Research Associate Professor

    • PhD: Telecommunication Engineering - University of Rome "Tor Vergata". Italy, Italy
  • Former position: Senior Researcher & Lecturer. Communication Systems Group (CSG). Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). Switzerland
  • Joining date: November 2013


  • Battery-free IoT Networks
  • Large-scale Spectrum Analytics
  • 5G and Beyond Localization Systems


Dr. Domenico Giustiniano is Research Associate Professor (tenured) at IMDEA Networks Institute and leader of the Pervasive Wireless System Group. Before joining IMDEA, he was a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at ETH Zurich. He also worked for a total of four years as Post-Doctoral Researcher in industrial research labs (Disney Research Zurich and Telefonica Research Barcelona). He holds a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata (2008).

The original contributions Dr. Giustiniano has made to his field of research are exemplified by publications in international and highly competitive conference venues such as ACM MobiCom (4), ACM Mobisys (2), ACM CoNEXT (9), ACM Mobihoc, IEEE INFOCOM (6), ACM/IEEE IPSN (5), IEEE ICNP, and journals such as IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (3), IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (4) and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He has been General Vice-Chair of ACM Mobicom 2023, General Chair of EWSN 2018 and of IFIP/IEEE SustainIT 2015, and regularly serves as TPC member in top conferences. He has been the project coordinator of the H2020 European Training Network ENLIGHT’EM on low-energy Visible Light Communication for IoT (2019-2023). He is senior member of IEEE and ACM societies.

Domenico Giustiniano holds an Executive Education from IE Business School on Management Fundamentals and Skills for Scientists and Researchers (2021) and is co-founder and board member of Sensory-Fi Ltd (LiFi4Food product), a startup providing IoT solutions for precision agriculture; co-founder and leader of the OpenVLC project, an open-source platform for research in visible light communication networks; and co-founder and board member of the non-profit Electrosense association, a crowd-sourcing initiative for spectrum data analytics.

For an up-to-date and complete list of research publications, you can visit the Google Scholar profile (sort it by year to see the most recent publications).

A PDF version of full CV is available here.

S. Eleftherakis, G. Santaromita, M. Rea, X. Costa, D. Giustiniano, “SPRING+: Smartphone Positioning from a Single WiFi Access
Point”, IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing, 2024.

Y. Lizarribar, D. Giustiniano, G. Bovet, V. Lenders, “SkyPos: Real-world evaluation of self-positioning with aircraft signals for IoT
devices”, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC), 2024.

Y. Lizarribar, R. Calvo, A. Scalingi, G. Santaromita, G. Bovet, D. Giustiniano, “ORAN-Sense: Localizing Non-cooperative Transmitters with Spectrum Sensing and 5G O-RAN”, IEEE Infocom 2024.

A. Scalingi, S. D’Oro, F. Restuccia, T. Melodia, D. Giustiniano, “Det-RAN: Data-Driven Cross-Layer Real-Time Attack Detection in 5G Open RANs”, IEEE Infocom 2024.

S. Mir, B. Genoves, A. Varshney, D. Giustiniano, “LiFi for Low-Power and Long-Range RF Backscatter”, IEEE/ACM Transaction on
Networking, December 2023

D. Frometa, Borja Genoves, D. Giustiniano, J. Widmer, “A System Architecture for Battery-free IoT Networks”, IEEE ICNP 2023.

M. Mazaheri, R. Ruiz, D. Giustiniano, J. Widmer, O. Abari, “Bringing Millimeter Wave Technology to Any IoT Device”, ACM Mobicom 2023.

M. Mir, M. Cui, B. Genoves, Q. Wang, J. Xiong, D. Giustiniano, “LeakageScatter: Backscattering LiFi-leaked RF Signals”, ACM Mobihoc 2023.

A. Scalingi, D. Giustiniano, R. Calvo. N. Apostolakis, G. Bovet, “A Framework for Wireless Technology Classification using Crowdsensing Platforms”, IEEE Infocom 2023.

M. Mir, B. Majlesein, B. Genoves, J. Rufo, D. Giustiniano, “RGB LED bulbs for communication, harvesting and sensing”, IEEE PerCom 2022.

M. Mir, B. Genoves, A. Varshney, D. Giustiniano, “PassiveLiFi: Rethinking LiFi for Low-Power and Long Range RF Backscatter”, ACM Mobicom 2021.

M. Rea, D. Giustiniano, “Location-aware Wireless Resource Allocation in Industrial-like Environment”, IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing, 2021.

A. Galisteo, A. Varshney, D. Giustiniano, “Two to Tango: Hybrid Light and Backscatter Networks for Next Billion Devices”, ACM Mobisys 2020.

B. Reynders, F. Minucci, E. Perenda, H. Sallouha, R. Calvo, Y. Lizarribar, M. Fuchs, M. Schafer, M. Engel, B. Van den Bergh, S. Pollin, D. Giustiniano, G. Bovet, V. Lenders, “SkySense: Terrestrial and Aerial Spectrum Use Analysed Using Lightweight Sensing Technology with Weather Balloons”, ACM Mobisys 2020.

J. Beysens, Q. Wang, A. Galisteo, D. Giustiniano, S. Pollin, “A Cell-free Networking System with Visible Light”, IEEE/ACM Transaction on Networking, 2020.

M. Rea, T. Abrudan, D. Giustiniano, H. Claussen, V. Kolmonen, “Smartphone Positioning with Radio Measurements from a Single WiFi Access Point”, ACM CoNEXT 2019.

Y. Zeng, V. Chandrasekaran, S. Banerjee, D. Giustiniano, “A Framework for Analyzing Spectrum Characteristics in Large Spatio-temporal Scales”, ACM Mobicom 2019.

R. Bloom, M. Zuniga, Q. Wang, D. Giustiniano, “Tweeting with Sunlight: Encoding Data on Mobile Objects”, IEEE INFOCOM 2019.

R. Calvo-Palomino, H. Cordobes, F. Ricciato, D. Giustiniano, V. Lenders, “Collaborative Wideband Signal Decoding using Non-coherent Receivers”, ACM/IEEE IPSN 2019.

J. Beysens, A. Galisteo, Q. Wang, D. Juara, D. Giustiniano, S. Pollin, “DenseVLC: A Cell-Free Massive MIMO System with Distributed LEDs”, ACM CoNEXT 2018.

S. Rajendran, W. Meert, and D. Giustiniano, V. Lenders, S. Pollin “Deep Learning Models for Wireless Signal Classification with Distributed Low-Cost Spectrum Sensors”, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, 2018.

A. Fakhreddine, D. Giustiniano and V. Lenders, “Data Fusion for Hybrid and Autonomous Time-of-Flight Positioning”, ACM/IEEE IPSN 2018.

R. Calvo, F. Ricciato, B. Repas, D. Giustiniano and V. Lenders, “Nanosecond-precision Time-of-Arrival Estimation for Aircraft Signals with low-cost SDR Receivers”, ACM/IEEE IPSN 2018.

A. Galisteo, Q. Wang, A. Deshpande, M. Zuniga, D. Giustiniano, “Follow that Light: Leveraging LEDs for Relative Two-Dimensional Localization”, ACM CoNEXT 2017.

M. Rea, A. Fakhreddine, D. Giustiniano, V. Lenders, “Filtering noisy 802.11 time-of-flight ranging measurements from commoditized WiFi radios”, IEEE/ACM Transaction on Networking, 2017.

R. Calvo, D. Giustiniano, V. Lenders, A. Fakhreddine, “Crowdsourcing Spectrum Data Decoding”, IEEE INFOCOM 2017.

M. Asadpour, K. Hummel, D. Giustiniano, S. Draskovic, “Route or Carry: Motion driven Packet Forwarding in Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2017.

Q. Wang, D. Giustiniano, “Intra-Frame Bidirectional Transmission in Networks of Visible LEDs”, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2016.

Q. Wang, M. Zuniga, D. Giustiniano, “Passive Communication with Ambient Light”, ACM CoNEXT 2016.

V. Sciancalepore, D. Giustiniano, A. Banchs, A. Hossmann-Picu, “Offloading Cellular Traffic Through Opportunistic Communications: Analysis and Optimization”, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC), 2016.

M. Liechti, V. Lenders, D. Giustiniano “Jamming Mitigation by Randomized Bandwidth Hopping”, ACM CoNEXT 2015.

D. Pfammatter, D. Giustiniano and V. Lenders, “A Software-defined Sensor Architecture for Large-scale Wideband Spectrum Monitoring”, ACM/IEEE IPSN 2015.

Q. Wang, D. Giustiniano, “Communication Networks of Visible Light Emitting Diodes with Intra-Frame Bidirectional Transmission”, ACM CoNEXT 2014.

A.Marcaletti, M.Rea, D.Giustiniano, V.Lenders, A.Fakhreddine, “Filtering Noisy 802.11 Time-of-Flight Ranging Measurements”, ACM CoNEXT 2014.

M. Spuhler, D. Giustiniano, V. Lenders, M. Wilhelm, and J. B. Schmitt, “Detection of Reactive Jamming in DSSS-based Wireless Communications”, IEEE Transactions of Wireless Communications, 2014.

M. Asadpour, D. Giustiniano, K. A. Hummel, S. Heimlicher, S. Egli, “Now or Later ? – Delaying Data Transfer in Time-Critical Aerial Communication”, ACM CoNEXT 2013.

D. Giustiniano, S. Mangold, “CAESAR: Carrier Sense-Based Ranging in Off-The-Shelf 802.11 Wireless LAN”, ACM CoNEXT 2011.

D. Giustiniano, D. Malone, D. J. Leith, and D. Papagiannaki, “Measuring transmission opportunities in 802.11 links”, IEEE Transactions of Networking, 2010.

D. Giustiniano, E. Goma, A. Lopez, J. Morillo, I. Dangerfield, P. Rodriguez, “Fair WLAN Backhaul Aggregation”, ACM Mobicom 2010.

D. Giustiniano, G. Bianchi, L. Scalia, I. Tinnirello, “An Explanation for Unexpected 802.11 Outdoor Link Level Measurements Results”, IEEE INFOCOM 2008.