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Detailed Curriculum Vitae

[Last updated on March 2018]

 

Curriculum MARCO MELLIA

Short facts

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. During my PhD, I was a Visiting PhD Student starting from February 1999 to November 1999 at the Computer Science Department of Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), where I had the honour to work with Prof. Hui Zhang and Ion Stoica on Internet QoS topics. From February to March 2002, I visited the Sprint Advanced Technology Laboratories Burlingame (Burlingame, CA), working at the IP Monitoring Project (IPMON) and starting my activities on network measurements. During the summer 2011 and 2012, I visited Narus Inc (Sunnyvale, CA), where I collaborated to build tremendous technologies for traffic monitoring and classification problems. In the summer 2017, I visited Cisco System, (San Jose, CA) working on innovative cybersecurity solutions.

I am the co-founder of Ermes Cyber Security, a startup providing B2C solutions to protect companies from web-tracking.

I hold a National Scientific Qualification (ASN) in Computer Science (01/B1), Computer Engineering (09/H1) and Telecommunications (09/F2).

Scientific Activity - Summary

In about 15 years of academic activity, I published more than 80 journal papers appeared on prestigious journals (among which Journal of the ACM, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transaction on Multimedia, IEEE Transaction on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE JSAC), and presented more than 180 papers in the most prestigious conferences (including ACM SIGCOMM, ACM SIGMETRICS, ACM IMC, ACM CoNEXT, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE ICC). I hold 9 patents, 7 of which are international.

I’m currently part of the Editorial Board of ACM Computer Communication Review, of IEEE Transactions on Networking and IEEE Transactions on Network and System Management. I’ve organized special issues of Journals, and served as reviewer for most journal in my area. I serve as steering committee member of ACM CoNEXT, of IEEE/IFIP Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference (TMA), and as Member of the ACM SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee for 2017.

I’m Program Chair of ACM SIGCOMM Big-DAMA 2018, and I was Program Chair of ACM CoNEXT 2017, Program Chair of ACM SIGCOMM Big-DAMA 2017, Program Chair of IEEE/IFIP TMA 2017, Area chair of ITC 2016 for Network Measurements and Analysis, Travel Grant Chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2014, Poster and Demo Chair of IEEE Infocom 2013, and Program Chair of TMA 2010.

I served as TPC member of more than 80 conferences, including ACM SIGCOMM, ACM IMC, ACM CoNEXT, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM. I’m a Senior member of IEEE, and member of ACM SIGCOMM.

I tutored several PhD students, who are now all working in top universities or companies in the ICT field: Dr. Antonio Nucci (CTO of Smart Services at Cisco Systems), Dr. Gianluca Mardente (co-funder of Insieme Networks, US), Prof. Dario Rossi (Full Professor at Telecom Paristech, FR), Dr. Luca Muscariello (Cisco System, FR), Dr. Robert Birke (ABB Zurich, CH), Dr. Luca Chiaraviglio (Assistant Professor at Università La Sapienza), Dr. Alessandro Finamore (O2, London), Dr. Stefano Traverso (CTO Ermes Cyber Security, Turin, IT), Dr. Ignacio Bermudez Corrales (Symantec Inc, CA), Dr. Enrico Bocchi (CERN, Geneva, CH), Dr. Hassan Metwalley (CEO Ermes Cyber Security, Turin, IT), Dr. Danilo Giordano (Assistant Professor, Politecnico di Torino).

I also co-advised Dr. Idilio Drago during his PhD in University of Twente, NL (Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Torino) and Dr. Ruben Torres during his PhD studies in Purdue University, Indiana (Symantec Inc., CA). Currently, I supervise my research group that includes 2 researchers, 3 postdocs, and 7 PhD students.

Overall Research Trajectories

My research interests lie in the area of Computer and Communication Networks, Machine Learning, and Big Data. Over the years, I have covered several application domains dealing with computer and communication networks, and with the Internet in particular, which brought me to work using Machine Learning and Big Data approaches to extract valuable information from raw data.

The research activities that I’m most active these days lay in the area of Machine Learning Big Data and Data Science applied to different domains: from Internet traffic measurements with application to traffic monitoring and cybersecurity, to predictive maintenance in industrial system, to privacy preserving solutions that protects user from web tracking. I enjoy my work, and I like to always tackle problems that I perceive as important, and practical.

I started focusing on optical networks and switching architectures, where I applied theoretical models, and optimization techniques. Then I moved to TCP/IP network design and optimization, and, going up among the layers, to the design of Peer to Peer applications, and of P2P-TV application in particular (I was the Technical Coordinator of the FP7 Strep “NAPA-WiNe - Network-Aware P2P-TV Application over Wise Networks”).

In 2007 (much earlier than the "green wave" started) I started being interested to environmental issues, and to the need of energy saving policies in ICT in particular. I focused my research activities on how to reduce the energy consumption footprint of the Internet, a topic that I consider very important today. I participated in two European projects on the topic (the NoE "TREND", and IP "ECONET").

In parallel, I have always been fascinated by the understanding of how the Internet works and evolves. I am deeply involved in traffic measurement and characterization activities involving the Internet in particular. Since 2000 I started developing Tstat, a passive network analyser that extracts as much information as possible by simply observing packets flowing on a link. Tstat has evolved to be today a fully fledged network analyser solution, with state-of-art traffic classification capabilities, and able to expose detailed information about the traffic by simply using passive packet measurements. Tstat is today installed by Telecom Operators - with whom I collaborate to help them in solving the problems they face everyday, and in investigating how to develop novel methodologies to solve traffic monitoring problems. Traffic measurement activities have been developed in the context of PRIN projects ("Mimosa", and "Recipe") and European projects – the COST Action IC0703 on Traffic Measurement and Analysis in which I was National Contact Point, and the FP7 IP “mPlane”, that I coordinated. My research activities in this area have been also supported by companies – among which Vodafone Italia, Telecom Italia, Fastweb, Alcatel, Cisco Systems, IBM, and Narus to mention some of those.

Since 2012, I started working on automatic and intelligent systems to extract information from measurements and ultimately shed light to the obscure dynamics of the Internet. Applied to cyber security, the diversity of the attacks, their stealthy nature, and their low volume mandate the design of a new generation of tools, algorithms, and methodologies for the automatic identification of malware, and threats in general. This was the focus of the Narus Cyber Innovation Centre I opened in 2014 -- funded by Narus Inc.

The success of that initiative brought me to extend the application of Machine Learning and Big Data approached to other fields. Indeed, Data Mining, and Supervised ML techniques can be used to automatically analyse the humongous amount of data we can collect and produce knowledge in several fields. The BigData@PoliTO laboratory was the first lab I direct in this direction. Funded by Politecnico di Torino with 200kE/1Y, it involved about 10 members. In 2017, the BigData@PoliTO became SmartData@PoliTO, funded by Politecnico di Torino with 3ME/3Y. SmartData@PoliTO involves more than 30 experts in Big Data, Machine Learning, Data Science. We work on actual problems in close collaborations with industries in applying data science methodologies in specific context. It is one of the largest Data Science center in Italy, and I’m proud and honored of coordinating its activities.

National and international Project

Active projects on Big Data, Network Monitoring and Cyber Security:

  • 2018- Coordinator of the HPC4AI - Centro di Competenza Calcolo ad Alte Prestazioni e Intelligenza Artificiale, 1.5ME/2Y
  • 2017- Director of the SmartData@PoliTO center, funded by Politecnico di Torino, 3ME/3Y
  • 2015-18 PI of the H2020 FIRE MONROE - Measuring Mobile Broadband Networks in Europe,- 3ME/3Y
  • 2017-20 Participant in H2020 SHIELD - Securing against intruders and other threats through a NFV-enabled environment, 4.5ME/3Y
  • 2016-18 PI of the WWTF Big-Dama - Big Dama Analytics for Network Traffic Monitoring and Analysis, 500kE/3Y
  • 2017 PI of the Siebel Foundation project Big Data Platform for Free Floating Car Sharing Design: From Gas to Electric, 50kE/6M
  • 2018 PI of Cisco Grant DNS traffic analysis for cybersecurity applications, 55kUSD/6M

 

Selected past large projects:

  • 2012-15 Project Coordinator of the FP7 Integrated Project (IP) mPlane – an Intelligent Measurement Plane for Future Network and Application Management, 11ME/3Y
  • 2014-15 Director of Narus Cyber Innovation Center, 1ME/3Y
  • 2014-15 Director of the BigData@polito laboratory, 200kE/1Y
  • 2010-13 PI of FP7 ECONET - low Energy COnsumption NETworks, 10ME/3Y
  • 2009-13 PI of NoE TREND - Towards Real Energy-Efficient Network Design, 4.4ME/3Y
  • 2008-11 Technical Coordinator of the FP7 Strep “Napa-Wine - Network-Aware P2P-TV Application over Wise Networks”, 7ME/3Y
  • 2007-12 Member of the management committee of the COST Action IC0703
  • PI in several NoE (BONE, Ephoton-One, Ephoton-One+, Euro-NF, Euro-NGI and Euro-FGI)
  • PI in IST project Nobel phase 2
  • PI in the PRIN RECIPE
  • PI in the PRIN Mimosa

National and international acknowledgments
My student Enrico Bocchi has been awarded with the GTTI Award for PhD Theses in the field of Communication Technologies for his PhD Thesis
My student Danilo Giordano won the IEFT/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) in 2017

  • Best Paper of ACM CCR and invited paper at ACM SIGCOMM 2017
  • Best Demo Award  IEEE WOWMOM 2016
  • Best Paper Award at IEEE ICDCS 2015
  • Best Paper Award at IEEE TRAC 2015
  • My student Danilo Giordano won the Best Student Paper Award at the ITC 2015
  • IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize in 2013
  • Best Paper Award at ACM CoNEXT 2013
  • Best Paper Award at IEEE Peer to Peer Conference in 2012

For six years, from 2006 to 2011, I won the prize “Giovani Ricercatori” (“Young Assistant Professor”) assigned to the top 30 Polito Assistant Professors (among more than about 300 Assistant Professors).