Alba Pagès Zamora
Position:Associate Professor
Office:D5 114a
Telephone:+ 34 93 401 10 91
Fax:+ 34 93 401 64 47
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Advised Students:Pere Giménez Febrer


Alba Pagès-Zamora received the M.S. degree in 1992 and the PhD degree in 1996, both in Electrical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelonatech (UPC), Spain. In 1992 she joined the Department of Signal Theory and Communications at the same University and became an Associate Professor in 2001. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate, theoretical and lab courses related to Signal Processing, Digital Communications and Matrix Algebra. Her current research interests include localization in emergency situations, distributed signal processing over dynamic networks (diffusion and consensus strategies), communication in wireless sensor networks and applications for MIMO channel wireless communications.

She is author of one book chapter, 10 papers in international periodic journals and about 50 papers in international conferences (Public profile at Google Scholar). She has been reviewer of IEEE Transaction on Signal Processing, EURASIP Signal Processing Journal and Ad Hoc Networks Elsevier. From February 2012 to the end of 2015 she has been Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and since February 2016 she is Senior Member of IEEE society.

Regarding European Projects, she participated as a researcher in the IST-99-10322 SATURN project, funded by the European COmmission from Januray 2000 to June 2002. From November 2001 to August 2003 she was UPC’s technical leader of the Fifth Framework Programme IST project I-METRA, and from March to November 2004 for the Sixth Framework Programme IST-2001-37944 Network of Excellence project NEXWAY. She also was the UPC’s principal investigator of the 6th Framework Programme IST-033914-STREP project WINSOC devoted to develop Wireless Sensor Networks with Self-Organization Capabilities for Critical and emergency Applications from September 2007 to June 2009, and of the 7th Framework Programme European Project RESCUECELL (Portable Kit for Detecting Trapped and Buried People in Ruins and Avalanches) under the funding scheme of Research for the benefit of the SMEs from January 2013 to February 2015.

She has participated in six national scientific projects and one R+D project with the European Space Agency. In 1998 and 2001 she led two R+D projects with the national industry, respectively. Currently she participates in the national project CONSOLIDER-INGENIO 2010 Foundations and Methodologies for Future Communication and Sensor Networks (COMONSENS).

From June 1005 to January 2007 she was the academic director of ERASMUS MUNDUS Master of Science in Research on Information and Communication Technologies (MERIT), the research master programme of the Dept. of Signal Theory and Communications at the UPC. In the Spring of 2009 she worked in the preparation of the proposal of the successful ERASMUS MUNDUS 2009-2013 Master of Science in Research on Information and Communication Technologies (MERIT) EMMC Joint Master Program. From November 2015 to July 2017 she was the coordinator of sustainability and social commitment of the electrical engineering school ETSETB at the UPC.

She has regularly been participating as evaluator for the Information Society and Media Directorate-General of the European Commission of research projects since 2007 (i.e, H2020-ICT30-2015, H2020-ICT-2014-2, FP7-ICT-2009-1, FP7-ICT-2007-1). She has also participated as reviewer of projects in the European Union 7th and 6th Framework Programme in the theme of Information and Communication Technologies. She was an evaluator of research projects of the Communications and Electronic Technologies (TEC) area within the National Research Plan of Spain of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) in 2008 and 2012, and also for the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) in 2010 and 2011. She was also the co-chairman of the CHIST-ERA Context and Content-Adaptive Communication Networks Evaluation Panel from February 2013 to June 2013.

During the 2010-2011 academic year she was on sabbatical within the IPR group at Fractus S.A., a technological company that designs, manufactures and licenses optimised antennas for mobile handsets, short-range wireless devices and telecommunications infrastructure by applying the science of fractal mathematics to antenna development. In Fractus, she gained experience in IPR management performing prosecution tasks of Fractus patent portfolio and giving technical support in the Fractus against Samsung trial.


Latest Projects

Project nameAcronymFunderStart dateEnd date
Coding and Signal Processing for Emerging Wireless Communication and Sensor NetworksCARMENSpanish GovernmentDec 2016Dec 2019
COMONSENS NetworkRED COMONSENSSpanish GovernmentDec 2015Nov 2018
Técnicas distribuidas para la gestión y operación de redes de comunicaciones celulares inalámbricas, de sensores y de la red eléctrica inteligenteDISNETSpanish GovernmentJan 2014Oct 2017

Latest Journal publications

[1] S. Silva Pereira, R. López-Valcarce and A. Pagès Zamora, "Parameter estimation in wireless sensor networks with faulty transducers: a distributed EM approach", EURASIP Signal Processing, Elsevier, December 2017. | Details | BibTex

[2] S. Silva Pereira, R. López-Valcarce and A. Pagès Zamora, "A Diffusion-Based EM Algorithm for Distributed Estimation in Unreliable Sensor Networks (DOI 10.1109/LSP.2013.2260329)", IEEE Signal Processing Letters, Vol. 20, June 2013, pp. 595 - 598. | Details | Full document | BibTex

[3] S. Silva Pereira and A. Pagès Zamora, "Consensus in Correlated Random Wireless Sensor Networks", IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 59, December 2011, pp. 6279 - 6284. | Details | Full document | BibTex

Latest Conference publications

[1] Panagiotis A. Traganitis, A. Pagès Zamora and Georgios B. Giannakis, "Learning from Unequally Reliable Blind Ensembles of Classifiers", IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing, November 2017, pp. 1 - 5. | BibTex

[2] Margarita Cabrera-Bean, A. Pagès Zamora, Carles Diaz-Vilor, M. Postigo-Camps, D. Cuadrado-Sanchez and M. Luengo-Oroz, "Counting Malaria Parasites with a two-stage EM based algorithm using crowdsourced data", Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society , July 2017, pp. 1 - 5. | Details | Full document | BibTex

[3] A. Pagès Zamora, Georgios B. Giannakis, R. López-Valcarce and Pere Giménez-Febrer, "Robust Clustering of Data Collected Via Crowdsourcing", IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, March 2017, pp. 4014 - 4018. | Details | Full document | BibTex

Latest Books

[1] A. Pagès Zamora, J. Sala Alvarez and Margarita Cabrera-Bean, "Lab Working Guide. Introducció a les Comunicacions (ICOM). Manual de Pràctiques de Laboratori", Wiley - IEEE Press, February 2014. | Details | Full document | BibTex

[2] A. Pagès Zamora and M. Heikkilä, "MIMO systems for the HSDPA FDD mode UMTS service. Section: Smart Antennas - State-of-the-Art", EURASIP Book Series on Signal Processing and Communications, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, May 2005. | Details | Full document | BibTex

Latest Advised Theses

[1] S. Silva Pereira, "Distributed Consensus Algorithms for Wireless Sensor Networks: Convergence Analysis and Optimization", Dpt. of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, January 2012. Advisor: A. Pagès Zamora. | Details | Full document | Slides | BibTex

[2] L. G. Ordóñez, "Performance Limits of Spatial Multiplexing MIMO Systems", Dpt. of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, May 2009. Advisor: J. R. Fonollosa and A. Pagès Zamora. | Details | Full document | Slides | BibTex

Latest Patents

[1] A. Pagès Zamora, J. Vidal, Pere Giménez-Febrer and S. Silva Pereira, "Procedimiento y sistema de localización de terminales móviles" February 2015. | Full document


[1] A. Pagès Zamora, "Transformada de Fourier en Processament No-Lineal del Senyal", Dpt. of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, December 1996. Advisor: M. A. Lagunas. | Details | BibTex

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