CITI seminar – Lucien Etienne (IMT Lille-Douai) – 17/12 at 14:00

Title: Self trigger co-design using LASSO regression

Date and Place: 17th December 2020 14:00 – link

Speaker: Lucien Etienne (IMT Lille-Douai)



Networked systems have become more and more pervasive in many modern industrial application. A good justification for their deployment is that they can be cheaper/faster to set in place as well are scalable while also enabling lower maintenance cost. In the past decade a new paradigm has been developed where the controller is not sampled periodically (i.e. with a time–triggered policy), but rather sampled when some condition has been met (Usually a stability or performance criterion being violated). After recalling some general element on classical control scheme ( Linear Quadratic regulator and model predictive control) In this talk, the control of a linear time invariant system with self triggered sampling is considered .
In order to address the controller computation and the future sampling schedule a sparse optimization problem will be considered. A relaxation of the optimal self triggered control can be formulated as a LASSO regression. Using the properties of the solution of the Lasso regression it is shown how to obtain a controller ensuring practical or asymptotic stability while reducing sampling of the control action.



Dr. Lucien Etienne received a M.Sc. Degree in applied mathematics at the INSA Rouen in 2012 and a joint Ph.D. in automatic control from the university of L’aquila and the university of Cergy-Pontoise in 2016. From 2016 to 2017 he was a post doctoral researcher at Inria Lille-Nord Europe. Since 2017 He is an associate professor at Institut Mines-Télécom Lille Douai. His research interests include switched and hybrid systems, observer synthesis and sampled data systems.


PhD Defence: “Impulsive and Dependent Interference in IoT Networks”, Ce Zheng, 8th of December 2020 at 14:00PM

The defense will be streamed live here: link



Impulsive and Dependent Interference in IoT Networks


The number of devices in wireless IoT networks is now rapidly increasing and is expected to continue growing in the coming years.
To support this massive connectivity, a number of new technologies, collectively known as LPWAN, have been developed. Many devices in LPWANs limit their transmissions by duty cycle constraints; i.e., the proportion of time allocated for transmission. For nearby wireless networks using the same time-frequency resources, the increasing number of devices leads to a high level of unintended signals, known as interference.

In this thesis, we characterize the statistics of interference arising from LPWANs, with a focus on protocols related to NB-IoT and emerging approaches such as SCMA. Such a characterization is critical to improve signal processing at the receiver in order to mitigate the interference. We approach the characterization of the interference statistics by exploiting a mathematical model of device locations, signal attenuation, and the access protocols of individual interfering devices. While there has been recent work developing empirical models for the interference statistics, this has been limited to studies of the interference power, which has limited utility in receiver design. The approach adopted in this thesis has the dual benefits of providing a model for the amplitude and phase statistics and while also yielding insights into the impact of key network parameters. The first contribution in this work is to revisit interference in a single subcarrier system, which is widely used in current implementations of IoT networks. A basic model in this scenario distributes interfering devices according to a homogeneous Poisson point process. It has been long known that the resulting interference is well approximated via an alpha-stable model, rather than a Gaussian model. In this work, the \alpha-stable model is shown via theoretical and simulation results to be valid in a wider range of models, including the presence of guard zones, finite network radii, and non-Poisson point processes governing device locations. The second contribution in this thesis is the study, for the first time, of interference statistics in multi-carrier IoT networks, including those that exploit NB-IoT and SCMA. Motivated by the results in the single subcarrier setting, a multivariate model based on alpha-stable marginals and copula theory is developed. This model is verified by extensive simulations and further justified via a new, near-optimal, parameter estimation algorithm, which has very low complexity. The third part of this thesis applies the characterizations of the interference statistics to receiver design. A new design for nonlinear receivers is proposed that can significantly outperform the state-of-the-art in multi-carrier IoT systems. When receivers are restricted to be linear, the optimal structure is identified and the bit error rate characterized. Numerical results also illustrate how the average quantity of data interfering devices are required to transmit affects the receiver performance.



  • Prof. Claude Oestges (Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Assis. Prof. Lina Mroueh (Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris, France)
  • Assoc. Prof. Mylene Pischella (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France)
  • Prof. Jean-François Hélard (INSA Rennes)
  • Assoc. Prof. Troels Pedersen (Univ. Aalborg, Denmark)
  • Prof. Gareth Peters (Heriot-Watt, UK)

CITI seminar – Ignacio Rodriguez (Aalborg University) – 10/12 at 14:00

Title: Experimental Research on Wireless Systems for Industrial Automation

Date and Place: 10th December 2020 14:00 – link to come

Speaker: Ignacio Rodriguez (Aalborg University)

Host: Maracas



The fourth industrial revolution – or Industry 4.0 (I4.0), will introduce major shifts in the way that products will be manufactured in the future. By integrating different cyberphysical systems (CPS), Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies and cloud computing; the factories of the future will be equipped with highly flexible manufacturing equipment offering also a high reliability, thereby increasing the overall production throughput. One of the key enablers for such revolution is wireless communication. By replacing existing wirelines in the current industrial equipment with wireless technologies, the overall cost of deployment will be reduced, while at the same time a faster re-configuration of the smart production facilities will be enabled. Moreover, the use of wireless technologies will also allow for new industrial use cases requiring full mobility support such as autonomous robots moving items over different workstations in the factory for the sake of manufacturing customized products. During this talk, the AAU Industrial Automation Applied Research Flow will be introduced and illustrated with application examples detailing the different steps from understanding the needs of a factory and the specific communication requirements of industrial use cases; to the final deployment and optimization of the wireless solutions.



Ignacio Rodriguez received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from University of Oviedo, Spain, and the M.Sc. degree in Mobile Communications and the Ph.D. degree in Wireless Communications from Aalborg University, Denmark. Since December 2016, he has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the same institution, where he is currently coordinating the Industry 4.0 experimental research activities at the Wireless Communication Networks Section and the AAU 5G Smart Production Lab in collaboration with the Department of Materials and Production. Ignacio is also an External Research Engineer with Nokia Bell Labs, where he is involved in 3GPP and ITU-R standardization activities. His research interests are mainly related to radio propagation, channel modeling, radio network planning and optimization, machine-to-machine communications, ultra-reliable and low-latency communications, 5G and Industrial IoT. He is a co-recipient of the IEEE VTS 2017 Neal Shepherd Memorial Best Propagation Paper Award, and in 2019, he was awarded with the 5G-prize by the Danish Energy Agency and the Danish Society of Telecommunication Engineers.