Mischa Dohler | Jesús Alonso Zárate

Date & Time


March 25, 2013, 11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30 in plenary room


Machine-to-Machine in Smart Cities & Smart Grids: Technologies, Standards, and Applications

The unprecedented communication paradigm of machine-to-machine (M2), facilitating 24/7 ultra-reliable connectivity between a prior unseen number of automated devices, is currently gripping both industrial as well as academic communities. The aim of this tutorial is to provide a detailed academic, technical and industrial insight into latest key aspects of wireless M2M networks, with particular application to smart cities and smart grids.

We will provide an in-depth introduction to the particularities of M2M systems, and then dwell in great depths on the capillary and cellular embodiments of M2M. The focus of capillary M2M will be on IEEE (.15.4e) and IETF (6LoWPAN, ROLL, COAP) standards compliant low-power multihop networking designs; furthermore, for the first time, low power Wifi will be dealt with and positioned into the eco-system of capillary M2M. The focus of cellular M2M will be on latest activities, status and trends in leading M2M standardization bodies with technical focus on ETSI M2M and 3GPP LTE-M; furthermore, we will discuss analytical and simulation works quantifying the performance and impact of M2M in legacy cellular networks.

Along the entire tutorial, challenges and open issued will be identified, thus making the material presented in this tutorial useful for industry and inspiring for researchers and academics alike.


Dr. Mischa Dohler

Coordinator of Research, CTTC, Barcelona, SPAIN

Mischa Dohler is now Coordinator of Research at CTTC, Barcelona. He is Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE ComSoc, Senior Member of the IEEE, and Editor-in-Chief of ETT. He frequently features as keynote speaker and panelist. He had press coverage by BBC and Wall Street Journal. He is a tech company investor and entrepreneur, being the co-founder, former CTO and now board member of Worldsensing. He is fluent in 6 languages. In the framework of the Mobile VCE, he has pioneered research on distributed cooperative space-time encoded communication systems, dating back to December 1999 and holding some early key patents. He has published more than 150 technical journal and conference papers at a citation h-index of 32 and citation g-index of 65, holds a dozen patents, authored, co-edited and contributed to 19 books, has given more than 30 international short-courses, and participated in ETSI, IETF and other standardisation activities. He has been TPC member and co-chair of various conferences, such as technical chair of IEEE PIMRC 2008 held in Cannes, France. He is/has been holding various editorial positions for numerous IEEE and non-IEEE journals and special issues.

Dr. Jesús Alonso Zárate

Research Associate, CTTC, Barcelona, SPAIN

Jesús Alonso Zárate, Senior Member IEEE,  received his MSc (with Honors) and PhD (Cum Laude) degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, Spain) in March 2004 and February 2009, respectively. In 2005, he was awarded by the National Telecommunication Agency (COIT) of Spain with the Best Master Thesis Award in ICT. In 2011, he received the UPC Award for his thesis read during the course 2008/2009 (Premi Extraordinari de Doctorat 2011). He is now with the CTTC holding a Research Associate position within the Intelligent Energy Area. He has published several scientific papers in renowned international journals (IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, etc.) and international conferences (IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE VTC, etc.) over the last years and he has also participated in both public funded and industrial research projects. In  2011, he was awarded with the Best Paper Award of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) with a technical contribution towards the energy-efficiency of wireless communications. Over the last two years, he has been co-presenting with Mischa Dohler a series of tutorial-based courses on M2M communications around the globe in prestigious conferences and international fora.