ISSIA CNR – Genova


Luca Caviglione was born in Sampierdarena (Genoa) on May, 1978, and received the Laurea Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Genoa in 2002. In 2006, he obtained the PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the same University.
From 2006, he is a Contract Professor at the University of Genoa, within the course of Telecommunication Networks, in the fields of Multi-Service Satellite Networks, Switching Systems and peer-to-peer (p2p) Networking. He also teaches in several Master courses, lecturing about p2p and file-sharing applications.
He participated, and still participate, in many Research Projects funded by the European Union (EU), by the European Space Agency (ESA), by the Italian Ministry of Research (MIUR) and by Siemens COM MN AG.
In 2006 he was with the Genoa Research Unit of the Italian National Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT). Since 2007, he works at the Genoa Branch of the Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation (ISSIA), of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR).
He is also a Professional Engineer, a Work Group Leader of the Italian IPv6 Task Force and a CNIT member. In spare time, he writes for “Applicando”, the most popular Italian Magazine about Apple and the Macintosh.

Research Interests
His research interests are in the field of networking, with emphasis on:

  • peer-to-peer architectures: traffic analysis of file-sharing applications, utilization of overlay networks to develop new network-independent services (e.g., to support QoS guarantees over wireless networks), p2p applications over heterogeneous scenarios (mainly mixed wired-satellite networks);
  • optimization of network services: development of new algorithms and frameworks for enhancing the performances of services, such as data streaming. Also, he investigates how optimized strategies can be used to “port” an application over new scenarios (e.g., vehicle-to-vehicle).
  • Web 2.0 and emerging applications: traffic analysis of Web-based applications, and those based on new technologies or standards (e.g., voice-based services, and IPv6). Moreover, he studies the joint utilization of such frameworks when in presence of wireless links and mobility.
  • Privacy and Security: with the advent of Online Social Networks, privacy and security risks are becoming very relevant. Thus, he does research hazards of social applications, and possible contact points between technology and social aspects, from a security viewpoint;
  • Standardization: he is interested in the standardization process, mainly in the field of IPv6, P2P and Network Complexity. Also, he is highly interested in aspects about the “technological transfer”, i.e., how to bring to a production stage outputs of the research.


  1. Cardaci A.; Caviglione L.; Ferro E.; Gotta A.

    Using SPDY to improve Web 2.0 over satellite links, International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking, Vol. 35, Issue 4, 2017

  2. L. Caviglione, M. Podolski, W. Mazurczyk, M. Ianigro

    Covert Channels in Personal Cloud Storage Services: the case of Dropbox, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2017

  3. S. Wendzel, L. Caviglione, W. Mazurczyk, J-F. Lalande

    Network Information Hiding and Science 2.0: Can it be a Match?, International Journal of Electronics and Telecommunications, Vol. 63, No. 2, 2017

  4. M. Urbanski, W. Mazurczyk, J. F. Lalande, L. Caviglione

    Detecting local covert channels using process activity correlation on android smartphones, Computer Systems Science and Engineering, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2017

  5. L. Caviglione; M. Gaggero; E. Cambiaso; M. Aiello

    Measuring the energy consumption of cyber security, IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 55, No. 7, pp. 58-63 2017

  6. Cardaci A.; Caviglione L.; Ferro E.; Gotta A.

    Using SPDY to improve Web 2.0 over satellite links, International journal of satellite communications and networking, 2016

  7. S. Manca, L. Caviglione, J. E. Raffaghelli

    Big data for social media learning analytics: potentials and challenges, Journal of E-Learning and Knowledge Society, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2016

  8. Luca Caviglione, Mauro Gaggero, Jean-Frannois Lalande, Wojciech Mazurczyk, Marcin Urbanski

    "Seeing the unseen: revealing mobile malware hidden communications via energy consumption and artificial intelligence", IEEE transactions on information forensics and security, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2016

  9. Gaggero M.; Caviglione L.

    Predictive control for energy-aware consolidation in cloud datacenters, IEEE transactions on control systems technology, Vol.24, No.2, 2016

  10. Luca Caviglione, Wojciech Mazurczyk

    Understanding Information Hiding in iOS, Computer, Vol. 1, 2015

  11. Luca Caviglione, Wojciech Mazurczyk

    Steganography in Modern Smartphones and Mitigation Techniques, IEEE Communications surveys and tutorials, 2014

  12. Caviglione L., Gotta A.

    Characterizing SPDY over high latency satellite channels, ICST Transactions on Mobile Communications and Applications, Vol. 14, No. 5, 2014

  13. Caviglione, L.; Coccoli, M.; Merlo, A.

    A taxonomy-based model of security and privacy in online social networks, International journal of computational science and engineering , Vol. 9, No. 4, 2014

  14. Caviglione, Luca

    Extending HTTP models to Web 2.0 applications: The case of online social networks, International journal of computational science and engineering, Vo.8, No.. 3, 2013

  15. Luca Caviglione

    A First Look at the Traffic of Siri, Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, 2013

  16. Caviglione L.; Merlo A.

    The energy impact of security mechanisms in modern mobile devices, Network security, Vol. 2012, No. 1, February 2012

  17. L. Caviglione, A. Merlo, M. Migliardi

    Green-Aware Security: Towards a new Research Field, Journal of information assurance and security, Vol. 7, 2012

  18. Luca Caviglione, Mauro Coccoli

    Design of a Software Framework for the Management and Personalization of Contents in Smart Museums, International Journal of Software Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 2 , 2012

  19. Caviglione, L.; Coccoli, M.

    Privacy problems with Web 2.0, Computer fraud & security, 2011

  20. L. Caviglione and C. Cervellera

    An Optimized Content Replication and Distribution Framework for Vehicular Networks, Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 179-192, 2011

  21. L. Caviglione and C. Cervellera

    Design, Optimization and Performance Evaluation of a Content Distribution Overlay for Streaming, Computer Communications, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 1497-1509, 2011

  22. L. Caviglione

    A Simple Neural Framework for Bandwidth Reservation of VoIP Communications in Cost-Effective Devices, IEEE Transactions on consumer electronics, Vol. 56, No. 3, 2010

  23. C. Cervellera and L. Caviglione

    Optimization of a peer-to-peer system for efficient content replication, European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 196, no.2, pp. 423-433, 2009

  24. L. Caviglione; F. Davoli

    Using P2P Overlays to Provide QoS in Service-Oriented Wireless Networks, IEEE Wireless communications, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2009

  25. Luca Caviglione

    Enabling Cooperation of Consumer Devices Through Peer-to-Peer Overlays, IEEE Transactions on consumer electronics, Vol. 55, No. 2, 2009

  26. Luca Caviglione

    Understanding and Exploiting the Reverse Patterns of Peer-to-Peer File- Sharing Applications, ??


  1. S. Schmidt, J. Keller, W. Mazurczyk, L. Caviglione

    A New Data-Hiding Approach for IP Telephony Applications with Silence Suppression, The First International Workshop on Criminal Use of Information Hiding (CUING), Reggio Calabria, Italy, August 2017

  2. Mauro Gaggero, Luca Caviglione

    Model predictive control for the placement of virtual Machines in cloud computing applications, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Boston(USA), 6-8 July 2016

  3. D. Di Paola, M. Gaggero, A. Petitti, L. Caviglione

    Optimal control of time instants for task replanning in robotic networks, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Boston (USA), 6-8 July 2016

  4. M. Gaggero; L. Caviglione

    (2014) "A predictive control approach for energy-aware consolidation of virtual machines in cloud computing", 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Los Angeles (USA), 15-17 Dec 2014

  5. S. Wendzel, W. Mazurczyk, L. Caviglione, M. Meier

    “Hidden and Uncontrolled On the Emergence of Network Steganography” in ISSE 2014 Securing Electronic Business Processes, Bruxelles, Belgium, October 2014

  6. Mauro Migliardi, Alessio Merlo, Luca Caviglione

    "A Survey of Green, Energy-Aware Security and Some of Its Recent Developments in Networking and Mobile Computing" in 8th International Conference on Innovative Mobile and Internet Services in Ubiquitous Computing (IMIS), Birmingham, Regno Unito, July 2014

  7. Caviglione, L.; Coccoli, M.; Grosso, A.

    “A task allocation middleware for wireless sensor networks in a multi-agent environment” in 3rd International Conference on Sensor Networks (SENSOR- NETS2014), Lisbon, Portugal, Jan 2014

  8. L. Caviglione, M. Aiello, G. Papaleo

    (2010) A Scalable and Cost-Effective Framework for Traffic Monitoring in Virtual LANs, in 21st International Tyrrhenian Workshop on Digital Communications (ITWDC): Trustworthy Internet, Isola di Ponza

  9. L. Caviglione, M. Coccoli, E. Punta

    (2010) Education and Training in Grid-Enabled Laboratories and Complex Systems, in 5th International Workshop on Distributed Cooperative Laboratories: Instrumenting the Grid - INGRID 2010, Poznan´, Poland

  10. L. Caviglione, M. Coccoli

    (2010) Peer-to-Peer Infrastructures to Support the Delivery of Learning Objects, in International Conference on Education Technology and Computer (ICETC 2010), Shangai, Cina

  11. L. Caviglione, C. Cervellera

    (2009) An Optimized Architecture for Supporting Data Streaming in Interactive Grids, in 4th International Workshop on Distributed Cooperative Laboratories: Instrumenting the Grid, Alghero, Italy

  12. Luca Caviglione

    (2009) Can Satellites Face Trends? The Case of Web 2.0, in International Workshop on Satellite and Space Communications (IWSSC’09), Siena, Italy

  13. Luca Caviglione, Cristiano Cervellera

    (2009) Design and Performance Evaluation of a Content Distribution Overlay Optimized for Streaming, in Internat. Symp. on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommun. Syst. (SPECTS’09), Istanbul, Turchia

  14. L. Caviglione, M. Bhutta, F. Davoli, H. Cruickshank

    (2009) Security in Peer-to-Peer applications and Remote Instrumentation over Satellite: A Scenario including Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR), in 27th International Communication Satel lite Systems Conference (ICSSC 2009), Edimburgo


  1. L. Caviglione; M. Gaggero; J.-F. Lalande; W. Mazurczyk

    Understanding information hiding to secure communications and to prevent exfiltration of mobile data, Adaptive Mobile Computing: Advances in Processing Mobile Data Sets, ELSEVIER NY, 2017

  2. F. M. Bacco, L. Caviglione, A. Gotta

    Satellites, UAVs, vehicles and sensors for an integrated delay tolerant ad hoc network, Lecture notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, Vol. 148, 2016

  3. L. Caviglione, F. Davoli, P. Maryni

    (2011) On the Usage of Overlays to Provide QoS over IEEE 802.11b/g/e Pervasive and Mobile Networks, Wiley, in Pervasive Computing and Networking (M. S. Obaidat, M. Denko and I. Woungang Eds.) 2011