Mario Gerla



Mailing Address:
Computer Science Dept
420 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA, 90095

UCLA Boelter Hall, Boelter Hall 3732F


Phone Number:
(310) 825-4367

Fax Number:
(310) 825-2273

Personal Information


Dr. Gerla was born in Milan, Italy. He received a graduate degree in engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, in 1966, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from UCLA in 1970 and 1973, respectively. From 1973 to 1976, Dr. Gerla was a manager in Network Analysis Corporation, Glen Cove, NY, where he was involved in several computer network design projects for both government and industry, including performance analysis and topological updating of the ARPANET under a contract from DoD. From 1976 to 1977, he was with Tran Telecommunication, Los Angeles, CA, where he participated in the development of an integrated packet and circuit network. Since 1977, he has been on the Faculty of the Computer Science Department of UCLA. His research interests include the design, performance evaluation, and control of distributed computer communication systems and networks. His current research projects cover the following areas: design and performance evaluation of protocols and control schemes for Ad Hoc wireless networks; routing, congestion control and bandwidth allocation in wide area networks, and; traffic measurements and characterization.


Research Interest

Design and performance evaluation of protocols and control schemes for Ad Hoc wireless networks;
Routing, congestion control and bandwidth allocation in wide area networks
Traffic measurements and characterization


Indoor Localization and Navigation of Wheelchair Users

Localization indoor is a great challenge.
The proposed here localization system consists of the wheelchair, mounted magnets (8 on each wheel), two reed switches (one per wheel), and a Bluetooth mouse. Both reed switches are connected to the mouse buttons. Ones the mouse is connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth the proposed system begins to operate. Each time a magnet comes closer to a reed switch a “mouse button is clicked” event occurs. Knowing the diameter of the wheels, the distance that the wheelchair made can be estimated. We get a relative localization.
To enhance the provided accuracy, an accelerometer of a smartphone can be used.

Ocean-TUNE : A Community Ocean Testbed for Underwater Wireless Networks

This project involves nine researchers from four institutions, University of Connecticut (UCONN), University of Washington (UW), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Texas A&M University (TAMU). A variety of expertise on acoustics, communication, networking, engineering, and oceanography is unified to develop a community Ocean Testbed for Underwater Networks Experiments (Ocean-TUNE).

The Ocean-TUNE is an open testbed “suite”, accessible to the public. It consists four testbeds to be deployed at four different sites, namely, Long Island Sound (CT), Hood Canal (WA), Santa Monica Bay (CA), and Galveston Bay (TX), which have a diverse coverage of the US coast in terms of geography and weather.

With each testbed deployed for 6 months, Ocean-TUNE could provide 24/7 ubiquitous access to two testbeds, where a good web-based user scheduler will be developed. Further, all testbeds are different in size and configuration, with flexible choices of surface nodes, bottom nodes, and mobile nodes (gliders and drifters). The network nodes in each testbed are all equipped with high-speed orthogonal frequency division multiplexed (OFDM) acoustic modems, which could provide high data rates and strong networking support. All layers of the networking protocol stack can be easily configured. Furthermore, three testbeds (UCONN, UW, and TAMU) also include two reconfigurable modems with multi-input multi-output (MIMO) capabilities, allowing tests of various acoustic communication strategies from the users. In addition to radio control of the surface nodes, an acoustic remote control will be developed to configure all underwater nodes.

Recent Publications

Conference Papers

"Towards Efficient Cellular Traffic Offloading via Dynamic MPTCP Path Configuration with SDN",
Qi Zhao, Muhao Chen, Pengyuan Du, Tuan Le, Mario Gerla,
ICNC'19, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, February. 2019

"Fragmented Data Routing Based on Exponentially Distributed Contacts in Delay Tolerant Networks",
Tuan Le, Qi Zhao, Mario Gerla,
ICNC'19, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, February. 2019

"Software Defined Multi-Path TCP Solution for Mobile Wireless Tactical Networks",
Qi Zhao, Pengyuan Du, Mario Gerla, Adam Brown, Jae H. Kim,
Milcom'18, Los Angeles, CA, October. 2018

"Traffic Optimization in Software Defined Naval Network for Satellite Communications",
Pengyuan Du, Fan Pang, Torsten Braun, Mario Gerla, Ceilidh Hoffmann, Jae H. Kim,
Milcom'17, Baltimore, MD, October. 2017

"A Relay Selection Strategy Based on Power-Law and Exponentially Distributed Contacts in DTNs",
Tuan Le, Pengyuan Du, Mario Gerla,
MASS'17, Orlando, Florida, USA, October. 2017

"An Evolutionary Multi-player Game Model for Two-hop Routing in Delay Tolerant Networks",
Pengyuan Du, Mario Gerla,
MASS'17, Orlando, FL, October. 2017

"Privacy Risks in Vehicle Grids and Autonomous Cars",
Josh Joy, Mario Gerla,
CarSys 2017, Snowbird, Utah, October. 2017

"Internet of Vehicles and Autonomous Connected Car - Privacy and Security Issues",
Josh Joy, Mario Gerla,
ICCCN 2017, , July. 2017

"Contact Duration-Aware Routing in Delay Tolerant Networks",
Tuan Le, Mario Gerla,
NAS'17, Shenzhen, China, August. 2017

"An Anycast Routing Strategy with Time Constraint in Delay Tolerant Networks",
Tuan Le, Mario Gerla,
Med-Hoc-Net'17, Budva, Montenegro, June. 2017

"An SDN Architecture for Under Water Search and Surveillance",
Ruolin Fan, Ciaran Mc Goldrick, Mario Gerla,
WONS'17, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, February. 2017

"Promotion of Cooperation in Public Goods Game by Socialized Speed-Restricted Movement",
Pengyuan Du, Mario Gerla,
WONS'17, Wyoming, USA, February. 2017


Journal Papers

"Fragmented Data Routing Based on Exponentially Distributed Contacts and Inter-Contact Times in DTNs",
Tuan Le, Mario Gerla,
Elsevier Computer Networks Journal, , December. 2019

"Time-Constrained Anycast Routing under Short Contact Duration in Delay Tolerant Networks",
Tuan Le, Mario Gerla,
, Springer Annals of Telecommunications Journal, , June. 2018

"Internet of Vehicles: Enabling Safe, Secure, and Private Vehicular Crowdsourcing",
Josh Joy, Vince Rabsatt, Mario Gerla,
Internet Technology Letters, , December. 2017

"Reliable Safety Message Dissemination in NLOS intersections using TV White Spectrum",
Jae-Han Lim, Katsuhiro Naito, Ji-Hoon Yun, Mario Gerla,
IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, , May. 2017

"Social Norm Incentives for Network Coding in MANETs",
Chuchu Wu, Mario Gerla, Mihaela van der Schaar,
Transactions on Networking, , February. 2017

"Social Contact Graph-Based Group Communication Schemes for Delay Tolerant Networks",
Tuan Le, Mario Gerla,
International Journal of Parallel, Emergent, and Distributed Systems, , February. 2017


Technical Reports

"Autonomic Communications in Software-Driven Networks",
Zhongliang Zhao, Eryk Jerzy Schiller, Eirini Kalogeiton, Torsten Braun, Stiller Burkhard, Josh Joy, Mario Gerla, Nabeel Akhtar, Ibrahim Matta,



"RobustGeo: A Disruption-Tolerant Geo-Routing Protocol",
Ruolin Fan, Yu-Ting Yu, Mario Gerla,
Security, Privacy and Reliability in Computer Communications and Networks, River Publishers, February. 2017



"A Multi-path TCP Solution for Software-Defined Military Heterogeneous Network",
Qi Zhao, Pengyuan Du, Mario Gerla,
WCNC'18, Barcelona, Spain, April. 2018

"Demand-driven Cache Allocation Based on Context-aware Collaborative Filtering",
Muhao Chen, Qi Zhao, Pengyuan Du, Carlo Zaniolo, Mario Gerla,
MobiHoc'18, Los Angeles, CA, June. 2018

"Towards Opportunistic Resource Sharing in Mobile Social Networks-an Evolutionary Game Theoretic Appr",
Pengyuan Du, Seunghyun Yoo, Qi Zhao, Muhao Chen, Mario Gerla,
MobiHoc'18, Los Angeles, June. 2018