Josep Sala Alvarez
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Dr. Sala received his M.Sc and PhD. in Telecommunications Engineering at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), at the department of Signal Theory and Communications (TSC) in 1991 and 1995, respectively. During 1992 he was working at ESA\'s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt in the former Station Communications and Engineering department. Up till Sept. 1994 he was a research associate at TSC, when he was appointed assistant professor. In Nov. 1997 he became Associate Professor. In the SPC group, Dr. Sala performs research in signal processing algorithms and system design for communication transceivers. He has participated in 12 space-related communication projects for ESA and in 12 other wireless communications projects at national/European level with industry and institutions. Dr. Sala is (co-)author of over 40 national/international publications and has received the following Research Awards:
1) IEEE Signal Processing Society Best (Senior) Paper Award 2003.
2) International Symposium on Turbo-Codes and Applications (ISTC\'03) Best Poster Paper Award .
3) Best PhD Thesis in Telecommunications National Award (1995). , as well as a Special Mention to the 1999 Barcelona City Award (Premi Ciutat de Barcelona) on Technological Innovation for participation in the design of the ATV Communication Systems.
Latest Journal publications
 J. Sala Alvarez, G. Vazquez-Vilar, R. López-Valcarce, Saeid Sedighi and Abbas Taherpour, "Multiantenna GLR Detection of Rank-One Signals with known Power Spectral Shape under Spatially Uncorrelated Noise", IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 64, December 2016, pp. 6269 - 6283. | Details | Full document | BibTex
 Zahra Pourgharehkhan, Abbas Taherpour, J. Sala Alvarez and Tamer Khattab, "Correlated Multiple Antennas Spectrum Sensing Under Calibration Uncertainty", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 14, July 2015, pp. 6777 - 6791. | Details | Full document | BibTex
 Saeid Sedighi, Abbas Taherpour, J. Sala Alvarez and Tamer Khattab, "On the Performance of Hadamard Ratio Detector Based Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive Radios", IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 63, July 2015, pp. 3809 - 3824. | Details | Full document | BibTex
Latest Conference publications
 Javier Villares, F. Rey Micolau and J. Sala Alvarez, "Optimum Energy Allocation for Massive Spread-Spectrum Multiple Access in Networks of Uncoordinated Energy-Limited Terminals", IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances for Wireless Communications, July 2016. | Details | Full document | BibTex
 R. López-Valcarce, Daniel Romero, J. Sala Alvarez and A. Pagès Zamora, "Distributed Multivariate Regression with Unknown Noise Covariance in the presence of Outliers: An MDL Approach Distributed online EM in sensor networks with faulty nodes", IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing, June 2016, pp. 1 - 5. | Full document | BibTex
 J. Sala Alvarez, Javier Villares and F. Rey Micolau, "SINR Profile for Spectral Efficiency Optimization of SIC Receivers in the Many-User Regime", IEEE International Conference on Communications, June 2015, pp. 10123 - 10128. | Details | Full document | Slides | BibTex
Latest Advised Theses
 H. Durney Wasaff, "Adaptive Pre-Distortion for Non Linear High Power Amplifiers in OFDM Systems.", Dpt. of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, July 2004. Advisor: J. Sala Alvarez. | Full document | BibTex
 P. Marti, "Algorismes de Detecció i Recuperació de Referència per Modulacions Transformades", Dpt. of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, April 2001. Advisor: J. Sala Alvarez. | BibTex
The following is a list of selected links to projects participated by Dr. Sala, 1) Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Communication Systems for the International Space Station (ISS). 2) The HISPANET and IBIS projects. His latest research interest is in signal processing for radioastronomy, where he has coordinated a feasibility study for ESA\'s Advanced Concepts Team on the utilization of pulsar signals for autonomous deep space navigation.