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COST IC1004  (Cooperative Radio Communications for Green Smart Environments)  

Founding : EU
Duration : May 2011 to end 2014
Principal Investigator: Silvia Ruiz
Review : Smart Environments (SEs), like the human body, energy efficient buildings, vehicular or urban environments, are populated by many devices connected by wireless networks. The radio channel is central to SEs, as it impacts the design of transmission techniques and communication protocols. Radio communications in SEs need to be green and based on cooperative paradigms to mitigate the effect of interference and improve efficiency. This Action addresses research issues in the field of cooperative radio communications to make our society cleaner, safer, and more energy efficient. The main goal of the Action is to increase knowledge of cooperative communications applied to Green SEs (GSEs), by exploring and developing new methods, models, techniques, strategies and tools, in a context enriched by deep industry-academia links. Training of young researchers is also one of its main objectives, to be pursued e.g. via annual training schools. Europe will benefit from the activities of this Action, as GSEs will be one of the key components of the broader field (and exploding market) of the Internet of Things, a domain of interest to many large and small companies in Europe. COST is the ideal framework, as it allows very efficient cooperation among industries and academia.

WiComTec participates in COST IC1004 Action being professor Silvia Ruiz one of the two Spanish Delegates nominated by the Spanish Ministry, as well as the UPC contact coordinator. Three times per year a meeting is organized where WiComTec researchers discuss their recent advances with other european colleagues working on the same subjects.
+info : More information can be found at www.cost.eu/ict

GREENET (An Initial Training Network on Green Wireless Networks)

Founding : UE FP7 Marie Curie
Duration : January 2011 to December 2013
Principal Investigator: Luis Alonso
Review : Greenet is an Initial Training Network (ITN) Marie Curie project that is focused on the analysis, design and optimization of energy efficient wireless communication systems and networks.

It will create a fully-integrated and multi-disciplinary network of 17 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) working in 10 first-class institutions distributed in 7 European countries. The consortium is formed by 3 Universities, 3 Research Centeres and 4 Private Companies. this Network will offer to a group of newly recruited ESRs a cross-sectorial environment to shape their long-term research view and get fundamental methodological tools on various research fields such as: cooperative communications, cognitive networks and network coding.
+info : More information at www.fp7-greenet.eu/default.htm

 

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HELP4MOOD (A Computational Distributed System to Support the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression)

Founding : EU through 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme Area: Personal Health Systems (ICT-2009.5.1)
Duration : January 2011 to December 2013
Principal Investigator: David Perez and José Luis Valenzuela
Review : Depression is one of the most common causes of short and long term disability in Europe. It accounts for substantial costs both directly to health services and indirectly through lost productivity and the burden of caring. Most patients with Major Depression (MD) recover with treatment, which may be with antidepressant drugs, psychological therapy or, in severe cases, hospitalisation. However for many, that recovery is either slow or incomplete. Research shows that psychological therapies can be delivered effectively without face to face contact: computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) is suitable for self-guided treatment in the individual's own home. However, its value for patients is limited by the difficulty of staying engaged, and there are professional concerns that important changes in mood may be missed. Help4Mood proposes to significantly advance the state-of-the-art in computerized support for people with MD by monitoring mood, thoughts, physical activity and voice characteristics, prompting adherence to CCBT, and promoting behaviours in response to monitored inputs. These advances will be delivered through a Virtual Agent (VA) which can interact with the patient through a combination of enriched prompts, dialogue, body movements and facial expressions. Monitoring will combine existing (movement sensor, psychological ratings) and novel (voice analysis) technologies, as inputs to a pattern recognition based decision support system for treatment management.

The advances in Help4Mood will provide a closed loop approach to treatment support for MD patients. Outputs include: a validated personal monitoring system; a personal interaction system embodied in a VA and a clinical decision support module. By identifying and supporting patients with delayed recovery, Help4Mood has the potential to target added support for patients most in need and lead to their earlier return to normal health and social and economic activity.

WiComTec professors David Perez and José Luis Valenzuela are the responsible of the research and implementation of an efficient Wireless Communications Network and protocols to collect the sensor signals sending them to the decision suport system.
+info : More information can be found at cordis.europa.eu/fetch until the HELP4MOOD web site is operative
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FURIA (Future Audiovisual Integrated Network)

Founding : Spanish Government
Duration : January 2006 to December 2010
Principal Investigator:
Review : Form a strong Spanish consortium that will develop and validate the integration of the emerging technologies for the broadcast of media contents to fix/handheld terminals.

    Technological objectives:
        DVB-H. The commercial phase of DVB-H technology is almost a reality, however there are still some aspects to solve as well as continue ongoing studies.  Interoperability at the different levels will be an important point.
        IPDataCast. Once the physical and link layer have been defined it must be analyzed in detail the services that can be delivered over DVB-H as well as the signaling related aspects.
        Hybrid Terrestrial-Satellite networks (DVB-SH).  The objective is to study the aspect related with the dual convergence of the satellite and terrestrial platforms for the transmission of media services to handheld terminals.
        DVB-T2. Study the aspects related with the “future DVB-T” and its application to High Definition services.

FURIA deals with strategic issues of the sector as defined by eNEM(open in new window) (Spanish Technological Platform for Network Audiovisual Technologies, promoted by the Spanish Industry Ministry):

    Networks and Infrastructures
    Convergence of access and broadcast media technologies
    QoS integration in networks
    Design and planning of networks
    Services and applications
    Interactive Services for DVB-H
    Convergence of the services
    Transmission of Services and applications
    Interoperability

Coordinate with other international projects and organizations (B21C)(open in new window), via agreements or clustering, to support the leadership of European technological industry.
WiComTec participates in FURIA since the beginning of the project through a collaboration with i2CAT (http://www.i2cat.net/en) . Our main work is addressed to the analysis and simulation of DVB-T2 performance, at both physical layer, system level and network topology, as well as in the definition of NGH, the next generation of video broadcasting systems.
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COST 2100: Pervasive Mobile & Ambient Wireless Communications

Founding :
European Funding
Duration : December 2006 to December 2010
Principal Investigator:
Review : The main objective of this Action is to increase knowledge of mobile and wireless network technologies, by exploring and developing new methods, models, techniques, strategies and tools that will facilitate the implementation of next generation mobile radio communication systems and will foster the development of the paradigms of pervasive and ambient wireless communications.
There are three working groups:

    WG1: Transmission Techniques and Signal Processing
    WG2: Radio Channel
    WG3: Radio Network Aspects.

WiComTec has been very active presenting results and collaborating with other researchers from WG3, through joint publications, short term missions, seminars and workshop organization, experts participation, editing chapters of the final COST book.
WiComTec is also one of the two official Spanish delegates in the Action.
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More information at http://www.cost2100.org

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MULTIPLATFORM project: Wireless communication multi-platform and specification and implementation of a standard communication protocol, aimed to increment the railway’s infrastructure sensorization, visual control, and the overall transport safety

Founding : Spanish Government
Duration : January 2009 to September  2011
Principal Investigator: David Perez and José Luis Valenzuela
Review : The main purpose of this Project addresses the need to increment the types and coverages of both on board and track detection systems, as well as to ease the on board visual supervision through the implementation of an intelligent video surveillance system. The design and validation of a new wireless communication multi-platform is instrumental to that goal. The multi-platform high level requirements are the following:

    Facilitate the railway detection systems deployment, by reducing installation and maintenance costs through the use of new, autonomous, wireless communication technologies (short, mid and long ranges).
    Allow the train-track communications in order to make possible the train video surveillance from the Infrastructure Manager Control Centers.

In order to provide an efficient control and management of the multi-platform functionalities, the specification and implementation of a new communication high level protocol is proposed.
The project includes a task designed to examine the electromagnetic compatibility of the multi-platform implementation and the railway environment emissions.. Also, it comprises the analysis of the protocol and multi-platform RAMS parameters, in order advance towards the certification of the multi-platform.
The multi-platform and protocol implementations are tested through the implementation, divided in two phases, of a prototype:
Phase 1: Lab prototype. The phase activities focuses on the measurement and analysis of the network parameters, aiming at validating the correct functioning of the wireless communication equipments. A preliminary validation of the high level application protocol is also included in the phase.
Phase 2: Railway environment prototype. The main objective of this second phase is to model and analyze the functional, in-situ behavior of the railway wireless communication multi-platform for the transport from the rolling stock to the Infrastructure Manager Control Center of video and sensor data information.
Finally, the main goal of this project is to increase the security of the railway infrastructure, through a widespread, flexible and low cost deployment of railway detection and video surveillance systems, allowing a real time and more accurate supervision along the railway infrastructure, guarantying the highest levels of security to the railway transport.

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COOLNESS (COoperative transmission and crOss-Layer techNiques for sEcure wireless Sensor networks)

Founding : European Community
Duration : June 2008 to June 2011
Principal Investigator:
Review : This is a Marie Curie IAPP project performed under the coordination of our Research Group where the consortium is formed by the UPC and VIDAVO, a greek private company.
The main objectives of the research project include:
1. Definition of a protocol stack architecture able to accommodate a rich variety of sensor devices and applications.
2. Propose Cross-Layer techniques that can be used in order to enhance the efficiency of WSN.
3. Propose new efficient cooperative protocols network coding schemes for WSN.
4. Propose effective, efficient and resilient security techniques to protect the Cross-Layer algorithms and cooperative protocols.
5. Adapt the all the proposed protocols and algorithms to the requirements of healthcare applications.
6. Develop a prototype for demonstrating and validate the feasibility of the proposed approaches.
+info : More information can be found at http:// www.vida24.gr/coolness