile Computing (ACM MobiHoc), October 2020. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • F. Restuccia, S. D'Oro, A. Al-Shawabka, M. Belgiovine, L. Angioloni, S. Ioannidis, K. Chowdhury and T. Melodia, "DeepRadioID: Real-Time Channel-Resistent Optimization of Deep Learning-based Radio Fingerprinting Algorithms," to appear in Proceedings of the ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (ACM MobiHoc), Catania, Italy, July 2019. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • J. Jagannath, N. Polosky, A. Jagannath, F. Restuccia, T. Melodia, "Machine Learning for Wireless Communications in the Internet of Things: A Comprehensive Survey," Ad Hoc Networks (Elseier), vol. 93, pp 101913, 2019. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Zhang, F. Restuccia, T. Melodia, and S. Pudlewski, "Taming Cross-Layer Attacks in Wireless Networks: A Bayesian Learning Approach," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2019. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • F. Restuccia and T. Melodia, "Big Data Goes Small: Real-Time Spectrum-Driven Embedded Wireless Networking Through Deep Learning in the RF Loop," in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Paris, France, May 2019.

  • M. Hooshmand, D. Zordan, T. Melodia, M. Rossi "SURF: subject-adaptive unsupervised ECG signal compression for wearable fitness monitors," IEEE Access, Sep. 2017. [pdf] [bibtex]

Secure and Tactical Wireless Networks

  • F. Restuccia, S. D'Oro, and T. Melodia, "Securing the Internet of Things in the Age of Machine Learning and Software-defined Networking," to appear, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2018. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • S. D'Oro, F. Restuccia, T. Melodia, "Hiding Data in Plain Sight: Undetectable Wireless Communications Through Pseudo-Noise Asymmetric Shift Keying," in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Paris, France, April 2019.

  • N. Cen, J. Jagannath, S. Simone, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, " LANET: Visible-Light Ad Hoc Networks," in Ad Hoc Networks (Elseier), 2018. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Zhang, F. Restuccia, T. Melodia, and S. Pudlewski, "Taming Cross-Layer Attacks in Wireless Networks: A Bayesian Learning Approach," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2018. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Zhang, F. Restuccia, T. Melodia, S. Pudlewski "Learning to Detect and Mitigate Cross-layer Attacks in Wireless Networks: Framework and Applications," IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS), Las Vegas, NV, USA, Oct. 2017. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • J. Jagannath, S. Furman, T. Melodia, A. Drozd, "Design and Experimental Evaluation of a Cross-Layer Deadline-Based Joint Routing and Spectrum Allocation Algorithm," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2018.

Internet of Medical Things

  • R. Guida, N. Dave, F. Restuccia, E. Demirors and T. Melodia, "U-Verse: A Miniaturized Platform for End-to-End Closed-Loop Implantable Internet of Medical Things Systems", ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (ACM SenSys), New York, NY, 2019.

  • R. Guida, T. Melodia, "Ultrasonically Rechargeable Platforms for Closed-Loop Distributed Sensing and Actuation in the Human Body," in Proc. of IEEE Intl. Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), Kalamata, Greece, June 2018. [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, "An Implantable Low-Power Ultrasonic Platform for the Internet of Medical Things," in Proc. of IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Atlanta, USA, May 2017 (AR: 21%). [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia "Experimental Evaluation of Impulsive Ultrasonic Intra-Body Communications for Implantable Biomedical Devices," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 367-380, Feb. 2017. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, "U-Wear: Software-defined ultrasonic networking for wearable devices," in Proc. of ACM Conference on Mobile Systems, Services and Applications (MOBISYS), Florence, Italy, May 2015. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • Z. Guan, G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, "Ultrasonic Intra-body Networking: Interference Modeling, Stochastic Channel Access and Rate Control," in Proc. of IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Hong Kong S.A.R., PRC, April 2015. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, L. Galluccio, S. Palazzo "Medium Access Control and Rate Adaptation for Ultrasonic Intra-Body Sensor Networks," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 1121-1134, Aug. 2015. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia "Opto-Ultrasonic Communications for Wireless Intra-Body Nanonetworks," Nano Communication Networks (Elsevier), vol. 5, no. 1–2, pp. 3–14, March–June 2014. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Galluccio, T. Melodia, S. Palazzo, G. E. Santagati, "Challenges and Implications of Using Ultrasonic Communications in Intra-body Area Networks," in Proc. of IEEE Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services (WONS), Courmayeur, Italy, Jan. 2012. [pdf] [bibtex]

Underwater Communications, Networking, and Systems

  • E. Demirors, D. Unal, G. E. Santagati, and T. Melodia, "High-Data Rate Carrierless Impulsive Communications For Underwater Acoustic Networks," in Proc. of Proc. of the Underwater Acoustics Conference & Exhibition (UACE), Crete, Greece, July 2019. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • E. Demirors, J. Shi, A. Duong, N. Dave, R. Guida, B. Herrera, F. Pop, G. Chen, C. Casella, S. Tadayon, M. Rinaldi, S. Basagni, M. Stojanovic and T. Melodia, "Project SEANet: Toward a Programmable Internet of Underwater Things," in Proc. of. IEEE Underwater Communications Conf. and Workshop (UComms), Lerici, Italy, August 2018. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • E. Demirors and T. Melodia, "Chirp-Based LPD/LPI Underwater Acoustic Communications with Code-Time-Frequency Multidimensional Spreading," in Proc. of ACM Conference on Underwater Networks & Systems (WUWNet), Shanghai, China, October 2016. Best Student Paper Award [pdf] [bibtex]

  • E. Demirors, J. Shi, R. Guida, T. Melodia, "SEANet G2: Toward a High-Data-Rate Software-Defined Underwater Acoustic Networking Platform," in Proc. of ACM Conference on Underwater Networks & Systems (WUWNet), Shanghai, China, October 2016. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • E. Demirors, G. Sklivanitis, T. Melodia, S. Batalama, D. Pados, "Software-defined Underwater Acoustic Networks: Towards a High-rate Real-time Reconfigurable Modem," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 53, no. 11, pp. 64 - 71, November 2015. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • H. Kulhandjian, T. Melodia, D. Koutsonikolas, "CDMA-based Analog Network Coding for Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 14, no. 11, pp. 6495-6507, November 2015. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • E. Demirors, B. G. Shankar, G. E. Santagati, and T. Melodia, "SEANet: A Software-Defined Acoustic Networking Framework for Reconfigurable Underwater Networking," in Proc. of ACM Intl. Conf. on Underwater Networks & Systems (WUWNet), Washington, DC, October 2015 Best Student Paper Award [pdf] [bibtex]

  • Y. Sun, T. Melodia, "The Internet Underwater: An IP-compatible Protocol Stack for Commercial Undersea Modems," in Proc. of ACM Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems (WUWNet), Kaohsiung, Taiwan, November 2013. Best Student Paper Award [pdf] [bibtex]

  • T. Melodia, H. Kulhandjian, L. Kuo, and E. Demirors, "Advances in Underwater Acoustic Networking," in Mobile Ad Hoc Networking: Cutting Edge Directions, Eds. S. Basagni, M. Conti, S. Giordano and I. Stojmenovic, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, Second Edition, pp. 804-852, 2013. [pdf] [bibtex]

Full Publication List

Invited Talks

  • Invited Plenary Talk, Moscow Wireless Week, Institute for Information Transmission Problems (Kharlevic Institute), Russian Academy of Sciences, October 2018.

  • Keynote Speech, IEEE Intl. Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Bologna, Italy, September 2018.

  • Keynote Speech, IEEE Intl. Conf. on Telecommunications and Signal Processing (TSP), Athens, Greece, July 2018.

  • Invited Seminar, Sapienza University of Rome, July 2018.

  • NSF Workshop on Seafloor Science and Engineering, Boston, MA June 2018.

  • Keynote Speech, ACM MobiSys 2018, Munich, Germany, June 2018.

  • Keynote Speech, Balkancom 2018, Podgorica, Montenegro, June 2018.

  • Keynote Speech, European Wireless 2018 Conference, Catania, Italy, May 2018.

  • Invited Talk, IEEE ICNC 2018, Maui, Hawaii, 2018.

  • Invited Plenary Talk, ACM WUWNet, Shanghai, China, October 2016.

  • Invited Plenary Talk, GTTI Meeting, Genova, Italy, June 2016.

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