Research: Topics

The SPCOMNAV group carries out fundamental research on statistical signal processing including estimation and detection theory. The group applies this fundamental knowledge to real-life applications at the intersection of signal processing and wireless communications, such as positioning and navigation systems, digital communications, signal integrity and quality monitoring, intelligent transportation systems and next-generation mobile networks.

One of the key research lines of SPCOMNAV is the interplay between positioning and communication systems. In particular, contributing to a paradigm shift in the way current wireless infrastructures and positioning systems are understood today. Our research exploits the bi-directional synergies between location-aware communications and communication-aware positioning. Our group plays a prominent role in next generation GNSS systems, improving their robustness, adaptability and sensitivity, extending the range of scenarios where they are available, delivering service guarantees at signal level, and providing solutions for GNSS processing in the cloud. In this context, SPCOMNAV is a world-renowned research group in GNSS signal processing, and it enjoys a privileged place the new era of secure and authentic GNSS positioning.

SPCOMNAV is present in the design of positioning services within 5G, in particular exploiting novel technologies such as massive MIMO and mm-W. The research group contributes to the design of resource allocation and cooperation mechanisms at lower layers in order to make the concept of joint communication and positioning systems are reality. The activities of SPCOMNAV have direct applicability in the context of smart cities, intelligent vehicles and V2x networks.

The group is committed to the publication of the research results with the highest standards and to an intense technology transfer activity through the participation international and industrial projects.