Prizes awarded

Presentations of the ANACOM-URSI Portugal Prize and the Best Student Paper Award (2016 edition) were made by José Perdigoto, Vice-Chair of ANACOM's Board of Directors at the 10th Congress of the Portuguese Committee of URSI.

ANACOM-URSI Portugal Prize

The winner of the ANACOM-URSI Portugal Prize was announced as Ricardo Correia, of the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of the University of Aveiro, for his work "Quadrature Amplitude Modulation Backscatter for Passive Wireless Sensors".

The paper proposes the introduction of a wireless passive sensor which does not require the use of batteries. To this end, use is made of a sensor that uses one frequency for transferring data (obtained by the sensor) and one frequency for receiving energy from transmitters.

In order to increase the transmission rate and the data transmission range, implementation of a new modulator is proposed, capable of increasing the order of modulation and thereby significantly increasing the data transmission rate with low energy consumption. Through this work, it is possible to implement wireless passive sensors with a very high data transfer rate, without a need for batteries.

The author completed an Integrated Master’s in Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering at the University of Aveiro in 2009. He worked for a year as an automation engineer and three years as a researcher in embedded systems and signal processing. He is currently attending the Electrical Engineering doctoral programme at the University of Aveiro and is a researcher in the radio systems group at Instituto de Telecomunicações de Aveiro (Aveiro Telecommunications Institute).

Best Student Paper Award

The winner of the 2016 Best Student Paper Award was Miguel Monteiro, a Master’s student at Instituto Superior Técnico (Higher Technical Institute), for the work "Load Balancing on Auto-optimized 4th generation networks (LTE)."

2nd and 3rd places were awarded, respectively, to Marta Veríssimo, Master's student at Instituto Superior Técnico (Higher Technical Institute), for the work "Capacity Assessment on Multi-Service UMTS/HSPA Networks Based on Real Performance Statistics" and to Andreia Costa, Master's student at the University of Aveiro, for the work "Antenna Array to Increase the Communication Range of UAV".