Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya

ANNUAL REPORT 2013

Smart Energy Efficient Communication Technologies Department (SMARTECH)

Introduction

Research activities, both fundamental and experimental, at the SMARTECH Department focus on technologies related to WSNs, WLANs and dense cellular networks. In particular, SMARTECH aims to provide advanced PHY layer solutions, cooperative network coding-assisted protocols, cognitive aware radio resource management schemes, network management protocols and power demand algorithms in order to improve the energy efficiency of the wireless technologies. Experimental activities include the development of a flexible platform with sensors and actuators for smart environments and a flexible tool for implementing MAC protocols. Key applications focus on Smart Grid, Smart Cities, Video Surveillance and m-Health.

S. Althunibat, N. Zorba, Ch. Skianis, C. Verikoukis, Power Management in Multiuser Adaptive Modulation Transmission under QoS Requirements , International Journal of Antennas and Propagation ,Vol. 2013, Article ID 730710, 9 pages, December 2013.

K.Ntontin, M. Di Renzo, A. I. Pérez-Neira, C. Verikoukis, A Low-Complexity Method for Antenna Selection in Spatial Modulation Systems, IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 17, No. 12, pp. 2312-2315, December 2013.

M. Odeh, N. Zorba, C. Verikoukis, Power Consumption in Spatial Cognition, Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, Vol. 24, No. 7-8, pp. 661-667, December 2013.

A. Antonopoulos, C. Verikoukis, Multi-player Game Theoretic MAC Strategies for Energy Efficient Data Dissemination, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, November 2013, DOI: 10.1109/TWC.2013.120713.120790.

V. Miliotis, L. Alonso, C. Verikoukis, CooPNC: A Cooperative Multicast Protocol Exploiting Physical Layer Network Coding, Ad-Hoc Networks, Vol. 14, pp. 35-50, Elsevier, November 2013.

A. Antonopoulos, M. Di Renzo, C. Verikoukis, Effect of Realistic Channel Conditions on the Energy Efficiency of Network Coding-aided Cooperative MAC Protocols, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 5, pp. 76-84, October 2013.

R. Imran, M. Odeh, N. Zorba, C. Verikoukis, Spatial Opportunistic Transmission for Quality of Experience Satisfaction, Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, September 2013, DOI: 10.1016/j.jvcir.2013.08.014.

R. Imran, M. Odeh, N. Zorba, C. Verikoukis, Quality of Experience for Spatial Cognitive Systems within Multiple Antenna Scenarios, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 12, No. 8, pp. 4153 – 4161, August 2013.

A. Lalos, M. di Renzo, L. Alonso, C. Verikoukis, Impact of Correlated Log-Normal Shadowing on Two-Way Network Coded Cooperative Wireless Networks, IEEE Communication Letters, Vol. 17, No. 9, pp. 1738-1741, August 2013.

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.

I. Xenakis, N. Passas, L. Merakos, C. Verikoukis, Mobility Management for Femtocells in LTE-Advanced: Key Aspects and Survey of Handover Decision Algorithms, IEEE Communications and Surveys, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 64-91, July 2013.

F. Adelantado, C. Verikoukis, Detection of Malicious Users in Cognitive Radio Ad Hoc Networks: A Non-Parametric Statistical Approach, Ad Hoc Networks Journal, Vol. 11, No. 8, pp. 2367-2380, June 2013.

S. Althunibat, N. Zorba, F. Granelli, C. Verikoukis, Energy Optimization in Multiuser Quantized Feedback Systems, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking,  March 2013, DOI:10.1186/1687-1499-2013-83.

P. Makris, N. Nomikos, D. Skoutas, D. Vouyioukas, Ch. Skianis, J. Zhang, C. Verikoukis, A Context Aware Framework for the Efficient Integration of Femtocells in IP and Cellular Infrastructures, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, March 2013, DOI:10.1186/1687-1499-2013-62.

K. Ntontin, M. Di Renzo, A. I. Pérez-Neira, C. Verikoukis, Adaptive Generalized Space Shift Keying, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, February 2013, DOI:10.1186/1687-1499-2013-43.

N. Zorba, E. Yaacoub, C. Verikoukis, Energy Optimization in Unsynchronized TDD Systems for Joint Uplink Downlink Scheduling,  in Proceedings of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (IEEE Globecom 2013), 9-13 December 2013, Atlanda (USA).

K.Ntontin, M. Di Renzo, A. I. Pérez-Neira, C. Verikoukis, Performance Analysis of Multistream Spatial Modulation with Maximum-Likelihood Detection , in Proceedings of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (IEEE Globecom 2013), 9-13 December 2013, Atlanda (USA).

N. Zorba, E. Yaacoub, A. El-Haij, Z. Dawy, C. Verikoukis, Opportunistic Bi-directional Scheduling under Quality of Experience Demands, in Proceedings of the 2nd ACM workshop on high performance mobile opportunistic systems, 3-8 November 2013, Barcelona (Spain).

Y. Z. Lun, S. Tennina, M. Di Renzo, F. Graziosi, C. Verikoukis, WSN-aided People Localization: A Ray Tracing Network Planning and Performance Analysis Tool, in Proceedings of 11th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys’13), 11-14 November 2013, Rome (Italy).

E. Ramirez, A. Antonopoulos, E. Kartsakli, C. Verikoukis, Energy Harvesting Aware Hybrid MAC Protocol for WBANs, in proceedings of IEEE 15th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom 2013), 9-12 October  2013, Lisbon (Portugal).

S. Tennina, E. Kartsakli, A. Lalos, A. Antonopulosz, V.P. Mekikis, M. Di Renzo, Y. Z. Lun, F. Graziosi, L. Alonso, C. Verikoukis, WSN4QoL: Wireless Sensor Networks for Quality of Life, in Proceedings of 15th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application and Services (15th IEEE Healthcom 2013), 9-12 October 2013, Lisbon (Portugal).

J. Serra, M. Nájar, Double Shrinkage correction in sample LMMSE estimation, in proceedings of the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2013), 9-13 September 2013, Marrakech (Morocco).

A. Mesodiakaki, F. Adelantado, A. Antonopoulos, L. Alonso, C. Verikoukis, Fairness Evaluation of a Secondary Network Coexistence Scheme, in Proceedings of The International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD), 25-27 September 2013, Berlin (Germany).

A. Stavridis, S. Narayanan, M. Di Renzo, L. Alonso, H. Haas, C. Verikoukis, A Base Station Switching On-Off Algorithm Using Traditional MIMO and Spatial Modulation, in Proceedings of International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD), 25-27 September 2013, Berlin (Germany).

K. Ntontin, M. Di Renzo, A. I. Pérez-Neira, C. Verikoukis, Performance Analysis of Antenna Subset Selection in Space Shift Keying Systems, in Proceedings of International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD), 25-27 September 2013, Berlin (Germany).

K. Ntontin, M. Di Renzo, A. I. Pérez-Neira, C. Verikoukis, Towards the Performance and Energy Efficiency Comparison of Spatial Modulation with Conventional Single-Antenna Transmission over Generalized Fading Channels, in Proceedings of International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD), 25-27 September 2013, Berlin (Germany).

A. Bousia, E. Kartsakli, A. Antonopoulos, L. Alonso, C. Verikoukis, Game Theoretic Approach for Switching Off Base Stations in Multi-Operator Environments, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, (Hungary).

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).

D. Yang, J. Bastos, S. Mumtaz, C. Verikoukis, J. Rodriguez, Community-based Sequential Paging for LTE-A Cellular Network, in Proceedings of the IEEE 77th Vehicular Technology Conference: (VTC2013-Spring), 2-5 June 2013, Dresden (Germany).

N. Zorba, C. Verikoukis, Green Handover with a Hybrid Satisfaction Mechanism, in Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS 2013), 27-30 August 2013, Ilmenau (Germany).

A. Mesodiakaki, F. Adelantado, C. Verikoukis, Energy Efficiency Analysis of Secondary Networks in Cognitive Radio Systems, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, (Hungary).

R. Imran, M. Shukair, N. Zorba, O. Kubbar, C. Verikoukis, A Novel Energy Saving MIMO Mechanism in LTE Systems, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, (Hungary).

D. Gajic, E. Kartsakli, N. Zorba, Ch. Lib, L. Alonso, C. Verikoukis, Energy Efficient Techniques for 802.11n Multiuser MAC WLANs, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, (Hungary).

G. Kalfas, S. Markou, D. Tsiokos, C. Verikoukis, N. Pleros, Very High Throughput 60GHz wireless enterprise networks over GPON infrastructure, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, (Hungary).

D. Xenakis, N. Passas, L. Merakos, C. Verikoukis, Energy-Efficient and Interference-Aware Handover Decision for the LTE-Advanced Femtocell Network, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, (Hungary).

V. Miliotis, L. Alonso, C. Skianis, C. Verikoukis, The Impact of Cooperative Physical Layer Network Coding on Multicast Short Range Networks, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, (Hungary).

V. Miliotis, L. Alonso, C. Verikoukis, Cooperative Multicast Exploiting Physical Layer Network Coding: A Performance Analysis, in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) & 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Smart Communication Protocols and Algorithms (SCPA 2013), 9-13 June 2013, Budapest (Hungary).

R. Imran, N. Zorba, E. Yaacoub, H. Hassanein, C. Verikoukis, A New MAC design in LTE for MIMO Multiuser Schemes, in Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Communications and Information Technology (ICCIT-2013), 19-21 June 2013, Beirut (Lebanon).

G. Kalfas, D. Tsiokos, N. Pleros, C. Verikoukis, M. Maier, Towards Medium Transparent MAC Protocols for Cloud-RAN mm-wave Communications over Next-Generation Optical Wireless Networks, in Proceedings of International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON 2013), 23-27 June 2013, Cartagena (Spain).

C. Verikoukis, E. Kartsakli, N. Zorba, L. Alonso, Method and apparatus for medium access control in a wireless broadband system with MIMO or MISO technology with multiuser capabilities , International Application Nº: PCT/EP2009/057276.

N. Zorba, C. Verikoukis, A. I. Pérez-Neira, Method of Efficent Channel Allocation in Wireless Systems , Granted patent: USA 8.441.932, EP2272297, ES2336748.