University of Malaga is a public institution with 40000 students and more than 2000 lecturers and research staff. The department involved in this proposal is the Communication Engineering Department, comprising more than 100 staff and doctorate students. Its activities cover multiple areas: wireless communications, communication networks, digital signal processing, RF, μw and mmw technologies, etc. The department has strong liaisons with ICT companies established in the Andalusian Technological Park (PTA) in Málaga. The group has wide experience in mobile communication networks, having worked in projects with the main operators and vendors: Nokia Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Orange, Telefonica, Ericsson, etc, and having received >10 Million € research funding from private companies in the last years. The research group has been awarded with the Lopez Peñalver prize from the regional government, Junta de Andalucía, to the best researchers/organisations, in especial relation to knowledge transfer to industry.
Profile of key persons:
- Raquel Barco (female) holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Malaga. From 1997 to 2000, she worked at Telefónica in Madrid (Spain) and at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt (Germany). In 2000, she joined the University of Malaga, where she is currently Full Professor. She took part as researcher in a Nokia Competence Center on Mobile Communications for three years. She has led projects with the main mobile communications operators and vendors for a value >7 million €, she is author of 7 patents and has published more than 100 high impact journals and conferences. She is currently involved in H2020 ONE5G project, as task leader.
- Sergio Fortes (male) holds a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Málaga. He started his career in the field of aeronautical satellite communications, working at the French National Center for Aerospace Studies (CNES) in Toulouse, the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk, and the satellite operator Avanti Communications plc in London, where participated in various investigations, consulting activities and European project coordination. In 2012 he entered the University of Malaga as a researcher, having obtained his doctorate in 2017, COIT-AEIT Award for the best Doctoral Thesis in Management, Economics and Regulation of Telecommunications. He is currently Interim Substitute Professor of the Department. of Communications Engineering. He has participated in multiple national and international networks and projects such as Arco5G, IRACON, MONOLOC, ONE5G and MONROE.
- Emil Jatib Khatib (male) is a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering and works as a postdoc at the University of Málaga. He is an expert in Machine Learning Algorithms and Big Data analytics applied to the management and optimization of mobile networks. He worked for the University of Aalborg, where he worked on topics related to propagation in industrial wireless networks and multi-connectivity in Ultra Reliable Communications. Currently, he participates in the H2020 ONE5G Project, where he works both in UMA and AAU. In the past, he has participated in several national (Spain and Denmark) and international projects, as well as several collaborations with the main companies in the telecommunications sector (Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei) and SMEs (BWTech, Tupl). He is the author of more than 15 publications in magazines and conferences and one patent.
- Eduardo Baena (male) is Telecommunications Engineer from the University of Granada, Spain, in 2010. After graduating, he has held various positions in industry (consulting, technical support, research and development) in various companies including operators (Interoute, GTT), service providers (NUNSYS, NGN) and Manufacturers (2N AXIS). From 2017, he works as a researcher in the Department of Communications Engineering at the University of Malaga, participating in the projects H2020 MONROE, ONE5G and NEREA. Since April 2019 he is Interim Substitute Professor at the University of Malaga and works on the European project LOCUS.
- Isabel de la Bandera (female) holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in telecommunication engineering from the University of Malaga. In 2010, she joined the Communications Engineering Department, University of Malaga. Since then she has participated in many projects, national and international, concerning radio resource management in mobile networks. She has collaborated with major mobile operators and vendors. She is currently Interim Professor at the same university.