IMDEA Networks

IMDEA Networks is an international research institute with the objective of achieving world-class research, technology transfer and talent attraction in the region of Madrid, Spain. IMDEA Networks is funded by the Regional Government of Madrid, besides other public bodies and private institutions. Its key expertise broadly lies in the areas of wireless networking, networked systems and algorithms, energy-efficient networking, network measurements and analytics. IMDEA Networks offers an interdisciplinary environment encompassing about 60 staff members including faculty staff, postgraduate associates, PhD students, Master’s students and research interns/engineers. IMDEA researchers consistently publish in top journals and conferences in their respective fields (including IEEE/ACM ToN, IEEE JSAC, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM CoNEXT, IEEE INFOCOM, etc.).

IMDEA has developed strong international connections over the years, leading to the participation in, and coordination of, several EU, Spanish and US R&D programmes, including the ERC Consolidator Grant SEARCHLIGHT, European projects (the upcoming ETN project ENLIGHTM’EM that will be coordinated by Dr. Giustiniano, mmMAGIC, MONROE, Flex5Gware, ESPRIT, RACE, ACTS, 1ST, CLAM, DAIDALOS I and II, MEDIEVAL, FLAVIA, eCOUSIN, CROWD, iJOIN), Spanish R&D programs (including, CICYT, PASO), US R&D programs (including NSF FIND, NSF ALT, NSF CNS, US ARO and ONR MURIs), national and regional projects (TAPIR-CM, TIGRE5-CM, BRADE-CM, Cloud4BigData, HyperAdapt), open-source and non-profit initiatives (OpenVLC project, Electrosense association), as well as other research contracts with industry and public administrations. IMDEA Networks also has substantial involvement in PPPs as member of both the Advisory Board of the Future Internet PPP and the Steering Board of the 5G PPP.

Profile of key persons:

  • Domenico Giustiniano (male) is Research Associate Professor (tenured) at IMDEA Networks Institute. Dr. Giustiniano is leader of the OpenVLC project, an open-source platform for research in visible light communication networks, and co-founder of the no-profit Electrosense association, a crowd-sourcing initiative to collect and analyse spectrum data. Before joining IMDEA Networks, he was a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at ETH Zurich, and Post-Doctoral Researcher in industrial R&D labs for four years (Disney Research Zurich and Telefonica Research Barcelona). He holds a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata (2008). He is the principal investigator of the NATO-SPS project SOCRATES and of the industrial project SPECTRUMCOP. 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, ACM CoNEXT (8), IEEE INFOCOM (3), ACM/IEEE IPSN (5), ACM HotNets, and journals such as IEEE JSAC (2), IEEE/ACM ToN (3) and IEEE TWC. He has been general co-chair of EWSN 2018 and of IFIP/IEEE SustainIT 2015, and regularly serves as TPC member in top conferences. Dr. Giustiniano is IEEE senior member and ACM member.
  • Paolo Casari (male) is a Research Assistant Professor at IMDEA Networks Institute, where he leads the Ubiquitous Wireless Networking group. He was formerly a Senior postdoctoral fellow at the University of Padova, Italy. He collaborated to several projects including CLAM (FP7), RACUN (EU Defence Agency), as well as US ARO, ONR and NSF projects. He was appointed Technical Manager of two projects. He is currently the principal investigator of the NATO SPS multi-year project ThreatDetect, as well as the Scientific Manager of the EU H2020 RECAP and SYMBIOSIS projects. His interests lie in the broad area of wireless communications, resource sharing and allocation, and challenged networks. He specially focused on challenged networks. He co-authored more than 110 papers, and received two best paper awards. He holds a PhD in Information Eng. from the University of Padova, Italy (2008). He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.
  • Joerg Widmer (male) is tenured Research Professor and Research Director of IMDEA Networks. Before, he held positions at DOCOMO Euro-Labs in Munich, Germany and EPFL, Switzerland. His research focuses on wireless networks, ranging from extremely high-frequency millimeter-wave communication and MAC layer design to mobile network architectures. He participated in 10 EU projects and 5 national projects as well as numerous direct collaborations with industry. Joerg Widmer authored more than 150 conference and journal papers and three IETF RFCs, and holds 13 patents. He was awarded an ERC consolidator grant, the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Spanish Ramon y Cajal grant, as well as best paper awards at ACM WiNTECH, IEEE ICC, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE WoWMoM, ICST WICON, IEEE MediaWiN, NGC, and the IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.