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Biography

G. Enrico Santagati is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. He is currently working in the Wireless Networks and Embedded Systems Laboratory under the guidance of Professor Tommaso Melodia.
Enrico received his B.S. and M.S. in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Catania (Italy) in 2010 and 2012, respectively. His current research interests are in ultrasonic intra-body sensor networks and software defined radios and he is specialized in the design and development of energy-constrained embedded systems with wireless software-defined connectivity and internet-of-things capabilities.

Research

Ultrasonic Intra-body Area Networks Ultrasonic Intra-body Area Networks

Wirelessly networked systems of intra-body sensors and actuators could enable revolutionary applications at the intersection between biomedical science, networking, and control with a strong potential to advance medical treatment of major diseases of our times. Yet, most research to date has focused on communications among devices interconnected through traditional electromagnetic radio-frequency (RF) carrier waves. The main obstacle to enabling this vision of networked implantable devices is posed by the physical nature of propagation in the human body; composed primarily (65%) of water, through which RF electromagnetic waves notoriously hardly propagate, even at relatively low frequencies.  

We take a different perspective and propose to investigate and study the use of ultrasonic waves to wirelessly internetwork intra-body devices.

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Journal Publications

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia "A Software-Defined Ultrasonic Networking Framework for Wearable Devices," IEEE Transactions on Networking, in press 2017. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia "Experimental Evaluation of Impulsive Ultrasonic Intra-Body Communications for Implantable Biomedical Devices," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 367-380, Feb. 2017. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • Z. Guan, G. E. Santagati, and T. Melodia, "Distributed Algorithms for Joint Channel Access and Rate Control in Ultrasonic Intra-body Networks," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 3109-3122, Oct. 2016. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, L. Galluccio, S. Palazzo "Medium Access Control and Rate Adaptation for Ultrasonic Intra-Body Sensor Networks," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 1121-1134, Aug. 2015. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia "Opto-Ultrasonic Communications for Wireless Intra-Body Nanonetworks," Nano Communication Networks (Elsevier), vol. 5, no. 1–2, pp. 3–14, March–June 2014. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, L. Galluccio, S. Palazzo, "Ultrasonic Networking for e-Health Applications,"   IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine,  Vol. 20, No. 4, 2013. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • L. Galluccio, S. Palazzo, G. E. Santagati, "Characterization of molecular communications among implantable biomedical neuro-inspired nanodevices," Nano Communication Networks (Elsevier), Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2013.
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  • L. Galluccio, S. Palazzo, G. E. Santagati, "Modeling signal propagation in nanomachine-to-neuron communications," Nano Communication Networks (Elsevier), Vol. 2, No. 4, December 2011.
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Conference Publications

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, "An Implantable Low-Power Ultrasonic Platform for the Internet of Medical Things," in Proc. of IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Atlanta, USA, May 2017 (AR: 21%). [bibtex]

  • R. Guida, G. E. Santagati, and T. Melodia, "A 700 kHz Ultrasonic link for wireless powering of implantable medical devices," in Proc. of IEEE Sensors, Orlando, USA, Oct-Nov 2016.

  • E. Demirors, G. Alba, G. E. Santagati, and T. Melodia, "High Data Rate Ultrasonic Communications for Wireless Intra-Body Networks," in Proc. of IEEE Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN), Rome, Italy, June 2016. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • E. Demirors, B. G. Shankar, G. E. Santagati, and T. Melodia, "SEANet: A Software-Defined Acoustic Networking Framework for Reconfigurable Underwater Networking," in Proc. of ACM Intl. Conf. on Underwater Networks & Systems (WUWNet), Washington, DC, October 2015. Best Student Paper Award [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, "U-Wear: Software-defined ultrasonic networking for wearable devices," in Proc. of ACM Conference on Mobile Systems, Services and Applications (MOBISYS), Florence, Italy, May 2015 (AR: 13%). [pdf] [bibtex]

  • Z. Guan, G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, "Ultrasonic Intra-body Networking: Interference Modeling, Stochastic Channel Access and Rate Control," in Proc. of IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Hong Kong S.A.R., PRC, April 2015 (AR: 19%). [pdf] [bibtex]

  • E. Demirors, G. Sklivanitis, G.E. Santagati, T. Melodia and S. N. Batalama, "Design of A Software-defined Underwater Acoustic Modem with Real-time Physical Layer Adaptation Capabilities," in Proc. of ACM Intl. Conf. on Underwater Networks & Systems (WUWNet), Rome, Italy, November 2014. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, M. Gradillo, F. Cuomo and T. Melodia, "A Comparison of MAC Protocols for Ultrasonic Intra-body Sensor Networks," in Proc. of ACM Intl. Conf. on Body Area Networks (BODYNETS), London, UK, Sept-Oct 2014. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, "Sonar Inside Your Body: Prototyping Ultrasonic Intra-body Sensor Networks," in Proc. of IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Toronto, Canada, April 2014 (AR: 19%). [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, "Opto-Ultrasonic Communications in Wireless Body Area Nanonetworks," in Proc. of IEEE Asilomar Conf. on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Pacific Grove, CA, November 2013. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • G. E. Santagati, T. Melodia, L. Galluccio, S. Palazzo, "Distributed MAC and Rate Adaptation for Ultrasonically Networked Implantable Sensors," in Proc. of IEEE Conf. on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON), New Orleans, USA, June 2013 (AR 18%). [pdf] [bibtex]

  • R. Bruschi, A. Lombardo, C. Panarello, F. Podda, G. E. Santagati, G. Schembra, "Active Window Management: Reducing Energy Consumption of TCP Congestion Control," in Proc. of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC 2013), Budapest, Hungary, June 2013.

  • L. Galluccio, S. Palazzo, G. E. Santagati, "Capacity analysis for signal propagation in nanomachine-to-neuron communications," in Proc. of 2nd IEEE Int. Workshop on Molecular and Nano-scale Communications (MoNaCom 2012), Ottawa, Canada, June 11, 2012.

  • L. Galluccio, T. Melodia, S. Palazzo, G. E. Santagati,"Challenges and Implications of Using Ultrasonic Communications in Intra-body Area Networks," in Proc. of Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services (WONS), Courmayeur, Italy, January 2012 [pdf] [bibtex]

  • A. Lombardo, C. Panarello, D.Reforgiato. G. E. Santagati, G. Schembra,"A Module for Packet Hijacking in NetFPGA Platform," in Digital System Design (DSD), Oulu, Finland, August 2011

  • L. Galluccio, S. Palazzo, G. E. Santagati, "Characterization of signal propagation in neuronal systems for nanomachine-to-neurons communications," in Proc. of 1st IEEE Int. Workshop on Molecular and Nano-scale Communications (MoNaCom 2011), Shanghai, China, April 10, 2011.

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