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Gustavo Marfia

Full Professor

Department of the Arts

Academic discipline: INF/01 Informatics

Curriculum vitae



Gustavo Marfia received a Laurea degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2003 and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2009.


Between 2002 and 2004 he was with Siemens Mobile Communications Research Labs in Milan, working on advanced services for next generation mobile network customers. While working at Siemens he filed one patent. His work has been part of demonstrations held for the Italian Secretaries of Telecommunications and Innovation, among others.


Between 2004 and 2009 he was with the University of California, Los Angeles, working as a Graduate Student Researcher at the Network Research Lab led by Prof. Mario Gerla and as a Teaching Assistant for the CS118 class on Computer Networks. During this same period he collaborated with STMicroelecronics, Microsoft Research Cambridge, the Los Alamos National Labs and with the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella. As a student his research interests included TCP congestion control for fixed networks, the use of peer-to-peer infrastructures for multimedia streaming, biomedical networks and vehicular ad hoc networks (where he was among the first students working on the Campus Vehicular Testbed Project). He graduated with a thesis on "P2P Intelligent Transportation Systems: Mobility, Fairness and Scalability" approved by a committee composed by Mario Gerla (Computer Science - UCLA), William Kaiser (Electrical Engineering - UCLA), Leonard Kleinrock (Computer Science - UCLA), Richard Muntz (Computer Science - UCLA), and Antony Rowstron (Microsoft Research - Cambridge).


Starting in 2009, until October 2012, he has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Computer Science, University of Bologna, Italy and since 2011 he is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests, while in Bologna, have expanded to include computer gaming and the use of advanced interfaces for the supporto of human-computer interactions. His work has been object of public demonstrations at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 and at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2011.


In November 2012 he joined the Department for Life Quality Studies of the University of Bologna, where in 2019 he starts the VARLAB, lab devoted to the design, construction and assessment of distributed and immersive environments.


He directs MIXR - Master in Innovation in eXtended Reality, a novel joint University of Bologna - EON Reality academic initiative.


He is an Associate Professor since February 2019. 




Ph.D. in COMPUTER SCIENCE, Computer Science Department, University of California, Los Angeles, December 2009

TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING LAUREA, 110/110 cum laude, July 2003, Faculty of Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy