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: Ms. Cindy Svacina 858 534-2677

My research

is in wave and information theories, with applications to networks, control, computation, communication, and sensing. In the past, I have worked on spatial probability, including random walks and percolation theory. More recently, I have been working on functional approximation of electromagnetic fields and on modeling and analysis of human networks and social interactions. The objective of my work is to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of both natural and engineered systems.


I perform consulting on various systems engineering topics related to my research. I performed technical consulting on large-scale software development for satellite communication, and testified as expert witness on the admissibility of evidence from a sensor network according to Frye standard, in a trial for conspiracy to commit murder.

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

My research group:

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

Hamed Omidvar, PhD student (Social Networks and Control)

Mohammad Khojasteh, PhD student (Control and Communication)

Dalar Vartanians MS student (Sensing and Imaging)


My Alumni:

Lorenzo Coviello, PhD 2015, thesis on models and theories of social interaction over networks.

  1. Post-doc at MIT Media Labs.

Nikhil Karamchandani, PhD 2011,  thesis on computation over networks.

  1. Post-doc at UCLA

  2. Assistant Professor at IIT-Bombay.

Rathinakumar Appuswamy, PhD 2011, thesis on computation over networks.

• Cognitive computing group at IBM Research, Almaden, San Jose, CA.

Ehsan Ardestanizadeh, PhD 2011, thesis on feedback communication.

  1. Assia Inc., Broadband Solutions, Redwood city, CA.

  2. Wanda Inc., Wireless Digital Health, San Francisco, CA.

Paolo Minero, PhD 2010,  thesis on large scale wireless networks.

  1. Assistant Professor at Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.

  2. Qualcomm, San Diego, CA.

Dominic Rossi, MS 2015.

• Intellisis, San Diego, CA.

Kaushik Chakraborty, Post-Doc 2008.

• Qualcomm, San Diego, CA.

Anna Martini, Post-Doc 2008.

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.