In the last week of August, IT and ISCTE-IUL hosted the 15th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS 2018). ISWCS is a well-known symposium focusing on wireless communications, both on physical layer and networking aspects, and is a premier forum in the fields of signal processing for wireless communications, communication theory, channel modelling, and networking theory and practice.
ISWCS 2018 welcomed 205 academic and industrial researchers, scientists, engineers, and business people from more than 50 countries. ISWCS 2018 Lisbon was particularly proud of presenting a set of keynote speakers of unusual quality, all well-known leaders in wireless communications. Lisbon hosted Prof. Ian Akyildiz, who is the most cited researcher in the world in the field of wireless communications, Prof. Syed Jafar, the inventor of interference alignment, Prof. Angel Lozano, one of the most influential scientists in signal processing for wireless communications, prof. Mérouane Debbah, also one of the most influential academics in wireless and now head of research of the Huawei European labs in Paris, and Dr. Harish Viswanathan, head of radio research at the Nokia Bell-Labs in New Jersey. All of them are IEEE Fellows. The list of Tutorial Lecturers was also quite unique and not-subpar, featuring world leaders lecturing six tutorials on current hot-topics in wireless communications.
The best paper award was snapped by a team of Nokia researchers and academics at Tampere University of Technology, in Finland, and the best student paper award was given to a student of prof. Luc Vandendorpe’s group at the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Belgium.
This year's edition took place between 28-31 August 2018, and was technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), and by The European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP). On the industrial side, ISWCS’18 Lisbon had Rohde & Schwarz as a sponsor.
The conference will certainly leave the participants fond memories not only of the technical programme, but also of the banquet aboard a cruise boat on the river Tagus!
In the photo: the three General Chairs, the Publications Chair, and students and post-docs from ISCTE-IUL and FCT-Nova, who served as staff.
The College of Electrical Engineering of the Center Region of the Ordem dos Engenheiros distinguished with the Best Internship 2018 award the internship "Research of Optical Communications: Study of the Inherent Effects to the Transmission of High Debits of Information in Optical Fibers and Optical Processing in Space Communications" carried out by the former student of the University of Aveiro (UA), Carlos Ribeiro.
The Ordem dos Engenheiros enables each new graduate to undertake an internship in their field as a means of joining the Ordem dos Engenheiros as an effective member. The work developed by Carlos Ribeiro was carried out at IT in Aveiro, within the framework of the research projects ONECI, Dineq and BEACON. As a research fellow of these projects between 2015 and 2017, Carlos Ribeiro was supervised by Armando Pinto, a researcher from IT in Aveiro and a Professor of the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (DETI) of the UA and Miguel Drummond, also a researcher at IT in Aveiro.
According to Carlos Ribeiro “The first stage of the internship focused on the study of unwanted effects for optical systems operating at high speeds under various conditions / propagation characteristics and in the development of a computational platform (a simulator), of coherent systems also operating at high rates - projects ONECI and DiNEq.” The second phase of the internship focused on the main task of the project BEACON, which consisted in the specification of a photonic beamforming system for a phased array antenna receiver, based on self-heterodyne detection, offering the sensitivity of coherent detection and also photonic frequency down-conversion, and testing, validation, and demonstration of the prototype of such a system. “In the near future, through this teamwork, it will thus be possible to apply photonic techniques for the processing of radiofrequency signals in satellite telecommunications”, said Carlos Ribeiro. As a conclusion, the young Engineer also wanted to share this achievement with all those who have collaborated with him over more than 2 years at IT in Aveiro, “especially, I would like to thank my supervisors, Prof. Dr. Armando Pinto and Dr. Miguel Drummond, for the knowledge, encouragement and advice they have always provided me”.
Photo: Carlos Ribeiro (in the middle), receiving the award during the XX Encontro Regional do Engenheiro, which took place on May 26, in Castelo Branco.