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


I received a teaching award from the School of Science in December 2017.

Daniel Bruzual has given a talk based on his master thesis at DockerCon Europe 2017.


What is keeping me busy.


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

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

G. Premsankar, M. Di Francesco, and T. Taleb, Edge Computing for the Internet of Things: A Case Study, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, to appear

G. Premsankar, B. Ghaddar, M. Di Francesco, and R. Verago, Efficient Placement of Edge Computing Devices for Vehicular Applications in Smart Cities, The 16th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2018), April 2018

M. Słabicki, G. Premsankar, M. Di Francesco, Adaptive Configuration of LoRa Networks for Dense IoT Deployments, The 16th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2018), April 2018


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Spring 2018

Seminar in Computer Science: Internet, Data, and Things (CS-E4000)

Fall 2017

Methods and Tools for Network Systems (CS-E4005)

Mobile Cloud Computing (CS-E4100)

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.


Harnessing Available Spectrum for Mobile Video and Beyond


Enabling a User-Friendly and Dependable Internet of Things


Ubiquitous Video over Dynamic Spectrum


SMArt Screens via Handheld MEdiation


Flexible Spaces Service

Short bio

Myself in a nutshell.

Research team

People in my research group.

Behrouz Jedari

Postdoctoral researcher

Veronica Toro Betancur

PhD student

Jacopo Bufalino

Research assistant

Former members: Mariusz Słabicki (postdoctoral researcher, 2017); Daniel Bruzual (master student and research assistant, 2017); Hieu Trung Nguyen (PhD student, 2012-2016).