Ldc home.jpg Luca De Cicco
Assistant Professor, PhD

Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.

- A. Einstein


DEI, Politecnico di Bari
Tel: +39 080 596 3927 (office) or +39 080 596 3851 (lab)

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Short CV

Luca De Cicco has graduated in Computer Science Engineering in 2003 with honors. He received the PhD in Information Engineering in July 2008 from Politecnico di Bari (advisor Prof. Saverio Mascolo). He is currently Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Bari. He obtained the National Scientific Qualification (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) as Associate Professor in April 2017 in the research field Automatica (09/G1). His main interests range from modeling and design of congestion control algorithms for multimedia transport, to adaptive live video streaming, performance evaluation of congestion control algorithms, and future internet paradigms.

During the third year of his PhD program he covered a visiting scholar position at ECE Department at University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM, USA) collaborating in the FIND (Future INternet Design) project under the supervision of Prof. Chaouki Abdallah. Moreover in 2007 and 2012 he has been a visiting scholar at L2S (Laboratoire des signaux et systèmes) École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supelec), Gif-sur-Yvette (Paris), France under the supervision of Prof. Silviu Niculescu. He has been post-doc at Telecom SudParis in 2015.


  • Giovanni Colangiulo, PhD student @ Politecnico di Bari (expected graduation in 2019) co-advised with Professor Saverio Mascolo
  • Jose Rubio-Hernan, PhD student @ TELECOM SudParis (expected graduation in 2017) co-advised with Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro

Awards and Distinctions

2016 December

We got selected as the Best Paper of the ACM SIGCOMM Internet-QoE Workshop, August 2016. The paper has been reprinted in the October 2016 issue of ACM SIGCOMM CCR.

  • E. Bocchi, L. De Cicco, and D. Rossi
    Measuring the Quality of Experience of Web users
    ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, October 2016 (PDF)

2016 May

We got the best student paper award at the MMSYS 2016 conference for our work:

  • G. Cofano, L. De Cicco, T. Zinner, A. Nguyen-Ngoc, P. Tran-Gia, and S. Mascolo
    Design and Experimental Evaluation of Network-assisted Strategies for HTTP Adaptive Video Streaming
    Proc. ACM Mmsys 2016, Klagenfurt, Austria, May 2016 (PDF)
2014 August

Faculty award We have been awarded with the Google Faculty Award 2014 for designing a congestion control algorithm for real-time communication within the WebRTC framework to enable video conference among Web browsers.

2014 April

Our work:

  • L. De Cicco and S. Mascolo
    An Adaptive Video Streaming Control System: Modeling, Validation, and Performance Evaluation
    IEEE/ACM Transaction on Networking, Volume 22, Issue 2, April 2014 (PDF)

was ranked as the 8th most popular IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking article in April 2014.


Check out TAPAS our open-source tool for rapid prototyping of Adaptive streaming algorithms.

Recent Papers

  • S. Holmer, H. Lundin, G. Carlucci, L. De Cicco, and S. Mascolo
    A Google Congestion Control Algorithm for Real-Time Communication
    IETF draft RMCAT wg, draft-ietf-rmcat-gcc-00, Sept 2015 (Web: Link)
  • Gaetano Carlucci, Luca De Cicco, Saverio Mascolo
    HTTP over UDP: an experimental investigation of QUIC
    Proc. of 30th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing (SAC 2015), Salamanca, Spain, April 2015 (PDF) (Slides:PDF)
  • Giuseppe Cofano, Luca De Cicco, Saverio Mascolo
    A Control Architecture for Massive Adaptive Video Streaming Delivery
    Proc. of ACM VideoNext Workshop, Sydney, Australia, December 2014 (PDF)
  • Luca De Cicco, Vito Caldaralo, Vittorio Palmisano, Saverio Mascolo
    TAPAS: a Tool for rApid Prototyping of Adaptive Streaming algorithms
    Proc. of ACM VideoNext Workshop, Sydney, Australia, December 2014 (PDF)
  • Luca De Cicco, Gaetano Carlucci, Saverio Mascolo
    Modelling and Control for Web Real-Time Communication
    Proc. of 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Los Angeles, California, USA, December 2014 (PDF) (Bib: BIB)
  • H. Lundin, S. Holmer, H. Alvestrand, L. De Cicco, and S. Mascolo
    A Google Congestion Control Algorithm for Real-Time Communication
    IETF draft RMCAT wg, draft-alvestrand-rmcat-congestion-02, Feb 2014 (Slides:PDF) (Web: Link)

Watch my Google Congestion Control talk at Packet Video 2013

Very Large Array, Socorro, NM
Jardin Rodin, Paris 7eme, France

Research Projects

  • "Modellzione e progettAzione di algoRitmi di COntrollo per la distribuzioNe video su Internet (MARCONI)" (Modelling and Design of Control Algorithms for Video Distribution over the Internet), funded by Apulia Region through the "Future in Research" action 2016-2018. Role: Principal Investigator | Link al progetto
  • "Massive Adaptive Internet VIdeo STreaming. Using the Cloud (MAIVISTO)", Start-up measure, 2014-2016, funded by MIUR
  • WP3 leader of "PLATform for INnOvative services in future internet" PON PLATINO, 2012-2015, funded by MIUR
  • "Telecommunication Facilities and Wireless Sensor Networks in Emergency Management", strategic Project, funded by Apulia Region
  • "End-to-end protocols for video over IP", 2007-2008, funded by Financial Tradeware plc
  • "The Transient Network Architecture (TNA)", Future INternet Design (FIND), funded by NSF, University of New Mexico, 2007 (See this poster for an outline of the project)
  • FAMOUS "Fluid Analytical Models Of aUtonomic Systems" (PRIN)
  • "End-to-End protocols for audio/video over Internet protocol", 2005-2006, funded by Financial Tradeware srl, Rome
  • "Implementation and measurement of congestion control protocols over GPRS and UMTS", 2003 in collaboration with Politecnico di Torino


  • NEW! (November 2016) WebRTC (serverless) demos github repository
  • TAPAS an open-source tool for rapid prototyping and experimentation of adaptive video streaming controllers
  • PI Networking Layer (FIND project)
  • Libnetmeas Automatically logging TCP flows
  • Lorenz Matlab scripts for Lorenz Attractor drawing
  • TCP Westwood+ patch for linux kernel
  • Experimental patches to allow logging of TCP Westwood+ estimated bandwidth (applies to