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NEWCOM++ Logbook now online

For more than three years the N++ Newsletter team provided the latest, most exciting news from our Network of Excellence. As a token of gratitude, they have put the last effort in summarizing the most remarkable outcomes of NEWCOM++ life in this logbook: now it's time to “take a tour” through the N++ life once again and remind the achievements and events that we were a part of!
 

NEWCOM++ est mort, vive NEWCOM++ !!!

by Marco Luise, from the final issue of the NEWCOM++ Newsletter:
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This is the last issue of the Newsletter, and it is not easy for me to write. 
 
So I will start from the words of Sergio Benedetto in his “farewell” message to the whole Network of Excellence:
 
“Today (April 30) is the last official day of existence of NEWCOM++. The final review of the project will be on July 4th in Brussels, and that will be the real final act for all of us (apart from payments...). Considering "old" NEWCOM first and NEWCOM++ then, it's been almost 10 years of exciting research, meetings, travels, in one word: work. But above all, it's been almost 10 years of exciting interaction and, in many instances, friendship with the best people in Europe in our field. We would like to sincerely thank everybody who contributed to this: the Executive and Advisory Board members, the N++Office, all the local scientific and administrative representatives, the Work Package leaders, everybody that contributed to the organization of events, those who did research together, everyone who gave and took benefit to and from this wonderful Network of People. “
 
I have very little to add to this. 
 
I had planned to write a long foreword with detailed mentions of everyone who had a relevant place in the Network. On a second thought, I gave up. All of us had a special and key place into NEWCOM++, so the acknowledgement has to be, well, to everybody, as Sergio himself says. 
 
The only one I need to explicitly mention here is the editor of the Newsletter Pawel Sroka from Poznan University of Technology without whose help the everyday life and achievements of N++ would not have put into the spotlight. Pawel is the one who will actually waive us the last goodbye [webmaster's note: available online since July 1st, 2011]: he will put together all the past issues of the Newsletter and prepare “The NEWCOM++ Logbook”: a nice story of a nice experience of research and friendship. 
 
And, speaking of the Logbook, how not to think of Captain Kirk, the popular commander of the Enterprise from the sci-fi series of the 60’s Star Trek, whose voice reciting excerpts of the ship’s logbook started each episode of the series? You can see Captain Kirk in the picture below, speaking into what was called in the movies the “communicator” that allowed him to audio/video wirelessly communicate with the mother ship when he was on an alien word. The “communicator” (whose detailed pictures can be found on the Internet) is just what many of us has today in their hands: a flip cellular phone with color display and a miniature camera, with which we can easily place video calls. Something that in the 60’s was definitely in the domain of science fiction is now in everybody’s hands. How many field of science and technology can actually boast similar achievements?
 
 Captain Kirk
 
NEWCOM++ may be over but… “Captain Kirk to Enterprise: Scotty, beam us on, we have to go on with research”
 
 
 

NEWCOM++ News


Joint Workshop on Wireless Communication on 1-2 March 2011 - Paris, France

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NEWCOM++ Awards assigned during JNCW2011

The Second N++ Best Paper Award went to:

Cedric Herzet, Kampol Woradit, Henk Wymeersch, and Luc Vandendorpe (CNRS, Chalmers, UCL): Code-aided Maximum-likelihood Ambiguity Resolution Through Free-energy Minimization,  IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, December 2010

The Second N++ Young Researcher Best Paper Award went to:

Nicola Baldo,  Alfred Asterjadhi and Michele Zorzi (CTTC and CNIT):

Dynamic Spectrum Access Using a Network Coded Cognitive Control Channel, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, August 2010

The N++ Distinguished Achievement Award went to:

Professors Petros Elia (Eurecom) and Joakim Jalden (KTH, Stockolm, previously with University of Vienna) with the following motivation:

"In a series of recent NEWCOM++ publications, Petros and Joakim settled a series of open problems including the well-known and long lasting open problem of establishing meaningful fundamental performance-complexity limits in general MIMO, cooperative and multi-user outage-limited communications."



 
 
 

BoguckaNews from the Executive Board

As already most of you know, Prof. Andreas Polydoros (IASA) left in March the NEWCOM++ Executive Board.

We all thank him for his precious contribution in terms of ideas and support given to the NoE. In the meantime we are glad to introduce Prof. Hanna Bogucka (PUT), who, according to the General Assembly decision, is restoring the EB.

Congratulations Hanna!


2010 IEEE Information Theory Paper Award to the Newcomer Erdal Arikan

Many thanks to Jossy Sayir for being the first to inform us about the 2010 IEEE Information Theory Paper Award presented to Erdal Arikan, our NEWCOM++ colleague and friend, from Bilkent University.


The news as published on the IEEE website
Erdal is a member of NEWCOM++ (and previously of NEWCOM) and is currently leading the WPR.4 - Iterative Receivers for Wireless Communications. All NEWCOM++ researchers are joining the N++ Executive and Scientific Boards in congratulating Erdal for this award!

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June 28 - July 1 2010 -- NEWCOM++ WHERE 2010 Summer School

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the news on the N++ website             the dedicated page on the Aalborg University website

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1st Best Paper and Young Researcher NEWCOM++ Awards

The papers participating to the Awards have been evaluated and chosen by the Award Committee and the winners are:

1st Young Researcher Award

D. Duyck, D. Capirone, J. J. Boutros, M. Moeneclaey, "A full-diversity joint network-channel code construction for cooperative communications”

1st Best Paper Award

M. Kobayashi, M. Debbah, S. Shamai, "Secured Communication over Frequency-Selective Fading Channels: a practical Vandermonde precoding"

The Awards were presented during a ceremony at the second NEWCOM++ Workshop, held in Florence on June 16-18, 2010.

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IEEE PIMRC 2010 - Istanbul, Turkey, 26 – 30 September 2010

PIMRC 2010 is now accepting paper submissions, as well as submissions of workshop, tutorial and panel proposals.

For paper submissions, please visit the Information for Authors page of the conference website http://www.ieee-pimrc.org/2010 .

To submit a tutorial, workshop or panel proposal, please contact the Chairs listed on the Committees page of the website.

The deadline for all submissions is 1 March 2010.

Hikmet Sari, General Chair

 

 

NEWCOM++ is the acronym of a proposed Network of Excellence in Wireless COMmunications, submitted to Call 1 of the VII Framework Program under the Objective ICT-2007.1.1: The Network of the Future, mainly in its target direction “Ubiquitous network infrastructure and architectures”. After the successful completion of its first phase over the period of March 2004 - February 2007, the European Network of Excellence in Wireless Communications (NEWCOM) was reconducted by the European Commission within the framework of FP7 for a second phase of 3 years starting in January 2008. The second phase of this network, known as NEWCOM++, gathers researchers from 17 major European institutions (universities, private and public R&D organizations). 

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