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 am looking for a PhD student to work on mobile cross reality through the Helsinki ICT network (the application form closes on August 17, 2020).

Vera has defended her PhD dissertation on June 10, 2020; her opponent was Maria Papadopouli (University of Crete).


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

G. Premsankar, B. Ghaddar, M. Słabicki, and M. Di Francesco, Optimal Configuration of LoRa Networks in Smart Cities, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, to appear

T. Mohammed, C. Joe-Wong, R. Babbar, and M. Di Francesco, Distributed Inference Acceleration with Adaptive DNN Partitioning and Offloading, IEEE INFOCOM 2020, July 2020

D. Bruzual, M. L. Montoya Freire, and M. Di Francesco, Automated Assessment of Android Exercises with Cloud-native Technologies, ITiCSE 2020, June 2020 (project page).


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Fall 2020

Cloud Software and Systems (CS-E4190)

Operating Systems (CS-C3140)

Mobile Application Development with Android (CS-EJ4102)

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.

Gopika Premsankar

Postdoctoral researcher

Veronica Toro Betancur

PhD student

Thaha Mohammed

PhD student

Sara Ranjbaran

PhD student

Former members: 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).