Workshop Chair

Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez
Research Assistant Professor at IMDEA Networks Institute

Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez is an Assistant Research Professor at IMDEA Networks and a research scientist at the Networking and Security team at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley. Narseo received his degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Oviedo in 2007, which he extended with a 6-month visit at the University of Cambridge to complete his degree dissertation. In 2008, Dr. Vallina-Rodriguez joined Vodafone R&D, returning to the University of Cambridge to complete his Ph.D. program under the supervision of Prof. Jon Crowcroft one year after. In July 2013, Dr. Vallina-Rodriguez joined ICSI in Berkeley (California) as a Post-Doc, becoming a Research Scientist and Principal Investigator one year after. During his doctoral studies Dr. Vallina-Rodriguez also interned in world-class industry research labs, such as Deutsche Telekom Labs in Berlin (Germany) and the scientific group at Telefonica Research (Spain). The outcome of his research has been awarded with a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship in 2012, the best short-paper award at ACM CoNEXT'14, the best paper award at ACM HotMiddlebox'15 and a DataTransparencyLabs grant in 2016 for characterizing mobile tracking services with the Lumen Privacy Monitor

Paolo Casari
Research Assistant Professor at IMDEA Networks Institute

Paolo Casari received the PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Padova in March 2008. His research gradually moved from cross-layer design for MIMO ad hoc networks and wireless sensor networks to underwater communications and networks, an area in which he made several key contributions. As a postdoctoral and senior postdoctoral researcher at the University of Padova from 2008 through 2014 he helped create and manage a group of up to 11 people working on all aspects of underwater networking, from channel characterization to protocol design, analysis, simulations, and field experiments. He collaborated to several funded projects including CLAM (FP7), RACUN (EDA), as well as many international efforts funded by the US ARO, ONR and NSF agencies. He was appointed Technical Manager of the NAUTILUS and WISE-WAI projects. Recently, his interests expanded to optical networking, both under water and in air. In January 2015, he incorporated as a Research Assistant Professor at Institute IMDEA Networks, Madrid, Spain, where he is leading the Ubiquitous Wireless Networking group.

Paolo Casari is active in the community as a TPC or organizing committee member and as a reviewer for several top-notch conferences related to underwater networking and to wireless communications and networks in general. He has been recognized Excellent reviewer several times by the editorial board of the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters and of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. He has been guest editor of a special issue of the Hindawi Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering on “Underwater Communications and Networking”. He served as a project proposal reviewer for the Qatar National Research fund from 2009 through 2013. He participated to the definition of the NATO standard JANUS for first-contact and unsolicited broadcasting of information using acoustic signals under water. As of January 2015, he co-authored more than 70 papers appeared in international journals and conferences. In 2013, he was elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE, and is also a member of the ACM.