Internship Demonstration of cognitive radio capabilities with NI SDR boards in the Railway context – IFSTTAR


6 month Internship with Railenium

Demonstration of cognitive radio capabilities with NI SDR boards in the Railway context

Location: Ifsttar F-59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq

Tutors: Marion Berbineau (Ifsttar), Iyad Dayoub (UVHC), Emilie Masson (Railenium)

Context and objectives: In the context of the European project X2RAIL-1 within the Shift2rail framework at European Level, Railenium research and developments are focusing on the development of adaptable communications resilient to technology evolution and to interferences able to answer the railway needs.

In this context we push the development and demonstration of cognitive radio features. A cognitive radio system is able to sense and understand its operational electromagnetic environment and to adjust dynamically and autonomously all its radio parameters to cope with interferences or the presence of a primary user in the band. The aim of the internship is to demonstrate this cognitive capability in a MIMO context using USRP RIO boards from National Instrument and Labview.

Main steps

The idea of the internship is to implement various existing spectrum sensing algorithms and to pilot with Labview the several USRP RIO boards available to implement the following scenario to develop a laboratory demonstrator with LTE like signals in a large frequency bands.

  1. Transmit a signal in a given band
  2. Sense all the available frequency bands for next transmission
  3. Detect the presence of primary user or interference
  4. Transmit the signal in a different frequency band

The demonstrator will use specific antennas develop for the project.

In a previous internship, several short band spectrum sensing algorithms have been implemented in NI USRP-2901 boards. The first part of the work will be to implement these algorithms in the USRP RIO boards.

Then, using a sliding window, the performance of these algorithms will be evaluated.

In a second step a wide band spectrum sensing algorithms will be also consider.

The time needed for spectrum sensing stage should be evaluated in order to define the exact scenario for the demonstrator.

Then the transmission part based on LTE like signals should be implemented on two boards. We will consider the possibility to use the LTE framework from NI or other solution. One board will be considered as the transmitter/receiver, the other one will simulate the primary user or the interferer.

The possibility to use other hardware equipment (CMW 500 form R&S) will be also considered as well as the possible connexion with a simulated LTE network (OPNET or OpenAir Interface).


Main skills : Wireless communications, signal processing, informatics, Labview, 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

Candidatures (cover letter + CV+grade+references ) should be send by email,;


Internship 5G waveforms based precoding and MIMO techniques for high data rate in uplink in the railway context – IFSTTAR


6 month Internship with Railenium

5G waveforms based precoding and MIMO techniques for high data rate in uplink in the railway context

Location: Ifsttar F-59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq

Tutors: Marion Berbineau (Ifsttar), Iyad Dayoub (UVHC), Jean-Luc Perron (Thalès), Amine Didioui (SNCF I&R)

This internship is offered in a context of the TCRAIL project with SNCF and RAILENIUM  which is a 42 months project that aims to develop two on site demonstrators for remote driving of a driverless train. This technological brick is mandatory for the development of full automatic driverless trains in a near future.

This internship will focus on the development of a bidirectional wireless communication system based on the future 5G technology for remote driving of a train from a control centre. For this particular application, the driver is not in the cabin of the engine but he is at the control centre with an appropriate human-machine interface. In this use case, the perception of the environment in front of the train should be transmitted in real time to the remote driver. The driver’s perception should be the same than the one in the cabin. Thus, the wireless link between the train and the ground (uplink) should be very high date rate, low latency, with a high QoS and the safety should be guaranteed. To develop such a system, there are several bottlenecks to solve such as:

–             High data rate in uplink in railway environments

–             Low latency, high QoS

–             Availability and reliability of the system

In this internship we will focus on the uplink and on the Physical layer aspects for the development of suitable solutions that will contribute to the final solutions. 5G waveforms are based on multi-carriers and multi antennas technologies. We propose here to investigate the performance of precoding techniques associated to MIMO and beamforming in the railway environment.

The candidate will first investigate the last 5G waveforms proposed recently in the WONG5 project for critical communications (C-MTC). The characteristics of these waveforms will be identified and their performances will be investigated in the context of high speed railway channels with possible impulse noise. Then, taking into account the necessity for high data rate in uplink, it will be necessary to optimize MIMO techniques thus we propose to investigate suitable precoding techniques as a function of the number of antennas and the environment characteristics. A particular attention will be taken to the chosen channel model to evaluate the algorithms.

This internship is dedicated to candidates who are interested then to continue their studies with a doctoral position at Railenium in the framework of the project.

Missions: The work will start with a state of the art on 5G wave forms for critical communications, precoding and MIMO techniques that can operate with these waveforms, railway channels. The results of different European projects available in the project will be analysed. Some suitable techniques will be extracted. In parallel, the candidate will have to identify which type of channel model will be considered.

Thanks to simulations with Matlab, some of these techniques will be evaluated and compared in the context of railway and identification of the most suitable ones will be performed with simulations.

Solutions for the optimisation in the specific use case of remote driving will be proposed.

Skills: Wireless communications, signal processing, channel models, very good level of English, writing, knowledge of Railway domain will be a plus

Know-how: Autonomy, sense of initiative, Excellent relationship, rigor

Candidatures (cover letter + CV+grade+references ) should be send by email,;


Internship Radio channel models for Railway environments using Ray Tracing tool – Ifsttar


Master 2 student or Engineer in the domain of wireless communications and radio propagation

Radio channel models for Railway environments using Ray Tracing tool

Location: Ifsttar, Cosys department, Villeneuve d’Ascq (F-59650)

                     6 months internship, starting date: 01/02/2018

Tutors: Dr Marion Berbineau (Ifsttar), Dr Yann Cocheril (Ifsttar)


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 develop some radio channel models of the Railway environments.

In this internship we will consider mainly metro tunnel environments.

The objectives of the internship will be to model the physical structure of the considered tunnels and to simulate the radio propagation inside these tunnels using an available Ray Tracing based software. The arch-shaped tunnels are usually modelled using plane facets and we want first to compare the results with a previous study considering another methodology.

Experimental results from previous trials in real tunnels are available and will be used for comparison with the simulations.

After this first step, the aim is finally to characterize the radio channel in terms of time and frequency responses in order to define the relevant parameters that should be considered for future measurements in real tunnels in the 5.8 GHz band and also in the 60 GHz band.

Main skills: Wireless communications, radio propagation, channel models, 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.


Candidatures (cover letter + CV+grade+references ) should be send by email to:,


DoCEIS 2018 – Call for Papers


DoCEIS 2018 – 9th Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems

May 02-04, 2018, Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal

Technological Innovation for Resilient Systems

Call for Papers
The 9th Advanced Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems (DoCEIS 2018) reflects the growing need for development and integration of resilience into technological systems, due to increased rate of disruptive events around the globe. Such events are due to a variety of causes – globalization, natural hazards and climate change, economic crisis, demographic shifts, fast technological evolution, terrorism and cyber-attacks, rise of nationalisms, to name a few – and challenge the way systems are designed, implemented, and managed. Furthermore, rapid advances in Smart Sensors, Actuators, Embedded Intelligence, and their seamless integration into multiple Systems Architecture and Platforms have revolutionized the technological world, and even the way we live. However, the pervasive nature and growing complexity of technology increased the level of vulnerability, which poses a big threat to human existence.

The objective of the conference is to share research findings and do brainstorming on the challenges and promising approaches for development of Resilient Systems, in order to curve a clear, distinctive and well defined pathway for future work.


Key activities of the conference include:
-Presentation of research results by PhD students (co-authored by their supervisors).
-Tutorials by invited experts on scientific, methodological, or soft skills topics.
-Presentation and discussion of the base ideas of the theses plans.
-Discussion of the scientific and technical challenges in the Electrical and Computer Engineering areas.
-Sharing of experiences among PhD students from different geographical regions.
-Forum on practical aspects (e.g. Publications, job markets, careers, etc.).
-Creation of collaboration (social) networks.

Prospective authors of research papers are invited to submit their manuscripts reporting original work, in any of the scientific areas of the conference. Papers describing advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques, and general survey papers indicating future directions are also encouraged. Nevertheless, each paper must make a clear link to the main theme of the conference, including a section describing that link.
Following the successful previous editions, proceedings are expected to be published by Springer, IFIP AICT series (indexed in Web of Science, SCOPUS and DBLP). Best papers will be considered for possible inclusion in a special journal issue.
There will also be poster discussion sessions focusing on PhD thesis plans. These sessions are designed to provide early feedback to PhD candidates in the initial phase of their studies. For PhD theses recently finished (during the last year), a special type of submissions is invited.

The scope of the conference will cover, but will not be limited to, the following topics:
* Computational and Perceptional Systems
* Energy
* Enterprise Collaborative Networks
* Electronics
* Signal Processing
* Smart Biotechnology
* Informatics in Electrical Systems
* Industry Information Systems
* Telecommunications
* Biomedical Engineering
* Robotics and Integrated Manufacturing

Important Dates:
* Now – Abstract Submission
* 8 Dec 2017 – Full paper submission
* 13 Jan 2018 – Author notification
* 2 Feb 2018 – Camera Ready Submission

Please see more instructions for authors on the DoCEIS 2018 web page

13th International Workshop on Communication Technologies for Vehicles: Nets4Cars, Nets4Trains, Nets4Aircrafts, Nets4Spacecrafts – May 17-18, 2018


ETSIS Telecomunicación, UPM South Campus, Madrid – Spain

Call for papers

The organizing committee of the conference is pleased to invite prospective authors for contributions in the theory and/or practice of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and communication technologies for vehicles on the road (i.e. cars, trucks and buses), in the air (i.e. aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles), on rails (i.e. trains, metros and trams) and in space (i.e. HAV, satellites, cubesats, etc.).

Areas of interest of the workshop include (but are not limited to):

− Vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and In-vehicle communications.

− Vehicle-to-Internet communications, Roadside infrastructure and core network. − Radio technologies for V2X (radio resource management and interference management, physical layer, propagation models, antennas, etc.).

− Protocols for vehicular networks (MAC/link layer, routing, IP mobility, dissemination, transport, applications, etc.) and performance enhancements.

− New trends in VANETS, e.g. integration of electric vehicles in smart grid communications.

− Data dissemination, processing, and aggregation in vehicular networks. − Safety, reliability, and dependability in vehicular networks.

− Mobility management, Network management, traffic modeling and optimization.

− Trajectory optimization and trajectory and separation management.

− Information management, enhanced communication, surveillance and navigation. − Digital maps and localization using communication technologies and GNSS applications.

− Applications for vehicular networks: multimedia applications, safety vs. non-safety applications.

− Cooperative ITS solutions, traveler information services and multi-modal transport. − Analytical, simulation, and experimental systems. − Field operational testing and results.

− Recent standardization efforts and problems (e.g. 802.11p, ITS G5, ERTMS, LTE-R).

− International harmonization activities (e.g. Europe vs. US vs. Asia). − Security and privacy in vehicular communications.

− Radio Channel Modeling.

− Satellite and HAV Internet Access.

− Radar for ITS applications.

Authors are invited to submit full papers comprising original work, not previously published, in English of max. 12 pages (or max. 8 pages for work in progress) in LNCS single-column format (Please refer to LNCS author guidelines webpage for templates 793341-0). All papers will be reviewed by an International Technical Program Committee with appropriate expertise. A properly anonymized (should not contain the names/details of the authors) version of the paper has to be submitted to


− Paper submission deadline: 1st February 2018.

− Notification of acceptance: 23th February 2018.

− Camera-ready paper submission: 9th March 2018.

− The event: 17th-18th May 2018. Accepted papers will be presented by their authors at the workshop and published in the Springer LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) series.

More information about the conference at

ISWCS 2018, Lisbon, Portugal, 28-31 August


ISWCS 2018, Lisbon, Portugal, 28-31 August

Technically Co-Sponsored by   IEEE ComSoc,   IEEE VTS   and   EURASIP

Paper Submission Deadline: April 06, 2018


Important Dates:

Special sessions and workshops proposals: March 02, 2018
Full Paper submission: April 06, 2018
Paper Acceptance notification: May 25, 2018
Camera-ready paper: June 29, 2018
Author registration: June 29, 2018


Submission Guidelines:

Acceptance will be based on full paper submission. The length should not be longer than five (5) A4 pages (in IEEE two-column format, 10pt, according to the IEEE template). Papers must be submitted via EDAS:

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.



Track 1: Communication theory, signal processing, information theory, antennas and propagation


Modulation and coding, Detection and estimation,

5G Wireless Systems, Waveforms,

Millimeter waves communications,

MIMO, massive MIMO, and multi-antenna communications,

Space-time coding, Precoding, Source coding for wireless communications,

Compressed sensing,

Network coding and Physical layer network coding,

Machine Learning for communications,

Stochastic geometry modelling,

Cooperative networks and relaying,

In-band full-duplex radio,

Interference cancellation,

Interference alignment,

Software-defined radio

2018 National URSI Symposium supported by National Committees of the Baltic Countries Poznan, Poland, 14-17 May 2018


2018 National URSI Symposium
supported by National Committees of the Baltic Countries
Poznan, Poland, 14-17 May 2018

The first 2018 National URSI Symposium supported by National Committees of the Baltic Countries will be a part of the 8th MICROWAVE & RADAR WEEK, which is the continuation of the series of very successful conferences in Warsaw (2004), Krakow (2006), Wroclaw (2008), Vilnius (2010), Warsaw (2012), Gdańsk (2014), and in Krakow (2016).

Poznan – City Where the Country Was Born – is one of Poland’s oldest cities and a birthplace of the Polish nation, Poznan is the capital city of the Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) region. Poznan lies halfway between Berlin and Warsaw, perfectly combining the old and the new, and is famous for international trade fairs, high quality shopping and popular festivals.

During National URSI Symposium there will be organized two focussed session that are of interest of DWG1: Radio Channels. These are:

  • Radio Channel Modelling in 5G Networks,
  • Radio Channel Modelling for Special Applications.

More details may be found under the following link:

Important dates:

  • Paper submission for review: 14 January 2018
  • Notification for Authors: 1 March 2018
  • Early birds’ registration: From 2 March to 16 April 2018
  • Final paper submission: 1 April 2018

Focused sessions organizers:



VTC2018-Spring in Porto, 3-6 June 2018


VTC Deadline Reminders

IEEE VTC2018-Spring in Porto

  • Call for Papers Deadline Extended: 30 October 2017
  • Call for Workshops Deadline Extended: 1 November 2017
  • Call for Tutorials Deadline Extended1 November 2017

IEEE VTC2018-Spring in Porto, 3-6 June 2018

IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference

Call for Papers

The 2018 IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference will be held 3–6 June 2018 in Porto, Portugal. This semi-annual flagship conference of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society will bring together individuals from academia, government, and industry to discuss and exchange ideas in the fields of wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology.

VTC2018-Spring in Porto will feature prominent plenary speakers, cutting-edge technical and application sessions, and an innovative Industry Track, which will include panels and presentations with industry leaders sharing their perspectives on the latest technologies. The conference will also host a number of relevant workshops and tutorials. Prospective authors are invited to submit original, unpublished full papers on, but not limited to, the following technical tracks:


  1. Antenna Systems, Propagation, and RF Design
  2. Signal Transmission and Reception
  3. Cognitive Radio and Spectrum Management
  4. Multiple Antenna Systems and Cooperative Communications
  5. Radio Access Technology and Heterogeneous Networks
  6. Green Communications and Networks
  7. Ad-Hoc, M2M, and Sensor Networks
  8. Wireless Networks: Protocols, Security and Services
  9. Mobile Satellite Systems, Positioning and Navigation
  10. Vehicular Communications, Networks, and Telematics
  11. Electric Vehicles, Vehicular Electronics, and Intelligent Transportation
  12. Future Trends and Emerging Technologies

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit full papers through the TrackChair web site:

Important dates for regular papers

  • Submit papers for review by: 30 October 2017
  • Acceptance notices sent: 29 January 2018
  • Final papers due: 28 February 2018

Call for Workshops

Workshops provide invaluable opportunities for researchers and industry practitioners to share their state-of-the-art research and development results in areas of particular interest. We invite submissions of cutting-edge workshop proposals to complement the technical program of VTC2018-Spring.

Workshops will cover specific topics with a mix of regular papers, panel discussions, keynotes, and possibly poster presentations. We ask for proposals that deal with topics in emerging areas of mobile and vehicular technologies.

For topics outside these focus areas, please consult the Workshop Chairs prior to a proposal submission.

Submission Procedure
Workshop proposals, in word or PDF format, should be sent to the Workshop Chairs by email on or before the posted deadline. Proposals should contain the following information:

  • Title, scope, and list of topics of the workshop
  • Names, affiliation, and email addresses of the workshop organizers
  • List of intended technical committee members (TPC)
  • Format of the workshop (papers, keynotes, panels, posters, etc.)
  • Intended paper review schedule
  • Promotional plan
  • Past history of the workshop, if any (when, where, number of papers, number of participants, etc.)
  • Intended audience of the workshop
  • Rationale, e.g., why is the topic of interest, why is the workshop expected to attract a significant number of high-quality submissions, etc.
  • A draft Call for Papers

All proposals will be independently reviewed and a decision on acceptance communicated by 15 November 2017. After acceptance, workshop organizers are expected to set up a website and to actively promote their workshops, as well as submit details for promotion at the main VTC site. The paper submission process will be arranged and handled by TrackChair.

Workshop Chairs
Luís Bernardo Universidade Nova of Lisbon, Portugal
Marco Gomes Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Narcis Cardona Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

Important dates for workshop proposals:

  • Proposal submission deadline: EXTENDED TO 1 November 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 November 2017

 Call for Tutorials

Tutorials provide opportunities for researchers from academia and industry to learn about state-of-the-art research and development from experts in a given field. The IEEE VTC2018-Spring Technical Program Committee invites submission of tutorial proposals for half-day presentation on topics of interest to the conference. For topics outside these focus areas (refer to the conference track descriptions), please consult with the Tutorial Chair prior to proposal submission.

Submission Procedure
Send an email to the Tutorial Chair, Oliver Holland at and include the following:

Email subject: VTC2018-Spring Tutorial Proposal – Brief description
Body of email should include:
–Name of presenter(s) and affiliation(s)
–Working tutorial title
–BRIEF description of pertinence to VTC audiences (50 words MAX)

After an initial selection phase, the shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a full proposal in view of final selection. Full proposal details will be collected online via a web form (the Tutorials Chair will provide a link to the web form).

Important dates for tutorial proposals:

  • Brief descriptions due: 1 November 2017
  • Full proposals due: 13 November 2017
  • Acceptance notification: 17 December 2017
  • Tutorials to be presented on: 3 June 2018



CWC – 2 open PhD positions – Resource Optimization for Context-Aware Smart Cities



2 Available Ph.D. Positions

Resource Optimization for Context-Aware Smart Cities

The University of Oulu in Northern Finland, with approximately 16,000 students and 3,000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University include broad, multidisciplinary research interests, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (

The Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu has two open full-time Ph.D. positions. The positions are fully funded with a competitive monthly salary of (~2500 EUR/month). The four-year position starts on January, 1st 2018.

The research focuses on smart mobility which includes the design and optimization of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, with a particular focus on ultra-reliable and low-latency communication. The research is highly interdisciplinary and involves the use of several mathematical tools such as stochastic optimization, game theory, stochastic geometry, and machine learning, among others. Within the duration of their Ph.D., the students will spend a 3-6 month research visit at our collaborative partners (MIT; Virginia Tech; University of Basque Country).


For consideration the interested candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Very good knowledge of wireless networking (e.g. heterogeneous networks, vehicular networks) and radio resource management in wireless networks.
  • Very good knowledge in any of the methodologies including stochastic optimization, game theory, stochastic geometry, machine learning, statistical physics and adjunct areas.
  • Ability to pursue independent research + excellent writing and fluency in English.


Applications should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Mehdi Bennis at:  including:

–  A detailed curriculum vitae + list of publications in related topics (considered as a “plus”).

–  A cover letter indicating the candidate’s research interests.

–  GRE and TOEFL scores.

–  Contact of two three referees.


ESoA Course on Short Range Radio Propagation: Theory, Models and Applications

ESoA course

ESoA Course on

Short Range Radio Propagation: Theory, Models and Applications

Shanghai, China, October 9th – 12th, 2017

Radio propagation related topics have been paid more attention recently in the context of 5G and future generation wireless systems from both Academia and Industry.

European School of Antennas (ESoA) and Tongji University will jointly organize a short course on characterization of short-range radio propagation from Oct. 9th to 12th, 2017, Shanghai, China.

The course, held for the first time in China, systematically introduces theories and practices of wave propagation and is tailored for audiences from both industries and academia.

The latest advances of worldwide research in propagation measurement and modeling are discussed during the course and will give enlightening thoughts to researchers and engineers. Meanwhile the course, lectured by five professors highly renowned in their respective fields, can significantly strengthen the connections between European universities, research institutes, Chinese universities and companies.

A formal certificate of completing the course will be issued by ESoA at the end of the course. Graduate students in Master and doctoral levels, as well as R&D engineers from industry, researchers from academia are warmly welcome.



Thomas Kürner, Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)

Vittorio Degli-Esposti, University of Bologna (Italy)

Xuefeng Yin, Tongji University (China)

Conor Brennan, Dublin City University, (Ireland)

Xiang Cheng, Peking University, (China)


More info HERE