Gustavo Marfia

Assistant Professor
University of Bologna, Italy

Visiting Scholar
University of California, Los Angeles


Biographic Notes

Gustavo Marfia received a Laurea degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2003 and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2009.

Between 2002 and 2004 he was with Siemens Mobile Communications Research Labs in Milan, working on advanced services for next generation mobile network customers. While working at Siemens he filed one patent. His work has been part of demonstrations held for the Italian Secretaries of Telecommunications and Innovation, among others.

Between 2004 and 2009 he was with the University of California, Los Angeles, working as a Graduate Student Researcher at the Network Research Lab led by Prof. Mario Gerla and as a Teaching Assistant for the CS118 class on Computer Networks. During this same period he collaborated with STMicroelecronics on the SEA European Project, with Microsoft Research Cambridge and the Los Alamos National Labs as a Research Intern and with the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella as a consultant. As a student his research interests included TCP congestion control for fixed networks, the use of peer-to-peer infrastructures for multimedia streaming, biomedical networks and vehicular ad hoc networks (where he was among the first students working on the Campus Vehicular Testbed Project). He graduated with a thesis on "P2P Intelligent Transportation Systems: Mobility, Fairness and Scalability" approved by a committee composed by Prof. Mario Gerla (Computer Science - UCLA), Prof. William Kaiser (Electrical Engineering - UCLA), Prof. Leonard Kleinrock (Computer Science - UCLA), Prof. Richard Muntz (Computer Science - UCLA), and Dr. Antony Rowstron (Microsoft Research - Cambridge).

Since 2009 he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Computer Science, University of Bologna, Italy and since 2011 he is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests, while in Bologna, have expanded to also include computer gaming and the use of advanced interfaces for human-computer interactions. His work has been object of public demonstrations at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 (Tortellino X-Perience Project on computer gaming in public spaces) and at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2011 (Talking Cars Project on the use of vehicular networking for safety). He moreover works, as a Teaching Assistant, for the Internet Architecture and the Applied Multimedia Systems courses taught by Prof. Marco Roccetti.

In November 2012 he joined the Department for Life Quality Studies of the University of Bologna. To this date, he has published more than 80 refereed scientific papers and he is author of a paper cited more than 100 times. His H-Index (according to Harzing's Publish or Perish) is 17.


Professional Highlights

  • 2012 - 2015, Assistant Professor, Department for Life Quality Studies, University of Bologna
  • 2009 - 2012, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Computer Science, University of Bologna
  • 2011 - 2012, Visiting Scholar, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • May 2009, Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2004 - 2009, Graduate Student Researcher at the Network Research Lab (NRL). University of California, Los Angeles
  • April-July 2008, Intern, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
  • 2007, Consultant, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, Turin
  • June-September 2006, Research Assistant, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  • 2003 - 2004, Consultant, Siemens Mobile Communications, Cinisello Balsamo, Italy
  • 2002 - 2003, Intern, Siemens Mobile Communications, Cinisello Balsamo, Italy
  • July 2003, Italian dott ing. degree in Telecommunications Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Pisa

Research Interests

  • Social Network Analysis
  • ICT applications for Cultural Heritage preservation
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Ad Hoc Networks
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • P2P Streaming Networks
  • Multimedia Systems