About the School
Satellite communications (SatCom), backed up by wide coverage, is considered as a key player in the emerging 5G landscape towards satisfying the increasing data traffic demands over the coming decades while providing ubiquitous connectivity. To achieve this, a migration from the traditional link-budget-based design catering TV broadcasting to a more sophisticated user-centric and service-centric design is envisaged. This has encouraged the satellite industry and academia to consider advanced signal processing tools to satellite communications, in particular for the future generation of high throughput satellite networks. Amongst others, linear and non-linear precoding, convex optimization, interference exploitation, synchronization under challenging environments, advanced non-linear receivers, distributed information processing, optical links, spectrum monitoring, and cognitive satellite communications are topics of high importance for satellite entities. While some of these techniques have gained popularity in the recent years and being included in diverse satellite standards, significant amount of resources with requisite knowledge is still needed to realize the potential of the SP techniques to SatCom fully.
In view of the aforementioned need, there is a clear requirement to introduce these signal processing techniques to early stage graduate students working in SatCom as part of their research training as well as to the satellite industry. Towards this, the school is structured to describe current and emerging satellite systems, highlighting the interesting problems there by resorting to both basic theory and advances in signal processing in a cohesive and gradual manner.This school schedules 12 short courses (90 minutes each) from renowned academics and industry experts. Particularly, the school aims at presenting the satellite applications to 5G, describing the system architectures and devising models, formulating performance metrics and introducing relevant techniques and algorithms, discussing implementation issues and methodologies for performance evaluation.
The first day of the school will be held at SES, the Luxembourg headquartered world-leading satellite operator. Registrants will have the opportunity to experience various facets of SatCom operations on that day.