ESR 7

Gianluca Martena

Project: Algorithms for Joint Reconfiguration of Smart Lighting and LiFi Access Points in Dense Deployments

Host: pureLiFi (United Kingdom)

PhD: University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)

Supervisor: Dr. H. Haas

Hi all, my name is Gianluca and I come from the sunny south of Italy.

My childhood has been filled with way more Lego sets than our house could contain, and the fact that I wasn't at all interested in having a well-rounded collection more than I was in satisfying the craving for mixing and re-building them in many different forms, only made it natural for me to become a researcher in engineering.

After work you can easily find me (exercising on) composing orchestral music for film scores and videogames, or actually playing videogames, which is something I never really left behind since when I was a child. Other interests, not necessarily in order of priority: having a beer in company and making friends, photography, cooking, football (whenever Juventus is playing).

According to many studies, radiofrequency communications (like mobile phone networks) is going to suffer from a too high demand for faster and larger amounts of data for a number of devices that are estimated to be more than 28 billions in 2021. This challenge can be overcome with complementary technologies like Li-Fi.

Li-Fi is a novel Optical Wireless Communication technology, that uses light emitting diodes (LED) for wireless communication and data transfer; in such a setting, every LED in the network can become an Access Point capable of connecting user equipment (smartphones, wearables, IoT devices) to the internet.

The aim of my research will be to develop algorithms capable of adaptively optimizing the network parameters, so that every connected user equipment receives the best connection quality in terms of speed, reliability and power consumption.