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Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione
University of Pisa


Luca Sanguinetti
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione
University of Pisa
Via Caruso 16, 56126 Pisa, Italy

Phone: +39-050-2217-664
Fax: +39-050-2217-522
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione of the University of Pisa. I received the Telecommunications Engineer degree (cum laude) and the Ph.D. degree in information engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Since 2005 I have been with the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione of the University of Pisa. In 2004, I was a visiting Ph.D. student at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. During the period June 2007 - 2008, I was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton. During the period June 2010 - Sept. 2010, he was selected for a research assistantship at the Technische Universitat Munchen. From July 2013 to July 2015 he was with the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio, Supelec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. I was the co-recipient of the Best Paper Awards at the 2013 and 2014 International Conference on Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) and the recipient of the FP7 Marie Curie International European Fellowships for career development (IEF) 2013 Dense4Green ''Dense deployments for green cellular networks''. I served as Exhibit Chair of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) and as the general co-chair of the 2016 Tyrrhenian Workshop on 5G&Beyond.

You can download my curriculum vitae here. [last update Sept., 2016]

Editorial work
I am currently serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. Wireless Commun. and IEEE Signal Process. Lett. I am also a guest Editor for IEEE JSAC - Series on Green Commun. and Networking

With Dr. Emil Bjornson, I gave a tutorial on

  • Optimizing 5G Networks for Energy-Efficiency: Dense or Massive MIMO or Both?

    at VTC2015-Spring 11-14 May 2015, Glasgow [slides].

    Research interests
  • Wireless Communications, Signal Processing
  • Game Theory and Random Matrix Theory for Wireless Communications

    Recent Articles
  • Mobility in Cellular Networks

    A. L. Moustakas, L. Sanguinetti, M. Debbah 'Towards Understanding the Fundamentals of Mobility in Cellular Networks: A Large-Deviation Analysis', in preparation for IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory, Jan. 2015.

    L. Sanguinetti, A. Moustakas, E. Bjornson, and M. Debbah 'Large System Analysis of the Energy Consumption Distribution in Multi-User MIMO Systems with Mobility', IEEE Trans. Wireless Commun., vol. 14, no. 3, March 2015.

  • Large System Analysis

    L. Sanguinetti, R. Couillet, M. Debbah 'Large System Analysis of Base Station Cooperation for Power Minimization', to appear IEEE Trans. Wireless Commun.,

    L. Sanguinetti, A. Moustakas, and M. Debbah 'Interference Management in 5G Reverse TDD HetNets with Wireless Backhaul: A Large System Analysis', IEEE J. Select. Areas Commun., vol. 33, no. 6, June 2015.

  • Game Theory

    G. Bacci, S. Lasaulce, W. Saad, L. Sanguinetti, 'The Game Theory Side of Signal Processing', IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, To appear .

    G. Bacci, E. V. Belmega, P. Mertikopoulos, and L. Sanguinetti 'Energy-Aware Competitive Power Allocation in Heterogeneous Networks with QoS constraints', IEEE Trans. Wireless Commun., To appear.

  • Energy-Efficiency

    E. Bjornson, L. Sanguinetti, M. Kountouris 'Deploying Dense Networks for Maximal Energy Efficiency: Small Cells Meet Massive MIMO', submitted to IEEE J. Select. Areas Commun., April 2015.

    A. Zappone, L. Sanguinetti, G. Bacci, E. Jorswieck, M. Debbah 'Energy-Efficient Power Control: A Look at 5G Wireless Technologies', submitted to IEEE Trans. Signal Process., Feb. 2015.

    E. Bjornson, L. Sanguinetti, J. Hoydis, and M. Debbah 'Optimal Design of Energy-Efficient Multi-User MIMO Systems: Is Massive MIMO the Answer?', IEEE Trans. Wireless Commun., vol. 14, no. 6, June 2015.


    Marie Curie IEF 2013
    I am the recipient of the FP7 Marie Curie International European Fellowships for career development (IEF) 2013 Dense4Green ''Dense deployments for green cellular networks'' inspired to the concept of small-cell networks - a very dense and heterogeneous deployment of operator-installed low-cost and low-power base stations connected via a backhaul infrastructure, endowed with multiple antennas, and equipped with cooperative and cognitive technologies.

    The objective of this two-year fellowship lies in identifying and posing in the right modeling perspective the theoretical performance of such interference-limited networks and in finding the algorithmic solutions to approach those limits. They can be briefly summarized as follows: 1) To broaden the application of the investigated mathematical tools in order to derive tractable and general models for dense heterogeneous networks; 2) To provide conceptual insights on the design of efficient communication technologies for the deployment of small-cell networks; 3) To understand the energy-efficiency limits of beyond-LTE wireless networks. The methodology of investigation will use many of the mathematical tools that have been recently proved so useful (random matrix theory, cooperative game theory, stochastic geometry,...). The research will be conducted at the Large Networks and Systems Group of Centrale-Supelec in close collaboration with Prof. Merouane Debbah.


    Postdoctoral researchers
    I have occasional opening for postdoctoral researchers, which will be announced here. However, you may consider applying for a Marie Curie fellowship (see and click "Apply now").

    Should you be interested in applying please let me know. I'll be very happy to assist you.

    Current/Past Projects
    RMTin5G ''Random Matrix Theory for 5G Networks'' Fund. org.: Huawei France R&D, Paris, France July 2015 - June 2016.

    Dense4Green ''Dense deployments for green cellular networks'' Marie Curie Fellowship no. PIEF-GA-2012-330731 July 2013 - June 2015.

    NEWCOM# - Network of Excellence in Wireless COMmunications# FP7 project - Grant no. 265578. Nov. 2012 - Nov. 2015.

    LICOLA - Low-interceptable Communication Link Antennas Fund. org.: Ingegneria dei Sistemi (IDS) Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2012. Task leader for the development of physical-layer security techniques for wireless communications employing multiple transmit antennas.

    SWING - Short Wave critical Infrastructure Network based on new Generation of high survival radio communication systems Fund. org.: Istituto nazionale geofisica e vulcanologia (INGV) Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2013. Task leader for the study of a high survival high-frequency radio network to real-time support of communications among european critical infrastructures.

    SANDRA - Seamless aeronautical networking through integration of data links, radios, and antennas (SANDRA) FP7 project - Grant no. 233679 Jan. 2009 - Dec. 2013. Task leader for the development of synchronization and channel estimation schemes for the downlink and uplink of AeroMax communications systems.

    NEWCOM++ - Network of Excellence in Wireless COMmunications++ FP7 project - Grant no. 216715 July 2009 - July 2011.


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