Tommaso Foggi

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione
Palazzina 2, Sede Scientifica
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Parma
Viale G. P. Usberti 181/A
I-43100 Parma - Italy

E-mail: tommaso.foggi at
Phone: +39 0521 905802
Fax: +39 0521 905758


Tommaso Foggi was born in Parma, Italy, in 1978. He received the master's degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Parma in 2003 and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology from the same University in 2008.
Since 2009 he is a researcher of National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) in the University of Parma research unit.

In 2003 he was granted a CNIT scholarship at the Integrated Research Centre for Photonic Networks and Technologies in Pisa, Italy, for a project on maximum likelihood sequence detection in IM/DD optical communication systems, coordinated by Professor Enrico Forestieri. In 2004 he was granted a CNIT scholarship at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione (DII) of the University of Parma for a project related to satellite navigation and positioning coordinated by Professor Giulio Colavolpe.

His main research interests include electronic signal processing for optical communication systems, in particular adaptive equalization, coding and iterative decoding techniques, optical channel impairment compensation, channel estimation, simulative software implementation.

He is author of several internation journal and conference papers and patents, and he is recipient of the the best paper award for the Optical Networks and Systems symposium at the IEEE International Conference on Communcations (ICC 2008), Beijing, China, May 2008. He has been involved in research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), by the European Space Agency (ESA), and by private companies (Marconi-Ericsson).

Research group


  • G. Colavolpe, T. Foggi, A. Ugolini, J. Lizarraga, Stefano Cioni, Alberto Ginesi
    "A Highly Efficient Receiver for Satellite-Based Automatic Identification System Signal Detection",
    7th Advanced Satellite Multimedia Systems Conference (ASMS) and 13th Signal Processing for Space Communications Workshop (SPSC), September 8-10 2014, Livorno, Italy.

  • G. Meloni, T. Foggi, F. Paolucci, F. Fresi, F. Cugini, P. Castoldi, G. Colavolpe, L. Potý
    "First Demonstration of Optical Signal Overlap",
    Advanced Photonics for Communications 2014, 13-17 Luglio 2014, San Diego, California, USA.

  • F. Cugini, F. Paolucci, F. Fresi, G. Meloni, G. Berrettini, N. Sambo, A. Giorgetti, T. Foggi, L. Poti, and P. Castoldi
    "Benefits of active stateful PCE for flexgrid networks",
    OFC/NFOEC 2014, 23-26 March 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA.

  • G. Colavolpe, T. Foggi
    "Next-Generation Long-Haul Optical Links: Higher Spectral Efficiency through Time-Frequency Packing",
    GLOBECOM 2013, 9-13 December 2013, Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, USA.

  • G. Colavolpe, T. Foggi
    "High Spectral Efficiency for Long-haul Optical Links: Time-Frequency Packing vs High-order Constellations",
    ECOC 2013, 22-26 September 2013, ICC London ExCeL, London, UK.

  • L.Potý, G. Meloni, G. Berrettini, F. Fresi, M. Secondini, T. Foggi, G. Colavolpe, E. Forestieri, A. D’Errico, F. Cavaliere, R. Sabella, G. Prati
    "High Spectral Efficiency (4.3 to 5.1 bit/s/Hz) Ultra-Long Haul (5200-3000 km) Transmission by Adaptive-Rate Time Frequency-Packed DP-QPSK Signaling"
    ECOC 2012, 16-20 September 2012, Amsterdam, Nederland.

  • T. Foggi, R. Magri
    "BICM and TCM Comparison in 100 Gbps Optical Coherent Links in Nonlinear Regime",
    SPPCOM 2011, 12-15 June 2011, Toronto, Canada.

  • G. Colavolpe, T. Foggi, E. Forestieri, M. Secondini
    "Phase Noise Sensitivity and Compensation Techniques in Long-Haul Coherent Optical Links ",
    GLOBECOM 2010, 6-10 December 2010, Miami, Florida, USA.

  • M. Secondini, G. Meloni, T. Foggi, G. Colavolpe, L. Poti, E. Forestieri
    "Phase Noise Cancellation in Coherent Optical Receivers by Digital Coherence Enhancement ",
    ECOC 2010, 19-23 September 2010, Torino, Italy.

  • E. Forestieri, G. Colavolpe, T. Foggi, G. Bruno
    "Signal Processing for 100Gb/s: OFDM vs Single Carrier",
    SPPCOM 2010, 21-24 June 2010, Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • A. Barbieri, G. Colavolpe, T. Foggi, E. Forestieri, G. Prati
    "Is Optical OFDM a Viable Alternative to Single-Carrier Transmission for Future Long-Haul Optical Systems?",
    ICC 2010, 23-28 May 2010, Cape Town, South Africa.

  • G. Colavolpe, T. Foggi, E. Forestieri, G. Prati
    "Optimal Electrical Processing in Multilevel Optical Systems Insensitive to GVD and PMD",
    ICC 2008, 19-23 May 2008, Beijing, China.

  • G. Colavolpe, T. Foggi, E. Forestieri, G. Prati
    "Multilevel Optical Modulations with Closed-Form Optimal Metrics for MLSE Receiver Insensitive to GVD and PMD",
    OFC/NFOEC, 24-28 February 2008, San Diego, California, USA.

  • G. Prati, E. Forestieri, T. Foggi, G. Colavolpe
    "Maximum Likelihood Sequence Detection Against GVD and PMD in Optical Communications",
    Bilateral workshop China-Italy on Photonics for Communication and Sensing, 23-24 October 2006, Xi'an, China.

  • T. Foggi, G. Colavolpe, E. Forestieri, G. Prati
    "Adaptive Electronic Processing in Optical PMD-impaired Systems",
    Optical Networks & Technologies Conference (OpNeTec), 18-20 October 2004, Pisa, Italy.

Ph.D. Degree Thesis

T. Foggi, "Electronic processing for optical communication systems", March 2008.

Master's Degree Thesis

T. Foggi, "Una nuova architettura per matrici di sensori di radiazione a pixel attivi in tecnologia CMOS", April 2003.


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