Network of Excellence in Wireless Communications

Data Start Project


UPC Project Responsible

Jordi Perez-Romero

Data End Project


UPC Project Researchers

Ramon Agusti
Ferran Casadevall
Vuk Marojevic
Ramon Ferrus
Antoni Gelonch
Oriol Sallent
Anna Umbert
Emanuel Bezerra
Francisco Novillo
Miguel López-Benítez
Ismael Gómez

NEWCOM++ is the acronym of a Network of Excellence in Wireless COMmunications, funded by Call 1 of the VII Framework Program (FP7) under the Objective ICT-2007.1.1: The Network of the Future, mainly in its target direction “Ubiquitous network infrastructure and architectures”.

The fundamental premise behind NEWCOM++ can be summarized as follows:

  1. Despite of the fact that the European space already includes very strong research groups in many of the scientific areas commonly and collectively described as wireless communications, the landscape does suffer from symptoms of thematic fragmentation, lack of coordination on a large scale, under-funding and lack of a critical mass in certain vital areas, symptoms wich may prevent Europe from being the envisioned and desired leader at the international scene;
  2. The research challenges posed by the target outcome “Ubiquitous network infrastructure and architectures” are by their very nature very complex and interdisciplinary, thus requiring a fully committed and large-scale collaboration between strong research groups in different disciplines, a collection that can hardly be found at a single institution/country;
  3. The NEWCOM NoE, funded in FP6 and ended on February 28, 2007, has successfully put in motion an effective integration mechanism between these spatially scattered research entities, thus enabling a process which, however, could not be fully materialized in the three years of its operation (as opposed to the original 5-year plan).

Therefore, the main manner by which NEWCOM++ intends to promote solutions to the abovementioned problems and challenges is by creating a trans-European virtual research centre linking a proper number of leading European research groups in a highly integrated, carefully harmonized, cooperative fashion. This new collection of groups will focus on a carefully tailored joint program of activities including integration, joint research and spreading of excellence.

The core concept of NEWCOM++ is thus the following: an NoE of medium size, greatly reduced from the initial NEWCOM Consortium, formed by keeping the most committed and performing partners, exploiting the successful integration tools that NEWCOM designed and activated, and which is created for the purpose of scientifically addressing medium/long term, complex, interdisciplinary, fundamental research problems in the field of wireless networks, focused towards identifying, posing in the right modelling perspective, and at least partially characterizing the information-communication theoretical limits of such networks and the algorithmic solutions that make it possible to approach those limits.

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Publications Newcom++

W. Jouini, A. Nafkha, M. López-Benítez, J. Pérez-Romero , Joint learning-detection framework: an empirical analysis , Proceedings of the Joint COST2100 & IC0902 Workshop on Cognitive Radio and Networking , Bologna(Italy) ,
23/Nov/2010 to 25/Nov/2010
, pp: 1 - 6

M. López-Benítez, F. Casadevall , On the spectrum occupancy perception of cognitive radio terminals in realistic scenarios , Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP 2010) , Elba (Italy) ,
14/Jun/2010 to 16/Jun/2010

M. López-Benítez, F. Casadevall, C. Martella , Performance of spectrum sensing for cognitive radio based on field measurements of various radio technologies , Proceedings of the 16th European Wireless Conference (EW 2010) , Lucca (Italy) ,
12/Apr/2010 to 15/Apr/2010
, pp: 1 - 9

E. Bezerra Rodrigues, F. Casadevall , Evaluación de la Influencia de los Algoritmos de "Scheduling" en el Compromiso entre Eficiencia Espectral y Equidad en Redes OFDMA , XXIV Simposium Nacional URSI , Santander(España) ,
16/Sep/2009 to 18/Sep/2009

E. Bezerra, F. Casadevall, Pawel Sroka, Marco Moretti, Giulio Danielli , Resource Allocation and Packet Scheduling in OFDMA-Based Cellular Networks , Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications (CRAWNCOM 2009) , Hannover (Germany) ,
22/Jun/2009 to 24/Jun/2009
, ISBN: 978-1-4244-3424-4

M.López-Benítez, F. Casadevall, A. Umbert, J. Pérez-Romero, R. Hachemani,J. Palicot, C. Moy , Spectral Occupation Measurements and Blind Standard Recognition Sensor for Cognitive Radio Networks , IEEE Crowncom Conference 2009 , Hannover(Germany) ,
22/Jun/2009 to 24/Jun/2009

M. López-Benítez, F. Casadevall , Methodological aspects of spectrum occupancy evaluation in the context of cognitive radio , 15th European Wireless Conference (EW 2009) , Aalborg (Denmark) ,
17/May/2009 to 20/May/2009

F. Novillo, H. Galeana, R. Ferrús, R. Agustí , Spectrum Availability in Indoor Locations for Opportunistic Spectrum Access in Dense Urban Scenarios , Proceedings of the IEEE 69th Semi-annual Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Spring 2009) , Barcelona (Spain) ,
27/Apr/2009 to 29/Apr/2009
, ISBN: 978-1-4244-2517-4/09

M. López-Benítez, A. Umbert, F. Casadevall , Evaluation of spectrum occupancy in Spain for cognitive radio applications , IEEE 69th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC 2009 Spring) , Barcelona (Spain) ,
26/Apr/2009 to 29/Apr/2009

E. Bezerra Rodrigues, F. Casadevall , Adaptive Radio Resource Allocation Framework for Multi-User OFDM , IEEE 69TH Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2009-Spring) , Barcelona (Spain) ,
26/Apr/2009 to 29/Apr/2009

E. Bezerra Rodrigues, M. Moretti, P. Sroka, G. Dainelli, F. Casadevall , Sub-Carrier Allocation and Packet Scheduling in OFDMA-Based Cellular Networks , Newcom ++ - Acorn Joint Workshop , Barcelona (Spain) ,
30/Mar/2009 to 01/Apr/2009

M. López-Benítez, F. Casadevall, A. Umbert, R. Hachemani, J. Palicot, C. Moy , Spectral occupancy measurements in urban areas and their applicability to the blind standard recognition sensor concept , Newcom++-Acorn Joint Workshop (NAW 2009) , Barcelona (Spain) ,
30/Mar/2009 to 01/Apr/2009

A. Kliks, P. Kryszkiewicz, K. Cichon, A. Umbert, J. Perez-Romero, F. Casadevall , DVB-T channels measurements for the deployment of outdoor REM databases , JOURNAL OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY , Oct-2014 , Vol: 3 , Nº: 3 , pp: 42 - 52

E. Rodrigues, M.Walker, F. Casadevall , On the influence of packet scheduling on the trade-off between sytem spectral efficiency and user fairness in OFDMA-Based networks , Lecture notes in computer science , JCR-Science Edition , Apr-2009 , Vol: 5733 , pp: 128 - 137

E.Bezerra, F.Casadevall , Control of the Trade-Off between Resource Efficiency and User Fairness in Wireless Networks Using Utility-Based Adaptive Resource Allocation , IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE , Sep-2011 , Vol: 49 , Nº: 9 , pp: 90 - 98 , ISSN: 0163-6804/11

J. Pérez-Romero, D. Noguet, M. López-Benítez, F. Casadevall , Towards a more efficient spectrum usage: Spectrum sensing and cognitive radio techniques , Radio Science Bulletin (URSI) , Mar-2011 , Nº: 336 , pp: 59 - 74

M. López-Benítez, F. Casadevall , Improved energy detection spectrum sensing for cognitive radio , IET Communications (The IET), Special Issue on Cognitive Communications , May-2012 , Vol: 6 , Nº: 8 , pp: 785 - 796 , ISSN: 1751-8628

M. López-Benítez, F. Casadevall , Spectrum occupancy in realistic scenarios and duty cycle model for cognitive radio , Advances in Electronics and Telecommunications, Special Issue on Radio Communication Series: Recent Advances and Future Trends in Wireless Communication , Apr-2010 , Vol: 1 , Nº: 1 , pp: 26 - 34

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