Massimo Franceschetti


Professor  of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0407

La Jolla, CA, 92093-0407

Phone: (858) 822-2284

Fax: (858)  534-2486

Faculty assistant: Mr. John Minan  858 534-2221

Grant administrator: Ms. Brittany Dellos 858 534-2677

My Office

is in 4302 Atkinson Hall on the UCSD campus, at the intersection of Voigt drive and Engineer lane.

My field of interest

is in Mathematical Engineering, with applications to control, communication, and computation. The objective of my work is to  provide models and methods for how information is acquired, processed, and communicated in both natural and engineered systems. These systems often appear as an interconnected network of components. Here is a list of Topics and journals on which I published papers in the past.

My story

I graduated from Universita' di Napoli Federico II and got my MS and PhD degrees at Caltech. I was then a post-doc at UC Berkeley for two years, and I have been a frequent visitor of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I settled at UC San Diego in 2004. I became a Guggenheim Fellow in 2019. My Erdös Number is 2.

I have

a google scholar citation profile

I have taught:

ECE45 Circuits and Systems

ECE278 Mathematics for MS Comprehensive Exam

ECE227 Big Network Data

ECE158A Data Networks I

ECE257C Stochastic Wireless Networks Models

ECE287C Special Topics in Communication Theory and Systems

ECE293 Graduate seminar in Communication Theory and Systems

The websites for new classes have migrated to

My current students:

Rishi Rani. PhD student (Online learning, and information constraints in feedback systems)

Rohit Parasnis, PhD student (Social dynamical systems)


My Alumni:

Hamed Omidvar, PhD 2021, thesis on self-organization of a long-range particle system

Anshuka Rangi, PhD 2021, thesis on online learning and decision making with partial information

  1. Amazon Research, Berkeley, CA

  1. Vinnu Bhardwaj, PhD 2020, thesis on  immunogenomics, metabolomics, and clinical mental health

  2. PACT Pharma Inc., San Francisco, CA.

Mohammad Khojasteh, PhD 2019, thesis on networked control systems

  1. Post-doc at Caltech

  2. Post-doc at MIT

Taehyung J. Lim, PhD 2017, thesis on signal analysis and reconstruction

  1. Samsung, Seoul, South Korea.

Lorenzo Coviello, PhD 2015, thesis on models and theories of social interaction over networks.

  1. Post-doc at MIT Media Labs.

  2. Google Labs, Pittsburgh, PA.

Nikhil Karamchandani, PhD 2011, thesis on computation over networks.

  1. Post-doc at UCLA

  2. Assistant Professor at IIT-Bombay.

Rathinakumar Appuswamy, PhD 2011, thesis on computation over networks.

• Cognitive computing group at IBM Research, Almaden, San Jose, CA.

Ehsan Ardestanizadeh, PhD 2011, thesis on feedback communication.

  1. Assia Inc., Broadband Solutions, Redwood city, CA.

  2. Wanda Inc., Wireless Digital Health, San Francisco, CA.

  3. Google Labs, San Jose, CA.

Paolo Minero, PhD 2010,  thesis on large scale wireless networks.

  1. Assistant Professor at Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.

  2. Qualcomm, San Diego, CA.

Dalar Vartanians, MS 2016.

  1. Tesla Motors autopilot team, San Jose, CA.

  2., autonomous driving division, Mountain View, CA.

Dominic Rossi, MS 2015.

  1. Intellisis, San Diego, CA.

Kaushik Chakraborty, Post-Doc 2008.

• Qualcomm, San Diego, CA.

Anna Martini, Post-Doc 2008.

I have written

the book Random Networks for Communication together with Ronald Meester. One review appeared in MathSciNet,  another one in the Journal of Statistical Physics, and a third one in the Journal of Applied Statistics.



I am affiliated with:

the Center for Information Theory and Applications (ITA),

the Center for Wireless Communication (CWC),

the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technologies (CalIT2).




Like many colleagues,

every month I receive several inquiries from perspective students, post-docs, and visitors, who wish to join my research group. It is impossible for me to respond to all of these requests, because of their sheer volume.  If you try to contact me in this regard, please do not be offended if I do not reply. The admission process for graduate students is handled by the departmental office for graduate studies.


My second book

is Wave Theory of Information. It provides a wave-theoretic and physical perspective on information theory and communications.

Endorsements. A review appeared in the IT Society Newsletter another one in the IEEE Communications magazine.