Massimo Franceschetti


Professor  of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0407

La Jolla, CA, 92093-0407

Phone: (858) 822-2284

Fax: (858)  534-2486

Faculty assistant: Mr. John Minan  858 534-2221

Grant Administrator: Mr. Matthew Pfarr  858 822-3418

My research

is in the theory of information, networks, control, computation, and electromagnetic wave propagation. Applications are in the analysis and design of engineering systems based on information technologies, including communication systems, networks of sensors and actuators, and cyber-physical systems. I also work on modeling and analysis of human networks and social interactions.

I graduated

from Universita' di Napoli Federico II and then got my MS and PhD degrees at Caltech. I was then a post-doc at UC Berkeley for two years, and I have been a frequent visitor of the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. My Erdös Number is 2.

I have

a google scholar citation profile

I teach:

ECE45 Circuits and Systems

ECE158A Data Networks I

ECE257C Stochastic Wireless Networks Models

ECE287C Special Topics in Communication Theory and Systems

ECE293 Graduate seminar in Communication Theory and Systems

I serve as advisor for:

Lorenzo Coviello, PhD student, (Human Networks).

Taehyung J. Lim, PhD student (Wave theory of information).

Dominic Rossi, MS student (Imaging and Sensing Systems).

My Alumni are:

Nikhil Karamchandani, PhD 2011,  thesis on computation over networks. Now a post-doc at UCLA.

Rathinakumar Appuswamy, PhD 2011, thesis on computation over networks. Now with the cognitive computing group at IBM Research, Almaden.

Ehsan Ardestanizadeh, PhD 2011, thesis on feedback communication. Previously at ASSIA Inc., now at Wanda Inc.

Paolo Minero, PhD 2010,  thesis on large scale wireless networks. Now Assistant Professor at Notre Dame.

Kaushik Chakraborty, Post-Doc, now at Qualcomm.

Anna Martini, Post-Doc.

I have written

the book Random Networks for Communication together with Ronald Meester. One review appeared in MathSciNet,  another one in the Journal of Statistical Physics, and a third one in the Journal of Applied Statistics.



I am affiliated with:

the Center for Information Theory and Applications (ITA),

the Center for Wireless Communication (CWC),

the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technologies (CalIT2).




Like many colleagues,

every month I receive several inquiries from perspective students, post-docs, and visitors, who wish to join my research group. It is impossible for me to respond to all of these requests, because of their sheer volume.  If you try to contact me in this regard, please do not be offended if I do not reply. The admission process for graduate students is handled by the departmental office for graduate studies.