6th Training School on Machine and Deep Learning Techniques for (Beyond) 5G Wireless Communication Systems


Date:  April 8-11, 2019
Location:  Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
Venue:  Centre Tecnòlogic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)
Organizers:  Carles Antón-Haro (CTTC), Adriano Pastore (CTTC)

Over the last decade we have witnessed a series of impressive breakthroughs in data science and AI thanks to important advances in the algorithmic efficiency of data-driven approaches, such as deep learning. While the prime examples of disruptive progress have occurred in fields such as computer vision or natural language processing, there is still a huge potential for these improvements to carry over to other disciplines such as communications engineering. Incipient research has demonstrated the benefits of machine learning for the lower layers of the communication stack, including coding, modulation, equalization, detection, resource allocation, etc.

This training school will revolve around the application of Machine and Deep Learning techniques to the design of (beyond) 5G communication systems, with particular emphasis on physical and lower layers. The training school will comprise keynote and tutorial lectures by renowned researchers from academia and industry, focused presentations on recent advances in this research field and hands-on sessions. The school will be held in Spring 2019 in Barcelona, a global 5G technology hub in the south of Europe and one of the top attractive European destinations.

This training school is open to all, but young PhDs and early-stage researchers in electrical engineering, computer science or related fields are particularly welcome to attend and participate!

The program includes a student poster session and a Machine learning challenge, with prizes and awards for both activities.


Mérouane Debbah – Huawei Paris & Centrale Supélec Paris, France
Yair Be’ery – Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Osvaldo Simeone – King’s College London, UK
Sebastian Cammerer – University of Stuttgart, Germany
Deniz Gündüz – Imperial College London, UK
Mehdi Bennis – University of Oulu, Finland
Carles Antón-Haro – Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Spain
Adriano Pastore – Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Spain
Timothy O’Shea – DeepSig Inc. & Virginia Tech, USA
Wolfgang Utschick – Technical University of Munich, Germany


Registrations are managed by EURACON, the European Association for Communications & Networking (www.euracon.org)

Following the many requests received, the registration for the 6th Training School has been closed before the set deadline.
We thank you all for your interest!

Registration deadline: 25 March 2019  Registration is now closed (updated on 26 February 2019)

The waiting list is now closed: (updated on 1 March 2019)
Note: if you are on the waiting list, do not pay the course fee until your registration is confirmed!

Course fee: € 190

Course fees include lunches, coffee breaks, a social event and a gala dinner. They do not cover other expenses such as accommodation or transportation.
Fees can be paid via bank transfer or PayPal:

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REFERENCE: [Your first name] [Your last name], registration at IRACON 6th TS Barcelona

Euracon accepts PayPal payments by adding 3% + € 0,35 for transaction fees.
To use the online payment, please send an email with subject “EURACON Online Payment – 6th Training School Barcelona” to a.baldini@unibo.it
You will then receive an email from PayPal including the invoice and the payment instructions.

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If you need a pro-forma invoice, please write an email to a.baldini@unibo.it


Grant applications are now closed

COST CA15104 (IRACON) offers a limited number of Grants (up to € 400 each) to attend the training school.
Priority will be given to PhD students and ECIs of the institutions participating in the Action.

Grants are meant as a contribution to the expenses and do not cover all the costs related to the training school.

To apply please send an email to a.baldini@unibo.it (+CC to laurent.clavier@imt-lille-douai.fr) with the following information:

  • Subject of the email: IRACON 6th Training School – Grant Application
  • Name, Affiliation and Country of the applicant
  • Career status: PhD student, PostDoc, Assistant, Industry researcher, …
  • CV in attachment


We encourage all participants to present their current research with a poster (size A0, portrait). Any topic that is tangent to either communications engineering, or machine learning, or artificial intelligence (or a combination thereof), is welcome. The poster session will be an opportunity for students, lecturers and others to informally engage in conversation and exchange ideas.

Poster slots will be reserved on a first come first serve basis until 8 March 2019.

The responsibility to bring the poster to the Training School and the printing costs are at the participants’ charge
For more information please refer to: adriano.pastore@cttc.cat

Machine learning challenge

We kindly ask all participants to bring their laptop in order to participate in the machine learning challenge. Note that the only requirement is WiFi connectivity and access to a browser. The computational power of your device is irrelevant, since the challenge will consist in editing some ready-to-use Jupyter notebooks. All computations will be performed in the cloud.

The knowledge necessary to participate in the challenge will be imparted on Day 1. No advanced programming skills or familiarity with machine learning libraries is required. However, rudimentary knowledge of the Python programming language can be helpful, but is no requirement.

The challenge will be presented on Day 1 (Monday, April 8) and winner(s) will be announced on Day 4 (Thursday, April 11).


Grant request opening date: 18 February 2019
Grant request closing date: 11 March 2019  Grant applications are now closed
Grants notification: 14 March 2019
Registration closing date: 25 March 2019  Registration is now closed