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Romano Fantacci


M.S. and Ph.D. in Telecommunication Networks (1982, 1987), University of Florence, Florence, Italy; Post-doctoral Fellow (1987,1988), University of Florence, Florence, Italy.

Academic Appointments

Romano joined the Engineering School of the University of Florence, Florence, Italy in 1988 as an Assistant professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991 and Full Professor in 1999. Currently, Romano is serving as director of the Wireless Communication Lab. (LaRT) of the University of Florence, of the LiRS Research Centre, a joint venture between the University of Florence and Telecom Italia and of the TiCOM Research Centre a joint venture between the University of Florence and the European ICT company Finmeccanica spa.

Research Activities

My research interests encompass several fields of wireless engineering and computer communication networking. The scope of the research includes design, performance evaluation and optimization of wireless communication and networking methodologies for reliable and efficient systems. In particular, my research interests are devoted to efficient resource allocation and multiple access schemes (MAC), which is of paramount importance in the practical implementation of wireless communication systems. We have developed novel resource allocation techniques that have led to significant improvements for the state-of-art in this field. The technical papers published on this topic, show that we were among the first to tackle resource sharing in wideband CDMA systems, devising effective solutions for code allocation for traffic involving a wide assortment of quality of service constraints and integrating the solutions with efficient error correction schemes. We have notably contributed to the development of efficient ARQ techniques that significantly improve the utilization of wireless networks, in particular for multimedia traffic and multicast services. Using creative theoretical arguments we have proposed advanced and novel methods based on original Queuing theory models to derive the performance of the SR-ARQ protocol in time-varying wireless transmission channels. Furthermore, we have also proposed efficient detection and channel parameter estimation methods based on a clever utilization of the successive interference cancellation principle that offer important practical advantages and clearly outperform all previously proposed methods.

My current research activities focus on advances in several fields of Wireless Communication Engineering. The fast grow in demand for new capacity, services, applications and higher performance has been a major issue in the design and deployment of present and forthcoming wireless networks. The development of these capabilities is severely limited by the scarcity of two of the principal resources in wireless networks: energy and bandwidth. Emerging generations of wireless standards are addressing these issues through the use of novel techniques and transmission methodologies such as network coding, cooperative communications and spectrum sharing. One focus of our recent work in wireless networks has addressed optimization problems of network coding performance in lossy wireless channel and their efficient extension to multimedia communications and data dissemination in wireless sensor networks. The increase of the spectrum use has emerged as a key requirement for improving the efficiency and performance of the next generation wireless networks. Our work in this area has focused on the use of advanced methods for 5G networks that include cognitive communications, HetNets, M2M and D2D communications to address several issues arising in this context. Moreover, we are carrying out innovative studies concerning autonomous computing and communication wireless systems with special attention to new generation of emergency management systems. In particular, we have recently proposed a new technological advanced solution that functionally integrates a broadband wireless network (e.g., LTE-A), efficient wireless sensors networks and social networks that has recently become a product development. Finally, we have proposed the new paradigm of Self-Aware Internet of Things, whose applications appear to be very promising examples of next-generation mobile computing and wireless communication systems and represent on efficient integration of wireless communications engineering and computer science skills.

Preprints of my recent and forthcoming publications describing these research activities can be found on the ArXiv website. Additional technical publications describing recent research progress in related areas can be found there as well.

List of publications

Honors and Awards

Romano has received several international awards, including the 1983 AEIT Young Research Award (R.Mariani) for the paper ”An Integrated Voice Data Communication System for VHF Links”, the 1992 IEE Benefactor Premium for the paper ”Multicarrier Demodulator for Digital Satellite Communication Systems”, the 2002 IEEE COMSOC Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award, for, from the others, the paper ” Performance Evaluation of a Finite Buffer Generalized Selective Repeat ARQ Scheme for Satellite Communications”, the Bardelli Excellence in Science Recognition Award (2015), the 2015 Wireless Communications Recognition Award from IEEE COMSOC, the IARIA Best Paper Award UBICOMM 2012, the Best Symposium paper Award, IEEE IWCMC 2009, Th IWCMC Best Paper Award (2016) and IEEE Globecom 2016 Best Paper Award. In addition to this he received at the University of Florence, including Academic Merit Awards for Scholarly and Research Activities (2003,2005, 2009, 2012). He received by ETSI a Certificate of Appreciation for the contributions given to the standardization of efficient adaptive link error control schemes for wireless networks and several Certificates of Appreciation for his involvement in the organization of technical symposia for the major IEEE COMSOC Conferences (i.e., WCWN, PIRMC, Globecom, ICC, etc.). Finally, he was elected IEEE Senior Member in 1990 and IEEE Fellow in 2005 for his oustanding contributions to wireless communication networks.

Professional Services

Romano is director of the Information Communication Technology Research Centre (TiCOM), a joint venture between the University of Florence and Finmeccanica spa and of the Advance Wireless Communications Research Centre (LiRS), a joint venture between the University of Florence and Telecom Italia. He is also involved in many committees and standardization bodies, including the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) for which, in particular, he worked on the standardization of efficient adaptive link control schemes to be used in future wireless networks (contract N. 199/08V01). Romano guest edited special issues in IEEE Journals and magazines and served as symposium chair of several IEEE conferences, including VTC, WCNC, PIRMC, ICC and Globecom. He has an active role in IEEE and ComSoc from several years. He was Associate Editor of Telecommunication Systems, IEEE Transactions on Communications and Associated Editor and later Area Editor for IEEE Trans. Wireless Commun.. Currently, he is serving as Associate Editor for International J. Commun. Systems, member of the Advisory Board of Security and Communication Networks J., Regional Editor for IET Communications and Associate Editor for IEEE Networks. Since 2010, he is member of the Board of Governors of AEIT.

last update: 10-Feb-2017
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