Dr. Monica Navarro, CTTC, Spain
Title: Basics of Communication - Information Theory
Abstract: This lecture will provide an overview of the basics of communication and information theory. We will start the lecture with a review of the channel capacity for a variety of single-user channels and discuss its meaning for practical communication systems. In the second part of the talk, we will extend the discussion to multiple users and show on the one hand the limits of multi-user communications given by information theory and on the other hand explain the most relevant practical multiple-access schemes. We will also review relevant communication aspects for short block transmissions.
Bio: Monica Navarro graduated in Telecommunications Engineering from UPC (1997) and received a Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR), University of South Australia (2002). She is currently a Senior Researcher at CTTC Radio Communications group, with solid experience in National and European projects, as well as in contracts with industry. She has served as workpackage leader ACE I-II (FP7-IST NoE) dealing with multiple-antenna processing for wireless systems and actively worked in the 4 year FP7-IST WINNER project exploring improvements of radio transmission towards new radio interfaces for 4G systems. She has also led CTTC’s participation in the Spanish CENIT project GAD on Active Demand Management for the Electric Grid. CTTC’s technical work has focused on power line communication technologies. Prior to joining CTTC, she participated in the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems (CRCSS) and Mobility Wireless Data Consortium, Nortel Networks, while pursuing her Ph.D. degree at ITR. From Oct. 1997 – Dec. 1998 she was a Research Assistant at the Department of Signal Theory and Communications at the UPC, where she worked on the development of fractal shape multiband antennas for wireless cellular communications systems. Her research interests include: digital communications, wireless multiuser communications, particularly on adaptive transmission and coding techniques, wireless sensor networks, power-line communications, and ultra-wideband communications.