Josep Vidal Manzano
Office:Campus Nord - D5 113
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Advised Students:Josemanuel Huerta Guillén, Sandra Lagén Morancho, Ahmed Raafat and Marc Torrellas Socastro


Josep Vidal received the Telecommunication Engineering and the Ph. D. degrees from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, in 1989 and 1993, respectively. In 1988 he joined Cognivision Research, a Spanish firm dedicated to the development of vision techniques and equipment for industrial control. From 1989 to 1990 he joined the LTS at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne as research assistant, developing signal processing algorithms for biomedical applications. In 1991 he was recipient of a Ministry of Education grant to complete the Ph. D. thesis (awarded the UPC's Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado in 1996) and joined the Signal Theory and Communications Dept. at UPC, where he became Associate Professor in 1997 and Full Professor in 2010. He teaches undergraduate courses in Statistical Signal Processing, laboratory of Digital Signal Processors and Machine Learning at the Telecommunication Engineering School of UPC. He has also participated in graduate courses on Mathematical Methods for Communications, Advanced Signal Processing, and Information Theory, areas where he has published over 170 papers in international conferences and journals, 5 book chapters and holds 3 US patents. He has served as Associate Dean of International Relations at the Telecommunications Engineering School in UPC and in his position promoted and managed the cooperation with PUCP and UCAB for the deployment of the Telecommunication Engineering studies.

Since 2000, he has continuously led the participation of UPC in EC-funded collaborative projects: SATURN (5th FP, Jan 2001- Jun 2004), devoted to the study of smart antennas technologies in 3G (and beyond) wireless networks, as well as the enhancement of positioning techniques for UMTS; ROMANTIK (5th FP, Jan 2003 - Dec 2005 as project coordinator), devoted to the design of intelligent relaying strategies, radio resource management and innovative radio link techniques for "structured" and "ad-hoc" multi-hop wireless radio networks; FIREWORKS (6th FP, Jan 2006 – Jan 2008), whose goal was the the design novel communications concepts at the PHY layer when relay stations are included in a wireless cellular networks; ROCKET (6th FP, Jan 2008 - Jan 2009, as project coordinator), whose target was the design of multi-user MIMO cooperative transmissions schemes towards the improvement of the system spectral efficiency; FREEDOM (7th FP, Jan 2010 - Jan 2012, as project coordinator) aimed at the design of advanced interference-aware cooperative resource management techniques in deployments of large number of co-channel femtocells and macrocells; TROPIC (7th FP, Sep 2012 - Mar 2015, as project coordinator), aimed at designing coordinated algorithms for the joint allocation of radio and computational resources, with the possibility of offloading computation and storage tasks from the user equipment to network edge devices with enhanced capabilities; TUCAN3G (7th FP, Feb 2013 - Jun 2016, as project coordinator) whose goal was the design of sustainable and economically viable acces and transport networks capable of providing broadband access in remote rural areas; and the MSC action ITN 5GWireless (H2020 programme, Jan 2015 – Dec 2018) targeting to train young researchers in key 5G technologies. He has continuously participated in research projects with Université Mohammed V of Rabat since 1995, funded by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional. As a result of all these cooperations, 25 contributions to IEEE 802, 3GPP-LTE (RAN1-RAN2) and ETSI-BRAN standardisation bodies were generated.

In terms of projects funded by the Spanish National R&I system, he was IP of ECO “Transmisión cooperativa para sistemas de comunicación inalámbricos de banda ancha” from 2005 to 2007 and co-IP (together with Javier R. Fonollosa) if the Type C-Consolider project “Limites Fundamentales de la Teoría de la Información de Redes” in the period 2006-2011, all financed by CICYT. From Jan 2017 he will co-lead (together with Olga Muñoz) the project 5G&B-RUNNER “Radio techologies for ultra-dense networks in the 5G and beyond (5G&B) era”. He has also led or participated in 6 projects of technology transfer with national and international companies.

In June 1995, he was co-organizer of the IEEE Signal Processing / ATHOS Workshop on Higher-Order Statistics (Begur, Spain), the IST Mobile Communications Summit 2001, (Sitges, Spain) in September 2001 and the European Workshop on Broadband Femtocell Networks, 2011 (Warsaw, Poland). He has served as co-editor of special issues in Signal Processing (EURASIP). Dr Vidal has been visiting scholar at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (1992), Ecole Nationale Polytechnique de Toulouse (2006) and University of Hawaii (2007). He is also Honorary Professor at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas.

Josep Vidal served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from 2010 to 2013, and is currently member of the IEEE ComSoc Signal Processing for Communications and Electronics Technical Committee (SPCE TC). Additionally, he has been associate editor of special issues in Signal Processing-EURASIP, AMADEIA and EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communication Networks.

He has served as reviewer or panelist of the following agencies: Hong-Kong Research Council, Agence Nationale de la Recherche Française (ANR), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Agencia Nacional de Evaluación y Prospectiva (ANEP), Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya (AGAUR), Plataforma tecnologica española eMOV, and Agencia Andaluza de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación Universitaria.

The impact of his publications can be assessed through: Google Citations profile, Web of Science and ORCID.


Latest Projects

Project nameAcronymFunderStart dateEnd date
Radio techologies for ultra-dense networks in the 5G and beyond (5G&B) eraRUNNERSpanish GovernmentDec 2016Dec 2019
Innovative Architectures, Wireless Technologies and Tools for High Capacity and Sustainable 5G Ultra-Dense Cellular Networks5G WIRELESSEuropean CommissionJan 2015Dec 2018
COMONSENS NetworkRED COMONSENSSpanish GovernmentDec 2015Nov 2018

Latest Journal publications

[1] A. Agustin de Dios, S. Lagén, J. Vidal, O. Muñoz Medina, A. Pascual Iserte, Guo Zhiheng and Wen Ronghui, "Efficient use of paired spectrum bands through TDD small cell deployments", IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 55, September 2017, pp. 210 - 217. | Details | Full document | BibTex

[2] S. Lagén, A. Agustin de Dios and J. Vidal, "Joint User Scheduling, Precoder Design and Transmit Direction Selection in MIMO TDD Small Cell Networks", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 16, April 2017, pp. 2434 - 2449. | Full document | BibTex

[3] J. Rubio, J Del Olmo, A. Pascual Iserte, J. Vidal, O. Muñoz Medina and A. Agustin de Dios, "Network Dimensioning and Base Station On/Off Switching Strategies for Sustainable Deployments in Remote Areas", EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, January 2017. | BibTex

Latest Conference publications

[1] A. Agustin de Dios, J. Vidal and S. Lagén, "Signal-Timing Offset Compensation in Dense TDD OFDM-based Networks", IEEE Global Communications Conference, December 2017. | Details | Full document | BibTex

[2] Dídac Surís, A. Agustin de Dios and J. Vidal, "Delay Minimization in Dynamic and Scalable Multi-operator Wireless Backhauling", IEEE International Conference on Communications, May 2017. | Details | Full document | BibTex

[3] Alexis I. Aravanis, O. Muñoz Medina, A. Pascual Iserte and J. Vidal, "Analysis of Downlink and Uplink Decoupling in Dense Cellular Networks", IEEE International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks , October 2016, pp. 219 - 224. | Details | Full document | BibTex

Latest Books

[1] A. Agustin de Dios, O. Muñoz Medina, J. Vidal and Savo Glisic, "Relay-Assisted Wireless Networks", Wiley - IEEE Press, September 2011, pp. 585 - 682. | Details | BibTex

[2] O. Muñoz Medina, J. Vidal, E. Calvo Page and A. Agustin de Dios, "Radio Resource Management in WiMAX. RRM strategies in multihop and cooperative transmission", John Wiley & Sons, July 2009, pp. 315 - 368. | BibTex

[3] O. Muñoz Medina, J. Vidal, A. Agustin de Dios, S. Simoens, E. Calvo Page, R. Hoshyar and Y. Liu, "Radio Resource Management in WiMAX. Relaying techniques for OFDM-MIMO systems", John Wiley & Sons, July 2009, pp. 271 - 314. | BibTex

Latest Advised Theses

[1] R. Jativa, "Dispersive Source Models in Wireless Communications Subscriber Location", Dpt. of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, April 2017. Advisor: J. Vidal. | Details | Full document | Hide BibTex

AUTHOR = {R. Jativa},
TITLE = {{D}ispersive {S}ource {M}odels in {W}ireless {C}ommunications {S}ubscriber {L}ocation},
SCHOOL = {Dpt. of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC},
YEAR = {April},
month = {2017},
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[2] S. Lagén, "Coordination Strategies for Interference Management in MIMO Dense Cellular Networks", Dpt. of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, December 2016. Advisor: J. Vidal and A. Agustin de Dios. | Full document | Slides | BibTex

[3] M. Torrellas, "Transmission Strategies for Interfering Networks with Finite Rate and Outdated Channel Feedback", Dpt. of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, February 2016. Advisor: J. Vidal and A. Agustin de Dios. | Details | Full document | 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

[2] J. R. Fonollosa, A. Agustin de Dios, O. Muñoz Medina and J. Vidal, "Methods and systems for decentralized managing of neighboring femtocells OEPM" December 2014. | Details | Full document

[3] S. Lagén, A. Agustin de Dios and J. Vidal, "Method and systems for decentralized interference management in a multi-antenna wireless communication system" August 2014. | Details | Full document

Research activity

Statistical signal processing, optimisation, information theory and communication systems

Academic activity

Undergraduate level: Statistical signal processing, Pattern classification, DSP laboratory

PhD level: Information theory, Mathematical Methods in Communications

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