Stefano Basagni

Associate 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

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Selected Publications

  • P. Gjanci, C. Petrioli, S. Basagni, C. A. Phillips, L. Bölöni, D. Turgut, Path Finding for Maximum Value of Information in Multi-modal Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 17(2), 2018, 404-418
  • S. Basagni, V. Di Valerio, P. Gjanci, C. Petrioli, Harnessing HyDRO: Harvesting-Aware Data ROuting for Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks, In Proceedings of ACM MobiHoc, 2018, 271-279
  • S. Basagni, V. Di Valerio, P. Gjanci, C. Petrioli, Finding MARLIN: Exploiting Multi-Modal Communications for Reliable and Low-latency Underwater Networking, In Proceedings of IEEE Infocom, Atlanta, GA, 2017, 1-9
  • M. Girolami, S. Basagni, F. Furfari, S. Chessa, SIDEMAN: Service Discovery in Mobile Social Networks, Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks, 34(1), 2016, 1-39
  • Y. M. Aval, Y. Han, A. Tu, S. Basagni, M. Stojanovic, Y. Fei, Testbed-Based Performance Evaluation of Handshake-Free MAC Protocols for Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks, In Proceedings of MTS/IEEE OCEANS, Monterey, CA, 2016, 1-7
  • S. Basagni, C. Petrioli, D. Spenza, CTP-WUR: The Collection Tree Protocol in Wake-up Radio WSNs for Critical Applications, In Proceedings of IEEE ICNC 2016, Kauai, HI, 2016, 1-6
  • R.G. Cid-Fuentes, M.Y. Naderi, S. Basagni, K.R. Chowdhury, A. Cabellos-Aparicio, E. Alarcon, On Signaling Power: Communications over Wireless Energy, In Proceedings of IEEE Infocom 2016, San Francisco, CA, 2016


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.


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 […]


Apr 09, 2018

NSF PAWR Project Office Awards First Round of Funding

NSF PAWR Project Office Awards First Round of Funding for Groundbreaking Community-scale Wireless Experimental Platforms Northeastern’s College of Engineering research team, led by Tommaso Melodia, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), together with U.S. Ignite, Inc., a nonprofit organization, was selected to direct a National Science Foundation initiative: Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research. […]


Sep 19, 2017

ECE Team to Develop Testbed for Underwater Communication

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia will lead a three-year $1.57M NSF grant with Associate Professors Stefano Basagni, Matteo Rinaldi, and Professor Milica Stojanovic for the “Development of a Software-Defined Networking Testbed for the Internet of Underwater Things”.


May 03, 2017

Faculty and Staff Awards 2017

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Faculty Fellow Edward Beighley, CEE Yun Raymond Fu, ECE Tommaso Melodia, ECE Rising Star Staff Award Erin Schnepp, Undergraduate Academic Advising Carolina Venegas-Martinez, CEE Outstanding Teachers of First Year […]


Mar 08, 2017

Melodia Directs Groundbreaking NSF Wireless Communications Initiative

ECE Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia has been named the director of research of the Project Office for an NSF initiative called Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research, or PAWR, which will disburse over the next seven years nearly $100 million in investments from the NSF and more than 25 companies and industry associations to winning teams. The NSF will fund the PAWR Project Office, or PPO, with a five-year, $6.1 million award.


Nov 04, 2016

Underwater Wireless Robots

ECE Associate Professor Stefano Basagni's research in acoustical wavelengths was featured in's article "The Ocean’s Robots May Soon Enjoy High-Speed Internet".

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