Andrea Fumagalli

Professor - Electrical Engineering
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering
Politecnico di Torino - 1992
Laurea - Electrical Engineering
Politecnico di Torino - 1987

Research Areas

Research Interests
  • All-Optical Network Architectures and Protocols
  • Photonic Slot Routing
  • Wavelength Routing and Protection Switching
  • Network Optimization and Planning
  • Optical Networks in support of Next Generation Internet (NGI)
  • Multi-hop, Multi-rate Optical Networks
  • Optical and High Speed Network Simulators
  • Performance Analysis of Computer Networks
  • Sensor Networks
  • Cooperative Wireless Networks


M. Tacca, A. Fumagalli, A. Paradisi, S. Lakshmanan, S.M. Rossi, A. de Campos Sachs, D.S. Shah, F. Unghvary, Differentiated Reliability in Optical Networks: Theoretical and Practical Results, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, special issue on Optical Networks, vol. 21, no. 11, pp. 2576-2586, November 2003. 2003 - Publication
L. Valcarenghi, A. Fumagalli, Implementing Stochastic Pre-planned Restoration with Proportional Weighted Path Choice in IP/GMPLS Networks, Kluwer Academic Journal of Photonic Network Communications, vol. 4, no. 3/4. pp. 285-295, 2002. 2002 - Publication
I. Cerutti, A. Fumagalli, M. Potasek, Effects of Chromatic Dispersion and Self-Phase Modulation in Multi-Hop Multi-Rate WDM Rings, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 411-413, March, 2002. 2002 - Publication
A. Fumagalli, High Speed Networks Using Optical Technologies, PH.D. dissertation, Politecnico di Torino, February 1992. 1992 - Publication
A. Fumagalli, Timed Petri Nets for Performance Analysis of Communication Protocols (in Italian), Doctor Engineer Thesis, Politecnico di Torino, February 1987. 1987 - Publication


Head of Telecommunications Engineering Program
The University of Texas at Dallas [2007–Present]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2005–Present]
Visiting Researcher
University of Massachusetts [1994–1995]
Assistant Professor
Politecnico di Torino [1992–1998]


A Threshold-based Blocking Differentiation Mechanism for Networks with Wavelength Continuity Constraint
2005–2005 Unicamp, Campinas (San Paolo), Brazil, November 2005
Destination-Initiated Wavelength Weighted Reservation (DW2R) Mechanism
2003–2003 Royal Institute of Technology, Kista, Sweden, June 2003
Cooperative ARQ Protocols in Radio Networks
2005–2005 Universita di Trento, Trento, Italy, July 2005
The Plug and Play Optical Node Project and a Threshold-based Blocking Differentiation Mechanism for Networks with Wavelength Continuity Constraint
2005–2005 Royal Institute of Technology, Kista, Sweden, August 2005
Differentiated Reliability and the OMEGA Test-bed
2002–2002 Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy, December 2002

Additional Information

Honors and Awards
  • Best Teaching Award, Electrical Engineering, UTD, 2002.
  • Best Thesis Award to Ph.D. Advisee Isabella Cerutti, 2002.
  • On a Distinguished Lecturer Tour for IEEE ComSoc, 2000.
  • Best Paper Award - I. Chlamtac, A. Fumagalli, J. Carruthers, G. Wedzinga, An Optimal Design Algorithm for Photonic Slot Routing Networks Migrating to Optical Packet Switching, in Proc. SPIE vol. 3843 Boston, MA, September 1999.

News Articles

UT Dallas Expert Leads Effort to Forge Future Internet Paths
Dr. Andrea Fumagalli, a telecommunications expert from The University of Texas at Dallas, has been chosen to lead a subset of an international collaboration to create the computer network architecture of the future — preparing for a time when trillions of devices are expected to be connected to the Internet.

It’s expected that home electrical appliances will be controlled by smartphones in other locations, or cars will communicate with other vehicles to automatically avoid collisions. If these types of technological applications, the so-called "Internet of Things," are to become widespread, a more efficient and flexible Internet architecture needs to be created.
UTD Engineering Professor Wins $300,000 Grant For Telecommunications Reliability Research
RICHARDSON, Texas (Oct. 18, 2001) - A faculty member at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has won a $300,000, 18-month grant to develop a unique method of provisioning reliability in optical telecommunications networks, a promising development for the “next generation Internet.”

The grant was made by FUNDACAO CPqD, a non-profit scientific research foundation in Campinas, Brazil, to Dr. Andrea Fumagalli, associate professor of electrical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and head of the Optical Networking Advanced Research (OpNeAR) Lab at UTD [].
UTD to Join Italian Research Project On Grid Computing, High-Speed Networking
RICHARDSON, Texas (Oct. 29, 2002) - The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has been selected to join a consortium of university and government researchers in Italy studying grid computing and high-speed networking.

The project is the first substantive manifestation of an agreement concluded last February between UTD and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, a university in Pisa, Italy. The agreement provides for joint research on advanced telecommunications networks and an exchange of faculty members and students of the two institutions.

The project is funded by the Italian government and involves researchers from the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and the Italian National Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), as well as UTD. The only non-Italian entity involved in the research, UTD is a subcontractor on the project and will be paid 200,000 Euros (slightly less than U.S. $200,000) for its services over the next three years.