Stefano Basagni

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Research Focus

Wireless networks; ad hoc networks; underwater and terrestrial sensor networking; protocol design and testing


Stefano Basagni holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas (December 2001) and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Milano, Italy (May 1998). He received his B.Sc. degree in computer science from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1991. Since Winter 2002 he is on faculty at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, in Boston, MA, where he is currently associate professor. From August 2000 to January 2002 he was assistant professor of computer science at the Department of Computer Science of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Basagni’s current research interests concern research and implementation aspects of mobile networks and wireless communications systems, Bluetooth and sensor networking, definition and performance evaluation of network protocols and theoretical and practical aspects of distributed algorithms.

Dr. Basagni has published over five dozens of referred technical papers and book chapters. He is also co-editor of two books. Dr. Basagni served as a guest editor of the special issue of the Journal on Special Topics in Mobile Networking and Applications (MONET) on Multipoint Communication in Wireless Mobile Networks, of the special issue on mobile ad hoc networks of the Wiley’s Interscience’s Wireless Communications & Mobile Networks journal, of the special issue of the Elsevier’s journal Ad Hoc Networks on advances in ad hoc and sensor networking, and of the special issue of the Elsevier’s journal Algorithmica on algorithmic aspects of mobile computing and communications.

Dr. Basagni serves as a member of the editorial board and of the technical program committee of ACM and IEEE journals and international conferences. He is a senior member of the ACM (including the ACM SIGMOBILE), senior member of the IEEE (Computer and Communication societies), and member of ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education).


  • PhD, University of Texas, Dallas, 2001
  • PhD, University of Milan, Italy, 1998

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Faculty Research Team Award
  • 2015 ACM Distinguished Scientist

Research Overview

Wireless networks; ad hoc networks; underwater and terrestrial sensor networking; protocol design and testing

Selected Research Projects

  • An Open, Programmable Platform to Conquer the 5G and 6G Wireless Spectrum
    • – Co-Principle Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • CCRI: Grand: Colosseum: Opening and Expanding the World’s Largest Wireless Network Emulator to the Wireless Networking Community
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • MRI: SEANet: Development of a Software-Defined Networking Testbed for the Internet of Underwater Things
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research Project Office
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • G. Koutsandria, V. Di Valerio, D. Spenza, S. Basagni, C. Petrioli, Wake-up Radio-based Data Forwarding for Green Wireless Networks, Computer Communications, Special Issue on Machine Learning Approaches in IoT Scenarios, 160, 172-185, 2020
  • V. Di Valerio, F. Lo Presti, C. Petrioli, L. Picari, D. Spaccini, S. Basagni, CARMA: Channel-Aware Reinforcement Learning-Based Multi-Path Adaptive Routing for Underwater Wire- Less Sensor Networks, IEEE Journal on Selected Area in Communications. Special issue on Machine Learning in Wireless Communications, 37(11), 2019, 1–13
  • B. Antonescu, M. Tehrani Moayyed, S. Basagni Clustering Algorithms and Validation Indices for a Wide mmWave Spectrum, Information. Special issue on Emerging Topics in Wireless Communications for Future Smart Cities, 9(10), 2019, 1-17
  • S. Basagni, V. Di Valerio, P. Gjanci, C. Petrioli, MARLIN-Q: Multi-Modal Communica- tions for Reliable and Low-Latency Underwater Data Delivery, Ad Hoc Networks, (82), 2019, 134–145
  • A.V. Sheshashayee, S. Basagni, WiLE: Leader Election in Wireless Networks, Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks, 44(1–2), 2019, 1–23


Dec 23, 2021

COE Professors Selected in Stanford University List of Top 2% Scientists Worldwide

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes […]

Dimitrios Koutsonikolas, Stefano Basagni, Kaushik Chowdhury, Josep Jornet, and Tommaso Melodia


Sep 23, 2021

$3M Award to Improve the Performance of 5G and 6G Wireless Networks

ECE Associate Professor Dimitrios Koutsonikolas, Professor Stefano Basagni, Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, Associate Professor Josep Jornet, and William Lincoln Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia were awarded a $3M award to create “An Open, Programmable Platform to Conquer the 5G and 6G Wireless Spectrum.”


May 04, 2021

One Program, Two PhDs, Two Continents

Northeastern’s new international doctorate program—the Global Experiential PhD—provides students with an opportunity to earn separate PhDs from two universities in two continents while dramatically expanding the breadth of their research. As an added benefit, the program also expands the international job opportunities for graduates.


Apr 20, 2021

FY22 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 17 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY22 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects.

Jan 27, 2020

Spring 2020 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Congratulations to the COE student recipients of the Spring 2020 PEAK Experiences Awards. The PEAK Experiences Awards are a progressively structured sequence of opportunities designed to support learners as they continue climbing to new heights of achievement in undergraduate research and creative endeavor throughout their Northeastern journeys. BASE CAMP AWARDS Developing HPLC Methods for Characterizing […]

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Sep 20, 2019

Creating the World’s Most Powerful Emulator of Wireless Systems

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia is working with NSF and DARPA to create the next generation of wireless technology by building a testbed named Colosseum, which will be the world’s most powerful emulator of wireless systems.

PAWR logo of U.S. with orange shades of lines in a wireless band shape across it


Sep 18, 2019

NSF Names Third PAWR Wireless Research Platform in North Carolina’s Research Triangle

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the third award in its Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program. In collaboration with an industry consortium of 30 networking companies and associations, NSF is supporting the development and deployment of a new PAWR platform based in Raleigh and Cary, North Carolina – named Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless (“AERPAW”)


Apr 03, 2019

ECE Team Awarded DOD DURIP Grant

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia and co-PIs Associate Professors Kaushik Chowdhury, Stefano Basagni, and Assistant Professor Jose Angel Martinez-Lorenzo were awarded a $295K grant by the Office of Naval Research for their proposal on “PROTECT: A Millimeter-wave Programmable Radio platfOrm and Tactical wirelEss Communication Testbed” as part of DOD’s Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).


Jan 02, 2019

New Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia is the founding director of Northeastern’s new Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, which will help build the next generation of wireless technologies.


Apr 23, 2018

Northeastern IoT Research Shines at IEEE Infocom in Honolulu, Hawaii

Northeastern researchers were prominently featured at the recent IEEE Infocom 2018 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 14-19. Prof. Tommaso Melodia served as Technical Program Chair for the conference, and was recognized with the class of new 2018 IEEE Fellows in the conference opening ceremony.  Prof. Kaushik Chowdhury and his team received a Best Paper […]

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