Tutorial Session

Tutorial Sessions 1 – 3

At SPAWC 2013 there will be 3 different Tutorial Sessions. Participation is free, but attendees have to register to SPAWC 2013 in advance.

All Tutorials will take place on Monday Morning, June 17th, 2013 at „Hans-Busch-Institut“, Merckstraße 25, TU Darmstadt (not at Darmstadtium !)

Monday, June 17th, 2013

A = Hans-Busch-Institut, Edge of Merckstr./Landgraf-Georg-Str.
A = Hans-Busch-Institut, Edge of Merckstr./Landgraf-Georg-Str.

Planned Schedule:

Tutorials 1-3, part I

Coffee break

Tutorials 1-3, part II

For full registered conference participants the tutorials are free of charge.

Previous conference registration is necessary.

Please register via EDAS after conference registration.


Tutorial 1

Cooperation and Coordination over Cellular Networks: Taking a New Look at Interference


David Gesbert, Eurecom, EURECOM, France (IEEE Fellow)


Pushed by the demand for bandwidth-hungry multimedia and internet-related wireless services, communication engineers seek to maximally exploit the spectral resources in all available dimensions. Together with the increased density of base stations in cellular networks in the most populated areas, the aggressive reuse of frequencies planned in so-called next generation cellular networks results in a novel situation where interference (along with the classical fading problem) is no longer just an issue but rather emerges as the key limiting factor. As an element of the solution lies the notion of network coordination and cooperation which can take place between base stations, or even between the terminals themselves. Although cooperative communications was until recently much associated with the notion of relaying, this concepts is now re-inventing itself to find its way into the cellular network framework, notably as a way to deal with interference using distributed MIMO concepts. A powerful weapon against fading and interference, cooperative communication finds itself particularly well suited to the context and constraints of cellular communications because of pre-existing backhaul infrastructure linking the base stations together. Coordination can take place is a variety of domains such as resource control, scheduling, beamforming, interference alignement, etc. and poses both new theoretical and practical challenges.

Such concepts of MIMO cooperation, interference alignement and coordinated resource control have been the subject of numerous special session and journal issues in the past months. In this tutorial they will be addressed in a unifying manner, under the general framework of interference coordination. In this tutorial we will review the fundamentals as well as the latest evolutions in network multicell cooperation and coordination research with an emphasis on the issue of feedback and information exchange. New concepts for distributed forms of coordination will be discussed. Applications will be described along with the current status of discussion in key standards.

Short Bio:

David Gesbert, Eurecom, France, David Gesbert (IEEE Fellow) is Professor and head of the Mobile Communications Dept., EURECOM. He obtained the Ph.D degree from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, France, in 1997. From 1997 to 1999 he has been with the Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University. In 1999, he was a founding engineer of Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, Ca.,a startup company pioneering MIMO-OFDM (now Intel). Between 2001 and 2003 he has been with the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo as an adjunct professor. D. Gesbert has published about 200 papers and several patents in the area of signal processing, communications, and wireless networks, four of which have received awards. He was a guest editor for several special issues on MIMO, feedback methods, and network coordination.


Tutorial 2

Random Matrix Advances in Signal Processing


Mérouane Debbah (SUPELEC, Gif sur Yvette, France) and

Romain Couillet (SUPELEC, Gif sur Yvette, France)


This tutorial introduces basic notions of random matrix theory with applications to signal processing in large dimensional systems, such as detection and statistical inference in large population sizes. In a first part, the focus is on the presentation of theoretical tools of random matrix theory, and in a second part on applications of these methods such as eigen-based source detection, improved DoA estimation, statistical inference in large sensor networks, etc. In a third part, we then provide an introduction to recent work on robust estimation and random matrix theory. The objective is for the attendees to get acquainted with the field of random matrix theory and with the methodological tools to tackle signal processing problems.

Mérouane Debbah, SUPELEC, France
Mérouane Debbah, SUPELEC, France

Short Bio M. Debbah:

Mérouane Debbah was born in Madrid, Spain. He entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively in 1999 and 2002. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Motorola Labs on Wireless Local Area Networks and prospective fourth generation systems. From 2002 until 2003, he was appointed Senior Researcher at the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (FTW) (Vienna, Austria). From 2003 until 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications de-partment of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis,

France) as an Assistant Professor. He is presently a Professor at Supelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France), holder of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. His research interests are in information theory, signal processing and wireless communications. Mérouane Debbah is the recipient of the ``Mario Boella'' prize award in 2005, the 2007 General Symposium IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, the Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award, the 2010 Newcom++ best paper award as well as the Valuetools 2007,Valuetools 2008 and CrownCom2009 best student paper awards. He is a WWRF fellow. In 2011, he received the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award.

Romain Couillet, SUPELEC, France
Romain Couillet, SUPELEC, France

Short Bio R. Couillet:

Romain Couillet received his MSc in Mobile Communications at the Eurecom Institute and his MSc in Communication Systems in Telecom ParisTech, France in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, he worked with ST-Ericsson as an Algorithm Development Engineer on the Long Term Evolution Advanced project, where he prepared his PhD with Sup\'elec, France, which he graduated in November 2010. He is currently an assistant professor in the Telecommunication department of Sup\'elec. His research topics are in information theory, signal processing, and random matrix theory. He is the recipient of the Valuetools 2008 best student paper award and of the 2011 EEA/GdR ISIS/GRETSI best PhD thesis award.


Tutorial 3

Game Theory for Wireless Communications and Sensor Networks


Marco Luise (University of Pisa, Italy) and

Giacomo Bacci (University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy)


The ever-increasing demand for reliable and ubiquitous high-speed data communications and environment sensing services calls for new challenges in the design and the optimization of wireless networks, which may benefit from the adoption of sophisticated signal processing techniques at large. Recently, game theory has emerged as an effective framework for the network design, since it provides analytical tools to predict the outcome of interactions among rational entities. This tutorial provides an overview of the relevant applications of game theory, focusing on state-of-the-art techniques for resource allocation. In the first part, the very basics concepts are introduced by means of many simple examples, and special emphasis is put on how to translate a real-world problem to an analytical game model. In the second part, relevant applications of game theory to wireless networks design are reported, including power and rate control, bandwidth allocation, and spectrum sensing, suited for CDMA and OFDMA systems, and some clues will be given on how to extend such methods to MIMO, cognitive radio, and relay-assisted communications. The main focus will be on noncooperative techniques, although recent advances in the field of cooperative game theory will be also included in the discussion to provide a different perspective in the class of problems.

Marco Luise, Pisa
Marco Luise, Pisa

Short Bio M. Luise:

Marco Luise is a Full Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Pisa, Italy. He received his MSc (cum Laude) and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy. In the past, he was a Research Fellow of the European Space Agency (ESA) at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands, a Researcher of CNR (the Italian National Research Council), at the Centro Studio Metodi Dispositivi Radiotrasmissioni (CSMDR), Pisa, and an Associate Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Pisa. Recently, Prof. Luise was the General Chairman of EUSIPCO 2006, the general co-chair of European Wireless 2010, and the technical program chair of the Future Network and Mobile Summit 2010 of the European Commission. M. Luise is a fellow of the IEEE, the co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Navigation and Observation, and served as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and co-editor for the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, and Proceedings of the IEEE. His main research interests lie in the broad area of communication theory, with particular emphasis on wireless communications, mobile and satellite communication, positioning and navigation systems, and software-defined radio technologies.

Giacomo Bacci, Pisa
Giacomo Bacci, Pisa

Short Bio G. Bacci:

Giacomo Bacci received the B.E. and M.E. degrees in telecommunications engineering and the Ph.D. degree in information engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 2002, 2004, and 2008, respectively. Since 2005, he has been with the Dept. Information Eng., University of Pisa, where he is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In 2006–2007, he was a Visiting Student Research Collaborator at the Dept. Electrical Eng., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. In 2008, he has also joined Wiser srl, Livorno, Italy, as a software engineer. From May 2012 to April 2013, he is also enrolled as a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Dept. Electrical Eng., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Dr. Bacci is the recipient of the FP7 Marie Curie Intl. Outgoing Fellowships for career development (IOF) 2011, Grant Agreement no. PIOF-GA-2011-302520 GRAND-CRU “Game-theoretic Resource Allocation for wireless Networks based on Distributed and Cooperative Relaying Units”. His research interests are in the areas of digital communications, signal processing, and estimation theory. His current research topics focus on resource allocation for multiple-access and relay-based wireless networks, time delay estimation for satellite positioning systems and wireless communications, and channel coding for IMT-advanced technologies.