EuCNC 2018 is the 27th edition of a successful series of technical conferences in the field of telecommunications, sponsored by IEEE ComSoc and EURASIP, and financially supported by the European Commission, focusing on communication networks and systems, and reaching services and applications. It targets to bring together researchers from all over the world to present their latest research results, being one of the main venues for showcasing, demonstrating and trialling the results of research projects, especially from successive European R&D programmes.
The Institute for Information and Communications Technology, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM) of the University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, invites applications for three positions at doctoral level, in the framework of a Belgian national project (MUSE-WINET) funded by the Belgian NSF (FRS-FNRS) under the Excellence of Science (EoS) program (http://www.eosprogramme.be/).
The project is managed by the Wireless Research Group, which is carrying out research in wireless and wired communications, localization and radar systems.
The successful candidates will join a strong research team lead by L. Vandendorpe and C. Oestges and carry out research towards a PhD degree. They will have the freedom to choose a topic compatible with the project definition.
The topic is MUSE-WINET: MUlti-SErvice Wireless NETworks.
Capitalizing on the paradigms of wireless network virtualization and slicing, and of densification promoted all across the wireless ecosystem, the MUSE-WINET project intends to investigate multi-service wireless networks (MUSE-WINETs) based on a common and shared infrastructure made of Cloud/Fog servers and radio heads equipped with large antenna arrays. The targeted wireless services significantly extend the concept of data transfer slicing, towards power transfer, positioning and wireless access to shared computational resources for cooperative sensing and IoT applications.
To enable the optimization of the performance jointly achievable for all radio and computational services, the project will investigate a cross (X)-service design paradigm. Xservice design combines initial slicing of the resources for the different services, a cooperative management of the resources across services in view of their coupling, and inter-service message passing to exploit possible synergies between services.
The project intends to understand the performance trade-offs achievable with MUSE-WINETs and the synergies and inter-service fertilization originating from the X-service design, and to design optimized algorithms for the transceivers, the resource management, and the computational load distribution, as well as to develop appropriate multi-service channel models. This requires the setting up of proper stochastic analytical frameworks. The research questions will be instantiated to use cases and the answers illustrated and corroborated by prototype elements.
The duties of a PhD student are: (i) to carry out research in the area of the project; (ii) to disseminate the research results by means of publications both in journals and international conferences, and seminar presentations; (iii) to contribute to the group life and networking activities.
Candidates should hold an MSc degree in electrical engineering, applied mathematics or related disciplines. Candidates should have experience or background in one or preferably several of the following areas:
– signal processing for wireless communications
– radio channel modelling
– wireless power transfer
– mobile edge computing
– resource management as well as with the following theoretical frameworks:
– optimization theory and methods
– game theory
– statistical signal processing.
Moreover, they should have excellent programming skills.
Good written/oral communication skills in English, and ability to work in a collaborative team, are mandatory.
The positions are available starting April 1, 2018, for a period of 1 year extendable to 4 years. Both the ICTEAM institute and the Wireless Research Group are exciting environments. The city of Louvain-la-Neuve, unique in Belgium, and truly international, offers very high quality working and living conditions. Budget is available to fund the publication costs associated with journal papers submitted by the PhD candidate and accepted, and to attend all conferences where papers submitted by the PhD candidate have been accepted.
Applications should include:
– full CV, list of publications
– name of three referees
– transcripts of all modules and results from university-level courses – motivation letter (maximum one page).
and be sent to
– L. Vandendorpe (firstname.lastname@example.org) for signal processing oriented research,
– C. Oestges (email@example.com) for radio channel modelling oriented research.
The deadline for applications is March 15, 2018. The positions remain open until they are filled.
EuCNC 2018 is the 27th edition of a successful series of technical conferences in the field of telecommunications, sponsored by IEEE ComSoc and EURASIP, and financially supported by the European Commission. This year’s motto is “5G and beyond”, and it will focus on various aspects of 5G communications systems and networks, including cloud and virtualisation solutions, management technologies, and vertical application areas, among others.
It targets to bring together researchers from all over the world to present their latest research results, being one of the main venues for showcasing, demonstrating and trialling the results of research projects, especially from successive European R&D programmes. It will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 18th to 21st June 2018. All the information is available at http://www.eucnc.eu, and you can always consult our Twitter account (@EuCNC) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/eucnc) for updates.
The conference will include:
- regular sessions with papers from the open call (to be submitted to IEEE Xplore), the call being available at https://www.eucnc.eu/call-for-papers;
- workshops, the call being available at https://www.eucnc.eu/call-for-workshops;
- special sessions, the call being available at https://www.eucnc.eu/call-for-special-sessions;
- poster sessions, the call being available at https://www.eucnc.eu/call-for-posters;
- tutorials, the call being available at https://www.eucnc.eu/call-for-tutorials;
- keynote talks;
- demos and exhibitions, the call being available at https://www.eucnc.eu/call-for-exhibitors-demos;
- technical pitches at coffee breaks by exhibitors.
We are inviting you and your colleagues to submit a paper to one of the 6 conference tracks by
12th 23rd February 2018 (extended), via EDAS at http://edas.info/N24234.
By the same deadline we are also accepting proposals for workshops, special sessions and tutorials.
We are looking forward to receiving your submissions and proposals.
Mihael Mohorcic, Jozef Stefan Institute, Department of Communication Systems, Slovenia
Mojca Volk, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Slovenia
Technical Program Co-Chairs, EuCNC 2018
It is not too late to join us in Porto this June!
Submit Recent Results & Workshop Papers by 19 January 2018.
VTC2018-Spring in Porto
Recent Results and Workshops
3-6 June 2018, Porto, Portugal
As part of VTC2018-Spring, the Technical Program Committee is offering a Recent Results track that will provide an opportunity for rapid publication of emerging work by industry and academia. Authors have the option of seeking an oral or poster presentation accompanied by a paper in the proceedings, or a demo accompanied by a short paper. The Recent Results track is broad in scope and covers all topics relevant to VTC. The conference is also hosting a number of exciting, cutting-edge workshops, so consider submitting to one of the following:
MORE INFO at http://www.ieeevtc.org/vtc2018spring/
We are living in the era where we all are connected through internet to connect, share, and access knowledge. However, with the assumption that infrastructure is available to keep us connected. In a situation of a disaster (e.g. earthquake, flood, and hurricane) this assumption is not valid, and we will need alternative solutions to connect users (people, objects, and their combinations). These solutions, in general, must support high data rates to entertain large number of users and have low latency for mission critical or real-time tasks (e.g. remote surgery in a disaster).
The vision of new wireless technology, the 5G network (5GN), encapsulates many applications e.g. mobile broadband, connected health, and intelligent transportation. To entertain such a wide variety of applications, the 5GN is required to support high date rates, few Gbps, and latency to a fraction of a millisecond as expected by the research communities, telecom manufacturer, and standardization bodies. Due to support of the high data rates and the low latency, the 5GN is a suitable candidate to provide a reliable and secure connectivity platform in a disaster. However, how a 5GN or existing networks can be functional without infrastructure during a disaster leads to find new innovative solutions. Previously, consumer drones were used to monitor and record information by operators in applications like media coverage and site survey. The consumer drones are now getting much interest in research communities with the capability to offload network traffic in scenarios like shopping centre, festivals, concerts and sport stadiums. However, most of the research work is limited to the theoretical aspect and still required validation from the experimental domain to improve and design new and more practical systems, particularly to overcome challenges in the situation of a disaster.
This PhD work will investigate the air-to-ground (A2G) radio propagation channel among drone and users, particularly in the scenarios of a disaster. The focus will be to model the A2G radio propagation channel in the sub-6 GHz and the mmWave band (i.e. 5GN). The outcome of this project will be a step to provide an alternative telecommunication service in a disaster to connect users. The expected new models will be beneficial for both research and industrial communities to understand the A2G radio propagation channel and more importantly to develop a more robust and innovative telecommunication service in a disaster.
- Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed equivalent via UK NARIC)
Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)
The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of not less than £14,553 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.
Department for the Economy (DfE)
The scholarships will cover tuition fees at the home rate and, for applicants with UK residence only, a maintenance allowance of not less than £14.553 per annum for three years. EU residents may also apply but, if successful, will receive fees only.
Deadline: 19th February, 2018
Detail and application process: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/find-a-phd/238563
For more information, please contact Dr. Adnan Ahmad Cheema (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Technische Universität Ilmenau in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Circuits (IIS) invites applications for the fixed-term position (6 years) of University Professor (W2) on the topic “Integrated analog RF signal processing”.
The post hold is expected to represent the field of integrated analog RF signal processing with particular focus on radio communications and remote sensing both teaching and research. The professorship will be part of the Institute for Information Technology (InIT).
Technische Universität Ilmenau as well as its institutional environment offer a manifold of connections/networking factors in the field of information, communication and microwave technology for cooperation in nanotechnology and mobility research. Therefore, in shaping new research activities, special emphasis should be placed on synergies with ongoing research projects and on a commitment to cooperate with the existing research and technology management.
The applicant, besides the professorship, will also hold a management position within the Department “Wireless Distribution Systems” at Fraunhofer IIS.
The applicant should bring excellent scientific qualifications in the fields of high-frequency technology, signal processing, IC design and system engineering as well as many years of experience in applied research and development in the field of analog RF signal processing.
International work and teaching experience and / or experience in international projects and networking are beneficial. In addition, experience in managing interdisciplinary research groups, experience in strategic planning, acquisition and execution of national and international R&D projects is expected.
Prerequisites for employment as a university professor are the terms given in the Thuringian University Act § 77 ThürHG, in particular the proof of additional academic achievements (e.g. given by a habilitation) and proven experience in teaching.
Versatile projects with a high degree of practical relevance and a great deal of creative freedom await the jobholder. Technische Universität Ilmenau and the Fraunhofer Society pursue a family-friendly personnel policy and offer their employees flexible working hours and support services for reconciling work and family life.
Additionally, Technische Universität Ilmenau will actively supports the applicant in finding appropriate childcare facilities and in relocating to the vicinity of the place of employment; if requested, TU Ilmenau provides career consulting to the partners of newly appointed professor for the technology region Ilmenau-Erfurt-Jena. TU Ilmenau bears the TOTAL E-Quality Award.
The University and the Fraunhofer Society aim to increase the proportion of women in teaching and research and urge qualified women scientists to apply. Applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equivalent shall have priority in recruitment if they have the same qualifications, aptitude and professional qualifications.
Applications with the usual documentation (CV, certificates, certificates, list of publications including selected reprints and lists of lectures held and a compilation of the projects handled) must be sent to the Technische Universität Ilmenau, Dean of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, by 26 January 2018, PO Box 10 05 65, 98684 Ilmenau.
Official link (German):
15-17 October 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
ITST 2018 intends to be the forum where academia and industry present, discuss and share the recent advances of telecommunications and its impact on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Plenary sessions, invited talks, thematic workshops, demonstrations and panel discussions will be part of an amazing experience, in the vibrant and newly rediscovered city of Lisbon.
– Regular paper: submission: 1 February 2018
notification of acceptance: 1 May 2018
camera ready version due: 1 June 2018
– Demo abstracts: paper submission: 1 June 2018
notification of acceptance: 22 June
camera ready version due: 15 July 2018
Contributions are expected to address one of the following areas:
– Autonomous vehicles
– Road communications, including soft-modes
– Maritime communications
– Communications for railway systems, including positioning systems
– Aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles communications
– Communication systems for multimode transport systems
– Emergency communications
The topics cover, but are not necessarily limited to the following:
*** Radio networks:
– resource allocation and management
– interference management
– propagation models
– electromagnetic compatibility
– deployment challenges
– performance evaluation
– satellite and cellular positioning
– safety and security of wireless system
*** Vehicle communications:
– in-vehicle communications
– vehicle-to-infrastructure communication
– vehicle-to-Internet communications
– vehicle-to-vulnerable road users communication
– roadside infrastructure and core network
– electric vehicle-to-Grid communication
*** Network architectures:
– communication architecture
– software-defined vehicular network
– cloud-based vehicular network
– fog and roadside computing
– network architecture for multimodal communications
– performance evaluation
– MAC/Link layer protocols
– routing protocols
– IP mobility
– location services and protocols
– transport protocols
– data dissemination protocols
– multimedia transmission protocols
– security protocols
– cross layer protocols
*** Cooperative applications/services:
– autonomous driving application
– safety and traffic management applications
– freight distributions applications
– green ITS applications (soft-modes, shared mobility and electric mobility)
– multimodal applications
– emergency management applications
– other type of applications
*** Standards, technologies and testbeds:
– performance evaluation of access technologies
– performance evaluation of positioning technologies
– open issues on standards
– lessons learned from real testbeds
– challenges of large scale networks
– protocol conformance testing
– interoperability testing and quality assessment
Authors are invited to submit regular papers (7 pages) or demo abstracts (2 pages), describing original, previously unpublished research or demos, not currently under review by another conference or journal. The submission is done using the Easy Chair system. All accepted papers are expected to be included in IEEE Xplore and will be indexed by EI. Awards will be given to the best paper, the best student paper and the best demo.
General chairs: Teresa Vazão (PT), Fernando Mira da Silva (PT)
TPC chairs: Alexey Vinel (SE), Marion Berbineau (FR), Paulo Pereira (PT)
Invited session chair: Luis Correia (PT)
Publicity chairs: Antonio Grilo (PT), Barbara Masini (IT), Ke Guan (CN), Jacek Rak (PL)
Local chairs: Laércio Cruvínel (PT), Ricardo Pereira (PT), Rui Cruz (PT)
There is a lot of interest in understanding and measuring the dynamics of crowds. A large number of applications can benefit from this information, such as the real-time management of people flow during large events, or the management of scenes of disaster.
Measuring crowd dynamics requires time-stamped localization data of the people. There are multiple ways to gather people localization data. Detecting WiFi-enabled devices (such as smartphones) using scanners is the method that stands out. This method is preferred because it is relatively cheap to deploy, nonintrusive, and requires little to no cooperation from the people that are being monitored.
Together with the organizer of the main events in Brussels, the Wireless Communications Group (WCG) at U.L.B. works on the monitoring of crowds with WiFi scanners to secure large events. A first prototype of the technology has been successfully demonstrated at ‘Plaisirs d’hiver’ organized in the center of Brussels in December 2016. The main street leading to the event has been equipped with WiFi scanners to count the number of attendees real-time. Even if the preliminary results are promising, the technology should be updated to cover the event globally and to further predict the crowd dynamics so as to prevent possible disasters.
We are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join a research program aiming at developing an intelligent crowd monitoring system for large public events. The system will be able:
- To provide crowd density and directional fluxes maps in real-time.
- To anticipate and mitigate abnormal crowd behaviors, especially for safety issues, by learning crowd dynamics and proposing mitigation actions.
To reach these two objectives, dedicated crowd density sensors will be designed. In parallel, innovative crowd density forecasting algorithms will be developed, by using advanced Artificial Intelligence strategies.
The researcher will work in close collaboration with another post-doc specialized in electrical engineering, and with the support of one main mobile operator in Belgium. The system will be tested in real-life during large public events organized in Brussels. A pre-industrial prototype is foreseen by the end of 2019.
- An awarded Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence (or PhD with strong experience in AI); An experience in forecasting algorithms is an asset;
- His/her ability to perform theoretical analysis, with a good publication track record;
- His/her strong willingness for field implementation;
- Excellent skills in spoken and written English.
Applicants should submit via e-mail a curriculum vitae, the contact information for two references, and a copy of two to three representative publications from previous research to Professor Ph. De Doncker: email@example.com.
Duration: 2 years full time in the first instance.
Starting date: presumably January/February 2018
Deadline for the submission of applications: Positions open until filled
6 month Internship with Railenium
Influence of pilot signals on TD-LMMSE performance in the context of 5G waveforms and high speed varying channels.
Location: Ifsttar F-59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq
Tutors: Marion Berbineau (Ifsttar), Michel Saideh (IFSTTAR), Iyad Dayoub (UVHC)
Context and Objectives
In the context of the North Europe Region Smarties project from ELSAT 2020 program some research works are focusing on the development of adaptable wireless communications resilient to technology evolutions and to interferences able to answer the railway needs. In this context, in order to evaluate the new wireless system performance, we need to evaluate new channel estimation techniques I the context of 5G.
5G communication systems are still under research and they are expected to answer different needs in the high speed railway sector. Many 5G waveform candidates have been proposed recently to replace the 4G OFDM waveform due to its well-known disadvantages. The different structures of these newly proposed waveforms have urged the need to study and analyze new transceiver design techniques (e.g., Precoding, Channel Estimation (CE), Equalization…). Since having a good channel estimate is critical to the performance of the overall communication system, too many researches have focalized upon the channel estimation techniques. However, in the high speed railway environment, the Doppler spread induce inter carrier interference which becomes challenging. A Time Domain LMMSE channel estimation technique has been recently proposed by adopting a comb pilot pattern. It has shown a very good performance with the 4G OFDM technique in handling the high speed challenges and it has been analyzed for some 5G waveforms.
It has been shown how the performance of this CE technique is highly depending upon the pilot sequence. Hence, we are interested in analyzing the effect of the pilot signal on the performance of the TD-LMMSE in order to propose and conduct a pilot optimization study.
The missions will be to first understand the work principle of some 5G waveform candidates (e.g., FBMC, GFDM…). Then the student will study and analyse the TD-LMMSE technique in a multipath time varying channel scenario. It will be then necessary to optimize the pilot signal to have the optimal TD-LMMSE performance for the studied 5G waveform candidates. The work will be performed with Matlab simulations.
-  Nissel, R., Schwarz, S., & Rupp, M. (2017). Filter Bank Multicarrier Modulation Schemes for Future Mobile Communications. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications.
-  Kalakech, A., Berbineau, M., Dayoub, I., & Simon, E. P. (2015). Time-domain LMMSE channel estimator based on sliding window for OFDM systems in high-mobility situations. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 64(12), 5728-5740.
Main skills: Wireless communications, signal processing, informatics, mathematics, Matlab, very good level of English, writing, knowledge of Railway domain will be a plus
Kow-how: Autonomy, sense of initiative, excellent relationship, rigor, taste for experiments