During last week took place the 8th Advanced Satellite Multimedia Systems Conference and the 14th Signal Processing for Space Communications Workshop (ASMS/SPSC2016) in Palma de Mallorca. This is a renowned conference in both industry and scientific communities which address the recent advances in satellite communications.

In this framework, SANSA co-organized jointly with VITAL project, a Special Track devoted to Hybrid Terrestrial Satellite Networking and Services. It was split in two sessions, one dedicated to SANSA activities, chaired by Constantinos Papadias (AIT), and the other to VITAL, chaired by Tinku Rasheed (Create-net). For SANSA, Georgios Ziaragkas (AVANTI), José Núñez (CTTC),   Constantinos Papadias (AIT) , and Ashkan Kalantari (University of Luxembourg), presented respectively: the SANSA use cases, scenarios and KPIs; the SANSA network architecture; antenna-assisted interference mitigation techniques; and resource allocation techniques. Therefore, a good overview of the major part of SANSA activities was given. The session terminated with a round table which counted also with the participation of Ana Pérez (CTTC), the SANSA Project Coordinator.

The session successfully concluded with an attendance of around 30 people and with very fruitful discussions on the domain of terrestrial–satellite integration.

Link to http://www.asmsconference.org/special-tracks/


The 10th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation will be held in Davos, Switzerland, on 10-15 April 2016. EuCAP is a world renowned conference on antenna topics that represents a good dissemination opportunity for antenna related activities that are being carried out within the SANSA project. In particular, SANSA activities will be presented in two sessions:
Xavier Artiga (CTTC) will present a poster entitled “Reflectarray Cell for Analog Row-Column Beam Scanning Control” at the Poster Session 4 on Wednesday, April 13. This paper proposes a novel reflectarray unit cell which enables the control of the reflectarray aperture through a row-column scheme, providing a potential reduction of control lines from N*M to N+M (for a reflectarray with N*M unit elements).
Marcus Grossmann (FRA) will present a paper entitled “Antenna Array Optimization Strategies for Robust Direction Finding” at a convened oral session on Monday, April 11. This paper focuses on the optimization of uniform circular antenna array structures equipped with analog combining networks for direction finding and beamforming applications. For such type of arrays, the specific choice of the combining matrix has a crucial impact on the effective radiation pattern and the sensitivity of beam steering and direction-of-arrival estimation. The paper provides a design framework for constructing the combining network which improves the performance of the array as well as design examples that demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Key Components for a hybrid backhaul system were presented to Networld2020 Annual Event and General Assembly 2016 Brussels in 19/04/2016.

The 5GPPP association has decided to organise open workshops in order to allow outside projects to present their visions and contributions to future 5G networks. In this sense, the first open 5G architecture workshop will be held in Brussels on 06/04/2016. Xavier Artiga (CTTC) will present the SANSA network concept focusing on the functionalities of the Hybrid Network Manager and Intelligent Backhaul Node that are being developed within the project activities. In addition, the presentation will also address some open issues of a potential integration of SANSA in overall 5G architectures based on SDN/NFV techniques.