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Tommaso Melodia

William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director,  Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things


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Research Focus

Modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of wireless networked systems; Networked implantable medical systems; Multimedia sensor networks; Secure tactical cognitive radio networks; Underwater networks; Mobile cloud computing


Tommaso Melodia (M’07) received the “Laurea” and Doctorate degrees in telecommunications engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy, in 2001 and 2005, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2007.

Between 2007 and 2014 he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor at SUNY Buffalo. In 2014, he joined Northeastern University as an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  His current research interests are in modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of wireless networks, with applications to intra-body networks of implantable devices, tactical cognitive radio networks, multimedia sensor networks, and underwater networks.

Prof. Melodia serves in the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and Computer Networks (Elsevier). He received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and he coauthored a paper that was recognized as the Fast Breaking Paper in the field of Computer Science by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators and a paper that received an Elsevier Top Cited Paper Award.

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Faculty Fellow
  • 2017 Faculty Research Team Award
  • NSF CAREER Award

Research Overview

Modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of wireless networked systems; Networked implantable medical systems; Multimedia sensor networks; Secure tactical cognitive radio networks; Underwater networks; Mobile cloud computing

Research Centers and Institutes

Selected Publications

  • Z. Guan, L. Bertizzolo, E. Demirors, 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, 2018
  • Z. Guan, T. Melodia, CU-LTE: Spectrally-Efficient and Fair Coexistence Between LTE and Wi-Fi in Unlicensed Bands, Proceedings of AIEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), San Francisco, CA, 2016
  • G.E. Santagati, T. Melodia, U-Wear: Software-Defined Ultrasonic Networking for Wearable Devices, Proceedings of ACM Conference on Mobile Systems, Services and Applications (MOBISYS), Florence, Italy, May 2015, 1-16
  • Z. Guan, G.E. Santagati, T. Melodia, Ultrasonic Intra-Body Networking: Interference Modeling, Stochastic Channel Access and Rate Control, Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, Hong Kong, 2015, 1-9
  • E. Demirors, G. Sklivanitis, G.E. Santagati, T. Melodia, et al., Design of a Software-Defined Underwater Acoustic Modem with Real-Time Physical Layer Adaptation Capabilities, Proceedings of the International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems, 2014, 1-8


Oct 21, 2019

Northeastern University Launches the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia will be the new director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things which will drive advances in the ways that people stay connected worldwide.


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 19, 2019

Ioannidis to Lead $1M NSF Grant for Real-Time Learning for Next Generation Wireless Systems

ECE Assistant Professor Stratis Ioannidis is leading a $1M NSF grant, with Professors Jennifer Dy, Tommaso Melodia, Associate Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, and Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang, to develop “Efficient and Adaptive Real-Time Learning for Next Generation 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”)

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Sep 04, 2019

Melodia Appointed Editor in Chief of Computer Networks

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia was appointed Editor in Chief (together with Prof. Antonio Iera from the University of Reggio Calabria, Italy), of Elsevier’s Computer Networks Journal.


Aug 27, 2019

Melodia Awarded Patent to Ultrasonically Transmit Data Through Tissue

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent to create an “Ultrasonic multiplexing network for implantable medical devices”.


Jul 25, 2019

Using Sound Waves to Improve Medical Implants

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia is developing methods to use sound waves to transmit data wirelessly within implantable medical devices instead of the electromagnetic radio waves used today.


Jun 17, 2019

Melodia’s Group Wins Best Paper Award at WoWMoM

A paper from ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia’s lab on “HIRO-NET: Self-Organized Robotic Mesh Networking for Internet Sharing in Disaster Scenarios” won the Best Paper Award at the 2019 IEEE 20th International Symposium on World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM).


May 09, 2019

Melodia Awarded Patent

ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent for “Ultrasonic network for wearable devices.”


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).

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