Towards Zero-Power operation of Machine Type Communications (MTC) Devices

Friday Seminar
Date and time: August 29, 2014 14:00 - 15:30
Place: Wireless@kth and EIT ICT Labs co-location centre, Isafjordsgatan 26, Kista. Elevator C, floor 3
Speaker: Jesus Alonso-Zarate, CTTC, Barcelona


Jesus Alonso-Zarate

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I will talk about the end of the world, as we know it. Autonomous communication between machines, the so-called Machine-to-Machine paradigm is deemed to create a third global revolution in our daily days, the same way the steam machine triggered the Industrial Revolution, or the World Wide Web (www) fostered the World 2.0 as we know it today. A world of interconnected machines, humans, and things, will enable new business models, improve competitiveness, and boost our concept of well-being. Many challenges need to be faced before though. In this talk, I will introduce the topic, the motivation for it, the enabling key technologies and the challenges that still need to solved. In particular, I will dwell on the need of ideally zero-power operation of devices to make sure that once deployed, a network could live, ideally, for-ever.

Bio Jesus Alonso-Zarate

Jesus Alonso-Zarate – PhD and IEEE Senior Member – received his M. Sc. (with Honors) and Ph. D (Cum Laude) degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, Spain) in March 2004 and February 2009, respectively. In 2005, he was awarded by the National Telecommunication Agency (COIT) of Spain with the Best Master Thesis Award in ICT and in 2011 he received the UPC Award for his PhD thesis. He is now with the CTTC (Barcelona, Spain) holding a Senior Research Associate position and is Head of the M2M Department. jal_0295_efecto_low5

He has published more than 90 scientific papers in renowned international journals (IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, etc.) and international conferences (IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE VTC, etc.) over the last years and has also participated in both European-funded and industrial research projects.

He is member of the IEEE ComSoc CSIM Technical Committee (Communication Systems Integration and Modeling) and works as reviewer and chair for numerous international conferences. He is part of the Editorial Board of the IET Wireless Sensor Systems Journal and the Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunication Technologies (ETT).

In 2014, he has been awarded with the Best Demo Runner-Up Award at the prestigious IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM) 2014 with a research demo entitled: “Demonstrating Low-Power Distributed Queuing for Active RFID Communications At 433 MHz”. In 2013, he was awarded with the 2013 EURASIP Best Journal Paper Award on Advances in Signal Processing for a journal paper published in a special issue on wireless cooperative communications. In 2011 he was awarded with the Best Paper Award of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) with a technical contribution towards the energy-efficiency of wireless communications.

Since 2010, he has been giving a number of talks and tutorials on Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications all around the globe in prestigious international events and conferences, such as IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE ICC, IEEE WCNC, or IEEE PIMRC, co-speaking with Dr. Mischa Dohler (King’s College London).

The seminar is free for all. Coffee and sweets served. Welcome!

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