Fran Fabra

Postdoc researcher

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+34 93 581 8594
Dpt. Telecommunications and Systems Engineering
Engineering School
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Bellaterra 08193 - Barcelona (Spain)


Fran Fabra received both the M.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering and the Master degree in Information and Communication Technologies from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, in 2013. He developed his Master’s thesis on security in aeronautical mobile networks at TriaGnoSys GmbH, Munich, Germany. His Ph.D. dissertation was dedicated to research of the GNSS-⁠R concept towards remote sensing of the cryosphere.

From December 2007 to December 2019 he was with the Earth Observation Research Group from the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-⁠CSIC/⁠IEEC), Barcelona, Spain, working on applications of global navigation satellite systems for remote sensing of the Earth. Such experience ranged from the theoretical study of pioneering GNSS-R techniques, until their experimental proof of concept and validation from real data analysis. He was also the main developer of the open source wavpy library for GNSS-⁠R analysis and modeling.

In November 2019, he joined as a Postdoctoral researcher the Signal Processing for Communications & Navigation Group, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB/IEEC), Spain.

Research interests

His research interests lie in the field of statistical GNSS signal processing and antenna array analysis.

Recent publications

  • 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.
  • 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].
  • F. Fabra, J. A. Lopez-Salcedo, G. Seco-Granados, "Analysis on baseband algorithms for LEO PNT", Proc. European Navigation Conference (ENC), Jun 02 2023.
  • E. Obiols, L. Tortajada-Ropero, A. Creus, A. Gonzalez-Novell, F. Fabra, G. Seco-Granados, "GNSS Interference Monitoring and Detection (GIMAD) System", Proc. European Navigation Conference (ENC), May 31 2023.
  • F. Fabra, G. Seco-Granados, J. A. Lopez-Salcedo, E. Obiols, A. Creus, A. Gonzalez-Novell, "Detection, Characterization, and Localization of Interference Signals in Wideband GNSS Environments: the GIMAD System", ESA Workshop on Satellite Navigation User Equipment Technologies (NAVITEC), Apr 07 2022, [link].
  • R. Crapart, R. A. Ahmad , S. Lannelongue, A. Rouanet-Labe, Y. Blaudin-De-The, G. Seco-Granados, F. Fabra, "PNT User-Segment Optimization Integrating LEO Components", ESA Workshop on Satellite Navigation User Equipment Technologies (NAVITEC), Apr 07 2022, [link].