Advanced Networking Systems

The Advanced Networking Systems is a research group at the Department of Information Engineering (DII) of the University of Brescia. The group stems from the encounter of Prof. Francesco Gringoli, leading research in networking in Brescia for many years, and Prof. Renato Lo Cigno, who recently came to Brescia in the framework of the “Dipartimento di Eccellenza” (Excellence Department) grant assigned by MIUR (the Italian Ministry of Education and Reseach) to DII, and it is part of the Telecommunications research area.

The area of expertise of our group are computer and communication networks in all their flavors, application areas and inter-disciplinary connections, but with some specific topics where we are more active than others. Networks are at the heart of modern, distributed computer science and communication engineering, and dealing with real experts can make the difference in business and industry. Apart from the obvious observation that the Internet is the communication network today, and it is the driving force of the digital revolution, all aspects of modern economy spin around the transfer and manipulation of information, from Social Networks to Industry 4.0, to Intelligent Transport Systems, the Internet of Things and almost whatever keyword that pops up in newspapers and TV shows. Indeed, even TV is more and more based on network-based distribution and broadcast-based TV is slowly dwindling to a marginal role.

The group works with theoretic, experimental, and simulation methodologies, applying them to different technological and application areas. We are currently very active in wireless networks, network controlled systems, overlay systems, Peer-to-Peer distribution, LAN and WAN systems, networks performance and management, and many other sectors.

Academic events

The ANS group is organizing two academic events:

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The ANS group received the Best Paper Award at WiNTECH 2021 for the paper “AX-CSI: Enabling CSI Extraction on Commercial 802.11ax Wi-Fi Platforms”. The paper is available on the ACM Digital Library.

Last year, the ANS group has also been awarded the Mario Gerla Best Paper Award at MedComNet 2021 for the paper “Passive Device-Free Multi-Point CSI Localization and Its Obfuscation with Randomized Filtering”. The paper is available on IEEE Xplore; you can find a local preprint version here.

We are proud of the outcome of the CSI-MURDER experiment, part of the ORCA project. Learn more in the projects section.

The research on this topic goes on with the DI-P2SL projects. Theses are available on this topic and we are seeking support to make it part of openwifi and its impact durable.

Scientific Publications


  1. M. Segata, R. Lo Cigno, T. Hardes, J. Heinovski, M. Schettler, B. Bloessl, C. Sommer, and F. Dressler: “Multi-Technology Cooperative Driving: An Analysis Based on PLEXE”, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 4792–4806, Aug. 2023." Publisher version PrePrint
  2. G. Gemmi, R. Lo Cigno, and L. Maccari: “On the Properties of Next Generation Wireless Backhaul”, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 166–177, Jan. 2023." Publisher version PrePrint
  3. A. M. Romanov, F. Gringoli, K. Alkhouri, P. E. Tripolskiy, and A. Sikora: “Enabling Time-Synchronized Hybrid Networks With Low-Cost IoT Modules”, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 10, no. 11, pp. 9966–9978, 2023." PrePrint


  1. R. Lo Cigno and M. Segata: “Cooperative driving: A comprehensive perspective, the role of communications, and its potential development”, Elsevier Computer Communications, vol. 193, pp. 82–93, Sep. 2022." Publisher version PrePrint
  2. L. Ghiro, M. Cominelli, F. Gringoli, and R. Lo Cigno: “On the Implementation of Location Obfuscation in openwifi and Its Performance,” in 20th Mediterranean Communication and Computer Networking Conference (MedComNet 2022), 2022, pp. 64–73." Publisher version PrePrint
  3. M. Cominelli, F. Gringoli, and R. Lo Cigno: “On the properties of device-free multi-point CSI localization and its obfuscation”, Elsevier Computer Communications, vol. 189, pp. 67–78, May 2022." Publisher version PrePrint
  4. F. Dressler, C. F. Chiasserini, F. H. P. Fitzek, H. Karl, R. Lo Cigno, A. Capone, C. E. Casetti, F. Malandrino, V. Mancuso, F. Klingler, and G. A. Rizzo: “V-Edge: Virtual Edge Computing as an Enabler for Novel Microservices and Cooperative Computing”, IEEE Network, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 24–31, May 2022." Publisher version PrePrint
  5. M. Cominelli, F. Gringoli, and R. Lo Cigno: “AntiSense: Standard-compliant CSI obfuscation against unauthorized Wi-Fi sensing”, Elsevier Computer Communications, vol. 185, pp. 92–103, Mar. 2022." Publisher version PrePrint
  6. G. Gemmi, R. Lo Cigno, and L. Maccari: “On Cost-effective, Reliable Coverage for LoS Communications in Urban Areas”, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 2767–2779, 2022." Publisher version PrePrint
  7. R. Lo Cigno, F. Gringoli, M. Cominelli, and L. Ghiro: “Integrating CSI Sensing in Wireless Networks: Challenges to Privacy and Countermeasures”, IEEE Network, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 174–180, 2022." Publisher version PrePrint