Alba Pagès Zamora
Position:Associate Professor
Office:D5 114a
Telephone:+ 34 93 401 10 91
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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 undergraduate, theoretical and lab courses related to Signal Processing and Digital Communications. Her current research interests include signal processing on graphs, ensemble learning, identification of communities in graphs, and distributed algorithms.

She is author of one book chapter, 12 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. From February 2018 she is member of the editorial board of Signal Processing EURASIP journal.

Regarding European projects, she has been UPC’s principal investigator of FP7-SME-2012-1-315007 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 Jan. 2013 to Feb. 2015, and 6th FP IST-033914-STREP project WINSOC devoted to develop Wireless Sensor Networks with Self-Organization Capabilities for Critical and emergency Applications from Sep. 2007 to June 2009. From Nov. 2001 to Aug. 2003 she was UPC’s technical leader of 5th FP IST-2000-30148 I-METRA, and from March to Nov. 2004 for 6th FP IST-2001-37944 Network of Excellence project NEXWAY. She participated as researcher in IST-027187-STREP SURFACE since Jan. 2006 to Dec. 2008, and in IST-99-10322 SATURN from Jan. 2000 to June 2002.

Currently she is the principal investigator of TEC2013-41315-R DISNET national research project devoted to the study of distributed techniques for the management and operation of wireless cellular networks, sensor networks and the smart energy grid to be finished in June 2018. She participated in 7 national scientific projects, was the leadership of 2 contracts with companies and participated in 3 additional contracts as investigator.

From November 2015 to July 2017 she was the coordinator of Sustainability and Social Commitment of the electrical engineering school ETSETB at the UPC. From June 2005 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. 

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 H2020, and 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, 2012 and 2015, and also for the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) since 2010. 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 thanks to her background on signal processing.



Latest Projects

Project nameAcronymFunderStart dateEnd date
Signal Processing and Communications2017 SGR 578Catalan GovernmentJan 2017Dec 2019
Coding and Signal Processing for Emerging Wireless Communication and Sensor NetworksCARMENSpanish GovernmentDec 2016Dec 2019
COMONSENS NetworkRED COMONSENSSpanish GovernmentDec 2015Nov 2018

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, Vol. 144C, March 2018, pp. 226 - 237. | Details | BibTex

[2] A. Pagès Zamora, Margarita Cabrera-Bean and Carles Diaz-Vilor, "Unsupervised online clustering and detection algorithms using crowdsourced data for Malaria diagnose", Submitted to Pattern Recognition, January 2018, pp. 1 - 27. | BibTex

[3] Panagiotis A. Traganitis, A. Pagès Zamora and Georgios B. Giannakis, "Blind Multi-class Ensemble Learning with Unequally Reliable Classifiers", Submitted to Trans. on Signal Processing, December 2017, pp. 1 - 13. | 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. | Full document | 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. 2283 - 2287. | 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 | Hide BibTex

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[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

Research activity

The journal paper with Panos and Prof. G.B. Giannakis is available at

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