Flavio Esposito, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor, Computer Science Department


This year I will be the General co-chair of IEEE NetSoft 2024, the 10th IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization. A wonderful group of colleagues and I are looking forward to seeing you in St.Louis.

Together with my PhD student Alessandro Sangiorgi, I co-founded Spaghetti Code Labs. Our first product is a Cybersecurity educational mobile app WeeNet that has 1M+ downloads.

Current Openings

I have openings for PhD students, visiting researchers, and a postdoc;

Check the HIRING webpage for details.

Contact Information

Office: ISE 234D
3450 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103
St. Louis, MO 63103-2007

Phone: (314) 977-2434
Email: first DOT last AT slu DOT edu

Research interests

Most of my research centers on cyber-physical systems and networked systems: network virtualization, network management, Software-Defined Networks (SDN), network architectures and wireless networks. I also enjoy working on interdisciplinary problems, for example, this one or this one.


  • In 2021, I received the Outstanding Graduate Mentoring Faculty Award from the School of Engineering, and I was a finalist for the Undergraduate Mentoring Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am grateful for all students that nominated and voted for me.

  • I am currently a Principal Investigator on the research awards listed below from the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the past, I have also received an NSF subaward from the University of Missouri, on an EPSCoR project, and a SLU intramural President's Research Fund Award. I have also received a COMCAST Innovation Fund Award in Jan 2020, and one 150K award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG).

Short Bio

  • Oct 2013 - July 2016: Senior Software Engineer at Exegy Inc.

  • May 2007 - Aug 2007: Eurecom Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France (Research Internship)

  • Jan 2006 - Oct 2006: Alcatel-Lucent, Florence, Italy – now Thales (Permanent Contract)


I was a proud mentor for the McNair Program at SLU.

Current Students and Collaborators

In alphabetical order:

MS and PhD students

  • Ali, Wazma, MS student in Artificial Intelligence at SLU

  • Bhavanasi, Sai Shreyas, MS student in Artificial Intelligence at SLU

  • Irakoze, Andy Florian, Research Software Engineer, Computer Science at SLU

  • Okafor, Okwudilichukwu (Marshall), Ph.D. student in CS at SLU

  • Pappone, Lorenzo, Ph.D. student in CS at SLU

  • Pinto, Andrea, Ph.D. student in CS at SLU

  • Sangiorgi, Alessandro, Ph.D. student and co-founder of Spaghetti Code Labs, LLC

Past Student Collaborators

  • Akhtar, Nabeel Ph.D. student at (Boston University); now at Akamai, USA

  • Alfauri, Haneen M.S. student at SLU (now Ph.D. student at Washington University of St.Louis)

  • Ahmad, Sadiya M.S. student at SLU

  • Alzadjali, Aziza visiting Ph.D, student from University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA.

  • Amoroso, Roberto, visiting M.S. student (now Ph.D. student at UNIMORE, Italy).

  • Berno, Michele, visiting Ph.D. student from University of Padova, Italy

  • Castellano, Gabriele, visiting Ph.D. student from Politechnic of Turin (now postdoc at Bell Lab)

  • Chemodanov, Dmitrii (Ph.D. student at UM, now at Google, CA)

  • Contoli, Chiara, Visiting Ph.D., now Assistant Professor at University of Urbino, Italy University of Bologna, Italy

  • Coral, Roberto M.S, now Software Engineer at Esri, USA

  • Davoli, Gianluca, visiting Ph.D student from University of Bologna, Italy

  • Flocco, Matteo, M.S. student at SLU (now at Reply, Italy)

  • Gaballo, Alessandro, Visiting Master Student from Eurecom, France, now Data Scientist at Ericsson, Sweden.

  • Gottsacker, Matthew, Undergrad at SLU (BS 2018). Now Ph.D. student at UCF

  • Hogan, Mary, (Research Assistant) SLU (BS 2017). Now Ph.D. student in CS at Princeton University

  • Khalid, Aman, M.S. student at SLU (now Ph.D student at Northwestern University, USA)

  • Gazze’, Sebastiano Visiting Master Student from Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

  • Muhammad, Waqar, M.S. student at SLU (Software Engineer)

  • Mushtaq, Maria, M.S. student at SLU (now Ph.D. student at University of Regina, Canada)

  • Okorie, Princewill, M.S. in AI at SLU (Software Engineer)

  • Palumbo, Fabio visiting Ph.D. student from University of Napoli Federico II, Italy

  • Park, Hunter, undergraduate at SLU (Software Eng.)

  • Pasquesi, John, M.S. student at SLU (now Software Engineer at Boeing, St.Louis, MO)

  • Robinson, Wilfredo visiting M.S. student from Eurecom, France (now PhD student in Mechanical Eng. at SLU)

  • Felipe Sampaio Dantas da Silva, Ph.D. student at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, UFRN, Brasil.

  • Sacco, Alessio, visiting PhD student and visiting postdoc, now Assistant Professor at Politecnico of Torino, Italy

  • Samanta, Amit, Ph.D student at University of Utah, USA

  • Scalingi, Alessio, visiting M.S. student from University of Naples, Federico II (now Ph.D. student at IMDEA Networks, Spain))

  • Turina, Valeria, visiting M.S. student from Politecnico di Torino, Italy (now at Reply, Italy)

  • Ventrella, Agnese (now at Ericsson Research, Sweden)

  • Xu, Tao, Visiting Master Student from Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy Now Ph.D. student at UKY

  • Wang, Jiayi (Research Assistant) SLU (BS 2017). MS student in CS at Northwestern University

  • Zhang, Zongshun, Ph.D. student at Boston University

Past Undergraduate Student Collaborators

  • Kyle Coleman, SLU (BS 2017)

  • Samiksha Mailarpwar, SLU (BS 2018)

  • Emily Maxwell, undergraduate at SLU

  • Thomas Merod, SLU (BS 2018)

  • Meghan Pendyala, SLU (BS 2017)

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