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Marco Mellia

mellia [at] polito [dot] it


I graduated from the Politecnico di Torino with Ph.D. in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering in 2001. Between February and October 1997, I was a Researcher supported by CSELT. I was a Visiting PhD Student starting from February 1999 to November 1999 at the Computer Science Department of Carnegie Mellon University, where I worked with Prof. Hui Zhang and Ion Stoica.  From February to March 2002 I visited the Sprint Advanced Technology Laboratories Burlingame, California, working at the IP Monitoring Project (IPMON). During the summer 2011 and 2012 I visited Narus Inc, Sunnyvale, California, where he worked on traffic classification problems. In the summer of 2017, I visited Cisco System in San Jose, California. I am the co-founder of Ermes Cyber Security, a startup providing B2C solutions to protect companies from web-tracking.

I co-authored over 200 papers published in international journals and presented in leading international conferences, all of them in the area of telecommunication networks, and I hold 9 patents. I was awarded the IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize in 2013, and the best paper award at ACM CoNEXT 2013, IEEE TRAC 2015, IEEE ICDCS 2015 and ITC 2015.  I participated in the program committees of several conferences including ACM SIGCOMM, ACM CoNEXT, ACM IMC, IEEE Infocom, IEEE Globecom and IEEE ICC. I am Area Editor of ACM CCR, and part of the Editorial Board of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and of IEEE Transactions of Networks and Service Management. I'm part of the steering committe of ACM CoNEXT, and of  IEEE/IFIP TMA.

My research interests are in traffic monitoring and analysis with applications to security and traffic management, and in applications of Big Data techniques for traffic analysis. I was the coordinator of the mPlane Integrated Project that focuses on building an Intelligent Measurement Plane for Future Network and Application Management. Now I'm coordinating the SmartData@PoliTO interdipartmental center in Polictecnico, where more than 30 students, professors, and researchers are working on big data and data science applications.

Since October 1st 2014, I'm working at the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni at Politecnico di Torino as an Associate Professor. 




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Past students

  • Luca Vassio - now postDoc
  • Ignacio Bermudez - now at Symantec, USA
  • Robert Birke - now at IBM, Zurich





  • Best Paper Award at IEEE P2P 2012


  • IEEE Senior Member (2009)
  • ACM Member (2008)



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Current areas of interest: 
  • Big Data
  • Machine Learning
  • Internet cybersecurity
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Traffic measurements and characterization
  • Traffic monitoring
Former areas of interest: 
  • Traffic classification
  • Peer-to-peer streaming application (P2P-TV)
  • Optical Networks planning
  • High speed switching architectures
  • Software routers
  • QoS routing
  • Performance evaluation of IP networks