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Radio techologies for ultra-dense networks in the 5G and beyond (5G&B) era

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Competitive project
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181.500,00 €
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The evolution towards a fully connected society in the 5G and beyond (5G&B) era, where human centric communications coexist with
machine-type communications (MTC), will entail an unprecedented network densification of heterogeneous terminals in response to the
ever increasing traffic demands and new services. In such an environment, meeting the usual figures of merit (data rate per user, area
spectral efficiency, end-to-end latency, mobility, reliability, battery life, coverage, etc.) will become more challenging than ever and
managing the network itself will become very complicated. Solutiones will have to span from the PHY layer to up to network layer: in the
PHY and MAC layer, the use of new bands together with large spectral bandwidth and efficient access methods which demand complex
and energy demanding hardware that adapts to new channel models; in the upper layers, the introduction of network functions
virtualization (NFV) generating enough flexibility, scalability and separability to optimise the operation of the network in a (possibly) multioperator
The 5G&B-RUNNER-UPC project tackles the objective of designing, analyzing, and evaluating a number of radio technologies in ultradense
networks to meet the requirements for capacity and quality of service, distributed intelligence and flexibility needed for the 5G and
beyond systems. Accomplishing these tasks calls for the use of tools encompassing advanced signal processing, information theory,
communications theory and multi-objective distributed optimization.
More specifically, 5G&B-RUNNER-UPC will contribute to the the design of radio technologies in ultra-dense networks for 5G&B systems in
the three following key areas:
- At the physical and MAC layer, 5G&B-RUNNER-UPC will develop transmissions schemes to improve capacity in ultra-dense
environments. This will be achieved through the cancellation and/or coordination of interference with advanced high-dimensional antenna
array schemes in millimetric bands (specially suited for macro to pico cells), as well as through the design of non-orthogonal advanced
medium access methods (for cellular and MTC traffic). 5G&B-RUNNER-UPC will also contribute to the design of visible light
communication schemes (for short range applications in indoor or vehicular scenarios).
- At a higher level, the 5G&B-RUNNER-UPC will study the design of network functions for a more efficient and flexible usage of the
available spectrum, backhaul resources and computational network resources. 5G&B-RUNNER-UPC will also propose suitable partially
decentralised solutions to control more efficiently the interference, balance the traffic, and avoid congestion.
- In MTC, the project will develop techniques for the aggregation of the information and network clustering to allow for the minimization of
the battery comsumption, signalling, loss of information and delay in very dense deployments. Both aspects will benefit from the definition
of enhanced contention-based protocols able to solve collisions at the physical and network levels.
The workprogramme spans theoretical activities, the development of a system simulator integrating cellular hetereogeneous deployments
with MTC, and participation in standardisation events.
5G&B, comunicaciones en el espectro visible, comunicaciones tipo máquina, machine type communications, mm-wave, network functions optimization, optimización de funciones de red, redes ultra-densas, testbeds, ultra-dense networks, visible light communications
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
Resoluton year
Funcding program
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
Funding call
Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
Grant institution
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco


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