Francesco Restuccia

Assistant Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering



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Research Focus

Next-generation wireless communications, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, wireless security


My research interests are the design and experimental evaluation of next-generation wireless systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5/6G communications.

My technical expertise includes (i) FPGA-level embedded wireless system design; (ii) machine learning algorithms and frameworks; (iii) wireless communication standards and architectures; (iv) software-defined radio design and development.

I am a member of the Roux Institute and the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University.

Honors & Awards

  • 2019, Mario Gerla Award for Young Investigators in Computer Science, Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation
  • IEEE Senior Member

Research Overview

Next-generation wireless communications, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, wireless security

Research Centers and Institutes

Selected Publications

  • F. Restuccia, T. Melodia, DeepWiERL: Bringing Deep Reinforcement Learning to the Internet of Self-Adaptive Things, Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM, 2020
  • F. Restuccia, T. Melodia, PolymoRF: Polymorphic Wireless Receivers Through Physical-Layer Deep Learning, Proceedings of ACM MobiHoc, October 2020
  • S. D’Oro, L. Bonati, F. Restuccia, M. Polese, M. Zorzi, T. Melodia, Sl-EDGE: Network Slicing at the Edge, Proceedings of ACM MobiHoc, October 2020
  • S. D’Oro, F. Restuccia, T. Melodia, Toward Operator-to-Waveform 5G Radio Access Network Slicing, IEEE Communications Magazine, 58(4), 2020
Francesco Restuccia


Sep 26, 2022

Restuccia Receives ONR YIP for 6G Spectrum Dominance

ECE Assistant Professor Francesco Restuccia was awarded an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award for “Polymorphic Wireless Computing for Ultra-Wideband 6G Spectrum Dominance.”


Sep 20, 2022

Northeastern in Top 100 Universities with U.S. Utility Patents

For the seventh consecutive year, Northeastern University has appeared in the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) list of Top 100 Universities that were granted U.S. utility patents in 2021, cementing it as a world leader in academia and research.


Sep 16, 2022

Designing the Next Generation of AI-Driven Dynamic Spectrum Access Systems

ECE Assistant Professor Francesco Restuccia, in collaboration with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (lead) and Florida International University, was awarded a $750K NSF grant for “SWIFT: AI-based Sensing for Improved Resiliency via Spectral Adaptation with Lifelong Learning.”


Jul 07, 2022

Rethinking Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Optimization for the Internet of Things

ECE Assistant Professor Francesco Restuccia and Associate Professor Marvin Onabajo were awarded a $600K NSF grant for “Self-Adaptive Interference-Avoiding Wireless Receiver Hardware through Real-Time Learning-Based Automatic Optimization of Power-Efficient Integrated Circuits.”


Jun 28, 2022

IEEE WoWMoM 2022 Best Paper Award

ECE postdoc Niloofar Bahadori, Jonathan Ashdown, and Assitant Professor Francesco Restuccia received the IEEE WoWMoM 2022 Best Paper Award for “ReWiS: Reliable Wi-Fi Sensing Through Few-Shot Multi-Antenna Multi-Receiver CSI Learning”.


Jun 08, 2022

Making 6G Possible: Time Sharing Demonstrated for the First Time in the Terahertz Band

The Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things has developed methods to move beyond the 5G frequencies into the higher terahertz bandwidths needed for 6G.


May 26, 2022

Nature Communications Engineering Paper on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Above 100 GHz

ECE researchers had their research on “Dynamic Spectrum Sharing between Active and Passive Users Above 100 GHz” published in the first issue of Nature Communications Engineering journal.


May 10, 2022

Creating a Wireless Virtual Network Testbed for Adaptive Resource Management

ECE Assistant Professor Francesco Restuccia was awarded a $500K NSF grant for creating “A Software-Defined Edge Infrastructure Testbed for Full-stack Data-Driven Wireless Network Applications.” Researchers will build a wireless virtual network testbed at Saint Louis University, in collaboration with Northeastern University, to evaluate network management solutions that integrate the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence with programmable radios and programmable network switches. 


May 04, 2022

WIoT Faculty Win INFOCOM Best Paper Award

ECE Assistant Professor Francesco Restuccia and William L. Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia received the best paper award at the 2022 IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM), for their work “ChARM: NextG Spectrum Sharing Through Data-Driven Real-Time O-RAN Dynamic Control”.

Marvin Onabajo, Yunsi Fei, Aatmesh Shrivastava, and Francesco Restuccia.


Apr 20, 2022

$1 Million NSF Award as Part of Resilient and Intelligent Next-Generation Systems Program for Spectrum-Agile IoT Networks

ECE Associate Professor Marvin Onabajo, Professor Yunsi Fei, Assistant Professor Aatmesh Shrivastava, and Assistant Professor Francesco Restuccia were awarded a $1M NSF grant for “RINGS: Internet of Things Resilience through Spectrum-Agile Circuits, Learning-Based Communications and Thermal Hardware Security.”

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