Filippo Malandra, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Research


Department of Electrical Engineering
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York



Address: 222 Davis Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260 - 1920
Phone: (716) 645-1151
Email: filippom@buffalo.edu




Current Opportunities


Research Opportunities for Undergraduate/Master Students (February 2021):
We have opportunities for undergraduate research in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Grid, Machine learning for networking, embedded systems, wireless network simulation and performance analysis. Master students are also encouraged to apply. We accept only volunteers at the moment. If you are interested in our work please send an email with your CV/resume to filippom@buffalo.edu.

Openings for PhD Students (February 2021):
No openings at the moment.

Biography

I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering in the University at Buffalo. I received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal in 2016, with a thesis on “Communication network analysis and simulation for smart grid applications”. I also received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in Telecommunications Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2008 and 2011, respectively. From 2017 to 2018, I've been a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal working on a project, in collaboration with Ericsson, about M2M traffic characterization and LTE performance analysis. My research interests span across IoT and Smart Cities, Wireless Networks, and Network Performance.

Current Research Areas


Machine Learning (ML) techniques for wireless networks:

  • Deep Reinforcement Learning (Deep-RL) for LTE/5G;
  • ML to improve network reliability and security.

Wireless communications for smart systems:

  • IoT-aware resource scheduling for LTE/5G networks;
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities;
  • LTE/5G to enable smart grid applications.

Wireless networks experimental testbeds:

  • Open Air Interface (OAI), srs-LTE
  • Software-defined radios

Analysis of the new 3.5 GHz spectrum "Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)" for LTE/5G:

  • Broadband internet access for underserved and under-represented communities
  • Radio access design and analysis
  • Interference management
  • Coexistence with legacy networks

Team

M.Sc. Students


  • Nicholas Accurso, "Tradeoffs between energy and performance in IoT devices"
  • Maitreyee Joshi, "Cloud-RAN techniques for 5G"
  • Sayan Koley, "Wireless communications for synchrophasor networks"
  • Soham Dhiren Desai, "Delay estimation for the Initial Access in 5G mmWave networks"

B.Sc. Students


  • Andrew Corra, "Deep Reinforcement Learning techniques for power allocation in LTE"
  • Sureel Shah, "End-to-end experimental delay analysis in LTE cat-M"
  • Michael Tilkins, "Deep reinforcement learning techniques for wireless networking problems with NS3-GYM"
  • Daniel Walsh, "NS-3 simulation of radio resource scheduling techniques in LTE/5G"

Publications

Journal

  • F. Malandra, A.C. Kizilkale, F. Sirois, M. Anjos, M. Gendreau, B. Sansò, R.P. Malhamé, "smartDESC: Smart Distributed Energy Storage Controller", Energy, Elsevier, vol. 210, 2020. [link]

  • O. Manzanilla, F. Malandra, H. Mellah, B. Sansò, "A Machine Learning Framework for Sleeping Cell Detection in a Smart-city IoT Infrastructure," IEEE Access, vol. 48, pp. 59-68, 2020. [link]

  • Y. Seyedi, H. Karimi, F. Malandra, B. Sansò, J. Mahseredjian, "Coordinated Control of Distributed Energy Resources Using Features of Voltage Disturbances," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 3895-3904, 2020. [link]

  • F. Malandra, L.O. Chiquette, L.-P. Lafontaine-Bédard, B. Sansò, "Traffic Characterization and LTE Performance Analysis for M2M Applications in Smart Cities," Pervasive and Mobile , Elsevier, vol. 48, pp. 59-68, 2018. [link]

  • F. Malandra, B. Sansò, "A Markov-modulated End-to-end Delay Analysis of Large-scale RF-Mesh Networks with Time-slotted ALOHA and FHSS for Smart Grid Applications," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 17, no. 11, pp. 7116-7127, 2018. [link]

  • F. Malandra, B. Sansò, "A Simulation Framework for Network Performance Evaluation of Large-Scale RF-mesh AMIs," Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, Elsevier, vol. 75, pp. 165-181, 2017. [link]

  • F. Malandra, B. Sansò, "Performance Evaluation of Large-scale RF-Mesh Networks in a Smart City Context," Mobile Networks and Applications, Springer, vol. 23, issue 4, pp. 912-920, 2017. [link]

  • A. Capone, F. Malandra, B. Sansò, "Energy savings in wireless mesh networks in a time-variable context," Mobile Networks and Applications, Springer, vol. 17, issue 2, pp. 298-311, 2012. [link]

Conference Papers

  • N. Sharma, S. Zhang, S.R.S. Venkata, F. Malandra, N. Mastronarde, J. Chakareski. "Deep Reinforcement Learning for Delay-Sensitive LTE Downlink Scheduling," IEEE Int. Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Comm. (IEEE PIMRC), September 2020, online. [link]

  • R. Samoilenko, N. Accurso, F. Malandra. "A Simulation Study on the Impact of IoT Traffic in a Smart-City LTE Network," IEEE Int. Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Comm. (IEEE PIMRC), September 2020, online. [link]

  • A. Anand, R.S.S. Kumar, F. Malandra, Z. Sun, Z. Guan. "UBSpot: A Universal Broadband Flying Hotspot Experimental Testbed Toward Programmable Aerial-Ground Wireless Networks,", IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS), January 2020, San Antonio, TX, pp. 291-294. [link]

  • O. Manzanilla F. Malandra, B. Sansò, "eNodeB Failure Detection From Aggregated Performance KPIs in Smart-city LTE Infrastructures," IEEE Int. Conference on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks (IEEE DRCN), pp. 51-58, Coimbra, Portugal, 2019. [link]

  • F. Malandra, R. Pourramezan, H. Karimi, B. Sansò, "Impact of PMU and Smart Meter Applications on the Performance of LTE-based Smart City Communications," IEEE Int. Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Comm. (IEEE PIMRC), Bologna, Italy, 2018. [link]

  • F. Malandra, B. Sansò, "A Simulation Tool for the Performance Evaluation of Large-scale RFMesh Networks for Smart Grid and IoT Applications," The 1st EAI International Conference on Smart Grid Assisted Internet of Things (SGIoT), Sault Ste. Marie, ON, 2017. [link]

  • F. Malandra, S. Rochefort, P. Potvin, and B. Sansò, "A case study for M2M traffic characterization in a smart city environment," International Conference on Internet of Things and Machine Learning (IML), Liverpool, UK, 2017. [link]

  • F. Malandra, B. Sansò, "Performance Analysis of Large Scale RF-Mesh Networks for Smart Cities and IoT," IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Dresden, Germany, 2017. [link]

  • F. Malandra, B. Sansò, "Analytical performance analysis of a large-scale RF-mesh smart meter communication system," Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), IEEE Power and Energy Society, Washington, DC, 2015. [link]

  • F. Malandra, B. Sansò, "PeRF-Mesh: A Performance Analysis Tool for Large Scale RF-mesh-based Smart Meter Networks with FHSS,"IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Miami, FL, 2015, pp. 792-797. [link]

Service


TPC Member

  • IEEE SECON, 2019

  • Reviewer

    IEEE Journals: IEEE Power and Energy Letters. IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

    Elsevier Journal: Computer Communications

    Conferences: DRCN2015,

    Teaching

    Lecturer


  • Spring 2020, Principles of Networking, University at Buffalo (EE434/534), for undergraduate/graduate students

  • Fall 2017, Introduction to Telecommunication Networks, McGill University (ECSE414), for undergraduate students

  • Teaching Assistant


  • Winter 2018, Wireless Networks, Polytechnique Montreal (ELE8702), for undergraduate/graduate students

  • Winter 2017, Wireless Networks, Polytechnique Montreal (ELE8702), for undergraduate/graduate students

  • Winter 2016, Wireless Networks, Polytechnique Montreal (ELE8702), for undergraduate/graduate students

  • Winter 2015, Wireless Networks, Polytechnique Montreal (ELE8702), for undergraduate/graduate students
  • Links

  • trafficM2Modelling, web application to characterize M2M traffic in a smart city environment, and to study LTE network performance.
  • Outreach

  • UB SEAS Science is Elementary Mentor..