Mario Marchese


Prof. Mario Marchese (S’94–M’97–SM’04) was born in Genoa, Italy in 1967. He got his "Laurea" degree cum laude at the University of Genoa, Italy in 1992, and his Ph.D. (Italian "Dottorato di Ricerca") degree in "Telecommunications" at the University of Genoa in 1997. From 1999 to January 2005, he worked with the Italian Consortium of Telecommunications (CNIT), by the University of Genoa Research Unit, where he was Head of Research. From February 2005 to January 2016 he was Associate Professor at the University of Genoa. Since February 2016 he has been Full Professor at the University of Genoa.

He was at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, as a Visiting Professor / Guest Scientist in the following periods: September 6 to 29, 2004; October 3 to 14, 2005; July 10 to 28, 2006; July 6 to August 8, 2007; July 7 to 22, 2008.

He is the founder and head of the Laboratory "Satellite Communications and Networking" ( at the University of Genoa. The laboratory contains devices and instruments of great scientific and economic value and involves the management of different units of scientific-technical personnel. From 2009 to 2015 he was also co-responsible for the Laboratory of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) at DITEN-University of Genoa. He formed and trained staff in research: PhD students, research fellows, research associates and young researchers. He coordinated the technical-scientific and financial management of many research projects. He attracted and managed funds both at European and institutional level.

He is (or was, where indicated):

  • Coordinator of the PhD in "Science and Technology for Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering" since 2013 to 2021.
  • "Chair" (2006-2008), "Vice-Chair" (2004-2006) and "Secretary" (2002-2004) of the "Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee" of "IEEE ComSoc".
  • Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions of Vehicular Technology; Technical Editor of the IEEE Network Magazine;  Associate Technical Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine;  Associate Editor of the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (OJ-COMS); Associate Editor of the International Journal of Communication Systems (Wiley); Associate Founder Editor of the journal Frontiers in Space Technologies; Technical Editor dell’ IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine from 2006 to 2012.
  • Winner of the IEEE ComSoc "Satellite Communications Distinguished Service Award" in 2008 for the scientific and professional contribution in the field of satellite technology and of numerous "Best Paper Awards".

He organized "Special Issues" in international scientific journals such as Wiley International Journal of Communications Systems, IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE JSAC, Elsevier Computers and Electrical Engineering Journal, IEEE Systems Journal on issues mainly concerning satellite telecommunications systems. He belonged to the Organizing Committee of Globecom 2010, Miami, USA. He was a Member of the Steering Committee of the following international conferences: 3rd International ICST Conference on Personal Satellite Services 2011 - PSATS'11, Malaga, Spain; 4th International ICST Conference on Personal Satellite Services 2012 - PSATS'12, Bradford, UK; 5th International ICST Conference on Personal Satellite Services 2013 - PSATS'13, Toulouse, France. 

He was:

  • General Chair of the following international conferences; SPECTS 2014.
  • General Co-Chair of the following international conferences: 2nd International Conference on Personal Satellite Services 2010-PSATS '2010 Rome, Italy, February 2010.
  • Technical Program Co-Chair of the following international conferences; SPECTS 2005, Philadelphia, USA; IEEE Globecom 2006 - Satellite and Space Communications Symposium, San Francisco, USA; IEEE Globecom 2007 - Wireless Networking Symposium, Washington DC, USA; ICC'08 - General Symposium, Beijing, China Globecom; IEEE 2008 Symposium on Selected Areas in Communications, New Orleans, USA; ICC'09 - Wireless Networking Symposium, Dresden, Germany; International Conference on Personal Satellite Services 2009-PSATS '09, Rome, Italy, March 2009; SPECTS 2013, Toronto, Canada; 2017 Tyrrhenian International Workshop on Digital Communications. Towards A Smart And Secure Future Internet.
  • Keynotes speech and Tutorial Committee Chair of the following international conferences: ISAECT 2019, International Symposium on Advanced Electrical and Communication Technologies, Rome, Italy, November 2019.
  • Member of the "Technical Program Committee" of over 100 international conferences, where he often played the role of "Session Chair" and / or "Session Organizers" frequently presenting his scientific work personally.

He is the author of the book “Quality of Service over Heterogeneous Networks”, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2007, and author/co-author of more than 300 scientific works, including international magazines, international conferences and book chapters. 

Contribution to Research

The most important contribution of Mario Marchese's scientific activity was in the field of satellite, space and heterogeneous telecommunications. He was among the first to understand the problems of TCP and transport levels on satellite routes providing, at the same time, algorithmic solutions and architectures to solve them. He devised and applied control strategies in telecommunications for the dynamic assignment of the channel bandwidth in satellite communications and heterogeneous networks obtaining scientific results that have been published in some of the most prestigious journals in the sector, as clear from the list of publications. He published the book "Quality of Service over Heterogeneous Networks", Wiley, in 2007, which contains a new vision of Quality of Service in telecommunications networks composed of satellite, radio and wired sections. Research topics treated and results obtained have had and have a significant impact both on the topics of the Academic Courses which Mario Marchese holds, and on the teaching methodology, allowing to highlight in the lesson practical and experimental aspects. Research activity has always tended to maintain a high scientific level but it has always been developed within topics of great application and industrial interest, as certified both from the list of projects ( on which Mario Marchese has worked and from the filed patents (reported in the following). The main reference of the research activity carried out is the management of the Quality of Service (QoS) in heterogeneous telecommunications networks involving portions of satellite networks and interplanetary sections in the deep space for which appropriate schemes for data transmission were elaborated during the scientific activity. Quality of Service management in a heterogeneous network requires the introduction of network control solutions at both the architectural level and at strictly algorithmic level. The results and the related conclusions are direct consequences of the research activity developed by Mario Marchese throughout his scientific career. 

The conducted research activity represents both temporally and scientifically the evolution of the research developed since 1992 and initially dedicated to the control of admission and routing in multi-service ATM networks. The studied control techniques have represented the scientific-cultural basis for all subsequent scientific activities and, in particular, for the allocation and control of resources in integrated networks. The schemes elaborated for ATM have been used as background for the development of control mechanisms in TCP/IP networks. In this last case, the research was focused, from 1998-1999, on satellite and space systems, where mechanisms have been specifically studied to improve the quality offered by the network through protocol actions. The research carried out previously and the acquired experience has led to propose an extended view of the Internet (within the already existing concept of Future Internet) that also includes portions in the deep space in order to create a global communication network. The natural extension of the studies in interplanetary networks has been the application of DTN solutions (Delay and Disruption Tolerant Networks). The research activity in this context continued with the analysis of specific problems such as the use of a node model for Intermittently Connected Networks (ICN) and the evaluation of the average delay, related to the delivery of packets, in networks where there is no guarantee that the source and destination are constantly connected. Furthermore, this activity gave rise to an international initiative dedicated to information routing in DTN networks, with particular reference to nanosatellites. The extension of satellite networks to the 5G domain, based on SDN and NFV paradigms, is the latest evolution of the research activity described above.


Teaching Courses



Mario Marchese, Full Professor
Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Telecommunications Engineering and Naval Architecture (DITEN)
University of Genova, Italy
Via Opera Pia 13
16145, Genova, Italy
Ph. +39-010-3356571 (office)
Ph. +39-010-3352806 (lab)