23 November 2015

First prize in 2015 IEEE COMSOC Student Competition

The research work “Emergency Flexible Aerial Relay Nodes for Communication Recovery and D2D Relaying” leaded by Prodromos-Vasilios Mekikis, PhD student in UPC under the supervision of  Prof. Luis Alonso, Dean of the EETAC-UPC and Dr. Christos Verikoukis, Head of SMARTECH Department at CTTC,  in collaboration with Dr. Angelos Antonopoulos and Dr. Elli Kartsakli, has been selected as a winner of the FIRST PRIZE at the prestigious 2015 IEEE ComSoc Student Competition “Communications Technology Changing the World”.

The work proposes the use of flexible aerial relay (FAR) nodes for communication recovery and device-to-device (D2D) relaying in disasters. The FAR nodes are deployed over specific areas to recover the communication between rescue teams and the emergency operation center (EOC) that handles the crisis. As a proof-of-concept, we have implemented a system that indeed recovers the communication among the involved operation parts and provides real-time information to the EOC. Even one life saved using this system could justify its high impact on humanity!

Enjoy the video of the first prize in the following link: https://vimeo.com/146485906

The work has been carried out in the context of WSN4QoL (GA-2011-286047), COPCAMS (332913), CellFive (TEC2014-60130-P) and AGAUR (2014SGR 1551) projects.