IEEE Sweden VT/COM/IT Chapter

August 22nd, 2017

On behalf of the IEEE joint VT/COM/IT Sweden Chapter Board, We are delighted to invite you to an IEEE Information Theory Society Distinguished Lecture Tour (DLT) by Prof. Osvaldo Simeone, King’s College, London, U.K.

Title: Fog-Aided Wireless Networks: An Information-Theoretic View

Fog-aided wireless networks are an emerging class of wireless systems that leverage the synergy and complementarity of cloudification and edge processing, two key technologies in the evolution towards 5G systems and beyond. The operation of fog-aided wireless networks poses novel fundamental research problems pertaining to the optimal management of the communication, caching and computing resources at the cloud and at the edge, as well as to the transmission on the fronthaul network connecting cloud and edge. In this talk, it will be argued via specific examples concerning the problem of content delivery that network information theory provides a principled framework to develop fundamental theoretical insights and algorithmic guidelines on the optimal design of fog-aided networks. This work has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 725731).

Seminar#1 – Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden
Date and time: Aug 31, 2017, 14:00-15:30.
Location: Room EL43, floor 4, EDIT building, Hörsalsvägen 11, Campus Johanneberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Local host: Giuseppe Durisi,

Seminar#2 – Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
Date and time: Sep 6, 2017, 10:15-11:45.
Location: Room Systemet, floor 2, B building, Campus Valla, Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden.
Local host: Danyo Danev,

Seminar#3 – Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Date and time: Sep 7, 2017, 13:30-15:00.
Location: Room E:2517, floor 2, E-building, John Ericssons vaguely 4, Lund University, 223 63 Lund, Sweden
Local host: Michael Lentmaier,

Seminar#4 – KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
Date and time: Sep 8, 2017, 14:00-15:30 (TBC).
Location: Room Q22, Osquldas väg 6B, KTH Main Campus, Stockholm, Sweden
Local host: Lars Kildehøj Rasmussen,

For any further questions related to a specific seminar, please contact the respective local host.

Osvaldo Simeone is a Professor of Information Engineering with the Centre for Telecommunications Research at the Department of Informatics of King’s College London. He received an M.Sc. degree (with honors) and a Ph.D. degree in information engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He was previously a Professor with the Center for Wireless Information Processing (CWiP) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). His research interests include wireless communications, information theory, optimization and machine learning. Dr Simeone is a co-recipient of the 2017 JCN Best Paper Award, the 2015 IEEE Communication Society Best Tutorial Paper Award and of the Best Paper Awards of IEEE SPAWC 2007 and IEEE WRECOM 2007. He was awarded a Consolidator grant by the European Research Council (ERC) in 2016. His research has been supported by the U.S. NSF, the ERC, the Vienna Science and Technology Fund, as well by a number of industrial collaborations. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Dr Simeone is a co-author of a monograph, an edited book published by Cambridge University Press and more than one hundred research journal papers. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

August 20th, 2017

On behalf of the IEEE joint VT/COM/IT Sweden Chapter Board, We are delighted to invite you to an IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecture Tour (DLT) by Prof. Marco Di Renzo, Paris-Saclay University/ CNRS, France.

Title: On System-Level Analysis & Design of Cellular Networks: The Magic of Stochastic Geometry

This talk is aimed to provide a comprehensive crash course on the critical and essential importance of spatial models for an accurate system-level analysis and optimization of emerging 5G ultra-dense and heterogeneous cellular networks. Due to the increased heterogeneity and deployment density, new flexible and scalable approaches for modeling, simulating, analyzing and optimizing cellular networks are needed. Recently, a new approach has been proposed: it is based on the theory of point processes and it leverages tools from stochastic geometry for tractable system-level modeling, performance evaluation and optimization. The potential of stochastic geometry for modeling and analyzing cellular networks will be investigated for application to several emerging case studies, including massive MIMO, mmWave communication, and wireless power transfer. In addition, the accuracy of this emerging abstraction for modeling cellular networks will be experimentally validated by using base station locations and building footprints from two publicly available databases in the United Kingdom (OFCOM and Ordnance Survey). This topic is highly relevant to graduate students and researchers from academia and industry, who are highly interested in understanding the potential of a variety of candidate communication technologies for 5G networks.

Seminar#1 – NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Date and time: Aug 21, 2017, 11:00-12:30 (TBC).
Location: TBD, please contact local hosts for further information.
Local hosts: Pierluigi Salvorossi,, and Yuming Jiang,

Seminar#2 – Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden
Date and time: Aug 22, 2017, 10:30-12:00.
Location: Room EC, floor 4, EDIT building, Hörsalsvägen 11, Campus Johanneberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Local host: Tommy Svensson,

Seminar#3 – Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
Date and time: Aug 23, 2017, 13:15-14:45.
Location: Room Systemet, floor 2, B-building, Campus Valla, Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden
Local host: Danyo Danev,

Seminar#4 – Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden
Date and time: Aug 24, 2017, 11:00-12:30.
Location: Buildning Spetsen, room SP35, Linköping University, Norrköping.
Local host: Di Yuan,

Seminar#5 – KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
Date and time: Aug 25, 2017, 11:00-12:30 (TBC).
Location: TBD, please contact local host for further information.
Local host: Carlo Fischione,

For any further questions related to a specific seminar, please contact the respective local host(s).

Marco Di Renzo received the “Laurea” and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of L’Aquila, Italy, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. In October 2013, he received the Doctor of Science degree from the University Paris-Sud, France. Since 2010, he has been a “Chargé de Recherche Titulaire” CNRS (CNRS Associate Professor) in the Laboratory of Signals and Systems of Paris-Saclay University – CNRS, CentraleSupélec, Univ Paris Sud, France. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, a Visiting Professor at the University of L’Aquila, Italy, and a co-founder of the university spin-off company WEST Aquila s.r.l., Italy. He serves as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE
COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS, and as an Editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS and IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and IEEE Communications Society. He is a recipient of several awards, and a frequent tutorial and invited speaker at IEEE conferences.

September 20th, 2016


On Friday September 16th Prof. Henry Pfister from Duke University had a DLT lecture at the Department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund University. The topic of the lecture was “Graphical Models and Inference: Insights from Spatial Coupling”.

The slides of the lecture can be found here.


This talk focuses on recent theoretical and practical advances in coding, compressed sensing, and multiple-access communication based on spatially-coupled graphical models.  The goal is to introduce the key ideas and insights using concrete examples.  First, we introduce factor graphs and belief propagation (BP) as tools for understanding large systems of dependent random variables.  Then, we describe how these techniques are applied to problems in signal processing and communications.  Next, we use the example of low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes on the binary erasure channel to introduce the idea of density-evolution analysis.  A key result is that BP decoding algorithms have a noise threshold below which recovery succeeds with high probability.  Finally, we discuss how extrinsic-information transfer (EXIT) functions can be used to compare the performance between BP and optimal decoding.


Henry D. Pfister received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2003 from the University of California, San Diego and he is currently an associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department of Duke University.  Prior to that, he was a professor at Texas A&M University (2006-2014), a post-doctoral fellow at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2005-2006), and a senior engineer at Qualcomm Corporate R&D in San Diego (2003-2004).
He received the NSF Career Award in 2008, the Texas A&M ECE Department Outstanding Professor Award in 2010, the IEEE COMSOC best paper in Signal Processing and Coding for Data Storage in 2007, and a 2016 STOC Best Paper Award.  He is currently an associate editor in coding theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2013-2016) and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2015-2016).
His current research interests include information theory, communications, probabilistic graphical models, and machine learning.

September 14th, 2016

In conjunction to a PhD defence at Chalmers on Thu Sep 15, 2016, (,-Signals-and-Systems.aspx), a mini-workshop on 5G consisting of three IEEE Technical Seminars as follows. The seminars are organized by the Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology.The seminars will be held as follows.

Location: EDIT building, Hörsalsvägen 11, Campus Johanneberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Room: See link to respective seminar below


Note: If the PhD defence takes long, there might be a slight delay in the start of the seminars.


Time: Thu Sep 15, 2016, at 14:00-15:00

Speaker: Dr. Patrick Marsch, Nokia Bell Labs Wroclaw

Title: “Nokia´s view on 5G mobile communications, and specific 5G challenges addressed in Nokia Bell Labs Wroclaw”

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Time: Thu Sep 15, 2016, at 15:00-16:00

Speaker: Prof. Raymond Knopp, Eurecom

Title: “Challenges in Data-Center Technologies for Distributed Radio Signal Processing“

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Time: Thu Sep 15, 2016, at 16:00-17:00

Speaker: Prof. Jens Zander, KTH

Title: “5G – Is the “Killer Application” back?”

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Patrick Marsch received his Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degrees from Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, in 2004 and 2010, respectively. After leading a research group at TU Dresden, Germany, he is now heading a research department within Nokia Bell Labs, Wroclaw, Poland. He has published 60+ journal or conference papers, obtained 4 best paper awards, and received the Philipp Reis Prize for pioneering work in the field of Coordinated Multi-Point. Patrick was the technical coordinator of the project EASY-C, where the world’s first large-scale testbeds for LTE-A techniques were established, and is the technical manager of the 5G PPP project METIS-II.


Raymond Knopp is professor in the Mobile Communications Department at EURECOM. He received the B.Eng. (Honours) and the M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1992 and 1993, respectively. From 1993-1997 he was a research assistant in the Mobile Communications Department at EURECOM working towards the PhD degree in Communication Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne. From 1997-2000 he was a research associate in the Mobile Communications Laboratory (LCM) of the Communication Systems Department of EPFL. His current research and teaching interests are in the area of digital communications, software radio architectures, and implementation aspects of signal processing systems and real-time wireless networking protocols. He has a proven track record in managing both fundamental and experimental research projects at an international level and is also General Secretary of the open-source wireless radio platform initiative which aims to bridge the gap between cutting-edge theoretical advances in wireless communications and practical designs.


Jens Zander is a full professor, co-founder and Scientific Director of Wireless@KTH at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). Dr Zander has authored several textbooks on radio communication and radio resource management. He is on the board of directors of the Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences. He has been TPC Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conferences in 1994 and 2004, General Chair for Crowncom 2012 and IEEE DySPAN 2015, and is one of the organizers of the Johannesberg Summits on 5G and Future Wireless Systems. His current research interests include architectures, resource and flexible spectrum management regimes as well as economic models for future wireless infrastructures.

September 7th, 2016

We invite you to an IEEE Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Ekram Hossain from University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. The seminar is organized by the Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology.

Time: Mon Sept 12, 2016, at 14:00-15:00 plus time for Q&A
Location: Room EA, floor 4, EDIT building, Hörsalsvägen 11, Campus Johanneberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Title: On Coalition-Based Cooperative Packet Delivery in Vehicular Delay-Tolerant Networks Under Uncertainty

Cooperative packet delivery can improve the data delivery performance in wireless networks by exploiting the mobility of the nodes, especially in networks with intermittent connectivity, high delay and error rates such as vehicular delay-tolerant networks (VDTNs). For such a network, we study the problem of rational coalition formation among vehicular nodes to cooperatively deliver packets to other nodes in a coalition. Such coalitions are formed by vehicular nodes which can be either well-behaved or misbehaving in the sense that the well-behaved nodes always help each other for packet delivery, while the misbehaving nodes act selfishly and may not help the other nodes. A Bayesian coalitional game model is developed to analyze the behavior of mobile vehicular nodes in coalition formation in presence of this uncertainty of node behavior (i.e., type). Given the beliefs about the other mobile nodes’ types, each mobile node makes a decision to form a coalition, and thus the coalitions in the network vary dynamically. A solution concept called Nash-stability is considered to find a stable coalitional structure in this coalitional game with incomplete information. We also consider another solution concept, namely, the Bayesian core, which guarantees that no node has an incentive to leave the grand coalition. The Bayesian game model is extended to a dynamic game model for which we propose a method for each vehicular mobile node to update its beliefs about other vehicular nodes’ types when the coalitional game is played repeatedly.

Ekram Hossain (IEEE Fellow) is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He is a Member (Class of 2016) of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Victoria, Canada, in 2001. Dr. Hossain’s current research interests include design, analysis, and optimization of wireless/mobile/cognitive/green communications networks with emphasis on 5G cellular, applied game theory and network economics. He has authored/edited several books in these areas ( He was elevated to an IEEE Fellow “for contributions to spectrum management and resource allocation in cognitive and cellular radio networks”. Currently he serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials and an Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications. Also, he is a member of the IEEE Press Editorial Board. Previously, he served as the Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in the area of “Resource Management and Multiple Access” from 2009-2011, an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing} from 2007-2012, and an Editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Cognitive Radio Series from 2011-2014. Dr. Hossain has won several research awards including the IEEE Communications Society Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee’s Best Paper Award in IEEE Globecom 2015, University of Manitoba Merit Award in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015 (for Research and Scholarly Activities), the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred Ellersick Prize Paper Award, and the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2012 (WCNC’12) Best Paper Award. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (2012-2015). He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Manitoba.