Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya

ANNUAL REPORT 2013

Machine to Machine Communications Department (M2M)

Introduction

The M2M Department is focused on both theoretical and experimental research in the field of Machine-to-Machine Communications. The automated communication between autonomous devices will facilitate unprecedented new applications that will create a revolution in our daily life and in the efficiency and operation of industrial processes. However, many challenges need to be solved in the technical domain before true M2M revolution occurs.

This department conducts research at the lower layers of the protocol stack to facilitate M2M applications with particular focus on Radio Resource Management, scheduling and Medium Access Control, power management, and optimal coding at the PHY layer for M2M communications.

A. Antonopoulos, J. Alonso-Zarate, Elli Kartsakli, Luis Alonso, C. Verikoukis, Cross Layer Access Point Selection Mechanisms for a Distributed Queuing MAC Protocol, Springer Telecommunication Journal, Vol. 53, No. 3, pp. 329-342, July 2013.

M. Bennis, S. M. Perlaza, P. Blasco, Z. Han, H. V. Poor, Self-Organization in Small Cell Networks: A Reinforcement Learning Approach, IEEE Transactions Wireless Communication, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 1-11, June 2013.

F. Vázquez-Gallego, J. Alonso-Zarate, L. Alonso, M. Dohler, Analysis of Energy Efficient Distributed Neighbour Discovery Mechanisms for Machine-to-Machine Networks, Ad Hoc Networs journal (Elsevier), Special issue on M2M and Internet of Things, March 2013, DOI: 10.1016/j.adhoc.2013.03.006.

J. Alonso-Zarate, E. Kartsakli, L. Alonso, M. Katz, C. Verikoukis, Multi-Radio Cooperative ARQ in Wireless Cellular Networks: A MAC Layer Perspective, Telecommunication Systems (Springer), Vol. 52, No. 2, pp. 375-385, February 2013.

F. Vázquez-Gallego, J. Alonso-Zarate, P. Tuset, L. Alonso, Energy Performance of Distributed Queuing Access in Machine-to-Machine Networks with Idle-to-Saturation Transitions, in Proceedings of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (IEEE Globecom 2013), 9-13 December 2013, Atlanda (USA).

R. Palacios, F. Granelli, D. Kliazovich, L. Alonso, J. Alonso-Zarate, An Energy Efficient Distributed Coordination Function Using Bidirectional Transmissions and Sleep Periods for IEEE 802.11 WLANs,  in Proceedings of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (IEEE Globecom 2013), 9-13 December 2013, Atlanta (USA).

L. Di Gregorio, D. Gajic, C. Liss, A. Foglar, F. Vázquez-Gallego, WAN Optimizations in Vehicular Networking, in Proceedings of the Wireless Congress 2013, 6-7 November 2013, Munich (Germany).

T. Predojev, J. Alonso-Zarate, M. Dohler, Energy Evaluation of a Cooperative and Duty-Cycled ARQ Scheme for Machine-to-Machine Communications with Shadowed Links, in Proceedings of 24th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2013), 8-11 September 2013, London (UK).

P. Tuset, F. Adelantado, X. Vilajosana, F. Vázquez-Gallego, J. Alonso-Zarate, On the use of the 433 MHz band to Improve the Energy Efficiency of M2M Communications, in Proceedings of 24th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2013), 8-11 September 2013, London (UK).

J. Bas, F. Vázquez-Gallego, C. George-Gavrincea, J. Alonso-Zarate, Energy and Delay Model of Binary BCH Codes for Dense Machine-to-Machine Networks, , in Proceedings of 24th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2013), 8-11 September 2013, London (UK).

J. Bas, A. Enrich, Decoding Binary BCH for Machine-To-Machine Networks with Prior Knowledge, in Proceedings of International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD), 25-27 September 2013, Berlin (Germany).

R. Palacios, F. Granelli, D. Kliazovic, L. Alonso, J. Alonso-Zárate, Energy Efficiency of an Enhanced DCF Access Method using Bidirectional Communications for Infrastructure-based IEEE 802.11 WLANs, in Proceedings of International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD), 25-27 September 2013, Berlin (Germany).

F. Vázquez-Gallego, J. Alonso-Zarate, L. Alonso, Energy and Delay Analysis of Contention Resolution Mechanisms for Machine-to-Machine Networks based on Low-Power WiFi, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, (Hungary).

P. Blasco, M. Bennis, M. Dohler, Backhaul-Aware Self-Organizing Operator-Shared Small-Cell Networks, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, (Hungary).

K. Wang, J. Alonso-Zarate, M. Dohler, Energy-efficiency of LTE for small data machine-to-machine communications,  in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, (Hungary).

J.Bas, Soft Binary BCH Decoder Based on Statistical Selection of Test Patterns, in Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISCWCS 2013), 27-30 August 2013, Ilmenau (Germany).

J.Bas, Defining Turbo Codes as Irregular LDPC, in Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS 2013), 27-30 August 2013, Ilmenau (Germany).

F. Vázquez-Gallego, J. Alonso-Zarate, C. Verikoukis, D. Gajic, C. Liss, L. Di Gregorio, Experimental Performance Evaluation of a Cooperative ARQ Scheme using OpenMAC, in Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS 2013), 27-30 August 2013, Ilmenau (Germany).

P. Blasco, D. Gündüz, M. Dohler, Low-Complexity Scheduling Policies for Energy Harvesting Communication Networks, in Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), 7-12 July 2013, Istanbul (Turkey).

F. Vázquez-Gallego, I. Balboteo, J. Alonso-Zárate, L. Alonso, DPCF-M: a Medium Access Control Protocol for Dense Machine-to-Machine Area Networks with Dynamic Gateways, in Proceedings of 14th IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), 16-19 June 2013, Darmstadt (Germany).

J. Baranda, P. Henarejos, C. George-Gavrincea, An SDR Implementation of a Visible Light Communication System Based on the IEEE 802.15.7 Standard, in Proceedings of the Twentieth International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT 2013), 6-8 May 2013, Casablanca (Morocco).