Michele Polese

Assistant Research Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


Research Focus

5G/6G wireless networks, mmWave and terahertz mobile networks, performance evaluation of end-to-end, complex networks, open source networking software


Michele Polese is a Principal Research Scientist at Northeastern University, Boston, since March 2020, working with Tommaso Melodia. He received his Ph.D. at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova in 2020 under the supervision of with Michele Zorzi. He also was an adjunct professor and postdoctoral researcher in 2019/2020 at the University of Padova. During his Ph.D., he visited New York University (NYU), AT&T Labs in Bedminster, NJ, and Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He collaborated with several academic and industrial research partners, including Intel, InterDigital, NYU, AT&T Labs, University of Aalborg, King’s College and NIST.

He was awarded with the Best Journal Paper Award of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communications Systems Integration and Modeling (CSIM) 2019, the Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2019 from the IEEE ComSoc EMEA Region, the Best Paper Award at WNS3 2019 and 2020, and the IEEE MedComNet Mario Gerla Best Paper Award 2020. His research interests are in the analysis and development of protocols and architectures for future generations of cellular networks (5G and beyond), in particular for millimeter-wave communication, Open RAN, and in the performance evaluation of complex networks.

Research Overview

5G/6G wireless networks, mmWave and terahertz mobile networks, performance evaluation of end-to-end, complex networks, open source networking software


Jun 05, 2024

Best Paper Runner-Up for X5G Open Testbed

ECE PhD students, and ECE and WIOT faculty and research staff received the Best Paper Runner-Up for their paper, “An Open, Programmable, Multi-Vendor 5G O-RAN Testbed With NVIDIA ARC and OpenAir Interface,” at the 2nd Workshop on Next-generation Open and Programmable Radio Access Networks (NG-OPERA).


Jun 05, 2024

Best Short Paper Award for Simulating Connected Cars With ColosSUMO

ECE Research Engineer Gabriele Gemmi, Principal Research Scientist Pedram Johari, Assistant Research Professor Michael Polese, and William Lincoln Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia received the Best Short Paper Award for their paper “ColosSUMO: Evaluating Cooperative Driving Applications With Colosseum” at the 2024 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC) in Japan.


Feb 26, 2024

Northeastern Among Top 100 Universities for Utility Patents

Northeastern University, recognized for its excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship, has once again been named one of the top 100 universities worldwide for securing utility patents by the National Academy of Inventors.


Feb 23, 2024

Widespread AT&T Outages May Have Had Mutiple Possible Causes

ECE Assistant Research Professor Michele Polese and ECE Professor Josep Jornet suggest many possible causes of the widespread AT&T cellphone outages Thursday morning.


Jan 23, 2024

Developing AI-Powered Testing for Next-Gen Cellular Networks

ECE Assistant Research Professor Michele Polese is leading a $2 million project awarded by the Wireless Innovation Fund for “AutoRAN: Automated End-to-End Continuous Testing for Open and Disaggregated Cellular Systems.”


Dec 07, 2023

2023 Stanford University Annual Assessment of Author Citations

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2% 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 those […]


Nov 30, 2023

Developing Cutting-Edge Testing Technology for 5G Open RAN

ECE Principal Research Scientist Pedram Johari is leading a $2M project awarded by the Wireless Innovation Fund to develop a digital framework for testing 5G Open RAN systems called “DigiRAN: High-Fidelity Digital Twins for Interoperability, Security and Performance Testing of Open RAN Systems.” DigiRAN is a digital framework that enables diverse, low-cost, and automated testing of three core components for 5G Open RAN: interoperability, performance, and security.


Sep 20, 2023

Reshaping Spectrum Sharing Above 100 GHz

ECE Professors Josep Jornet (PI), Tommaso Melodia, Principal Research Scientists Michele Polese, Michael Marcus, and Associate Research Scientist Vitaly Petrov, in collaboration with Steven Reising from Colorado State University, was awarded a $750,000 NSF grant for “DASS: Dynamically Adjustable Spectrum Sharing between Ground Communication Networks and Earth Exploration Satellite Systems Above 100 GHz.”


Aug 11, 2023

Everything to Know About the 5G Revolution—and How it Will Usher in 6G

Northeastern’s Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things is working on improving 5G operability and developing 6G technology, which will enable faster speeds and more reliable connections.


Mar 07, 2023

Collaborative Research in THz Communication for 6G Mobile Networks

ECE Associate Professor Josep Jornet and Principal Research Scientist Michele Polese were awarded a $456,000 NSF grant for “Enabling Mobile Terahertz Communication for 6G Cellular Networks.”

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