Expression of Interest

Contact Person/Scientist in Charge

  • Name and surname: Mario García Lozano
  • Email:

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Department / Institute / Centre

  • Name: Department of Signal Theory and Communications Wireless Communication and Technology research group (WiComTec) - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Address: Carrer Esteve Terradas 7. 08860, Castelldefels (Barcelona). Spain.
  • Province: Barcelona

Research Area

  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)

Brief description of the institution:

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialised in the fields of architecture, engineering and technology.
In a highly creative context, the UPC's research, teaching and management projects are based on the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, solidarity, cooperation, sustainability, efficiency, transparency and social responsibility. They also reflect the University's commitment to the environment and to change.
With a focus on intellectual rigour, critical thinking, a cross-disciplinary approach to knowledge, educational innovation and entrepreneurship, the UPC produces competent professionals with the skills they need to tackle present and future challenges.
The activity that goes on at UPC campuses and schools has made the University a benchmark institution. The University harnesses the potential of basic and applied research, and transfers technology and knowledge to society. These actions make the UPC—in partnership with industry—an agent and driver of economic and social change.
The UPC puts its scientific and technological infrastructure at the service of research groups and centres, researchers and students, professionals, companies and institutions.
As a leading member of international networks of excellence, the UPC has a privileged relationship with global scientific and educational organisations. As a result, the University is at an advantage when it comes to attracting international talent

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group (including URL if applicable):

WiComTec is a research group of the Department of Signal Theory and Communications at the UPC - BarcelonaTech  since 2008. Its main activity is focused on the area of radio communications, more specifically on wireless networks, mobile communications and digital broadcasting systems. Our research ranges from the physical layer analysis to investigations at the system level and improvement of new standards.

WiComTec has been recognized as an official and consolidated research group by the regional Catalan government. It is currently composed of 6 permanent professors, 1 post-doc and several Ph.D students. Some of its members have an experience of more than 20 years in the area of Radiocommunication Systems. The group facilities are currently located at UPC’s Baix Llobregat campus, in the city of Castelldefels, in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

Since its creation, the members of WiComTec have published >80 papers in scientific journals with 12 awards for best papers or demos, >25 book chapters, edited 3 books, advised 12 Ph.D thesis. Their work has received 12 awards and they have participated in a total of 26 competitive projects (

WiComTec is commited to research activities in close contact with industry to promote the transfer of results into practice. For this reason we collaborate in agreements with companies through joint research projects. Besides, a great deal of our basic research is financed through the participation in public funded projects, both, at national and international level. 

Project description:

Industry 4.0 is currently seen as one of the contexts in which a new generation of wireless communications will enable pervasive connectivity between machines and objects. This will be one of the enablers for a new leap in industrial automation. Industrial wireless communications create new opportunities for reliable automation even in areas of difficult reach, and play a central role for the availability of information in real-time.

The mobility of objects involved in the production as well as the necessary flexibility of the production itself require wireless communication systems. Here, it is where the 5G will create a new ecosystem of a massive number of machines wirelessly communicating to each other. In order to fully exploit the potentials offered by wireless communication for monitoring, control and automation applications, there is a further need for time-constrained communication strategies that provide bounded latency together with high reliability and energy efficiency.

This project will provide some answers in this new search, including architecture and protocol design for mobile and cloud/fog robotics systems, mobility management in such a continuous ultra-dense deployment, MAC layer considerations for the massive access to the shared network in a meshed manner, and physical implications. Throughout the project it will be investigated new mechanisms/techniques for the radio resource management in cloud/fog RAN environments in mixed architectures that consider cellular access with mesh capabilities whenever appropriate., with a special emphasis in system performance enhancement through the co-design of PHY, MAC and higher protocols. New strategies will be validated through emulation and experimentation, prototyping will have an important presence.


  • Deadline: 15th August
  • Detailed CV, including a list of publications
  • Cover letter indicating research interests
  • Contact details of at least 2 referees

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