Alda Xhafa

Postdoc researcher

alda.xhafa at
+34 93 586 8473
Dpt. Telecommunications and Systems Engineering
UAB – School of Engineering
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Bellaterra 08193 - Barcelona (Spain)


Alda Xhafa was born in Albania in 1993. She received her B.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Tirana (UPT), Albania in 2015 and her M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain in 2017. From March 2018 to September 2019 she was an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Faculty of Information Technology, UPT, Albania. Since October 2019 she is pursuing her Ph.D. at the SPCOMNAV group.

On April 30, 2024, she completed her PhD entitled "A Study of Time and Angle-Based 5G Positioning Through Simulation and Experimental Platforms" at the SPCOMNAV group. 

Research interests

Her research interests are at the intersection of wireless communications and positioning technologies.

Recent publications

  • Qi Liu, Chengfa Gao, A. Xhafa, Wang Gao, J. A. Lopez-Salcedo, G. Seco-Granados, "Performance Analysis of GNSS+5G Hybrid Positioning Algorithms for Smartphones in Urban Environments", IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, vol. 73, pp. 1-9, Dec 01 2023, [link].
  • A. Xhafa, F. Fabra, J. A. Lopez-Salcedo, G. Seco-Granados, I. Lapin, "Pathway to Coherent Phase Acquisition in Multi-channel USRP SDRs for Direction of Arrival Estimation", Proc. International Conference on Software Defined Systems (SDS), Oct 22 2023, [link].
  • A. Xhafa, F. Fabra, J. A. Lopez-Salcedo, G. Seco-Granados, "Preliminary Results of 5G Direction of Arrival Estimation using In-Situ Calibration with USRP", Proc. ICL-GNSS, Jun 08 2023, [link].
  • A. Xhafa, J. A. del Peral-Rosado, J. A. Lopez-Salcedo, G. Seco-Granados, "Evaluation of 5G positioning performance based on UTDoA, AoA and base-station selective exclusion", Sensors, vol. 22, num. 1, 14 pages, Jan 01 2022, [link].
  • A. Xhafa, J. A. del Peral-Rosado, G. Seco-Granados, J. A. Lopez-Salcedo, "Performance of NLOS Base Station Exclusion in cmWave 5G Positioning", Proc. IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) Spring, Apr 25 2021, [link].