Technical Program

5GS-PAN: 5G SatCom and Cross-Fertilization with 5G PHY Technologies

Symposium: 5G Satellite Networks: Signal Processing Applications and Challenges
Session Type: Panel
Time: Tuesday, November 27, 17:00 - 18:00
Location: Safari


Ana I. Pérez-Neira

Ana I. Pérez-Neira (SM’02) is full professor at UPC (Technical University of Catalonia) in the Signal Theory and Communication department. Her research topic is signal processing for communications and currently she is working in multi-antenna and multicarrier signal processing, both, for satellite communications and wireless systems. She has been in the board of directors of ETSETB (Telecom Barcelona) from 2000-03 and Vicerector for Research at UPC (2010-13). She created UPC Doctoral School (2011). Currently, she is Scientific Coordinator at CTTC (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya), where she is fellow researcher. From 2008-2016 she has been member of EURASIP BoD (European Signal Processing Association), from 2010-2016 member of IEEE SPTM (Signal Processing Theory and Methods) and at 2016 she has been elected SPS Regional Director-at-Large for 2 years. She is the coordinator of the European project SANSA and of the Network of Excellence on satellite communications, financed by the European Space Agency: SatnexIV. She has been the leader of 20 projects and has participated in over 50 (10 for European Space Agency). She is author of 50 journal papers (20 related with Satcom) and more than 200 conference papers (20 invited). She is co-author of 4 books and 5 patents (one on satcom). She has been guest editor in 5 special issues and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and EURASIP Advances in Signal Processing. Currently she is editor of Eurasip Signal Processing. She has been the general chairman of IWCLD’09, EUSIPC’11, EW’14, IWSCS’14 and ASMS/SPSC’16. She is IEEE Director-at-large for Region 8 of the Signal Processing Society. She is recipient for the 2018 EURASIP Society Award. She is the general chair of IEEE ICASSP’20.


Guy Levitas

Guy Levitas is a modem group manager at Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. He got his Electronics & Computer engineering degree (B.Sc) from Ben Gurion University of the Negev at Beer Sheva, Israel, specialized at communication and signal processing (2001). At the past 12 years (from 2006) he served as communication engineer and a group manager with responsibility for the Gilat modems physical layer. Before that (2000-2006) he worked at Intel DSPC as a FW engineer for 3G cellular product.

Paul Febvre

Paul Febvre is CTO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, a UK research and technology organisation, supporting businesses in accelerating the adoption of satellite services for novel applications, and assisting researchers in advancing the technologies that will deliver future satellite capabilities. Previously Paul was System Design Authority for the L-band digital services at Inmarsat for 19 years, developing the first mobile packet data services, the first 2.5G and 3G satellite networks. Paul spent the first part of his career developing his skills as a satellite system engineer at BT Research Labs.

Channasandra Ravishankar

Channasandra Ravishankar received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA, after graduating from Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India. He is currently Vice President of Engineering at Hughes Network Systems, Maryland, USA where he leads system engineering activities in the Mobile Satellite division. He played a key role in the system design of mobile satellite systems such as THURAYA, MEXSAT, Next Generation Globalstar, TerreStar and Echostar Mobile Systems and is currently involved in development of OneWeb LEO satellite system. He led the development of the ETSI standardized GMR-1 3G MSS air interface that provides voice and data services based on satellite optimized all-IP 3GPP architecture. He also led the design of Ground Based Beam Former (GBBF) design for TerreStar and Echostar Mobile satellite systems. His primary interests are in the system design of 4G/5G GEO/MEO/LEO mobile satellite systems, design of hybrid terrestrial/satellite systems and development of satellite air interface specifications. His other interests include design, analysis and performance evaluation efficient MAC protocols in long delay and error-prone links and design of advanced scheduling algorithms for differentiated QoS. Prior to joining Hughes, he worked at Comsat Laboratories, Maryland, USA.

Andreas Knopp

Andreas Knopp received the B.Eng. ('99), the M.Sc. ('02) and Ph.D. ('08) degrees (with distinction) in radio communications from the Bundeswehr University Munich. He is now the chair holder of Signal Processing and a Full Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. In parallel he is the director of the Munich Center for Space Communications, one of Germanys largest over-the-air test ranges for satellite communications research. Prior to taking up the faculty position in 2014, Andreas has gained expertise as a practitioner in satellite communications. He held several positions as a satellite engineer, project manager and program manager, among others in the German central development and procurement agency for military communications equipment and technology. His current research interests focus on satellite network integration, digital signal processing for HTS, signal parameter estimation and radio waveform design. Andreas is a Senior Member IEEE, and a member of AFCEA and the German engineers association VDE.