I received my M.S. degree (Cum Laude) in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, and my Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. My Ph.D. studies were co-funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Catalan Telecommunications Technological Center (CTTC) of Barcelona. During my Ph.D. studies I spent more than a year at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands, working on the application of network coding in satellite communication networks. After my Ph.D. studies I spent nearly four years at the Institute for Communications and Navigation of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), near Munich, Germany, working as Senior Researcher and Project Manager. There I have been managing and working as researcher on projects funded by ESA, the European Union, and the German state. Between 2017 and 2019 I was with the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (robotics) and with the LTS4 Signal Processing Laboratory of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow funded by the European Commission. While at EPFL I worked on UAV communications, focusing on delay-constrained video compression and streaming. I also collaborated in a project with Swisscom, in which we developed and successfully tested a drone-aided localization system for LoRaWAN networks (more information here). Since 2019, after being awarded the Beatriu de Pinos grant by the Catalan Government, I am with the Information Theory and Coding group of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Barcelona, Spain. Here I am focusing on the fundamental limits of reliable communications, video streaming and UAV communications.
I published more than thirty between international peer-reviewed journals and conference papers. I published one book about advanced wireless random access systems, one book chapter and I hold three patents.
I have been advisor of one Ph.D. and I mentored several M.S. and B.A. students, I served twice as member of Ph.D. evaluation committees, once as B.A. thesis defense evaluation committee president and I have been session chair at several IEEE-funded international conferences.
I have been teaching assistant for the EPFL “Aerial Robotics” master course (UAV communications and regulations for UAVs) and for the “Basics of Mobile Robotics” master course.
My research interests lie in the fields of satellite and UAV communications, Information Theory, machine learning, video streaming, interference management, Internet of things (IoT) and robotics.