By Prof. Francisco Falcone Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain.
Implementing context aware environments is one of the key drivers for the progressive adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. In order to enable high levels of interactivity and mobility, multiple wireless systems are adopted, operating in a heterogeneous wireless environment, in which coverage/capacity restrictions must be supervised in order to warrant Quality of Service and Quality of Experience metrics. In this way, overall levels of interference must be characterized and minimized, whilst target coverage signals must be optimized. In this work, we will present the challenges and trends in the characterization, analysis and planning of wireless systems for the adoption of wireless systems within the framework of Smart City/Smart Region applications, as drivers of IoT adoption.
Francisco Falcone (M’05–SM’09) received the Degree in telecommunication engineering and the Ph.D. degree in communication engineering from the Public University of Navarra (UPNA), Spain, in 1999 and 2005, respectively. From 1999 to 2000, he was Microwave Commissioning Engineer with Siemens-Italtel, deploying microwave access systems. From 2000 to 2008, he was a Radio Access Engineer with Telefónica Móviles, performing radio network planning and optimization tasks in mobile network deployment. In 2009, as Co-Founding Member is the Director of Tafco Metawireless, a spin-off company from UPNA, until 2009. He was an Assistant Lecturer with the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, UPNA, from 2003 to 2009. In 2009, he became an Associate Professor with the EE Department, becoming Department Head from 2012 to 2018. From January 2018 to May 2018, he was a Visiting Professor with the Kuwait College of Science and Technology, Kuwait. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Smart Cities (ISC), UPNA, which hosts around 140 researchers, currently acting as the Head of the ICT section. He has more than 500 contributions in indexed international journals, book chapters and conference contributions. His research interests are related to computational electromagnetics applied to analysis of complex electromagnetic scenarios, with a focus on the analysis, design and implementation of heterogeneous wireless networks to enable context aware environments. Prof. Falcone was a recipient of the CST 2003 and CST 2005 Best Paper Award, the PhD Award from the Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación (COIT) in 2006, the Doctoral Award UPNA, 2010, the 1st Juan Gomez Peñalver Research Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain in 2010, the XII Talgo Innovation Award 2012, the IEEE 2014 Best Paper Award, 2014, the ECSA-3 Best Paper Award, 2016, and the ECSA-4 Best Paper Award, 2017.