Best PhD Thesis - Orange Award

On June 23rd 2017, Sandra Lagen, a recent member of the group, was given the Orange award to the best Spanish PhD thesis on high bitrate broadband mobile communications. It was the XXXVII edition of the awards, organised by the Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Telecomunicacion.

Such thesis will help to all students of UPC to make their questions easy to answer with writing synthesis essay in the mean time.

Posted on 2017-08-05
PhD. Thesis Dissertation by Juan Castro Arvizu

Ph.D. student Juan Castro Arvizu successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation "Robust Indoor Positioning in WLAN Networks" advised by Prof. Juan Fernández Rubio and Dr. Pau Closas Gómez on March 24th, 2017.

Posted on 2017-06-20


PhD. Thesis Dissertation by René Játiva Espinoza

Ph.D. student René Játiva Espinoza successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation "Dispersive Source Models in Wireless Communications Subscriber Location" advised by Prof. Josep Vidal on April 6, 2017.

Posted on 2017-04-20


PhD. Thesis Dissertation by Sandra Lagén Morancho

Ph.D. student Sandra Lagén Morancho successfully completed her Ph.D. dissertation Coordination Strategies for Interference Management in MIMO Dense Cellular Networks advised by Prof. Josep Vidal and Dr. Adrian Agustin on December 21, 2016.

Posted on 2017-01-03

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PhD. Thesis Dissertation by Javier Rubio López

Ph.D. student Javier Rubio López successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation Resource Management Techniques for Sustainable Networks with Energy Harvesting Nodes advised by Prof. Antonio Pascual Iserte on June 22, 2016.

Posted on 2016-06-28

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PhD. Thesis Dissertation by Marc Torrellas Socastro
Posted on 2016-03-03

Job Offer: Research Project Engineer Open Position

Telecom Engineer sought (Spanish /European Union nationality) for participation in the working group of the COMPASS research project
(Communications and Signal Processing in Adverse Scenarios) TEC2013-47020-C2-2-R financed by:   

Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Spanish National Research Plan)

Project description available at:


Posted on 2015-06-19
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PhD. Thesis Dissertation by Josep Font-Segura

Ph.D. student Josep Font-Segura successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation Wideband Cognitive Radio: Monitoring, Detection and Sparse Noise Subspace Communication advised by Prof. Gregori Vázquez Grau on July 24, 2014.

Posted on 2014-07-24

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PhD. Thesis Dissertation of Italo Atzeni

Ph.D. student Italo Atzeni successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation Distributed Demand-Side Optimization in the Smart Grid advised by Prof. Javier R. Fonollosa and by Dr. Luis García Ordóñez on July 8th, 2014.

Posted on 2014-07-09

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PhD. Thesis Dissertation of Adriano Pastore

Ph.D. student Adriano Pastore successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation Communication Rates for Fading Channels with Imperfect Channel-State Information advised by Prof. Javier R. Fonollosa on June 27th, 2014.

Posted on 2014-06-30

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Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)

The researchers Josep Font-Segura, Gregori Vazquez and Jaume Riba have been awarded by the Best Paper Award for the Signal Processing for Communications Symposium at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), held in Budapest, Hungary, June 2013, for the work entitled "Sampling Walls in Signal Detection of Bernoulli Nonuniformly Sampled Signals".

Posted on 2014-02-07


TUCAN3G project granted in the 9th call of the 7th FP

The TUCAN3G project ( aims at designing a technologically feasible and yet economically sustainable solution for the progressive introduction of voice and broadband data services in isolated rural communities of developing countries, using commercial cellular terminals, 3G femttocells (and its possible evolution to 4G) and heterogeneous backhauling (WiLD-WiMAX-VSAT). The participants are UPC, Univerisdad Rey Juan Carlos, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Peru, Universidad del Cauca, Fondo de Inversión en Telecomunicaciones de Peru, Fundación EHAS, Telefonica Internacional Wholesales Services, Centro Regional de Productividad e Innovación del Cauca and Kinno Knowledge and Innovation Consultants. Activities span from Feb 2013 through July 2015 and are coordinated by professor Josep Vidal. Other SPCOM participants are Olga Muñoz, Toni Pascual, Adrián Agustín and Juan Fernandez.

Posted on 2013-06-03
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SPCOM contributions to 3GPP-LTE standardisation meetings

SPCOM has been actively participating since 2011 to 3GPP LTE RAN1 adn RAN3 meetings, through the participation in projects FREEDOM and TROPIC, from where you may download the contributions authored by Olga Muñoz, Josep Vidal, Sandra Lagén and Adrián Agustín.

Posted on 2013-06-03
Best National Master Thesis on Analysis and Optimization of Wireless Networks

The PhD candidate Sandra Lagen has been awarded by COIT the Best National Master Thesis on Analysis and Optimization of Wireless Networks. The award is sponsored by INGENIA TELECOM.

Posted on 2013-05-27


TROPIC project granted in the 8th call of the 7th FP

In the research programme of the TROPIC project (, the pervasive nature of smallcells deployments is exploited. It is assumed that smallcells can implement cloudlets and therefore communication, computation and storage resources are approached efficiently to the user equipment. The participants are UPC, Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Dune, CEA-LIST, Czech Technical University, Sequans, ATOS, Telkom, 4GCellEx and CINI. Activities are scheduled from Sep 2012 through Feb 2015 and are coordinated by professor Josep Vidal.

Posted on 2013-04-15
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Launch of the SME-2012-1-315007 RESCUECELL EU Project


The kick-off meeting of the Rescuecell project took place on January 31st. The aim of the Rescuecell Project is to develop a novel accurate location system based on mobile signal measurements, in order to create a cost effective and portable kit, easy to be installed and used. The RescueCell system is expected to lead to significantly faster searches in SAR (Search and Rescue) using a unique, easy-to-use, cost efficient, safe and reliable tool in order to locate victims who are buried under debris or snow, providing accuracy of their position.


Posted on 2013-03-20
New SPCOM relationship

The Signal Processing for Communications Research Group (SPCOM) at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech has been integrated within the resource pool
of the newly founded Mobile World Lab, a recent Barcelona-based initiative for providing wide-ranging test bed services to the mobile communications industry.
This initiative will be presented in one stand at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona.

Detailed information on SPCOM's technological capacities in mobile communications can be found in SPCOM's webpage.

Posted on 2013-02-25

On February 5, 2011, the Ministry of Science and Innovation has published the call for Predoctoral Research Training (FPI) associated with research projects of the national plan aimed at engineers or graduates interested in pursuing the doctoral thesis. Within this call it is offered a scholarship associated with the Research Project TEC2010-19171.MOSAIC: Macrocells and FemtOcells Systems with Advanced Interference-aware coordination and Cooperation techniques.

This Project is focused on future communication systems that, as 802.16m and LTE-A, include base station cooperation, interference coordination and femtocells as an integral part of the system. The project will address the study of these systems in the following ways:

  • The design of cooperative and coordination schemes when several cells can exchange of information at the data plane and/or at the control plane. Different strategies will be considered depending on the link connecting the cells.
  • The study of distributed consensus algorithms, useful in problems of synchronization of cooperative base stations.
  • The design of appropriate scheduling techniques in communications architectures with coordination and cooperation.

Conditions for the submission of applications are available on the link FPI.

For more details about this scholarship, please contact Olga Muñoz Medina (olga.munoz @

Posted on 2011-02-08
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COST Action IC0902: "Cognitive Radio and Networking for Cooperative Coexistence of Heterogeneous Wir

The group participates in COST IC0902 action on cognitive radio and networking whose objective is to integrate the cognitive concept across all layers of communication systems, resulting in the definition of a European platform for cognitive radio and networks. The activities are led by professors Margarita Cabrera and Josep Vidal.

Posted on 2010-04-24
PhD. Degree Dissertation
Ph.D. student Sébastien Simoens successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation "Cooperative MIMO Communications - Information Theoretical Limits and Practical Coding Strategies" co-advised by Prof. Josep Vidal and Prof. Olga Muñoz, on July 9th, 2009.
Posted on 2009-11-10
STREP project granted in the fourth call of the 7th Framework Programme of the EC
The FREEDOM project will study femtocell-based network enhancements by exploting interference management and coordination of information for seamless connectivity. The participants are UPC, Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Dune, CEA-LIST, Czech Technical University, Sequans, Siradel and Telkom. Activities are scheduled from Jan 2010 through Dec 2011 and will be coordinated by Josep Vidal.
Posted on 2009-10-26
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PhD. Degree Dissertation
Ph.D. student P. Closas Gómez successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation "Bayesian signal processing techniques for GNSS receivers: from multipath mitigation to positioning" advised by Prof. J. Fernández Rubio on June 15th, 2009.
Posted on 2009-06-16
PhD. Degree Dissertation
Ph.D. student Luis García Ordoñez successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation "Performance Limits of Spatial Multiplexing MIMO Systems" co-advised by Prof. Alba Pagès and Prof. Javier R. Fonollosa on May 6th, 2009.
Posted on 2009-05-07
The Graduation Project "LaViCAD - Analog and Digital Communications Virtual Laboratory: QAM and OFDM System (WIFI 802.11)" presented at Telecom BCN and developed by students Carlos and Francisco Vargas Berzosa under the direction of professor Margarita Cabrera for the COM@WEB Platform has been awarded the first prize at the SUN Microsystems First National Edition of Graduation Projects 2008.
Posted on 2009-04-03
PhD. Degree Dissertation
Ph.D. student Eduard Calvo successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation "Interference in Wireless Networks Cancelation, Impact, Practical Management, and Complexity" co-advised by Prof. Josep Vidal and Prof. Javier R. Fonollosa on January 26th, 2009.
Posted on 2009-02-20
URGENT: Research Grant on Cognitive Radio Systems
We are looking for candidates for a four-year PhD position grant associated with the SPROACTIVE Project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (TEC2007-68094-C02-02). Tentative deadline: January 2009.
Posted on 2008-11-27
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PhD. Degree Dissertation
Ph.D. student Adrian Agustin successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation "Relay-assisted transmission and Radio Resource Management for Wireless Networks" advised by Prof. Josep Vidal on May 29th, 2008.
Posted on 2008-05-29
Ph.D. Degree Dissertation
Ph.D. student Ali Nassar successfully completed his Ph.D. dissertation "Time-Varying Frequency-Selective MIMO Channel Estimation" advised by Prof. Josep Sala on April 3rd, 2008.
Posted on 2008-04-04
ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) successful docking at the ISS (International Space Station)
As of April 3rd, 2008, the ATV has successfully docked at the ISS. SPCOM participated in the design of the three S-band Spread Spectrum receivers of the ATV with Thales Alenia Space España: see ATV project at UPC and related videos and links ...
Posted on 2008-04-04
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Project granted in the first call of the 7th Framework Programme of the EC
The ROCKET project will study OFDMA-based cooperative networks under agile spectrum use. The participants are UPC, Motorola, Aachen University, CEA-LETI, Intracom, University of Surrey, Czech Technical University, Iber WiFi Exchange and DUNE. Activities are scheduled from Jan 2008 through Dec 2009 and will be coordinated by Josep Vidal.
Posted on 2007-11-29
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SPCOM renews EUROPRACTICE membership for access to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software during the current academic year.The EUROPRACTICE Software Service provides easy access to a wide range of cost effective leading edge IC, FPGA, MCM and Microsystem design tools for non commercial teaching and research. The EUROPRACTICE Software Service is managed by the Microelectronics Support Centre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK.
Posted on 2007-10-31
Streamlining Digital Signal Processing: A Tricks of the Trade Guidebook
New Wiley IEEE Press book on Digital Signal Processing to appear by the end of August 2007, edited by Dr. Richard G. Lyons and contributed to by Dr. Josep Sala. It may be found available at
Posted on 2007-07-30
Ph Degree Dissertation
Dr. Jose A Lopez Salcedo has recently presented his Ph Degree Dissertation entitled "Coherent and Non Coherent UWB Communications" and advised by Prof. Gregori Vazquez Grau.
Posted on 2007-06-29
Two year post doctoral Research Appointment
We seek a recent Ph.D. graduate in Network Information Theory interested in Theoretical Performance Bounds for Communication, Sensor Networks, and Cooperative Systems.
Posted on 2006-10-11
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Ph Degree Dissertation
Dr. Andreu Urruela Planas has recently presented his Ph Degree Dissertation entitled "Signal Processing Techniques for Wireless Locationing" and advised by Prof. Jaume Riba Sagarra.
Posted on 2006-07-17
Ph Degree Dissertation
Dr. Francesc Rey Micolau has recently presented his Ph Degree Dissertation entitled "Feedback-Channel and Adaptive MIMO Coded-Modulations" and advised by Prof. Gregori Vázquez Grau.
Posted on 2006-05-25
Ph Degree Dissertation
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Ph Degree Dissertation
Dr. Javier Villares Piera has recently presented his Ph Degree Dissertation entitled "Sample Covariance Based Parameter Estimation for Digital Communications" and advised by Prof. Gregori Vázquez Grau.
Posted on 2005-09-30
PFC Offer for ETSETB
APPLETS and MATLAB GUIs based Project is offered for PFC Students. The application will be included in the digital platform: COMALAWEB.
Posted on 2005-09-20
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The Signal Processing Group has submitted a patent of a system for Location-Based-Services, in the framework of the the EMILY European Project. The patent has been registered in Spain and France and it has a world-wide scope. FR04/08137, 22 July, 2004.
Posted on 2005-04-28
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The SPCOM Group offers 5 year Post Doctoral positions to suitable candidates in order to develop research in any field related to Communication Theory and Signal Processing under the auspices of the Ramón y Cajal program of the Spanish Government Application deadline: April 4th. Contact Javier R. Fonollosa for more information.
Posted on 2005-03-18
'Nit de les Telecomunicacions' award
On March 3rd, Eduard Calvo was given the "Premi a l'Enginyer Novell" Salvà i Campillo award for his work during the completion of his Master Thesis "Multiuser Detection for Underwater Acoustic DS-CDMA Systems".
Posted on 2005-03-07
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El BOE de 14 de enero de 2005 ha publicado la convocatoria de Becas predoctorales de Formación de Personal Investigador (FPI) asociadas a proyectos de investigación del Plan Nacional dirigidas a Ingenieros o Licenciados interesados en realizar su tesis doctoral.Dentro de esta convocatoria se oferta una beca asociada al Proyecto de Investigación TEC-2004-04526.ECO: Transmisión cooperativa para sistemas de comunicación inalámbricos de banda ancha.

Posted on 2005-01-28
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In September 2004 'The Aula NORTEL award' was given to Adrian Agustin for his Master Thesis in Electronics titled 'Códigos lineales espacio-tiempo para entornos MIMO reales en el sistema TDD UMTS'. His supervisors were A.Pagès and J. Vidal.NORTEL NETWORKS
Posted on 2005-01-10
On November 3th 2004, Eduard Calvo, a recent member of the group, was given the award to the best academic record at the UPC's Telecommunications School of Barcelona 2004 graduation ceremony.
Posted on 2004-12-23
Paper Awarded by IEEE
The 2003 Best Paper Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society has been awarded to the paper 'Conditional maximum likelihood timing recovery: estimators and bounds', authored by the members of the SPC Group: J.Riba, J.Sala-Alvarez, and G. Vázquez.
Posted on 2004-10-01
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Best Poster Award
The "Best Poster Session Paper" award of the 3rd International Symposium on Turbo Codes and Related Topics held in September 2003 in Brest (France) has been awarded to the paper "Iterative decoding algorithms for RS-Convolutional Concatenated Codes", co-authored by the members of the SPC Group M.Lamarca, J.Sala-Alvarez.
Posted on 2004-09-29
The Signal Processing and Communications Group was awarded official recognition as one of the newly created UPC's Research Groups on July 22on 2004.
Posted on 2004-07-22

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