Mario Nicola was born in Castellamonte (Torino, Italy) on August 17, 1975. In 2002 he received the Dr.Eng. Degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino with a thesis entitled “Architetture riconfigurabili per sistemi software radio” (“Reconfigurable Architectures for Software Radio Systems”). In 2003 he joined the Very Large Scale Integration Laboratory (VLSI Lab), Department of Electronics, Politecnico di Torino, as Ph.D. student. In 2004 he was at ISS (Institute for Integrated Signal Processing Systems), RWTH University, Aachen, Germany. In 2005 he obtained his PhD in Electronics and Communications Engineering with a thesis entitled “Reconfigurable Architectures for Wireless Communication Systems”.
In 2006 Mario Nicola worked as a researcher under grant with the VLSI Lab. From May 2007 to December 2010 he cooperated with the NavSAS Group as a researcher under grant of the Department of Electronics at the Politecnico di Torino. Now, he is a researcher in the staff of the navigation lab at ISMB.
Research interests of Mario Nicola are in the implementation of receivers for wireless communications, with particular emphasis on flexible and programmable implementations. In the past, he focused on the implementation of base-band algorithms with FPGA-based boards. Nowadays, his main activity is the implementation of algorithms for fully software GPS/Galileo receivers. Among his main results are the N-Gene fully software receiver, the N-Grab tool and a test-bed able to emulate intermediate level spoofing attacks for the test of anti-spoofing techniques.