Paolo Grazioso

Paolo Grazioso


Paolo Grazioso was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1963. He received the degree magna cum laude in Electronics Engineering from the University of Bologna in 1989, with a thesis on coverage and interference prediction in cellular radio systems.

In 1989 Paolo Grazioso received a research grant from the Rome based Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (FUB), to continue his studies on the development of software tools for coverage and interference prediction in mobile radio systems in the historical laboratory situated in Pontecchio Marconi, Bologna. He’s been employed by FUB since 1990, where he is now Senior Researcher and serves as Project Manager. He is also member of the International Projects Office of FUB, where he coordinates the submission of project proposals to European and other international funding programmes.

Paolo Grazioso conducts his research activities in the laboratory of Pontecchio Marconi (Bologna), in close co-operation with his colleagues of Fondazione Ugo Bordoni as well as with fellow researchers of the University of Bologna and of the Guglielmo Marconi foundation. During his career he participated in various European research projects and programmes: RACE 1043 “Mobile Telecommunications” in the first phase of the RACE programme (1990-1992), ATDMA and MONET in RACE Phase 2 (1993-1995), and COST Actions in the Mobile communications area (COST 231, 259 273, 2100 and IC1004) from the early 1990’s. He was appointed as one of the National representatives of Italy in the latest four Actions.

During 1996 he was involved in the definition and implementation of the National Model for the evaluation of the coverage of GSM operators, requested by the Ministry of Communications to verify the compliance with the requirements imposed by the license agreement. In later years he played an active role in defining and implementing the national monitoring network for radio frequency electromagnetic field on behalf of the Ministry of Communications and in cooperation with the regional environmental protection agencies of all Italy. He also participated in several support activities for the Ministry of Communications, including the production of the National plan for television frequency assignment, in particular by taking part in the development of the field prediction tools, the development of the National Register of frequency assignments and the participation to the ITU Regional Radio Conference (RRC-06) held in Geneva in 2006 for the international assignment of broadcast frequencies. He also participated as member of the Italian delegation in the ITU-R World Radiocommunication Conferences WRC-07 and WRC-12 held in Geneva, taking part also in the preparatory groups activities for both conferences. He also assisted the Italian Ministry of Communications in the transition to digital TV.

To date, Paolo Grazioso co-authored more than 50 papers presented at conferences and published on journals at both national and international levels, and participating as speaker in various international conferences held in Europe, United States and Asia. His main research themes include:

  • field prediction and evaluation of coverage and interference areas in mobile radio systems, for all kinds of cellular structures, from large suburban and rural macrocells to urban small cells and microcells, as well as in broadcast systems;
  • study of advanced cellular architectures, with the coexistence of different cell types and sizes (layered architecture) and of related resource assignment and management issues;
  • multiple access schemes suitable for digital cellular systems;
  • fixed and dynamic resource assignment and management algorithms, for both circuit switched and packet switched services;
  • advanced techniques for resource management and interference reduction, such as frequency hopping, fractional loading and adaptive (“smart”) antennas;
  • hand-over and call admission control algorithms for cellular systems.

Paolo Grazioso also acted as co-tutor to several students completing their experimental theses in the laboratory situated in Pontecchio Marconi, in the framework of the collaboration between Fondazione Ugo Bordoni and the University of Bologna.

Paolo Grazioso held lectures in various postgraduate institutions, such as the Higher school of radio communications engineering of the University of Bologna, the Specialisation school in Telecommunications of the Italian higher institute of post and telecommunications in Rome, the postgraduate courses of the AREA research park in Padriciano (Trieste). He also served as tutor in the Propagation course of the University of Bologna in the Academic Year 2007/08.