Massimo Franceschetti   received the Laurea degree (with honors) in computer engineering from the University Federico II, Naples, Italy, in 1997, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, in 1999, and 2003, respectively.  He is Professor of  Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).  Before joining UCSD, he was a postdoctoral   scholar at the University of California at Berkeley for two  years. He has held visiting positions at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, and the University of Trento.

His research interests are in physical and information-based foundations of communication and control of dynamical systems. He is a co-author of the book ``Random Networks for   Communication'' (2007) and author of ``Wave Theory of Information'' (2018), both published by Cambridge University Press. 

Dr. Franceschetti served as Associate Editor for Communication Networks of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2009-2012), as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (2013-2016), as Associate Editor for the   IEEE Transactions on  Network Science and Engineering (2014-2017), and as Guest Associate Editor of the IEEE   Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (2008, 2009). He also served as general chair for the North American School of Information Theory (2015).

He was awarded the C. H. Wilts   Prize in 2003 for best doctoral thesis in electrical engineering at
 Caltech; the S.A.  Schelkunoff Award in 2005 for best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, a National Science   Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2006, an Office of Naval Research   (ONR) Young Investigator Award in 2007, the IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award in 2010, and the IEEE Control   theory society Ruberti young researcher award in 2012. He has been elected fellow of the IEEE in 2018, and  Guggenheim Fellow for the natural sciences, engineering, in 2019.


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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of California at San Diego


9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0407 

La Jolla, CA, 92093-0407 



Phone: (858) 822-2284

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Research interests
Communication networks
Compressed sensing
Detection and estimation
Quantum information theory
Shannon theory
Signal processing
Statistical learning and inference