Expression of Interest

Contact Person/Scientist in Charge

  • Name and surname: Josep Vidal
  • Email: josep.vidalSPAMFILTER@upc.edu

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Department / Institute / Centre

  • Name: Signal Processing and Communications (SPCOM) group at Department of Signal Theory and Communications (TSC) - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Address: UPC Campus Nord, Modul D5, Jordi Girona 1-3 - 08034 Barcelona, Spain
  • Province: Barcelona

Research Area

  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)

Brief description of the institution:

Universidad

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group (including URL if applicable):

The Signal Processing and Communications (SPCOM) group is within the Signal Theory and Communications and performs research focused on 3 main lines: Mobile Communications, Ground/On-Board Satellite Processing for Digital Communications and Navigation Systems. Faculty members: 4 Professors, 10 Associate Professors, 1 Research Associate and 10 PhD students. The group is responsible for undergraduate and master programs at 3 Engineering schools of UPC.

SPCOM has a long record of coordinated projects funded by the European Commission. The  group led the Adaptive Antenna algorithmic development in the ACTS projects TSUNAMI, TSUNAMI(II) and SUNBEAM. As project coordinators, the group promoted MIMO technologies for 3G/4G systems in METRA, I-METRA (5thFP) and SURFACE (7thFP). The group also coordinated projects on, for the first time in IST, relaying and cooperative upgraded 3G networks in ROMANTIK (5thFP) and ROCKET (6thFP). Its experience on heterogeneous and femto-based networks is backed by the coordination of FREEDOM, TROPIC and TUCAN3G (all in 7thFP). The group is participating in the MSCA ITN 5GWireless (H2020). The group authored 25 contributions to 3GPP-LTE and 802.16m and holds 4 patents on relay technologies and smallcell networks. Other participations in EC projects: SATURN, FITNESS, EMILY, FIREWORKS (5thFP), NEXWAY (6thFP), WINSOC (7thFP) and the ITN 5GWIRELESS (H2020), the last one covering topics related to ultra-dense networks and millimeter wave transmissions in 5G. The group has been regularly funded by the Spanish and Catalan Governments.

Project description:

The project is related to the development of an optimized of a wide-area wireless network using software defined networking (SDN) principles. Network management decisions affect both the radio resources and the routing strategy, with the goal of maximizing the throughput, minimizing delays, reducing congestion, etc. in a scenario where mixed QoS traffic is encountered. Further to the theoretical analysis (which includes higher layer features like TCP) it is expected to implement the envisioned solution on an experimental platform based on IEEE 802.11ac. The solutions are amenable to a backhaul multi-tenant scenario in a wireless backhaul network that provides transport to a dense small cells 5G deployment, so that slicing capabilities and extremely low latency are provided. Use of OpenDaylight, Eclipse and MininetWiFi tools will be required.

The project is expected to also cover aspects related to mobile edge computing (MEC). More precisely, the objective is to develop techniques by which small-cells are in charge running  user applications and/or network functions. User applications offloaded from the mobile terminals allow enhancing the user experience and extending the battery lifetime. On the other side, network functions, that can be implemented in a distributed way, will provide low latencies and the possibility of implementing sophisticated interference management algorithms for a reduced information exchange through the backhaul network. Splitting the computational tasks in several virtual machines located in different closeby physical machines with different resources and traffic load is a challenge that will be contemplated.The final proposal will be designed taking into consideration the interest and the background of the candidate. 

Applications

Applicants are required to meet Marie Curie Researcher eligibility criteria. Notably, at the date of application, applicants must have a doctoral degree or 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience. They can be a national of any country, but must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline date (September, 14th 2017). The following documents have to be submitted prior to August 15th:- Curriculum Vitae- Letter of motivation with research interests- Two reference letters

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