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The doctoral programme in Network Engineering has a long history. Its origins data back to a doctoral programme in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Telematics whose main characteristic was the combination of mathematical analysis with problem-solving in the area of telecommunications and particularly communication networks. Over time, the doctoral programme took shape until the two disciplines, telematics and applied mathematics, led to two separate programmes.

In the early years after the programme was created, a large group of professionals were trained who went on to join the telecommunications schools that were created in the 1990s. Universities such as Carlos III of Madrid and the universities of Cantabria or Cartagena employ doctoral degree holders who graduated from the doctoral programme in Network Engineering.

In a second stage, doctoral degree holders from the programme have become professionals working in South American universities such as the Pontifical Bolivarian University (UPB) of Colombia, or corporate research centres such as the NEC in Heidelberg, NTT DOCOMO EuroLabs in Munich or Spanish companies such as Indra. Some doctoral degree holders participate in innovative projects such as eNeo Labs.

Two aspects are notable in the doctoral programme in Network Engineering. From 2006 to 2011, the programme was shared with the Department of Telematic Engineering at the Universidad Carlos III and it received the Quality Award (MCD2003-00134) from 2003 to 2009. The programme is expected to receive this award again in the next call.

The doctoral programme is classified within the sector of information and communications technology (according to the ANEP, the area of computing sciences and information technology).

COORDINATOR

Hesselbach Serra, Xavier

CONTACT

CNTIC Management and Support Unit
Doctoral Unit

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

C/ Jordi Girona, 1-3
Building B4-003
08034 Barcelona
Tel: (+34) 934 011 022
E-mail: doctorat.entel@upc.edu

Programme website

General information

Access profile

The doctoral programme is designed for students who have taken master’s degrees in telecommunications or computer science and wish to examine a topic or area in greater depth to contribute knowledge. Although we could say that this is the ideal starting point, it is not the only one. Students with other educational backgrounds could also be accepted, although they may need to take bridging courses.

The doctoral programme is designed for people with technological interests who are creative and want to advance the state-of-the-art in the subject. This activity requires an attitude to technology that goes beyond user knowledge to reach an understanding of technology itself, which the doctoral student will know how to improve as a result. Doctoral studies have two benefits. First, they meet personal needs to understand things, and second they train the person, providing them with methodology and knowledge that they can use in their professional activity in positions that require technological creativity.

Research and development departments in companies or the creation of emerging companies are places where this knowledge could be exploited to the maximum.

The natural route into the doctoral programme is via the various master’s degrees in Telecommunications Engineering at the UPC taught by the ETSETB and the EETAC, in which case bridging courses are not required. For students from other master’s programmes, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will analyse applicants’ academic record and the area in which they will develop their thesis. Based on this information, the committee will decide whether students need to take bridging courses up to a maximum of 30 credits. As a general rule, students who hold a master’s degree in telecommunications (or an equivalent qualification) from other Spanish or European universities can access the research phase directly. Students with a master’s degree in computer science may be asked to take a bridging course in the subject area of telecommunication networks. Students who come from other master’s degrees should take additional credits so that they can gain the knowledge they need rapidly. The range of topics and approaches used to carry out the research makes it difficult to establish specific admission requirements (some theses have a high mathematics content, others are more focused on application). However, in general, knowledge of tools that can be used for performance evaluation will be assessed. Hence, applicants must be able to handle mathematical models, numerical methods, simulation tools such as ns-3, OMNET, Matlab or have knowledge of programming in Java, C++, C or Python for the construction of prototypes. Knowledge of written and spoken English is essential, as this is the language that will be used in the doctoral degree, for training, generation of publications and reports, and the exchange of knowledge with other researchers.

Output profile

Doctoral candidates who complete a doctoral degree will have acquired the following competencies, which are needed to carry out quality research (Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral studies):

a) A systematic understanding of the field of study and a mastery of the research skills and methods related to the field.
b) An ability to conceive, design or create, put into practice and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
c) An ability to contribute to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
d) A capacity for critical analysis and an ability to assess and summarise new and complex ideas.
e) An ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general as regards their fields of knowledge in the manner and languages that are typical of the international scientific community to which they belong.
f) An ability to foster scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress in academic and professional contexts within a knowledge-based society.

The award of a doctoral degree must equip the graduate for work in a variety of settings, especially those requiring creativity and innovation. Doctoral graduates must have at least acquired the personal skills needed to:

a) Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
b) Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
c) Design, create, develop and undertake original, innovative projects in their field.
d) Work as part of a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
e) Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity and make judgements with limited information.
f) Offer criticism on and intellectually defend solutions.

Finally, with respect to competencies, doctoral students must:
a) have acquired advanced knowledge at the frontier of their discipline and demonstrated, in the context of internationally recognised scientific research, a deep, detailed and well-grounded understanding of theoretical and practical issues and scientific methodology in one or more research fields;
b) have made an original and significant contribution to scientific research in their field of expertise that has been recognised as such by the international scientific community;
c) have demonstrated that they are capable of designing a research project that serves as a framework for carrying out a critical analysis and assessment of imprecise situations, in which they are able to apply their contributions, expertise and working method to synthesise new and complex ideas that yield a deeper knowledge of the research context in which they work;
d) have developed sufficient autonomy to set up, manage and lead innovative research teams and projects and scientific collaborations (both national and international) within their subject area, in multidisciplinary contexts and, where appropriate, with a substantial element of knowledge transfer;
e) have demonstrated that they are able to carry out their research activity in a socially responsible manner and with scientific integrity;
f) have demonstrated, within their specific scientific context, that they are able to make cultural, social or technological advances and promote innovation in all areas within a knowledge-based society;
g) have demonstrated that they are able to participate in scientific discussions at the international level in their field of expertise and disseminate the results of their research activity to audiences of all kinds.

Number of places

8

Duration of studies and dedication regime

Duration
The maximum period of study for full-time doctoral studies is three years, counted from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. The academic committee of the doctoral programme may authorise a doctoral candidate to pursue doctoral studies on a part-time basis. In this case, the maximum period of study is five years, counting from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. For calculating these periods, the date of admission is considered to be the date of the first enrolment for tutorials, and the date of submission the moment in which the Doctoral School officially deposits the doctoral thesis.

For full-time doctoral candidates, the minimum period of study is two years, counted from the date of an applicant's admission to the programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited; for part-time doctoral candidates it is four years. When there are justified grounds for doing so, and the thesis supervisor and academic tutor have given their authorisation, doctoral candidates may request that the academic committee of their doctoral programme exempt them from the minimum period of study requirement.

The calculation of periods of study will not include periods of absence due to illness, pregnancy or any other reason provided for in the regulations in force. Students who find themselves in any of these circumstances must notify the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which, where appropriate, must inform the Doctoral School. Doctoral candidates may also temporarily withdraw from the programme for up to one year, and this period may be extended for an additional year. Doctoral candidates who wish to interrupt their studies must submit a justified request to the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which will decide whether or not to approve the request. Each programme will establish conditions for readmission to doctoral studies.

Extension
If full-time doctoral candidates have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, the academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year. In exceptional circumstances, a further one-year extension may be granted, subject to the conditions established by the corresponding doctoral programme. In the case of part-time doctoral candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

Dismissal from the doctoral programme
A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

Enrollment aid

Do not exist.

Organization

COORDINATOR:
ACADEMIC COMMISSION OF THE PROGRAM:
STRUCTURAL UNITS:
  • Department of Network Engineering (PROMOTORA)
Specific URL of the doctoral program:
https://entel.upc.edu/ca/programa-de-doctorat-en-enginyeria-telematica-1

CONTACT:
CNTIC Management and Support Unit
Doctoral Unit

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

C/ Jordi Girona, 1-3
Building B4-003
08034 Barcelona
Tel: (+34) 934 011 022
E-mail: doctorat.entel@upc.edu

Agreements with other institutions

There are various joint supervision agreements with European and international universities, for example, with Uruguay, Mexico and Lebanon, among other countries, and projects such as 5GAuRA, which is part of the H2020 Marie Curie Programme.

In addition, verbal agreements have been made with European universities for short-term visits of our doctoral students. As a result, doctoral students have been able to carry out research visits of at least three months in the universities or technology schools of Amsterdam, Grenoble, Glasgow, Milan, Louvain and China (Changsha), among other places.

Joint supervision is also carried out with the Telecommunications Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTTC) in the area of wireless technology, fixed networks and security.

Access, admission and registration

Access profile

The doctoral programme is designed for students who have taken master’s degrees in telecommunications or computer science and wish to examine a topic or area in greater depth to contribute knowledge. Although we could say that this is the ideal starting point, it is not the only one. Students with other educational backgrounds could also be accepted, although they may need to take bridging courses.

The doctoral programme is designed for people with technological interests who are creative and want to advance the state-of-the-art in the subject. This activity requires an attitude to technology that goes beyond user knowledge to reach an understanding of technology itself, which the doctoral student will know how to improve as a result. Doctoral studies have two benefits. First, they meet personal needs to understand things, and second they train the person, providing them with methodology and knowledge that they can use in their professional activity in positions that require technological creativity.

Research and development departments in companies or the creation of emerging companies are places where this knowledge could be exploited to the maximum.

The natural route into the doctoral programme is via the various master’s degrees in Telecommunications Engineering at the UPC taught by the ETSETB and the EETAC, in which case bridging courses are not required. For students from other master’s programmes, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will analyse applicants’ academic record and the area in which they will develop their thesis. Based on this information, the committee will decide whether students need to take bridging courses up to a maximum of 30 credits. As a general rule, students who hold a master’s degree in telecommunications (or an equivalent qualification) from other Spanish or European universities can access the research phase directly. Students with a master’s degree in computer science may be asked to take a bridging course in the subject area of telecommunication networks. Students who come from other master’s degrees should take additional credits so that they can gain the knowledge they need rapidly. The range of topics and approaches used to carry out the research makes it difficult to establish specific admission requirements (some theses have a high mathematics content, others are more focused on application). However, in general, knowledge of tools that can be used for performance evaluation will be assessed. Hence, applicants must be able to handle mathematical models, numerical methods, simulation tools such as ns-3, OMNET, Matlab or have knowledge of programming in Java, C++, C or Python for the construction of prototypes. Knowledge of written and spoken English is essential, as this is the language that will be used in the doctoral degree, for training, generation of publications and reports, and the exchange of knowledge with other researchers.

Access requirements

Applicants must hold a Spanish bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a Spanish master’s degree or equivalent, provided they have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on the two degrees (Royal Decree 43/2015, of 2 February)

In addition, the following may apply:

  • Holders of an official degree awarded by a university in Spain or any other country in the European Higher Education Area, pursuant to the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, which establishes official university course regulations, who have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on official university degrees, of which at least 60 must be at the master's degree level.
  • Holders of an official Spanish bachelor’s degree comprising at least 300 credits, as provided for by EU regulations. Holder of degrees of this kind must complete bridging courses unless the curriculum of the bachelor’s degree in question included research training credits equivalent in value to those which would be earned on a master's degree.
  • Holders of an official university qualification who, having passed the entrance examination for specialised medical training, have completed at least two years of a training course leading to an official degree in a health-sciences specialisation.
  • Holders of a degree issued under a foreign education system. In these cases, homologation is not required, but the UPC must verify that the degree certifies a level of training equivalent to an official Spanish master's degree and qualifies the holder for admission to doctoral studies in the country where it was issued. Admission on this basis does not imply homologation of the foreign degree or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to doctoral studies.
  • Holders of a Spanish doctoral qualification issued under previous university regulations.
  • Note 1: Doctoral studies entrance regulations for holders of an undergraduate degree awarded before the introduction of the EHEA (CG 47/02 2014)

    Note 2: Governing Council Decision 64/2014, which approves the procedure and criteria for assessing the fulfilment of academic admission requirements for doctoral studies by holders of non-homologated foreign degrees (CG 25/03 2014)

Admission criteria and merits assessment

Ultimately, admission to the doctoral programme will be regulated by the academic committee of the doctoral programme. As described in Section 8 of this document, this body is directed by the coordinator of the doctoral programme, assisted by a committee comprised of lecturers who participate in the programme who are put forward by the research groups. If the ex officio members of the committee consider it necessary, they may propose other lecturers who represent relevant research areas. The composition of the academic committee of the doctoral programme should be approved by the board of the Department.

The function of the academic committee is to ensure the quality of the doctoral programme by participating in the processes of admission, monitoring, evaluation and assessment. If there is no proposal of a thesis supervisor, the academic committee is responsible for assigning one. Based on the applicants’ thesis topic preferences, the member of the academic committee who is most closely associated with this area will propose a supervisor. If the person responsible for this area cannot meet the requirement, another area will be sought and the request will be repeated. If a supervisor cannot be found after consulting all members of the academic committee, the application cannot be accepted.

If a thesis supervisor is available, applicants are then assessed on the following aspects, with a score of 0 to 10 given for each one and the following weightings:

• Academic record and academic background (30%).
• Research experience (10%).
• Language knowledge (10%).
• Other relevant aspects described in the CV that are not considered in the three previous points (5%).
• Evaluation by the doctoral thesis supervisor (30%).
• Evaluation by the academic committee of the doctoral programme (15%).

Students will be accepted if they have a score of 7 points or over. In all cases, applicants will be notified of the decision, and will be given a report on the overall and partial evaluations. So that the decision is not personalised, the supervisor’s and academic committee director’s evaluations will be averaged, and this will be the score that is announced.

Along with admission, the academic committee will provide enrolment recommendations if bridging courses are required. The recommended credits (up to a maximum of 30) for bridging courses correspond to subjects in the area of telematics that can be taken in the shortest time possible.

Training complements

The academic committee for the programme may require that doctoral students pass specific bridging courses. In this case, it will monitor the bridging courses that are taken and establish suitable criteria to limit their duration.

The bridging courses will be on research training, but doctoral students will never be asked to enrol for a number equal to or above 60 ECTS. The academic regulations of doctoral studies state that bridging courses may also be cross-disciplinary. However, this point is likely to be amended so that bridging courses are only associated with research credits, particularly when an applicant enters the doctoral programme with a bachelor’s degree worth 300 ECTS.

Considering the doctoral student activity report (DAD), the academic committee of the programme could propose additional measures to those established in the regulations that lead to the withdrawal of doctoral students who do not meet the established criteria.

The natural route into the doctoral programme is via a master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the UPC, in which case it is not necessary to complete bridging courses. For students from other master’s degree programmes, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will analyse the applicant’s academic record and decide the area in which they will prepare their thesis, as well as whether it is necessary to complete bridging courses, up to a maximum of 30 credits.

Currently, bridging courses are offered in the framework of master’s degrees in Telecommunications Engineering at the UPC taught by the ETSETB and the EETAC (https://eetac.upc.edu/en/study/masters-degrees/masteam, https://matt.masters.upc.edu/).

Below are some of the subjects that are currently offered on these master’s degrees:


• Internet of Things
• Deep learning for Multimedia Processing
• Network Engineering
• Sensors and Interfaces
• Network Engineering
• Optimisation for Applied Engineering Design
• Next-Generation Wireless Communications and IoT
• ICT-Based Entrepreneurship
• Network Support for 5G
• Optical Networks for Cloud-Based Services
• Internet of Things and Ubiquitous IP
• 5G Network Planning
• Body Sensor Nodes
• Applied Image Processing
• Augmented Reality and Smart Objects
• Service Engineering
• Low-Power Systems with Energy Harvesting
• Creativity and Engineering
• Big Data and Data Mining
• Network Security - Authentication and Authorisation
• Software-Defined Radio
• Project on ICT-based Business Models
• Cybersecurity
• Antennas, Microwaves and Photonics for Communications and Earth Observation
• Wireless Communications
• 5G Networks
• Optical Networks
• Integrated Systems
• Instrumentation and Sensors
• Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Energy Management

Enrolment period for new doctoral students

Students enrolling in the doctoral programme for the first time must do so by the deadline specified in the admission decision.

Unless otherwise expressly indicated, enrolments corresponding to admission decisions issued from the second half of April on must be completed within the ordinary enrolment period for the current academic year.

More information at the registration section for new doctoral students

Enrolment period

Ordinary period for second and successive enrolments: first half of October.

More information at the general registration section

Monitoring and evaluation of the doctoral student

Procedure for the preparation and defense of the research plan

Doctoral candidates must submit a research plan, which will be included in their doctoral student activity report, before the end of the first year. The plan may be improved over the course of the doctoral degree. It must be endorsed by the tutor and the supervisor, and it must include the method that is to be followed and the aims of the research.

At least one of these annual assessments will include a public presentation and defence of the research plan and work done before a committee composed of three doctoral degree holders, which will be conducted in the manner determined by each academic committee. The examination committee awards a Pass or Fail mark. A Pass mark is a prerequisite for continuing on the doctoral programme. Doctoral candidates awarded a Fail mark must submit a new research plan for assessment by the academic committee of the doctoral programme within six months.

The committee assesses the research plan every year, in addition to all of the other activities in the doctoral student activity report. Doctoral candidates who are awarded two consecutive Fail marks for the research plan will be obliged to definitely withdraw from the programme.

If they change the subject of their thesis, they must submit a new research plan.

Formation activities

Activity: Tutorial.
Hours: 288.
Type: compulsory.

Activity: Mobility.
Hours: 480.
Type: optional.

Activity: Assessment based on doctoral student activity report (DAD) and research plan.
Hours: 4.
Type: compulsory.

Activity: Training in information skills.
Hours: 1.5.
Type: optional.

Activity: Research methodology.
Hours: 12.
Type: optional.

Activity: Innovation and creativity.
Hours: 8.
Type: optional.

Activity: Language and communication skills.
Hours: 18.
Type: optional.

Activity: Courses and seminars.
Hours: 18.
Type: compulsory.
At least six seminars will be held per year. Students should attend at least three.

Activity: Specific programme workshops.
Hours: 6.
Type: compulsory.
This doctoral programme participates in an annual workshop, which is already in its third edition. The Barcelona Forum on PhD workshop. Research in Information and Communication Technologies takes one day.

Activity: Publications.
Hours: 50.
Type: compulsory.
Description: training objective and content.
The doctoral programme determines that each student must have at least one relevant JCR publication (as well as other types of publications) to complete their doctoral thesis. Publications can be completed in any phase of the three years of the doctoral degree.

Activity: Other workshops.
Hours: 72.
Type: optional.

Procedure for assignment of tutor and thesis director

The academic committee of the doctoral programme assigns a thesis supervisor to each doctoral candidate when they are admitted or enrol for the first time, taking account of the thesis supervision commitment referred to in the admission decision.

The thesis supervisor will ensure that training activities carried out by the doctoral candidate are coherent and suitable, and that the topic of the candidate’s doctoral thesis will have an impact and make a novel contribution to knowledge in the relevant field. The thesis supervisor will also guide the doctoral candidate in planning the thesis and, if necessary, tailoring it to any other projects or activities undertaken. The thesis supervisor will generally be a UPC professor or researcher who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience. This includes PhD-holding staff at associated schools (as determined by the Governing Council) and UPC-affiliated research institutes (in accordance with corresponding collaboration and affiliation agreements). When thesis supervisors are UPC staff members, they also act as the doctoral candidate’s tutor.

PhD holders who do not meet these criteria (as a result of their contractual relationship or the nature of the institution to which they are attached) must be approved by the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee in order to participate in a doctoral programme as researchers with documented research experience.

The academic committee of the doctoral programme may approve the appointment of a PhD-holding expert who is not a UPC staff member as a candidate’s thesis supervisor. In such cases, the prior authorisation of the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee is required. A UPC staff member who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience must also be proposed to act as a co-supervisor, or as the doctoral candidate’s tutor if one has not been assigned.

A thesis supervisor may step down from this role if there are justified reasons (recognised as valid by the committee) for doing so. If this occurs, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will assign the doctoral candidate a new thesis supervisor.

Provided there are justified reasons for doing so, and after hearing any relevant input from the doctoral candidate, the academic committee of the doctoral programme may assign a new thesis supervisor at any time during the period of doctoral study.

If there are academic reasons for doing so (an interdisciplinary topic, joint or international programmes, etc.) and the academic committee of the programme gives its approval, an additional thesis supervisor may be assigned. Supervisors and co-supervisors have the same responsibilities and academic recognition.

The maximum number of supervisors of a doctoral thesis is two: a supervisor and a co-supervisor.

For theses carried out under a cotutelle agreement or as part of an Industrial Doctorate, if necessary and if the agreement foresees it this maximum number of supervisors may not apply. This notwithstanding, the maximum number of supervisors belonging to the UPC is two.

More information at the PhD theses section

Permanence

The academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year for full-time doctoral candidates who have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, in the terms outlined in the Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In the case of part-time candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

International Mention

The doctoral degree certificate may include International Doctorate mention. In this case, the doctoral candidate must meet the following requirements:

a) During the period of study leading to the award of the doctoral degree, the doctoral candidate must have spent at least three months at a respected higher education institution or research centre outside Spain to complete courses or do research work. The stays and activities carried out must be endorsed by the thesis supervisor and authorised by the academic committee of the programme. The candidate must provide a certifying document issued by the person responsible for the research group of the body or bodies where the stay or activity was completed. This information will be added to the doctoral student’s activity report.
b) Part of the thesis (at least the summary and conclusions) must be written and presented in one of the languages commonly used for science communication in the relevant field of knowledge, which must not be an official language of Spain. This rule does not apply to stays and reports in Spanish or to experts from Spanish-speaking countries.
c) At least two PhD-holding experts belonging to a higher education institution or research centre outside Spain must have issued officially certified reports on the thesis.
d) The thesis examination committee must have included at least one PhD-holding expert from a higher education or research institution outside Spain who was not responsible for the candidate’s stay abroad (point a) above).
e) The thesis defence must have taken place on UPC premises or, in the case of joint programmes, at the location specified in the collaboration agreement.

Learning resources

All students who carry out their research on the doctoral programme in Network Engineering have a comfortable, suitable place to work in an office or laboratory shared with other students to promote a spirit of community. This fosters the free exchange of ideas and collaborative work. In this place, they have an individual area equipped with a desktop computer that has basic office software licences and other calculation or simulation tools installed through the UPC software repository. Students have access to all kinds of office material, a printing service, meeting rooms with projectors and video conference equipment, and other shared areas for more informal meetings that contain a fridge, microwave and coffee machine.

The Department’s management units (North Campus and Castelldefels Management and Support Units) support doctoral students in various ways. For example, they provide financial management of trips to participate in conferences or for international project meetings, and support in the defence process in the final phase of preparing the thesis.

In addition to the above, the various research lines developed in the department have specific resources that are summarised below:

Students associated with the research line Management, Pricing and Services in Next Generation Networks (MAPS, https://futur.upc.edu/176539) have access to the virtual laboratory EmanicsLab.

This laboratory is supported by a network constituted by a total of 20 nodes located in ten European universities. The MAPS groups contributes with two of these nodes. Doctoral students use the laboratory for their research activities in the field of network and service management, including systems for gathering and analysing traffic flows, monitoring and accounting systems, analysis of the stability of autonomous networks and mechanisms for resource allocation/management in virtual networks.

Doctoral students in network services research lines (SERTEL, https://futur.upc.edu/176527) can use a network drive space to create backups and several calculation servers optimised for the execution of various simulators. The SERTEL group also has a virtualisation environment made up of five high-performance servers that can be used to carry out studies on complex network infrastructure.

Students working on a doctoral thesis with the Design and Evaluation of Broadband Networks and Services (BAMPLA, https://futur.upc.edu/176385A) research group have access to various facilities for emulation and simulation (for example, OPNET), and spaces for conducting research with top-of-the-line network equipment. These spaces include the Networks and Services Laboratory, which has two private SDN/NFV clouds and slicing based on Openflow, OpenStack, ONFV and ONAP, EPON/GPON equipment, Metro Ethernet and gateways, EPON/WLAN, all connected to an SDN experimental network with continental output at 10 Gbps.

In addition to making various high-performance calculation servers available to doctoral students, the Wireless Networks Group (WNG, https://futur.upc.edu/176483) provides them with access to equipment for studying radio resource management, including spectrum analysers, oscilloscopes and high-precision power supplies for studying the energy consumption of small devices. The Group also has state-of-the-art equipment for research on wireless local area networks (WLANs) and personal area networks, including software licences and the hardware needed to provide development environments for different platforms of sensor networks. In this respect, the group has extensive fixed infrastructure, composed of dozens of nodes that can be managed remotely to configure a large number of experiments.
Teaching laboratories, equipped with network analysers, switches and routers, Wi-Fi access points and simulators of private cloud environments, can be used by doctoral students when they are not being used for bachelor’s degree and master’s degree classes.

Doctoral Theses

List of authorized thesis for defense

  • GALAL MAHMOUD IBRAHIM, AKRAM: Contribution to The System Architecture Design For Electromagnetic Nano-network Communications
    Author: GALAL MAHMOUD IBRAHIM, AKRAM
    Thesis file: (contact the Doctoral School to confirm you have a valid doctoral degree and to get the link to the thesis)
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN NETWORK ENGINEERING
    Department: Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)
    Mode: Normal
    Deposit date: 07/09/2022
    Reading date: 17/10/2022
    Reading time: 10:00
    Reading place: ETSETB - UPC CAMPUS NORD - videoconferència: meet.google.com/qkt-kpuw-dox
    Thesis director: HESSELBACH SERRA, XAVIER
    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: FISCHER, ANDREAS
         SECRETARI: DOMINGO ALADREN, MARIA DEL CARMEN
         VOCAL: ERAMO, VINCENZO
    Thesis abstract: A nano-network is a communication network at the nano-scale between nano-devices. Nanodevices face certain challenges in functionalities, because of limitations in their processing capabilities and power management due to their nano-scale size. One of these challenges is the ability to perceive partial or full routing tables, which are the main decision makers for data routing in legacy communication networks. The reason is that creating and updating routing tables continuously require adequate processing power with sufficient memory and computing capabilities, which is not the case with nano- devices. Hence, these devices are expected to perform simple tasks, which equire different and novel approaches. In order to exploit the different functionalities of nano-machines, a set of nano-devices in a full nano-network needs to be managed and controlled using an appropriate architecture. This step will enable unrivaled applications in different fields.An Electromagnetic (EM) nano-network is a type of nano-communication that uses terahertz (THz) EM waves in communication.Nano-network has attracted increasing attention in recent years. Consequently, several developments have been achieved in the fabrication, communication and management of various EM nano network devices serving potential applications ranging from software- defined metamaterials, wireless robotic materials and body-centric communication. Such applications need uplink anddownlink communication between the deployed nano-network and the external macro- world or the Internet through nano-interfaces. This causes heterogeneity and interoperability in different Internet of Nano-things (IoNT) applications, whichbecome new challenges for nano-network communication. In this regard, dynamic, flexible and distributed micro/nano gateways can accommodate such sustainable issues and make the nano-network fully operational, regardless of the adopted application domain or the protocols used in communication.With the arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT), the use of the Internet has transformed, where various types of objects, sensors and devices can interact, making future networks connect nearly everything from traditional network devices to people. It is worth remarking that Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are two useful technologies for IoT. By outlining the way of combining SDN, NFV, IoT and fog computing technologies altogether, nano- network can overcome its challenges and limitations.The main objective of this thesis is to contribute to the system architectural design of EM nano- networks by developing an operational communication architecture to allow nano-machines to access the Internet. This communication architecture uses next-generation network technologies such as IoT and fog computing, besides well-known virtualization network technologies such as SDN and NFV to guarantee such accessibility. In addition, this communication architecture will provide added value to the data routing in the nano-network paradigm, whether inside the nano-domain or towards the macro- domain by providingvirtualization and externalization of the complex routing decisions to be compiled externally on a powerful data center hosted on the cloud. The nano-machines will be able to access the cloud with the aid of smart hybrid devices called micro/nano-gateways,which provide two-way communication between nano-machines and the cloud. This two-way communication allows the end-user to easily control and manage a group of nanomachines expanding various applications in different fields. Moreover, it allows the nano-machines to store their measurements on the cloud, providing very large sets of data that are generated by a variety ofnano-sensors/actuators forming big data, where Machine Learning (ML) approaches are used to perform complex analysis, intelligent judgments and creative problem solving on this big data extracting valuable information.
  • MOHAMMADZADEH, NASIBEH: Invoice Factoring through Blockchain Technology
    Author: MOHAMMADZADEH, NASIBEH
    Thesis file: (contact the Doctoral School to confirm you have a valid doctoral degree and to get the link to the thesis)
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN NETWORK ENGINEERING
    Department: Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)
    Mode: Normal
    Deposit date: 14/09/2022
    Reading date: 06/10/2022
    Reading time: 10:00
    Reading place: ETSETB Aula Màster del C3-005
    Thesis director: MUÑOZ TAPIA, JOSE LUIS | NOGOORANI, SADEGH DORRI
    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: HERNÁNDEZ GAÑÁN, CARLOS
         SECRETARI: ESPARZA MARTIN, OSCAR
         VOCAL: SILVA CÁRDENAS, CARLOS BERNARDINO
    Thesis abstract: Invoice factoring has been a popular way to provide cash flow for businesses. The primary function of a factoring system is to prevent an invoice from being factored twice. In order to prevent double factoring, many factoring ecosystems use one or several centralized entities to register factoring agreements. However, this puts a lot of power in the hands of these centralized entities and makes it difficult for users to dispute situations in which factoring data is unavailable, wrongly recorded or manipulated by negligence or on purpose.This thesis presents our research around the current problems of invoice factoring and our new solutions to solve this process using the blockchain technology. A public blockchain can keep a permanent, secure, ordered and transparent record of transactions which are then available for everyone at any time to view and verify.In this thesis, we start proposing a base solution, and we gradually enhance it. In the base protocol, we propose an architecture for invoicing registration based on a general blockchain. The blockchain platform builds trust between the parties by executing transactions correctly. We employed a smart contract to complete the registration process, and prevent double factoring. The smart contract provides for auditing and dispute resolution in such a way that privacy is protected and relevant information is alwaysavailable.In the second protocol, we add a relayer to our architecture for easier on-boarding. Only the relayer is required to submit blockchaintransactions, and pay the corresponding fees. Other participants can proxy their transactions through the relayer, and pay the relayer in fiat money. We also enhance our identity management and authentication using the concept of verifiable credentials (VC) in order to better comply with the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) regulation. In fact, in this architecture, participants use their decentralized identifiers (DIDs) and the DIDComm protocol for asynchronous and secure off-chain interactions.In the final protocol, we greatly enhance our smart contract with respect to the conditions it checks before registering an invoice factoring. We integrate non-interactive zero-knowledge proofs and cryptographic commitments into our solution. With these cryptographic tools in place, we can prevent a special type of denial of service (DoS) attack and better verify invoice details withoutcompromising privacy. Our protocols are very efficient in terms of blockchain costs. In particular, we only need one transaction to register an invoice factoring, and most of the details are recorded in low-cost blockchain storage. Our evaluations and comparison with the literature reveals that our protocols are superior to the related works with respect to efficiency, security, privacy, and ease ofuse.
  • OSMAN, MOHAMMED OSMAN: Control Logic Distribution trade-offs in Software-Defined Wireless Networks
    Author: OSMAN, MOHAMMED OSMAN
    Thesis file: (contact the Doctoral School to confirm you have a valid doctoral degree and to get the link to the thesis)
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN NETWORK ENGINEERING
    Department: Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)
    Mode: Normal
    Deposit date: 18/05/2022
    Reading date: 07/10/2022
    Reading time: 10:00
    Reading place: ETSETB, videoconferència https://meet.google.com/iyk-zmpg-cqh
    Thesis director: MANGUES BAFALLUY, JOSEP
    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: AGÜERO CALVO, RAMÓN
         SECRETARI: ZOLA, ENRICA VALERIA
         VOCAL: BARANDA HORTIGÜELA, JORGE
    Thesis abstract: The SDN (Software-Defined Networks) architecture separates the data and the control planes of the networks. It logically centralizes the control of a network in a central point that is an SDN controller, which acts as a brain of the network and is in charge of telling each network node how to forward incoming packets by installing the appropriate forwarding rules. One of the main advantages it brings is programmability through this single entity (the logical controller) with which network management applications must interact to apply their policies. Through agreed-upon APIs, the network managers can exploit the full potential of SDN.SDN generally assumes ideal control channels between the SDN controller and the network nodes, which may not be the case in challenging environments that are becoming more common due to dense deployment of small cells (SCs) with reduced coverage in 5G and beyond 5G deployments. In 5G and beyond 5G use cases, cost-effective wireless transport networks are required to connect the SCs. In this context, mmWave technology is a good player to connect the SCs as mmWave provides larger radio spectrum chunks that in turn provide larger bandwidth and higher data rate.To manage the dense deployment of SCs in the mobile networks, on the network management/control front, network programmability and virtualization are also an integral part of 5G and beyond 5G networks. In this regard, to provide end-to-end connectivity, management and orchestration of all the segments of the networks ranging from RAN (Radio Access Network), transport network to the core is vital. On the transport networks side (the main focus of the dissertation), SDN plays an important role as SDN enables programmability and virtualization in the network.Though SDN Provides huge flexibility in network management by splitting the control plane from the data plane, it has some limitations in wireless networks context as separation of the control plane from the data plane introduce the extra points of failure in the SDN paradigm (e.g., control communication channel failure, SDN controller failure). In the wide-area networks (WAN) scenarios where in-band channels (e.g., microwave or mmWave links) are responsible to carry control traffic between the forwarding nodes and the SDN controller, the assumption of the availability of a reliable network may not be possible as the performance of the wireless link changes with the environmental conditions, which leads to a high risk of experiencing channel impairments, which might cause centralized SDN operation failure by affecting communication between the transport component of SCs and the SDN controller.To overcome SDN from failure, the dissertation presents a hybrid SDN scheme that explores the benefits of centralized and distributed operations depending on control communication channel conditions. Our hybrid SDN approach combines both centralized and distributed modes in the same node to form a hybrid control plane architecture. We introduce a local agent in the node that is composed of a monitoring framework to detect reliability of the control communication channel and a decision module that conceive a novel control logic switching algorithm to make a decision whether to operate in a centralized or distributed mode. We evaluate the proposed solution under a variety of unreliable network conditions (e.g., link impairments, control packet loss) to investigate the operational performance of the hybrid SDN during high loss conditions. The experimental results show that the proposed hybrid SDN solution substantially improves the aggregated throughput, particularly when control channel packet loss ratios increase, which in turn keeps the network operational in hard conditions where the centralized SDN would result in a non-operational network.

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  • BARBECHO BAUTISTA, PABLO ANDRES: Contribution to smart management services for electric vehicle charging using vehicular networks
    Author: BARBECHO BAUTISTA, PABLO ANDRES
    Thesis file: (contact the Doctoral School to confirm you have a valid doctoral degree and to get the link to the thesis)
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN NETWORK ENGINEERING
    Department: Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)
    Mode: Temporary seizure
    Reading date: 19/05/2022
    Thesis director: AGUILAR IGARTUA, MONICA | URQUIZA AGUIAR, LUIS FELIPE

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: FERNANDEZ VILAS, ANA
         SECRETARI: DE LA CRUZ LLOPIS, LUIS JAVIER
         VOCAL: TRIPP BARBA, CAROLINA
    Thesis abstract: The most promising solution to reduce carbon emissions due to transportation is migrating from fossil-fuel vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs). In recent years, the decisive shift of drivers to use EVs has been affected by several factors. One of the main concerns refers to EV charging time. Due to long charging times and scarce charging points in cities, a growing concern of cities' administrations refers to supporting services for the new generation of mobility, known as the "Electro-mobility."The information sensed by vehicles (e.g., battery state of charge) could be helpful for other vehicles and mobility authorities in order to efficiently manage traffic and provide intelligent transport services (ITS). Vehicular communications enable communication between vehicles (V2V) and between vehicles and fixed infrastructure (V2I) managed by the city's authorities. Here, Vehicular Ad hoc Networks (VANETs) routing protocols minimize the use of fixed infrastructure since they employ multi-hop V2V communication to reach access points located along cities.This thesis aims to contribute to designing smart management services for electric vehicles supported by vehicular networks. The first step to achieving this global objective has been the study of components and tools to assess realistic electro-mobility scenarios. In addition, we have analyzed the impact of each of those components on the simulation results. Then, we have designed a smart management service for EV charging. Here, challenges include the selection of an appropriate charging point for each energy-requiring EV. We create a communication framework based on vehicular communications that allow vehicles to perform anticipated charging slot reservations.In contrast to the literature, we develop a traffic-aware charging service that considers current traffic conditions throughout the city. In this manner, we select the optimal charging point where the minimum charging time is guaranteed. In addition, we find the best charging point that minimizes the total travel time to the destination, including the stop to charge the battery.Besides, we have improved the global simulation process by developing two tools to handle large-scale simulations and mimic the realism of urban traffic mobility. First, our approach simplifies the process by automatizing simulation campaigns and generating realistic mobility scenarios. Also, we have tackled the issue of locked traffic simulations due to traffic jams. We have included an online vehicles' re-route functionality to cope with that problem, allowing cars to change their route to a less congested alternative route. Definitively, we claim that using our tools can reduce simulation times and avoid manually writing or editing simulation files, which is usually an error-prone task.Finally, based on machine learning techniques, we minimize the gas emissions of fossil-fuel vehicles and reduce electric vehicles' energy consumption. Using the vehicular network jointly with a reinforcement learning model, we adjust vehicles' acceleration/deceleration in the proximity of traffic light (TL) signals to drive with a moderate speed. The goal is to optimize driving in cities by avoiding excess fuel burn in the case of gas vehicles and by reducing energy consumption in the case of EVs.

  • BOJOVIC, BILJANA: Cellular and Wi-Fi technologies evolution: from complementarity to competition
    Author: BOJOVIC, BILJANA
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/673517
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN NETWORK ENGINEERING
    Department: Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 12/01/2022
    Thesis director: GIUPPONI, LORENZA

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: AVALLONE, STEFANO
         SECRETARI: UMBERT JULIANA, ANNA
         VOCAL: FERRAGUT MARTÍNEZ-VARA DE REY, JAIME
    Thesis abstract: This PhD thesis has the characteristic to span over a long time because while working on it, I was working as a research engineer at CTTC with highly demanding development duties. This has delayed the deposit more than I would have liked. On the other hand, this has given me the privilege of witnessing and studying how wireless technologies have been evolving over a decade from 4G to 5G and beyond.When I started my PhD thesis, IEEE and 3GPP were defining the two main wireless technologies at the time, Wi-Fi and LTE, for covering two substantially complementary market targets. Wi-Fi was designed to operate mostly indoor, in unlicensed spectrum, and was aimed to be a simple and cheap technology. Its primary technology for coexistence was based on the assumption that the spectrum on which it was operating was for free, and so it was designed with interference avoidance through the famous CSMA/CA protocol. On the other hand, 3GPP was designing technologies for licensed spectrum, a costly kind of spectrum. As a result, LTE was designed to take the best advantage of it while providing the best QoE in mainly outdoor scenarios. The PhD thesis starts in this context and evolves with these two technologies. In the first chapters, the thesis studies radio resource management solutions for standalone operation of Wi-Fi in unlicensed and LTE in licensed spectrum. We anticipated the now fundamental machine learning trend by working on machine learning-based radio resource management solutions to improve LTE and Wi-Fi operation in their respective spectrum. We pay particular attention to small cell deployments aimed at improving the spectrum efficiency in licensed spectrum, reproducing small range scenarios typical of Wi-Fi settings. IEEE and 3GPP followed evolving the technologies over the years: Wi-Fi has grown into a much more complex and sophisticated technology, incorporating the key features of cellular technologies, like HARQ, OFDMA, MU-MIMO, MAC scheduling and spatial reuse. On the other hand, since Release 13, cellular networks have also been designed for unlicensed spectrum. As a result, the two last chapters of this thesis focus on coexistence scenarios, in which LTE needs to be designed to coexist with Wi-Fi fairly, and NR, the radio access for 5G, with Wi-Fi in 5 GHz and WiGig in 60 GHz. Unlike LTE, which was adapted to operate in unlicensed spectrum, NR-U is natively designed with this feature, including its capability to operate in unlicensed in a complete standalone fashion, a fundamental new milestone for cellular. In this context, our focus of analysis changes. We consider that these two technological families are no longer targeting complementarity but are now competing, and we claim that this will be the trend for the years to come.To enable the research in these multi-RAT scenarios, another fundamental result of this PhD thesis, besides the scientific contributions, is the release of high fidelity models for LTE and NR and their coexistence with Wi-Fi and WiGig to the ns-3 open-source community. ns-3 is a popular open-source network simulator, with the characteristic to be multi-RAT and so naturally allows the evaluation of coexistence scenarios between different technologies. These models, for which I led the development, are by academic citations, the most used open-source simulation models for LTE and NR and havereceived fundings from industry (Ubiquisys, WFA, SpiderCloud, Interdigital, Facebook) and federal agencies (NIST, LLNL) over the years.

  • KIBALYA, GODFREY MIRONDO: Contribution to Multi-domain Network Slicing: Resource Orchestration Framework and Algorithms
    Author: KIBALYA, GODFREY MIRONDO
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/675335
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN NETWORK ENGINEERING
    Department: Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 26/07/2022
    Thesis director: SERRAT FERNANDEZ, JUAN | GORRICHO MORENO, JUAN LUIS

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: BALIOSIAN, JAVIER ERNESTO
         SECRETARI: HESSELBACH SERRA, XAVIER
         VOCAL: ROTHENBERG, CHRISTIAN ESTEVE
    Thesis abstract: 5G/6G services and applications, in the context of the eMBB, mMTC and uRLLC network slicing framework, whose network infrastructure requirements may span beyond the coverage area of a single Infrastructure Provider (InP), are envisaged to be supported by leasing resources from multiple InPs. A challenging aspect for a Service Provider (SP) is how to obtain an optimal set of InPs on which to provision the requests and the particular substrate nodes and links within each InP on which to map the different VNFs and virtual links of the service requests, respectively, for a seamless, reliable and cost-effective orchestration of service requests.Existing works in this area either perform service mapping in uncoordinated manner, do not incorporate service reliability or do so from the perspective of stateless VNFs. Also they assume full information disclosure, or are based on exact approaches, which considerations are not well suited for future network scenarios characterized by delay sensitive mission critical applications and resource constrained networks. This thesis contributes to the above challenge by breaking the multi-domain service orchestration problem into two interlinked sub-problems that are solved in a coordinated manner: (1) Request splitting/partitioning (sub-problem 1), involving obtaining a subset of InPs and the corresponding inter-domain links on which to provision the different VNFs and virtual links of the service request; (2) Intra-domain VNF orchestration (sub-problem 2), involving obtaining the intra-domain nodes and links to provision the VNFs and virtual links of the sub-SFC associated with each InP. In this way, the thesis sets out four key targets that are necessary to align with the mission critical and delay sensitive use-cases envisaged in 5G and future networks in terms of service deployment cost and QoS: (1) coordinated mapping of service requests, with a view of realizing better utilization of the substrate resources; (2) survivability and fault-tolerant orchestration of service requests, to tame both QoS violations and the penalties from such violations; (3) limited disclosure of InP internal information, in order adhere to the privacy requirements InPs, and (4) achieving all the above targets in polynomial time. In order to realize the above targets, the thesis sought for solution techniques that are: (1) able to incorporate information learned in the previous solutions search space and historical mapping decisions, hence, resulting in acceptable performance even in scenarios of limited information exposure and fuzzy environments; (2) robust and less problem specific, hence, can be tailored to different optimization objectives, network topologies and service request constraints, thus enabling to deal with requests with either chained topologies or with bifurcated paths; (3) capable of dealing with an optimization problem that is jointly affected by multiple attributes, since in practice, the service deployment cost is jointly affected by multiple conflicting costs; (4) able to realize near-optimal solutions in practical run-times, thus rendering well suited approaches for delay sensitive and resource constrained scenarios.Three different algorithms namely, an RL, Genetic Algorithm (GA) and a fully distributed multi-stage graph-based algorithms are proposed for sub-problem 1. In addition, five different algorithms based on GA, Harmony search, RL, and multi-stage graph approach are proposed for sub-problem 2. Finally, in order to guide the implementation and adherence of the thesis proposals to the four main targets of the thesis, an architectural framework is proposed, aligned with the ETSI NFV-MANO architectural framework. Overall, the simulations results proved that the thesis proposals are optimized in terms of request acceptance ratios, mapping cost and execution time, hence, rendering such proposals well suited for 5G and future scenarios.

  • POORZARE, REZA: Contribution to Reliable End-to-End Communication over 5G Networks Using Advanced Techniques
    Author: POORZARE, REZA
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/675394
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN NETWORK ENGINEERING
    Department: Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 05/09/2022
    Thesis director: CALVERAS AUGE, ANA M.

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: ADELANTADO FREIXER, FERRAN
         SECRETARI: DEMIRKOL, ILKER SEYFETTIN
         VOCAL: DARROUDI, SEYED MAHDI
    Thesis abstract: 5G cellular communication, especially with its hugely available bandwidth provided by millimeter-wave, is a promising technology to fulfill the coming high demand for vast data rates. These networks can support new use cases such as Vehicle to Vehicle and augmented reality due to its novel features such as network slicing along with the mmWave multi-gigabit-persecond data rate. Nevertheless, 5G cellular networks suffer from some shortcomings, especially in high frequenciesbecause of the intermittent nature of channels when the frequency rises. Non-line of sight state is one of the significant issues that the new generation encounters. This drawback is because of the intense susceptibility of higher frequencies toblockage caused by obstacles and misalignment. This unique characteristic can impair the performance of the reliable transport layer widely deployed protocol, TCP, in attaining high throughput and low latency throughout a fair network. As a result, the protocol needs to adjust the congestion window size based on the current situation of the network. However, TCP cannot adjust its congestion window efficiently, which leads to throughput degradation of the protocol. This thesis presents a comprehensive analysis of reliable end-to-end communications in 5G networks and analyzes TCP¿s behavior in one of the 3GPP¿s well-known s cenarios called urban deployment. Furtherm ore, two novel TCPs bas ed on artificial intelligence have been proposed to deal with this issue. The first protocol uses Fuzzy logic, a subset of artificial intelligence, and the second one is based on deep learning. The extensively conducted simulations showed that the newly proposed protocols could attain higher performance than common TCPs, such as BBR, HighSpeed, Cubic, and NewReno in terms of throughput, RTT,and sending rate adjustment in the urban scenario. The new protocols' superiority is achieved by employing smartness in the conges tions control mechanism of TCP, which is a powerful enabler in fos tering TCP¿s functionality. To s um up, the 5Gnetwork is a promising telecommunication infrastructure that will revolute various aspects of communication. However, different parts of the Internet, such as its regulations and protocol stack, will face new challenges, which need to be solved in order to exploit 5G capacity, and without intelligent rules and protocols, the high bandwidth of 5G, especially 5G mmWave will be wasted. Two novel schemes to solve the issues have been proposed based on an Artificial Intelligence subset technique called fuzzy and a machine learning-based approach called Deep learning to enhance the performance of 5G mmWave by improving the functionality of the transport layer. The obtained results indicated that the new schemes could improve the functionality of TCP by giving intelligence to the protocol. As the protocol works more smartly, it can make sufficient decisions on different conditions.

  • RONY, RAKIBUL ISLAM: Joint access-backhaul mechanisms in 5G cell-less architectures
    Author: RONY, RAKIBUL ISLAM
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/674348
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN NETWORK ENGINEERING
    Department: Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 13/05/2022
    Thesis director: LOPEZ AGUILERA, MARIA ELENA | GARCIA VILLEGAS, EDUARD

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: DE ANDRADE JARDIM, MARILET
         SECRETARI: CALVERAS AUGE, ANA M.
         VOCAL: GUTIÉRREZ TERAN, JESÚS
    Thesis abstract: Older generations of wireless networks, such as 1G and 2G were deployed using leased line, copper or fibre line as backhaul.Later, in 3G and 4G, microwave wireless links have also worked as backhaul links while the backbone of the network was still wireline-based. However, due to multiple different use cases and deployment scenarios of 5G, solo wireline based backhaulnetwork is not a cost-efficient option for the operators anymore. For cost-efficient and fast deployment, wireless backhaul optionsare very attractive. As drawbacks, wireless backhaul links have capacity and distance limitations. To take the advantages of boththe solutions, i.e., wired and wireless, 5G transport networks are anticipated to be a heterogeneous, complex, and with stringent performance requirements.To address the aforementioned challenges, wireless backhaul options are providing more attractive solutions, and hence, technologies using the same resources (e.g., frequency channels) may be used by both access and backhaul networks. In this scenario, blurring the separation line between access and backhaul networks allows resource sharing and cooperation between both the networks and minimizes the network deployment and maintenance cost significantly. Therefore, in 5G, the access and backhaul networks cannot be seen as separate entities; rather, we seek to integrate them together to ensure the best use ofresources.In this thesis, firstly, we investigate the challenges and potential technologies of 5G transport network. Later, to address these challenges, we identify and present different approaches to perform joint access-backhaul mechanism. An initial performanceevaluation of access-aware backhaul optimization is presented, where backhaul network is dynamically assigned with the required resources to serve the dynamic requirements of a 5G access network. The evaluation results and discussions manifest the resource efficiency of joint access-backhaul mechanisms.Functional splits in different layers of the access network comes as an intelligent solution to reduce the enormous capacity requirements of the transport network in a centralized radio access network approach, which tends to centralize almost all the functionalities into a central unit, leaving only radio frequency functions at the access points. From the joint access-backhaul mechanism perspective, we propose a novel technique, which takes the benefit of functional splits at physical layer, to design a heterogeneous transport network in an economical budget-limited and capacity-limited scenario.Till today, the limited capacity of the wireless backhaul links remains a challenge, and hence, frequency spectrum becomes scarce, and requires efficient utilization. To address this challenge, a joint spectrum sharing technique to implement joint accessbackhaul mechanism is presented. Evaluation results show that our proposed joint spectrum sharing technique, where spectrumallocation in the backhaul network follows the access network's traffic load, is fair and efficient in terms of spectrum utilization.We also propose a machine learning technique, which analyses data from a real network and estimates access network's traffic pattern, and subsequently, assigns bandwidth in the access network according to the traffic estimations. Presented evaluation results show that a well-trained machine learning model can be very efficient to obtain an efficient utilization of frequencyspectrum.

  • TIPANTUÑA TENELEMA, CHRISTIAN JOSÉ: Contributions to Energy-Aware Demand-Response Systems Using SDN and NFV for Fog Computing
    Author: TIPANTUÑA TENELEMA, CHRISTIAN JOSÉ
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/674381
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN NETWORK ENGINEERING
    Department: Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 29/03/2022
    Thesis director: HESSELBACH SERRA, XAVIER

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: SALLENT RIBES, SEBASTIAN
         SECRETARI: BOTERO VEGA, JUAN FELIPE
         VOCAL: RUBIO LOYOLA, JAVIER
    Thesis abstract: Ever-increasing energy consumption, the depletion of non-renewable resources, the climate impact associated with energy generation, and finite energy-production capacity are important concerns worldwide that drive the urgent creation of new energy management and consumption schemes. In this regard, by leveraging the massive connectivity provided by emerging communications such as the 5G systems, this thesis proposes a long-term sustainable Demand-Response solution for theadaptive and efficient management of available energy consumption for Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructures, in which energy utilization is optimized based on the available supply. In the proposed approach, energy management focuses on consumer devices (e.g., appliances such as a light bulb or a screen). In this regard, by proposing that each consumer device be part of an IoTinfrastructure, it is feasible to control its respective consumption.The proposal includes an architecture that uses Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking technologies as enablers to promote the primary use of energy from renewable sources. Associated with architecture, this thesis presents a novel consumption model conditioned on availability in which consumers are part of the management process. To efficiently use the energy from renewable and non-renewable sources, several management strategies are herein proposed, suchas the prioritization of the energy supply, workload scheduling using time-shifting capabilities, and quality degradation to decrease- the power demanded by consumers if needed. The adaptive energy management solution is modeled as an Integer Linear Programming, and its complexity has been identified to be NP-Hard. To verify the improvements in energy utilization, an optimalalgorithmic solution based on a brute force search has been implemented and evaluated.Because the hardness of the adaptive energy management problem and the non-polynomial growth of its optimal solution, which is limited to energy management for a small number of energy demands (e.g., 10 energy demands) and small values of management mechanisms, several faster suboptimal algorithmic strategies have been proposed and implemented. In this context, at the first stage, we implemented three heuristic strategies: a greedy strategy (GreedyTs), a genetic-algorithm-based solution (GATs), and a dynamic programming approach (DPTs). Then, we incorporated into both the optimal and heuristic strategies a prepartitioning method in which the total set of analyzed services is divided into subsets of smaller size and complexity that are solved iteratively.As a result of the adaptive energy management in this thesis, we present eight strategies, one timal and seven heuristic, that when deployed in communications infrastructures such as the NFV domain, seek the best possible scheduling of demands, which lead to efficient energy utilization. The performance of the algorithmic strategies has been validated through extensive simulations inseveral scenarios, demonstrating improvements in energy consumption and the processing of energy demands. Additionally, the simulation results revealed that the heuristic approaches produce high-quality solutions close to the optimal while executing among two and seven orders of magnitude faster and with applicability to scenarios with thousands and hundreds of thousands of energy demands.This thesis also explores possible application scenarios of both the proposed architecture for adaptive energy management and algorithmic strategies. In this regard, we present some examples, including adaptive energy management in-home systems and 5G networks slicing, energy-aware management solutions for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, and applicability for the efficient allocation of spectrum in flex-grid optical networks. Finally, this thesis presents open research problems and discusses other application scenarios and future work.

  • VINCENZI, MATTEO: Efficient Sharing Mechanisms for Virtualized Multi-Tenant Heterogeneous Networks
    Author: VINCENZI, MATTEO
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/675007
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN NETWORK ENGINEERING
    Department: Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)
    Mode: Normal
    Reading date: 18/07/2022
    Thesis director: LOPEZ AGUILERA, MARIA ELENA | GARCIA VILLEGAS, EDUARD

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: FIORE, MARCO
         SECRETARI: DEMIRKOL, ILKER SEYFETTIN
         VOCAL: CHOUMAS, KOSTAS
    Thesis abstract: The explosion in data traffic, the physical resource constraints, and the insufficient financial incentives for deploying 5G networks, stress the need for a paradigm shift in network upgrades. Typically, operators are also the service providers, which charge the end users with low and flat tariffs, independently of the service enjoyed. A fine-scale management of the network resources is needed, both for optimizing costs and resource utilization, as well as for enabling new synergies among network owners and third-parties. In particular, operators could open their networks to third parties by means of fine-scale sharing agreements over customized networks for enhanced service provision, in exchange for an adequate return of investment for upgrading their infrastructures. The main objective of this thesis is to study the potential of fine-scale resource management and sharing mechanisms for enhancing service provision and for contributing to a sustainable road to 5G. More precisely, the state-of-the-art architectures and technologies for network programmability and scalability are studied, together with a novel paradigm for supporting service diversity and fine-scale sharing. We review the limits of conventional networks, we extend existing standardization efforts and define an enhanced architecture for enabling 5G networks' features (e.g., network-wide centralization and programmability). The potential of the proposed architecture is assessed in terms of flexible sharing and enhanced service provision, while the advantages of alternative business models are studied in terms of additional profits to the operators. We first study the data rate improvement achievable by means of spectrum and infrastructure sharing among operators and evaluate the profit increase justified by a better service provided. We present a scheme based on coalitional game theory for assessing the capability of accommodating more service requests when a cooperative approach is adopted, and for studying the conditions for beneficial sharing among coalitions of operators. Results show that: i) collaboration can be beneficial also in case of unbalanced cost redistribution within coalitions; ii) coalitions of equal-sized operators provide better profit opportunities and require lower tariffs. The second kind of sharing interaction that we consider is the one between operators and third-party service providers, in the form of fine-scale provision of customized portions of the network resources. We define a policy-based admission control mechanism, whose performance is compared with reference strategies. The proposed mechanism is based on auction theory and computes the optimal admission policy at a reduced complexity for different traffic loads and allocation frequencies. Because next-generation services include delay-critical services, we compare the admission control performances of conventional approaches with the proposed one, which proves to offer near real-time service provision and reduced complexity. Besides, it guarantees high revenues and low expenditures in exchange for negligible losses in terms of fairness towards service providers. To conclude, we study the case where adaptable timescales are adopted for the policy-based admission control, in order to promptly guarantee service requirements over traffic fluctuations. In order to reduce complexity, we consider the offline pre­computation of admission strategies with respect to reference network conditions, then we study the extension to unexplored conditions by means of computationally efficient methodologies. Performance is compared for different admission strategies by means of a proof of concept on real network traces. Results show that the proposed strategy provides a tradeoff in complexity and performance with respect to reference strategies, while reducing resource utilization and requirements on network awareness.

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Online advertising: analysis of privacy threats and protection approaches
Estrada, J.; Parra-Arnau, J.; Rodríguez-Hoyos, A.; Forne, J.
Computer communications, ISSN: 0140-3664 (JCR Impact Factor-2016: 3.338; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 27/12/2016
Journal article

Does k-anonymous microaggregation affect machine-learned macrotrends?
Rodríguez-Hoyos, A.; Estrada, J.; Rebollo-Monedero, D.; Parra-Arnau, J.; Forne, J.
IEEE access, ISSN: 2169-3536 (JCR Impact Factor-2018: 4.098; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 16/05/2018
Journal article

On the regulation of personal data distribution in online advertising platforms
Estrada, J.; Parra-Arnau, J.; Rodríguez-Hoyos, A.; Forne, J.
Engineering applications of artificial intelligence, ISSN: 0952-1976 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 4.201; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 03/2019
Journal article

The Fast Maximum Distance to Average Vector (F-MDAV): an algorithm for k-Anonymous microaggregation in big data
Rodríguez-Hoyos, A.; Estrada, J.; Rebollo-Monedero, D.; Mezher, A.; Parra-Arnau, J.; Forne, J.
Engineering applications of artificial intelligence, ISSN: 0952-1976 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 6.212; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 10/02/2020
Journal article

Mathematically optimized, recursive prepartitioning strategies for k-anonymous microaggregation of large-scale datasets
Pallares, E.; Rebollo-Monedero, D.; Rodríguez-Hoyos, A.; Estrada, J.; Mezher, A.; Forne, J.
Expert systems with applications, ISSN: 0957-4174 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 6.954; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 15/04/2020
Journal article

Preserving empirical data utility in k-anonymous microaggregation via linear discriminant analysis
Rodríguez-Hoyos, A.; Rebollo-Monedero, D.; Estrada, J.; Forne, J.; Urquiza, L.
Engineering applications of artificial intelligence, ISSN: 0952-1976 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 6.212; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 01/09/2020
Journal article

A measurement study of online tracking and advertising in Ibero-America
Estrada, J.; Parra-Arnau, J.; Rodríguez-Hoyos, A.; Forne, J.; Pallares, E.
IEEE access, ISSN: 2169-3536 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 3.367; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 2021
Journal article

Digital Hyper-Transparency: Leading e-Government Against Privacy
5th International Conference on E-Business and E-Government
Presentation date: 04/04/2018
Presentation of work at congresses

Anonymizing cybersecurity data in critical infrastructures: the CIPSEC approach
16th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Presentation date: 20/05/2019
Presentation of work at congresses

Measuring online tracking and privacy risks on Ecuadorian websites
IEEE Third Ecuador Technical Chapters Meeting
Presentation date: 13/11/2019
Presentation of work at congresses

AUTHOR:JAIN, AKSHAY
Title:Enhanced Mobility Management Mechanisms for 5G Networks
Reading date:01/10/2020
Director:LOPEZ AGUILERA, MARIA ELENA
Co-director:DEMIRKOL, ILKER SEYFETTIN
Mention:International Mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Handover methods and systems for 5G networks
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Registration date: 01/06/2018
Patent

Evolutionary 4G/5G network architecture assisted efficient handover signaling
Jain, A.; Lopez-Aguilera, E.; Demirkol, I.
IEEE access, ISSN: 2169-3536 (JCR Impact Factor-2018: 4.098; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Journal article

Immersive interconnected virtual and augmented reality: a 5G and IoT perspective
Torres, M.; Liaskos, C.; S. Abadal; Papapetrou, E.; Jain, A.; Mouhouche, B.; Kalem, G.; Ergüt, S.; Mach, M.; Sabol, T.; Albert Cabellos-Aparicio; Grimm, C.; De Turck, F.; Famaey, J.
Journal of network and systems management, ISSN: 1064-7570 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 2.026; Quartil: Q3)
Publication date: 01/01/2020
Journal article

Are mobility management solutions ready for 5G and beyond?
Jain, A.; Lopez-Aguilera, E.; Demirkol, I.
Computer communications, ISSN: 0140-3664 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 3.167; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 01/09/2020
Journal article

Radiation pattern prediction for metasurfaces: A neural network-based approach
Taghvaee, H.; Jain, A.; Timoneda i, X.; Liaskos, C.; S. Abadal; Alarcon, E.; Albert Cabellos-Aparicio
Sensors (Switzerland), ISSN: 1424-8220 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 5.0
Publication date: 14/04/2021
Journal article

Multi-connectivity in mobile networks: challenges and benefits
Pupiales, C.; Laselva, D.; De Coninck, Q.; Jain, A.; Demirkol, I.
IEEE communications magazine, ISSN: 0163-6804 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 11.052; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 30/12/2021
Journal article

Mobility management as a service for 5G networks
14th IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Communications System
Presentation date: 28/08/2017
Presentation of work at congresses

Enhanced handover signaling through integrated MME-SDN controller solution
87th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
Presentation date: 06/06/2018
Presentation of work at congresses

Improved handover signaling for 5G networks
IEEE 29th International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications
Presentation date: 09/09/2018
Presentation of work at congresses

Characterizing the communication requirements of GNN accelerators: A model-based approach
IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems 2021
Presentation date: 05/2021
Presentation of work at congresses

Architecting more than Moore: wireless plasticity for massive heterogeneous computer architectures (WiPLASH)
18th ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers
Presentation date: 13/05/2021
Presentation of work at congresses

AUTHOR:DARROUDI, SEYED MAHDI
Title:Contributions to Bluetooth Low Energy Mesh Networks
Reading date:29/09/2020
Director:GOMEZ MONTENEGRO, CARLOS
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Bluetooth low energy mesh networks: a survey
Gomez, C.; Darroudi, S.
Sensors (Switzerland), ISSN: 1424-8220 (JCR Impact Factor-2017: 2.475; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 01/07/2017
Journal article

Modeling the connectivity of Data-Channel-based Bluetooth Low Energy mesh networks
Darroudi, S.; Gomez, C.
IEEE communications letters, ISSN: 1089-7798 (JCR Impact Factor-2018: 3.457; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 01/10/2018
Journal article

Bluetooth mesh energy consumption: a model
Darroudi, S.; Caldera-Sànchez, R.; Gomez, C.
Sensors (Switzerland), ISSN: 1424-8220 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 3.275; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Journal article

Bluetooth Low Energy mesh networks: a standards perspective
Darroudi, S.; Gomez, C.; Crowcroft, J.
IEEE communications magazine, ISSN: 0163-6804 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 9.619; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 2020
Journal article

AUTHOR:LEMUS CÁRDENAS, LETICIA
Title:Enhancement of vehicular ad hoc networks using machine learning-based prediction methods
Reading date:22/07/2020
Director:AGUILAR IGARTUA, MONICA
Co-director:MEZHER, AHMAD
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Actualidad de las redes vehiculares: vehículos autónomos
Servei de publicacions de la UPC
Publication date: 2020
Book chapter

Actualidad de las redes vehiculares: vehículos eléctricos y red inteligente
Servei de publicacions de la UPC
Publication date: 2020
Book chapter

Multimedia communications in vehicular adhoc networks for several applications in the smart cities
XIII Jornadas de Ingeniería Telemática
Presentation date: 27/09/2017
Presentation of work at congresses

Improved selection of the best forwarding candidate in 3MRP for VANETs
24th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications
Presentation date: 30/06/2019
Presentation of work at congresses

DTMR: a decision tree-based multimetric routing protocol for vehicular ad hoc networks
18th ACM Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Wireless Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Ubiquitous Networks
Presentation date: 22/11/2021
Presentation of work at congresses

AUTHOR:ASTUDILLO LEÓN, JUAN PABLO
Title:Contribution to the Traffc Engineering in Wireless Mesh Networks.
Reading date:09/06/2020
Director:DE LA CRUZ LLOPIS, LUIS JAVIER
Mention:International Mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
A joint multi-path and multi-channel protocol for traffic routing in smart grid neighborhood area networks
Astudillo, J.P.; de la Cruz Llopis, Luis J.
Sensors (Switzerland), ISSN: 1424-8220 (JCR Impact Factor-2018: 3.031; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 20/11/2018
Journal article

Emergency aware congestion control for smart grid neighborhood area networks
Astudillo, J.P.; de la Cruz Llopis, Luis J.
Ad hoc networks, ISSN: 1570-8705 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 3.643; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 01/10/2019
Journal article

Predictive traffic control and differentiation on smart grid neighborhood area networks
Astudillo, J.P.; Rico, F.; de la Cruz Llopis, Luis J.
IEEE access, ISSN: 2169-3536 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 3.367; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 2020
Journal article

A fair and distributed congestion control mechanism for smart grid neighborhood area networks
Astudillo, J.P.; Begin, T.; Busson, A.; de la Cruz Llopis, Luis J.
Ad hoc networks, ISSN: 1570-8705 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 4.111; Quartil: Q2)
Publication date: 29/04/2020
Journal article

Multi channel allocation and congestion control for smart grid neighborhood area networks
15th ACM International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Wireless Ad Hoc, Sensor and Ubiquitous Networks
Presentation date: 31/10/2018
Presentation of work at congresses

Towards a distributed congestion control mechanism for smart grid neighborhood area networks
16th ACM International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Wireless Ad Hoc, Sensor and Ubiquitous Networks
Presentation date: 25/11/2019
Presentation of work at congresses

A testbed based performance evaluation of smart grid wireless neighborhood area networks routing protocols
1st International Workshop on Research on Smart Grids and Related Applications
Presentation date: 21/07/2020
Presentation of work at congresses

AUTHOR:RICHART GUTIÉRREZ, MATÍAS MARIO
Title:Resource Allocation and Management Techniques for Network Slicing in WiFi Networks
Reading date:01/11/2019
Director:BALIOSIAN, JAVIER ERNESTO
Director:SERRAT FERNANDEZ, JUAN
Co-director:GORRICHO MORENO, JUAN LUIS
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
End-to-end KPI analysis in converged fixed-mobile networks
22nd International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks
Presentation date: 07/2020
Presentation of work at congresses

Research projects

START DATEEND DATEACTIVITYFINANCING ENTITY
21/03/202231/12/2023Contracte de col·laboració en R+DComunicacions V2XFUNDACIÓ i2CAT
01/03/202201/03/2025Investigació i recerca d’eines i malware en ciberatacs a infraestructures d’empresesAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/01/202231/01/2022Informe pericial relativo al litigio en materia de patentes de telefonía móvil de dispositivos móviles OPPO y OnePlus, con respecto patentes titularidad de NOKIAHOGAN LOVELLS INTERNACIONAL
01/11/202131/12/2023Projecte de collaboracio amb l empresa SIMON pr desenvolupar un nou sistema d automatització de la llarSIMON TECH, S.L.
01/09/202131/08/2024Enhancing Communication Protocols with Machine Learning while Protecting Sensitive Data. Data privacy for communication networks and dynamic databasesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
06/07/202130/09/2021Implementació de solucions per a la gestió automàtica de recursos en una xarxa amb VNFs (Virtual Network Functions)FUNDACIÓ i2CAT
02/06/202131/12/2021Searching on AccesibilityFundación ONCE
02/06/202131/12/2021Journal of Accessibility and Design for AllFundación ONCE
01/06/202130/09/2022Models i tècniques d'anonimització de dades (ANEM)MOSAIC FACTOR, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
01/06/202131/05/2024PRivacy fOr smart citiesBundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
15/04/202121/05/2021Anàlisi i disseny de solucions per a la gestió automàtica de recursos en una xarxa amb VNFs (Virtual Network Functions).FUNDACIÓ i2CAT
01/03/202128/02/2025Industrial Doctorate Training Network on Future Wireless Connected and Automated Industry enabled by 5GCommission of European Communities
01/02/202131/01/2025Consciència Digital CiutadanaUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
20/01/202120/01/2021A method and a device to generate an amplitude-based modulation wireless signal using OFDM to be received by a low-power non-coherent receiver.
15/01/202115/01/2024Conveni de col.laboració SEM-UPCUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
01/01/202131/12/2022Filling the gaps and emerging E-GNSS receivers technologiesCommission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2023A secure and reusable Artificial Intelligence platform for Edge computing in beyond 5G NetworksCommission of European Communities
01/12/202030/11/2023Beca Posdoc Junior Leader “la Caixa/'CAIXA ESTALVIS I P.BARCELONA
02/11/202001/11/2024A Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Blockchain Skill DevelopmentERASMUS
01/11/202031/10/2024A Blueprint for Sectorial Cooperation on Blockchain Skill DevelopmentCommission of European Communities
01/09/202031/10/2020Assessorament per al desenvolupament del projecte EthicaBRATIA GLOBAL SL
03/08/202015/02/2021Informe pericial relativo al litigio existente entre una Red Social y una tercera Parte.Análisis de la herramienta MGP25 pensada para eludir los sistemas de seguridad de la información de la red sociURIA MENENDEZ ABOGADOS SL
01/07/202031/12/2022Xarxa Fourth Industrial RevolutionAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/06/202031/05/2024pRIvacidad y SEguridad en blockchains públicas y sus aplicaciones a los mercados de datosAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/06/202031/05/2023Evolución hacia redes y servicios auto-gestionados para el 5G del futuroAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/06/202031/05/2024Red mallada IoT con radio de baja potenciaAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
24/02/202023/11/2021Aquest contracte té com a principal objectiu l’anàlisi, estudi i, finalment, redacció d’un informe pervalidar les especificacions d’un protocol de votació electrònica per la plataforma Decidim.CODEGRAM TECHNOLOGIES, S.L.
29/01/202029/01/2020Easy Communicator
20/01/202031/12/2020Marco para la autoevaluación de las universidades en la mejora de sus actuaciones en materia de inclusión de personas con discapacidad y dificultades en el aprendizajeAgencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación. ANECA.
17/01/202030/09/2020Support activities for QoSEIndra Systems S.A.
01/01/202031/12/2022Intelligent, Interoperable, Integrative and deployable open source MARKETplace with trusted and secure software tools for incentivising the industry data economyCommission of European Communities
01/01/202031/12/2020Living lab e-micromobilityEUROPEAN INST OF INNOV.& TECHNOL.
01/01/202031/12/2021Metodologías avanzadas de evaluación de prestaciones y QoX en redes y servicios telemáticos. RED2018-102383Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
01/01/202031/12/2020Journal of Accessibility and Design for All (JACCES 2020)Fundación ONCE
01/01/202031/12/2020Informe técnico sobre características de programa Antivirus Panda Gold Protection y Panda Cloud DrivePanda Security S.L.
01/01/202031/12/2021Análisis forense digital sobre copyright en metadatos de imágenes de redes socialesMIKZ AB
01/10/201931/03/2022ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BASED CYBERSECURITY FOR CONNECTED AND AUTOMATED VEHICLESCommission of European Communities
15/07/201931/07/2019Nodes experimentals 5G en el Marc del Projecte/'5GCITY/'FUNDACIÓ i2CAT
02/05/201930/04/2022001-P-001662_FEM IOTGENCAT - DEPT. D'EMPRESA I OCUPACIO
20/03/201930/06/2019CONTRACTE DE PRESTACIÓ DE SERVEIS D’INVESTIGACIÓ TECNOLÒGICA PER AL DESPLEGAMENT DE NODES/ENTORNS EXPERIMENTALS 5G INTEGRATS A LA INFRAESTRUCTURA 5GBARCELONA EN EL MARC DE LA OPERACIÓ “IMPULS DE LA TRFUNDACIÓ i2CAT
11/03/201910/05/2019Desenvolupament d'un pilot experimental de vehicle autònom i connectat en el marc de la iniciativa/'5GBarcelona/' de l'operació/'Impuls de la transformació digital i mobile/'FUNDACIÓ i2CAT
01/03/201928/02/2020CCD 2019-A010 Connecting St. John of God - Sierra Leone Part IICentre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
01/03/201928/02/2020Desplegament d'una xarxa LORA per a la mesura de la hidrodinàmica dels rius de la badia d'InhambaneCentre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
01/03/201928/02/2020Desplegament d’una xarxa LORA per a la mesura de la hidrodinàmica dels rius de la badia d’Inhambane.Centre Cooperació per al Desenvolupament
01/03/201928/02/2020Desenvolupament d’un sistema de baix cost per al diagnòstic de malària, tuberculosi i malalties tropicals desateses a través d’imatges de microscopi.Centre Cooperació per al Desenvolupament
01/03/201928/02/2020Implementació d'una xarxa de comunicacions acadèmica a la Universidad Pedagógica de Maxixe a Moçambic.Centre Cooperació per al Desenvolupament
31/01/201901/09/2019Servei d'implementació d'un sistema de monitoratge i de supervisió remota de la xarxa pública d'aeròdroms i heliports d'aviació general de CatalunyaAIRPORT AND NAVIGATION SOLUTIONS SL
01/01/201931/12/2021Tecnicas de localizacion colaborativas: integracion en los sistemas de optimizacion de red y aplicacion en entornos IoTAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201931/12/2021001-P-001643_Agrupació Emergent Looming FactoryGENCAT - DEPT. D'EMPRESA I OCUPACIO
01/01/201931/12/2021Drone research laboratory for the integration of mobile communicationsAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201931/12/2021001-P-001643_Agrupació emergent Looming FactoryGENCAT - DEPT. D'EMPRESA I OCUPACIO
01/01/201931/12/2019Journal of Accessibility and Design for All (JACCES 2019)Fundación ONCE
01/01/201931/01/2019Searching on Accessibility (SACCES 2019)Fundación ONCE
01/01/201931/12/2019EIT Urban Mobility Start-up phaseEIT Urban Mobility
01/01/201931/12/2021Master's Degree in Urban MobilityEuropean Institute for Innovation and Technology
01/01/201931/12/2021Summer schools and team buildingEuropean Institute for Innovation and Technology
30/10/201830/10/2021I+D para una nueva línea de productos de automatización del hogarSIMON TECH, S.L.
01/10/201815/07/2019DUAL CONNECTIVITY SOLUTION FOR ORCACommission of European Communities
17/09/201814/11/2018Col·laboració en el projecte Alstom V2XFundació i2CAT; ALSTOM TRANSPORTE
20/07/201820/07/2018A method and a device to generate an amplitude-based modulation wireless signal using OFDM to be received by a low-power non-coherent receiver
12/07/201831/03/2019Desenvolupament d'activitats de recerca i innovació en la temàtica/'Vehicle-to-Vehicle/' (V2V)FUNDACIÓ i2CAT
06/07/201831/12/2018Desenvolupament d'activitats de recerca i innovació relacionades amb la temàtica/'Vehicle-to-Everithing/' (V2X)FUNDACIÓ i2CAT
01/07/201830/09/2018Sponsor ESORICS 2018Safelayer Secure Communications
01/06/201801/06/2018Handover methods and systems for 5G networks
21/05/201831/12/2018Journal of Accessibility and Design for All (JACCES 2018)Fundación ONCE
21/05/201831/12/2018Searching on Accessibility-SACCES 2018Fundación ONCE
01/03/201828/02/2019CCD 2018-O024 Connecting St. John of God - Sierra LeoneCentre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament de la UPC
01/03/201828/02/2019CCD 2018-O036 Implementació d'una xarxa de telecomunicacions local al camp de refugiats sahrauí de Tinduf, AlgèriaCentre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
22/02/201812/11/2018i2CAT-CVIACCIÓ - Agència per la Competitivitat de l'Empresa
01/02/201830/06/2019Demostració pràctica de l'aplicabilitat de mapes de vegetación per a l'aplicació variable de productes fitosanitaris a la vinya. Reducció de l'ús de plaguicides i disminució de la contaminacióGENCAT-D.AGRICULTURA, RAMADERIA,
01/01/201830/09/2021MAGOS. Inteligencia de Fuentes Abiertas para Redes Eléctricas Inteligentes Seguras. Privacidad de Datos y Comunicaciones Fiables.AGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
11/12/201731/12/2021Avaluació com a expert de projectes de I+D+iCERTIFICA PROYECTOS ID, S.L.
01/12/201701/12/2017Scalev Lite v3.1
01/11/201729/04/2020NOVEL ENABLERS FOR CLOUD SLICINGCommission of European Communities
01/11/201731/08/2020Modernisation of VET through Collaboration with the IndustryCommission of European Communities
01/09/201715/10/2017Study of IETF SCHC Fragmentation over SIGFOXSIGFOX
01/08/201731/12/2019Mitigation Techniques for adressing of latency on services over satellite networksIndra Systems S.A.
01/06/201731/05/2020Programmable Infrastructure Converging disaggregated neTwork and compUte ResourcesCommission of European Communities
26/04/201731/12/2017Journal of Accessibility and Design for All (JACCES 2017)Fundación ONCE
24/04/201730/06/2017Preparation and execution of a training course on IEEE 802.11 WLAN specification and latest developments and ongoing draftsEUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE
01/01/201731/01/2020Grup de Recerca en Xarxes de Comunicacions Cel·lulars i Ad-hoc (GRXCA). 2017 SGR 178.Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
01/01/201731/12/2019Design of MAC protocols for VANETsUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya; École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
01/01/201730/09/2021Smart services for information systems and communication networksAgència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
01/09/200929/04/2020CONSULTES ELECTRONIQUES AJUNTAMENT BCNUPCNET, S.L.

Teaching staff and research groups

Research projects

START DATEEND DATEACTIVITYFINANCING ENTITY
21/03/202231/12/2023Contracte de col·laboració en R+DComunicacions V2XFUNDACIÓ i2CAT
01/03/202201/03/2025Investigació i recerca d’eines i malware en ciberatacs a infraestructures d’empresesAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/01/202231/01/2022Informe pericial relativo al litigio en materia de patentes de telefonía móvil de dispositivos móviles OPPO y OnePlus, con respecto patentes titularidad de NOKIAHOGAN LOVELLS INTERNACIONAL
01/11/202131/12/2023Projecte de collaboracio amb l empresa SIMON pr desenvolupar un nou sistema d automatització de la llarSIMON TECH, S.L.
01/09/202131/08/2024Enhancing Communication Protocols with Machine Learning while Protecting Sensitive Data. Data privacy for communication networks and dynamic databasesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
06/07/202130/09/2021Implementació de solucions per a la gestió automàtica de recursos en una xarxa amb VNFs (Virtual Network Functions)FUNDACIÓ i2CAT
02/06/202131/12/2021Searching on AccesibilityFundación ONCE
02/06/202131/12/2021Journal of Accessibility and Design for AllFundación ONCE
01/06/202130/09/2022Models i tècniques d'anonimització de dades (ANEM)MOSAIC FACTOR, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
01/06/202131/05/2024PRivacy fOr smart citiesBundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
15/04/202121/05/2021Anàlisi i disseny de solucions per a la gestió automàtica de recursos en una xarxa amb VNFs (Virtual Network Functions).FUNDACIÓ i2CAT
01/03/202128/02/2025Industrial Doctorate Training Network on Future Wireless Connected and Automated Industry enabled by 5GCommission of European Communities
01/02/202131/01/2025Consciència Digital CiutadanaUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
20/01/202120/01/2021A method and a device to generate an amplitude-based modulation wireless signal using OFDM to be received by a low-power non-coherent receiver.
15/01/202115/01/2024Conveni de col.laboració SEM-UPCUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
01/01/202131/12/2022Filling the gaps and emerging E-GNSS receivers technologiesCommission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2023A secure and reusable Artificial Intelligence platform for Edge computing in beyond 5G NetworksCommission of European Communities
01/12/202030/11/2023Beca Posdoc Junior Leader “la Caixa/'CAIXA ESTALVIS I P.BARCELONA
02/11/202001/11/2024A Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Blockchain Skill DevelopmentERASMUS
01/11/202031/10/2024A Blueprint for Sectorial Cooperation on Blockchain Skill DevelopmentCommission of European Communities
01/09/202031/10/2020Assessorament per al desenvolupament del projecte EthicaBRATIA GLOBAL SL
03/08/202015/02/2021Informe pericial relativo al litigio existente entre una Red Social y una tercera Parte.Análisis de la herramienta MGP25 pensada para eludir los sistemas de seguridad de la información de la red sociURIA MENENDEZ ABOGADOS SL
01/07/202031/12/2022Xarxa Fourth Industrial RevolutionAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
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Quality

The Validation, Monitoring, Modification and Accreditation Framework (VSMA Framework) for official degrees ties the quality assurance processes (validation, monitoring, modification and accreditation) carried out over the lifetime of a course to two objectives—the goal of establishing coherent links between these processes, and that of achieving greater efficiency in their management—all with the overarching aim of improving programmes.

Validation

Monitoring

      Registry of Universities, Centers and Degrees (RUCT)

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