Mario Di Francesco

Associate Professor (tenured)

Department of Computer Science, Aalto University School of Science


Mailing address
PO Box 15400, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland
Room A105, Konemiehentie 2, 02150 Espoo, Finland (map)
+358 50 5975 250


Maria has defended her PhD dissertation on June 6, 2021; her opponent was Marc Langheinrich (Università della Svizzera Italiana).

I was selected as Computer Science teacher of the year 2020.


What is keeping me busy.


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Focus areas. My research targets network systems, from wireless communication to mobile and distributed computing, with emphasis on energy efficiency. I am currently working on the Internet of Things, data offloading, and pervasive displays.

Objective. My goal is to understand currently-available technologies and systems, in terms of both performance and possible applications. I am also deeply interested in the design of efficient and practical solutions with impact on everyday life.

Approach. My research seeks to bridge theory and practice, from modeling and analysis to system implementation and evaluation, then all the way back. I consider multi-disciplinarity and international collaborations key aspects for high-profile research.


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Recent articles

M. L. Montoya Freire, A. Oulasvirta and M. Di Francesco, Inverse Foraging: Inferring Users' Interest in Pervasive Displays, ACM IMWUT / UbiComp 2021, September 2021

G. Premsankar, G. Piao, P. Nicholson, M. Di Francesco, and D. Lugones Data-driven Energy Conservation in Cellular Networks: A Systems Approach, IEEE Transactions on Network Service and Management., to appear

V. Toro Betancur, G. Premsankar, M. Słabicki, and M. Di Francesco, Modeling communication reliability in LoRa networks with device-level accuracy, IEEE INFOCOM 2021, May 2021


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Fall 2021

Cloud Software and Systems (CS-E4190)

Operating Systems (CS-C3140)

Introduction to DevOps (CS-EJ4104)

Projects and theses

I am offering several projects for special assignments and master theses.

Doctoral studies

I am always looking for motivated students interested in doctoral studies.


Recent and featured research projects.


Mobile Cross Reality through Immersive Computing


Mission-Critical Internet of Things Applications over Fog Networks


Harnessing Available Spectrum for Mobile Video and Beyond


Enabling a User-Friendly and Dependable Internet of Things


Ubiquitous Video over Dynamic Spectrum


Flexible Spaces Service

Short bio

Myself in a nutshell.

Research team

People in my research group.

Maria L. Montoya Freire

Postdoctoral researcher

Ashutosh Vaishnav

PhD student

Veronica Toro Betancur

PhD student

Thaha Mohammed

PhD student

Sara Ranjbaran

PhD student

Former members: Eljon Harlicaj (master student and research assistant, 2021); Gopika Premsankar (PhD student and postdoctoral researcher, 2015-2021); Pranvera Kortoçi (PhD student, 2015-2020); Roope Palomäki (master student and research assistant, 2018-2019); Behrouz Jedari (postdoctoral researcher, 2018-2019); Jacopo Bufalino (master student and research assistant, 2016-2017); Mariusz Słabicki (postdoctoral researcher, 2017); Daniel Bruzual (master student and research assistant, 2017); Hieu Trung Nguyen (PhD student, 2012-2016).