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Boris Bellalta

Head of Group
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Boris Bellalta (Telecom. Eng, 2002; PhD, 2007) is the head of the Wireless Networking Group in the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), where he is an Associate Professor since 2016. His research interests are in the area of wireless networks, with emphasis on the design, performance evaluation and optimization of new architectures and protocols. He has contributed to the fields of high-performance wireless networks and Internet of Things. Among others, 1) he has defined the performance bounds of multiuser wireless networks when buffer dynamics are taken into account, 2) he has characterized the performance gains that can be achieved when smart learning techniques are used to enhance contention-based channel access strategies, proposing -and implementing and testing in practice- the first learning mechanism to achieve collision-free operation in WiFi, and 3) he has proposed a new analytical methodology to accurately model the dependencies between WLANs in complex and dynamic scenarios, providing new insights in the operation of adaptive CSMA/CA networks when channel bonding is used. The results from his research have been published in more than 100 international journal and conference papers, including top journals/conferences such as IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE INFOCOM and IEEE ICC, with several of his papers in the list of the most read papers in them. He is currently involved in several research projects as principal investigator in the area of wireless networks, adaptive systems and machine learning, including the coordination of the IoT ENTOMATIC FP7 project. He has supervised 6 PhD students, with 4 more on-going. At UPF he is giving several courses on networking, queueing theory and wireless networks. He is the coordinator of the interuniversity (UPF and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) Master’s Programme in Wireless Communications.