FERRARI Gianluigi

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Gianluigi Ferrari ( was born in Parma, Italy, in 1974. He received his "Laurea" (summa cum laude) degree in Electrical Engineering (Ingegneria Elettronica) and the PhD degree in Information Technologies (Tecnologie dell'Informazione) from the University of Parma, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Since 2002, he has been with the University Parma, where he currently is an Associate Professor of Telecommunications at the Department of Engineering and Architecture. In December 2013, he received the National Scientific Qualification for the position of Full Professor in Telecommunications, Sector 09/F2 (the youngest one among all qualified ones in Telecommunications in December 2013). During his PhD program, he spent 18 months as a Visiting Scholar at the Communication Sciences Institute, USC, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2000-2001) and acted as technical consultant at TrellisWare Technologies, Inc., Poway, CA, USA (02-04/2012), working on the design and analysis of low complexity iterative decoding schemes for GSM mobile radio receivers. He was a Visiting Research Associate at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of CMU, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, for 18 months (2002-2004); a DUO-Thai Fellow at the King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok, Thailand (10/2007); a B2B Researcher at the OPERA Department of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium (07-10/2010); and a Visiting Professor and National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu City, Taiwan (10/2018 and 10/). Since 09/2006, he has been the Founding Coordinator of the Internet of Things (IoT) Lab (formerly Wireless Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks, WASN, Lab) ( in the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Parma. In September 2006, the WASN Lab hosted 1 PhD student. As of January 2021, the IoT Lab hosts 1 associate professor, 2 post-docs (PhD), 4 Ph.D. Students, 2 research associates, and several second-level and first-level "Laurea" students. The IoT Lab is actively collaborating with many academic and institutional bodies, besides several Italian and International private companies.

As of January 2021, GF has published/accepted: 128 journal papers; 33 book chapters; 6 journal editorials; 159 international conference papers; 11 national (Italian) conference papers. He is also co-inventor of 16 patents (4 Italian patents accepted, 1 French patent accepted, 1 US patent, 1 International Patent Application, 3 European patent applications, 1 US Patent Application, 1 Canadian Patent Application, 4 Italian patent applications). He is coauthor of 10 books (8 in English and 2 in Italian), including “Internet of Things: Architectures, Protocols and Standards” (Wiley: 2018). He the single editor of the book “Sensor Networks: where Theory Meets Practice” (Springer: 2010). According to Google scholar (, the h-index and the number of citations of GF are 40 and 6484, respectively. According to Scopus (, the h-index and the number of citations of GF are 29 and 3515, respectively. His research interests include: signal processing; advanced communication and networking; Internet of Things and smart systems.

GF is a co-recipient of:
* a Best Student Paper Award at the 2006 International Workshop on Wireless Ad Hoc Networks (IWWAN'06);
* a Best Paper Award at the Second International Conference on Emerging Network Intelligence (EMERGING 2010);
* the first Body Sensor Network (BSN) contest winner award (as member of the WASNLab team), held in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2011);
* an Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to the 11th International Conference on ITS Telecommunications (ITST-2011);
* the Best Paper Award at the 1st International Conference on Sensor Networks (SENSORNETS 2012);
* the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApplications13), Track on Nature-inspired Techniques for Communication Networks and other Parallel and Distributed Systems (EvoCOMNET 2013);
* the Best Runner-up Paper Award at the 11th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2014);
* the Best Conference Paper Award at the 22nd International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM 2014), Symposium on RFID Technologies and Internet of Things;
* the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApplications15), Track on Nature-inspired Techniques for Communication Networks and other Parallel and Distributed Systems (EvoCOMNET 2015);
* the honors status recognition by Elsevier Computers in Biology and Medicine for a journal paper published in 2017 (top 9% of over 300 papers published in 2017).

Between 2015 and 2019 he was the only Italian representative (Technical Team Member), nominated by the Italian Ministry of Defense, in the NATO Research Task Group (RTG) HFM-260 “Enhancing Warfighter Effectiveness with Wearable Bio Sensors and Physiologicol Models.” Since 2019, he is a member (expert of Telecommunications/IoT and the only Italian representative) of the 6-member Scientific Council of the Advanced Research & Technology for EMbedded Intelligent Systems (ARTEMIS) association (, the key association for actors in Embedded Intelligent Systems within Europe. Since 2020, he is vice-director of the Inter-departmental competence center of the University of Parma Future Technology Lab ( Since 2020, he is responsible of the Research Unit of Parma and a member of the 4-member Giunta of the Scientific Council of the Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario delle Telecomunicazioni (CNIT, Since 2021, he is the President of the Degree Course in Computer Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications of the University of Parma, Italy.

He acts as a frequent reviewer for many international journals and conferences. He acts also as a technical program committee (TPC) member for many international conferences (so far, approximately 500). He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of a few international journals and is an Editor for the Springer's book series “Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering.” He was a Guest Editor of: the 2010 EURASIP JWCN Special Issue on "Dynamic Spectrum Access: From the Concept to the Implementation;" the 2014 Hindawi IJDSN Special Issue on “Advanced Applications of Wireless Sensor Network Using Sensor Cloud Infrastructure;” the 2015 Hindawi IJDSN Special Issue on “Wireless Sensor Networks for Structural Health Monitoring;” 2016 IJDSN Special Issue on “Device-to-Device Communications in Wireless Sensor Networks;” the 2016 Mobile Information Systems Special Issue on “Connected Vehicles: Applications and Communication Challenges;” the 2018 Sensors Special Issue on “Sensor Networks for Smart Roads;” the 2018 WCMC Special Issue on “Energy Efficient Wireless Networks;” 2019 Sensors Special Issue on “I3S 2018 Selected Papers.” He is Guest Editor for the Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Special Issue on “Recent Advances in Green Communications and Networks” (2019-2020) and MDPI Sensors Special Issue “IoT-based Systems for Smart and Sustainable Agriculture” (2019-2020). He is an IEEE Senior Member.

GF has participated in several research projects funded by public and private bodies. In particular, his research activity has been funded, throughout the years, from: the University of Parma, Trellisware Technologies Inc. (USA, while at the University of Southern California), the US Army Research Office (USA, while visiting Carnegie Mellon University), Region Emilia-Romagna (Italy), Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR, Italy), Cisco Systems Inc. (USA), Id-Solutions (Italy), So.Ri.Ge (Italy), Finmeccanica (Italy), Elsag-Datamat (Italy), ASEM-DUO Fellowship Progamme (while visiting King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand), CNIT (Italy), Selta (Italy), Elettric80 (Italy), Guglielmo (Italy), Regione de Bruxelles-Capitale (Belgium) through "Brains (Back) to Brussels" program (while visiting the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium), MC INFORMATICA E TELECOMUNICAZIONI (Italy), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE, Italy), the EU Commission (FP7 and H2020 programs), Huawei Technologies (Germany and China), Multitraccia (Italy), ISI (Italy), Tanaza (Italy), Istituto Auxologico Italiano (Italy), Bertel (Italy), Itera Innovazioni (Italy), Movym (Italy), Sicurezza Mobile (Italy), Wegh Group (Italy), B810 group (Italy), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, Italy), BOSCH Service Solutions (Italy), Reios (Italy), UnipolSai (Italy), things2i (Italy), Argotractors (Italy), GlaxoSmithKlyne (Italy), ASK Group (Italy), and others. Overall, the amount of funding brought (directly or indirectly) to his Department is around 3.8 M€.

Since December 2016, he is Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of things2i s.r.l. (, a spin-off company of the University of Parma dedicated to Internet of Things and Smart Systems. As of March 2020, things2i has active collaborations in the areas of smart factory, smart agriculture, smart city, smart home and smart health. Its customers include several major Italian industrial companies. things2i is also pursuing internal prototypical activities on IoT systems for: smart city monitoring (parking and air quality); multiple connectivity; people monitoring and tracking; heterogeneous networking; advanced navigation and data collection.

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2013/2014


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