The MAP-Tele Seminars includes a series of invited talks, and one additional modules on Scientific Method.

The talks are on telecommunications.

MAP-Tele Seminars grading takes into account the participation in the talks and in both modules.

Talks scheduled for 2016/2017:

1 Speaker: Miguel Drummond, IT Aveiro
TitleMicrowave Photonics for Satellite Communications
16.11.2016, 9h30
2 Speaker: António Teixeira, UA/IT
TitleThe role of Photonics integration
23.11.2016, 9h30
3 Speaker: Nuno Borges Carvalho, UA/IT
Title: Energy efficient future wireless communications
30.11.2016, 9h30
4 Speaker: Ivo Draganov, Technical University of Sofia
Title: DVB-T Mobile Reception
07.12.2016, 9h30
5 Speaker: Susana Dias, UA
TitleSelection of sources of scientific information
14.12.2016, 9h30
6 Speaker: Atílio Gameiro, UA/IT
TitleCooperative PHY communications
04.01.2017, 9h30
7 Speaker: Paulo Monteiro, UA/IT
Title: Fronthaul Infrastructures and RoF Transceivers for Cloud Radio Access Networks
11.01.2017, 9h30
8 Speaker: Susana Dias, UA
TitleTraining session "Manage bibliographic references: Mendeley" 
18.01.2017, 9h30
9 Speaker: Pétia Georgieva, UA/IEETA
TitleMachine Learning for Big Data Processing
25.01.2017, 9h30
10 Speaker: Amaro de Sousa, UA/IT
Title: Resilient Communication Services Protecting End-user Applications from Disaster-based Failures
01.02.2017, 9h30
11 Speaker: Susana Sargento, UA/IT
Title: The Role of Vehicular Networks in Intelligent Transportation Systems
 08.02.2017, 9h30
12 Speaker: Daniel Corujo, UA/IT
Title: From performance to convergence: the challenges and directions of 5G telecommunication architectures research
 15.02.2017, 9h30


Seminar 1

TitleMicrowave Photonics for Satellite Communications

Speaker: Miguel Drummond, IT Aveiro
Biography: Miguel Drummond was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1984. He received the Diploma and PhD degrees in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, in 2007 and 2011. From 2011 until 2014, he was an R&D engineer first in Nokia Siemens Networks and then in Coriant, where he worked in digital signal processing techniques for high bit rate coherent optical communication systems. Since 2014 he is an Assistant Researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações, where he has been actively working on the FP7 European project BEACON in the development of a photonic integrated beamforming system for telecommunication satellites. Dr. Drummond has co-authored more than 50 publications, and is the author of 4 patent applications. His research interests include efficient digital signal processing techniques for coherent optical communication systems, microwave photonic techniques and photonic integrated circuits.

Seminar 2

TitleThe role of Photonic integration

Speaker: António Teixeira, UA/IT
BiographyProfessor Antonio Teixeira, got his PhD from university of Aveiro in 1999, partly developed at the University of Rochester. He holds an EC in management and leadership from MIT Sloan School. He has been a professor at the University of Aveiro from 1999, being actually Associate professor with “Agregação”. He has worked from 2009-13 in Nokia Siemens Networks and in Coriant (2013/14) as a standardization expert in the field of optical access (In FSAN, ITU-T, IEEE 802.3). From 2014, he is the Dean of the University of Aveiro Doctoral School managing 48 PhD programs and 1300 students. He has published more than 350 papers (more than 100 in journals), has edited a book and contributed to several other. Holds 8 patents, and tutored successfully more than 60 MsC’s and 14 PhD’s, having participated in more than 35 projects (national, European and international). In 2014 he co-founded PICadvanced Lda, a startup focused on providing solutions based on optical assemblies targeting biotech and optical networking (including access networks). He has been serving the ECOC TPC from 2008 in the SC for subsystems, having chaired it in 2010/11/15. He has served the access subcommittee in OFC from 2011-14, and has been General Chair of ICTON 09, Networks 2014. He is a Senior Member of OSA and a member of IEEE and IEEE standards association.

AbstractPassive optical networks are nowadays the first/last mile vehicle for ultra high bandwidth to the user. The terminals on the networks are more and more sophisticated and global coverage of high data rate is lagging since it will require high volume of investment. Therefore the home network terminals are evolving at high rate requiring more functionalities, bandwidth and flexibility. Photonic integration may be the path towards reaching these objectives. This talk will observe the potential of Photonic integration as optics terminals and some of its potential applications.

Seminar 3

TitleEnergy efficient future wireless communications

Speaker: Nuno Borges Carvalho, UA/IT
Biography:  (S’97–M’00–SM’05-F’15) was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972. He received the Diploma and Doctoral degrees in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He is currently a Full Professor and a Senior Research Scientist with the Institute of Telecommunications, University of Aveiro and an IEEE Fellow. He coauthored Intermodulation in Microwave and Wireless Circuits (Artech House, 2003), Microwave and Wireless Measurement Techniques (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and White Space Communication Technologies (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He has been a reviewer and author of over 200 papers in magazines and conferences. He is associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Microwave Magazine and Cambridge Wireless Power Transfer Journal. He is the co-inventor of four patents. His main research interests include software-defined radio front-ends, wireless power transmission, nonlinear distortion analysis in microwave/wireless circuits and systems, and measurement of nonlinear phenomena. He has recently been involved in the design of dedicated radios and systems for newly emerging wireless technologies. Dr. Borges Carvalho is the co-chair of the IEEE MTT-20 Technical Committee and the past-chair of the IEEE Portuguese Section and MTT-11, he is the vice-chair of MTT-20 and also belong to the technical commitees, MTT-11, MTT-24 and MTT-26. He is also the chair of the URSI-Portugal Metrology Group. He was the recipient of the 1995University of Aveiro and the Portuguese Engineering Association Prize for the best 1995 student at the University of Aveiro, the 1998 Student Paper Competition (Third Place) of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S) International Microwave Symposium (IMS), and the 2000 IEE Measurement Prize.

AbstractThe energy needs for wireless systems is limiting the evolution of most of the IoT and 5G future solutions. In this talk an overview of the energy problem in wireless communication systems will be presented, either from a mobile network point of view, but also from a IoT point of view. The main objective is to discuss future wireless paradigms that will be changing soon with 5G and beyond, those include the spread of a distributed mobile network by using Cloud Radio Access Networks, with its associated Software Defined Radio approaches, but also the issue of battery-less wireless devices, combining wireless power transmission and backscatter communications. The talk starts first with a general overview of the energy needs for a future XG networks, and then presents in an integrated way both approaches of C-RAN and IoT wireless design. The presentation will cover topics like the hardware part of the SDR and design of battery-less wireless sensors networks. Issues like characterization of mixed-signal devices, designing of C-RAN SDR approaches, design of passive backscatter sensors will be discussed, according to the audience.

Seminar 4

Title: DVB-T Mobile Reception

Speaker: Ivo Draganov, Technical University of Sofia
BiographyIvo R. Draganov received BSc, MSc and PhD degrees on Telecommunications from Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2003, 2005 and 2009 respectively. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the Radio Communications and Video Technologies Dept. teaching various disciplines related to multimedia systems, digital video broadcasting, audio and speech processing. His scientific interests are within the fields of digital image processing, pattern recognition, neural networks, audio and video coding. He is a member of IEEE. 

AbstractIn this talk the mobile reception of Terrestrial Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB-T) signals will be discussed. The case concerns primarily users in urban environment while riding on a vehicle. To overcome the major problem of multipath fading which causes considerable variations of the signal intensity at the changing reception point and thus unstable visualization a diversity receiving scheme is used. Multiple antennas are needed for the purpose the outputs of which are further processed by DSPs. Lots of factors need to be considered when designing the stabilizing process such as the channel coding and the utilized modulation. Additionally, during industrial adoption of the proposed techniques a series of issues arise including network planning and handover procedures. Solutions to all of them are going to be debated as well.

Seminar 5

TitleSelection of sources of scientific information

Speaker: Susana Dias /UA
Biography: Susana Dias works for the Library, Documental Information and Museology department at the University of Aveiro.

Seminar 6

TitleCooperative PHY communications

Speaker: Atílio Gameiro, UA/IT
BiographyAtílio Gameiro received his Licenciatura (five years course) and his PhD from the University of Aveiro in 1985 and 1993 respectively. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electronics and Telecom. of the University of Aveiro, and a researcher at the Instituto de Telec., Pólo de Aveiro, where he is head of group. His industrial experience includes a period of one year at BT Labs and one year at NKT Elektronik. His main interests lie in signal processing techniques for digital communications and communication protocols, and within this research line he has done work for optical and mobile communications, either at the theoretical and experimental level, and has published over 200 technical papers in International Journals and conferences. His current research activities involve space-time-frequency algorithms for the broadband wireless systems and cross-layer design. He has been involved and has led IT or Univ of Aveiro participation on more than 20 national and European projects, namely the IST projects ASILUM, MATRICE, 4MORE, ORACLE, ICT, QOSMOS, ASPIRE. He has coordinated CODIV and performed the technical management of the IP FUTON.

AbstractIn the last years a new class of methods called cooperative communications has been proposed to enable high spectral efficiency in a multi-user environment. The principles are based on the sharing or cooperation between antennas to generate a virtual multiple-antenna transmitter that allows them to achieve transmit diversity and enhance fairness. The talk reviews the principles of MIMO, the trends in wireless communications  and presents an overview of the developments in this field.

Seminar 7

TitleFronthaul Infrastructures and RoF Transceivers for Cloud Radio Access Networks

Speaker: Paulo Monteiro, UA/IT
Biography: Paulo P. Monteiro received the diploma “Licenciatura” in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Aveiro in 1988, the M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, from the University of Wales UK, in 1990 and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Aveiro, in 1999. Presently, he is Associate Professor at the University of Aveiro and Senior Researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações. From October 2002 until March 2007 he was at Siemens S.A, Portugal as a Head of Research of Optical Networks. From April 2007 until December 2009 he was at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) Portugal as a Research Manager at Transport, Aggregation and Fixed Access and from January 2010 until June 2012 as a R&D manager of Network Optimization unit at NSN. From July 2012 until May 2013 he was research Manager at NSN Portugal. In May 2013, the Optical Networks business unit of Nokia Siemens Networks began operating as a new company Coriant where he left in June 2013. In 1992, he joined the Department of Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering of University of Aveiro and the Optical Communications Group of Institute for Telecommunications as an Assistant Professor and Researcher, respectively. In 1999, he became an Auxiliary Professor at the University of Aveiro and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. His main research interests include Optical Communication Networks, High Speed Electronics and Microwave Circuits. He has been involved in several projects of the European Union programs on R&D in the optical communications, namely RACE projects: R1051; R2011; in ACTS projects: ESTHER, UPGRADE and SPEED; in IST projects: ATLAS; MUFINS and TRIUMPH. PIDEA EUREKA project THE MOST and in FP7-ICT project GALACTICO. He was the coordinator of a CELTIC project OPTRONET and a large-scale integrating FP7-ICT project FUTON. He has authored/co-authored more than 18 patent applications and over 300 refereed papers and conference contributions.

AbstractThe convergence of fixed transport networks based on high-speed optical infrastructure and a broadband spectrally efficient wireless component has been identified as a key enabler of future access networks. The capacity and latency requirements put stringent requirements on the fronthaul design, and in the future it will likely that designing equipment for the fronthaul will be one of the main markets of optical communications. Overall to provide the features envisioned for a global and pervasive information society the two technologies optical and wireless that in the past have progressed in isolation need to merge to exploit the synergies and therefore provide cost-effective solutions. This talk presents different approaches to implement hybrid fibre-radio infrastructures suited for cloud radio access networks that will provide a framework for advanced cooperation, interference control/alignment, network virtualization, and cognitive schemes. Flexible and mobile fronthaul transceivers for the emerging C-RAN architectures that can cope with the challenges of using the existing or the future fibre to the home passive optical networks (FTTH PON) such as NGPON2 will also be presented.

Seminar 8

TitleTraining session “Manage bibliographic references: Mendeley”

Speaker: Susana Dias, UA
BiographySusana Dias works for the Library, Documental Information and Museology department at the University of Aveiro.

Seminar 9

TitleMachine Learning for Big Data Processing

Speaker: Pétia Georgieva UP/IEETA
BiographyPetia Georgieva received her Master and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Since 2003 she has been a professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal and researcher in the Institute of Electronics Engineering and Telematics of Aveiro (IEETA), Portugal. From 2009 to 2013 she was the head of Signal Processing Lab in IEETA. Over the last ten years Dr. Georgieva works in the area of machine learning and data mining with strong focus on noninvasive Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI), brain neural activity recovering and affective neuro-computing based on EEG data. She has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed journals and international conferences. Dr. Georgieva was an invited professor in Rowan University, New Jersey in 2016; a visiting faculty in Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, USA in 2012; an invited researcher in Computer Science Department, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA in 2011 and an invited researcher in the School of Computing and Communications, University of Lancaster, UK in 2010. Dr. Georgieva is a Senior Member of IEEE, Senior Member of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) and Member of the Executive Committee of the European Neural Network Society (ENNS) for 2014-2016. Recently she was elected as a member of the IEEE Working Group of ICT.

AbstractResilient Communication Services Protecting End-user Applications from Disaster-based Failures Abstract: Machine Learning (ML) is a subfield of artificial intelligence that is concerned with the design, analysis, implementation, and applications of programs that learn from examples or experience. Learning from data is commercially and scientifically important. ML consists of methods and respective software that extract automatically interesting knowledge (patterns, models, relationships) in large databases of sometimes chaotic and redundant information. ML is a data-based knowledge-discovering process that has the potential not only to analyze events in retrospect but also to predict future events or important alterations. The objective of this lecture is to introduce the PhD students to the research area of ML. The lecture will give a flavor of supervised (classification and regression) versus unsupervised (clustering) learning paradigms. Distance (similarity) measures, instance based classifiers, Bayesian statistical learning, and performance evaluation (confusion matrix). ML applications, such as text mining, image classification, brain data processing will be discussed.

Seminar 10

TitleResilient Communication Services Protecting End-user Applications from Disaster-based Failures

Speaker: Amaro de Sousa, UA/IT
Biography: Amaro de Sousa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (DETI) of University of Aveiro. He is also a senior researcher at  the Institute of Telecommunications (IT), in Aveiro, as a member of the Applied Mathematics research group. He is a Portuguese member of the Management Committee of the European COST Action RECODIS deeply involved in the research activities concerning resilient mechanisms to protect networks against large-scale natural disasters. His research interests include network design and traffic engineering of telecommunication networks, including optical networks and multi-layer networks, with a special focus on operations research and computer science.

Abstract: Disaster-based failures can seriously disrupt a communication network, making its services unavailable. Such disruptions may follow from natural disasters, technology-related failures, or malicious attacks, and they are observably increasing in number, intensity and scale. The problem needs to be urgently addressed due to the lack of suitable mechanisms deployed in current networks. When network services that are part of a critical infrastructure become unavailable, commercial and/or societal problems are the inevitable result. The COST Action RECODIS (http:// aims to develop appropriate solutions to provide resilient communications in the presence of disaster-based disruptions of all types for existing and future communication network architectures. In this seminar, the objectives of RECODIS will be highlighted and some recent research results will be described, as an illustration of the research challenges that are been dealt with within RECODIS.

Seminar 11

TitleThe Role of Vehicular Networks in Intelligent Transportation Systems

Speaker: Susana Sargento, UA/IT
BiographySusana Sargento is an Associate Professor at the University of Aveiro and a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal, where she is leading the Network Architectures and Protocols (NAP) group. In March 2012, Susana has co-founded a vehicular networking company, Veniam, which builds a seamless low-cost vehicle-based internet infrastructure. She has more than 15 years of experience in technical leadership in many national and international projects, and worked closely with telecom operators and OEMs. She has been involved in several FP7 projects (4WARD, Euro-NF, C-Cast, WIP, Daidalos, C-Mobile), EU Coordinated Support Action 2012-316296 “FUTURE-CITIES”, national projects, and CMU|Portugal projects (DRIVE-IN with Carnegie Melon University). She has organized and has served as TPC-Chair in several international conferences and workshops, such as ACM MobiCom 2009 Workshop CHANTS, IEEE Globecom and IEEE ICC. She has also been a reviewer of numerous international conferences and journals, such as IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Networks, IEEE Communications. Her main research interests are in the areas of self-organized networks, ad-hoc and vehicular mechanisms and protocols, such as routing, mobility, security and delay-tolerant mechanisms, resource management and virtualization in both network and cloud resources, and content distribution networks. Susana is the winner of the 2016 EU Prize for Women Innovators.

AbstractThere has been a strong focus in the last 10 years on the development of vehicular network technology and mechanisms to build a reliable wireless mesh network to forward data packets in a multi-hop fashion between the vehicles and the Internet via road side units or access points. Although the vehicular technology, IEEE 802.11p, has been standardized some years ago, the number of real experiments and deployments are limited to the lab environment and small-scale trials. Moreover, the vehicular network mechanisms have been mostly tested in simulation environments, which are far from the reality of the network characteristics in real scenarios. Seeking to develop and test vehicular network mechanisms in real environments, and to explore the extent to which a vehicular mesh network can serve as a reliable and secure wireless infrastructure for mobile Internet access and the Internet of Things at street level, we built a city-scale testbed comprised of 404 connected public transit buses, 25 municipal service vehicles (garbage trucks) and 47 roadside units. This experimental platform is currently providing free WiFi to passengers in the city of Porto, Portugal. Moreover, these vehicles gather large amounts of data not just from their own sensors and the devices of the bus passengers, but also from other wireless devices that are spread around the city. This talk describes latest advances in vehicular network mechanisms and how real and large-scale vehicular network infrastructure is able to provide meaningful performance results, test new network mechanisms and develop new applications for both citizens, transportation and the city, in an Intelligent Transportation System perspective.

Seminar 12

TitleFrom performance to convergence: the challenges and directions of 5G telecommunication architectures research

Speaker: Daniel Corujo, UA/IT
BiographyDaniel Corujo concluded his PhD on Communication Middleware for the Future Mobile Internet, in 2013, where he is currently a researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, coordinating the Telecommunications and Networking Group in Aveiro. He has been an active researcher and contributor to standardization in the fields of mobility management, through the IETF/IRTF, and Media Independent Handovers, through the IEEE. He has pursued such concepts under the scope of a broad range of EU FP7 research projects, such as DAIDALOS, OneLab2, 4WARD, MEDIEVAL and OFELIA, where he also played key roles from proposal elaboration to task and workpackage co-leading. Parallel to his 10 years experience on mobility management research, he has been more recently developing work on the areas of the Internet of Things, Information Centric Networking, Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networking, deploying new visions and enhancements of such concepts over wireless networks, in national and international research projects. He currently co-adivses several MsC and PhD students, with both industry and the academia.

AbstractThe integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has enabled different societal areas to both benefit from added capabilities, as well as to permeate new requirements over the underlying technological fabric. Such requirements are prompting for the provision of new technological advances that go beyond the usual performance increase (in aspects such as energy efficiency, throughput and cost) and increase the demand for more flexible, dynamic and scalable operation of ICTs. This concept has been the research cornerstone for the upcoming 5G architecture, where communication performance and capability increments are being progressed in parallel with other mechanisms, such as virtualization, cloud computing and big data. This seminar addresses this latter part, where telecommunications architectures are increasingly being coupled with softwarization and virtualization mechanisms in order to cope with stringent new demands from verticals that go beyond the usual mobile or fixed customer, and actually consider millions of simultaneously connected devices, smart cities, new Internet paradigms and even concepts that go beyond the 5G landscape.