Nikolaos Bartzoudis

Nikolaos Bartzoudis

Head of Department, Senior Researcher

Division: Communication Technologies
Category: Research
Phone: +34 93 645 29 12     Ext: 2136
Fax: +34 93 645 29 01


Nikolaos Bartzoudis (Alexandroupoli, Greece 1976) is a Senior Researcher and head of the PHYCOM department at CTTC. Nikolaos obtained his B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering at the Technical Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (Greece, 2000). He then pursued postgraduate studies and received his M.Sc. degree (in Digital Communication Systems) and Ph.D. degree (in dependable embedded systems) from Loughborough University (UK, 2001 and 2006 respectively). Before joining CTTC (January 2008), Nikolaos has worked 2 years as Research Assistant (Loughborough University , UK, 2001-2003) implementing reconfigurable hardware solutions for Active Networks and as a Senior Research Officer (University of Essex , UK, 2005-2008) implementing a flexible low-cost sensor-processing node with built-in self-testing utilities. At CTTC Nikolaos was promoted twice, from Senior Research Engineer to Research Associate (10/2008) and then to Senior Researcher (04/2013). Nikolaos has been/is principal investigator and project manager in 3 funded R&D projects (AEThER, BeMImoMAX, GEDOMIS-ADCOMM). He has also participated in more than 10 other R&D projects funded by public authorities (EC, Spanish government and EPSRC) or the industry. Nikolaos has supervised M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, served as mentor in the Google Summer of Code 2015, gave invited lectures, participated in industrial panels and coordinated live demonstrations of prototypes in various events. Nikolaos also possesses hands-on knowledge of the entire technology transfer cycle.

His research interest and actual duties as technical team leader at CTTC include the development and experimental validation of spectral and energy efficient 4G and 5G wireless communication technologies such as OFDM (LTE, WiMAX, WiFi), FBMC, MIMO, multiple radio interface co-existence, spectrum sharing, cognitive & reconfigurable radio. Nikolaos has long experience in real-time baseband prototyping, which encompasses:

I) Selection of a design methodology tailored for the specifications and requirements of the end use cases:

a) High speed digital design using HDLs and/or schematic-entry SW tools

b) HW-SW partitioning and co-design for FPGA-based SoC devices or

c) Software Defined Radio practices

II) Experimental validation:

a) Laboratory testing,

b) Measurement campaign


Grants and awards:

Ph.D. studentship, Loughborough University, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, UK (01/11/03 – 31/07/05).
M.Sc. grant (as part of a training-course) Essex University, Department of Computing and Electronic Systems, UK (01/10/06 – 31/01/07).
“Torres Quevedo” grant, Spanish ministry of education and science, National plan of scientific research, technologic development and innovation. Ref: PTQ-08-01-06441.


Invited talks & lectures
- “To SDR or not to SDR? Hardware accelerators and co-processors for SDR systems“, invited – talk, panel session organized by National Instruments, industry forum at GLOBECOM 2014, Austin, TX, USA, December 2014.
- “Flexible multicarrier waveforms: implementation issues and baseband processing technologies”, SUPELEC, Rennes, France, May 2014, NEWCOM# Spring School “Flexible Multicarrier Waveforms for Future Communications Wireless Networks “.
- “Prototyping  the  Physical  Layer  of  Modern  Wireless Communication  Systems:  Development  Flows,  Challenges  and  Pitfalls”, CTTC, Castelldefels, Spain, November 2013, NEWCOM# Winter School – “Beyond  4G  Networks  in  Cities:  From  Theory  to  Experimentation  and Back”.
- “Advanced digital design techniques using FPGAs”, UNLP, Argentina, August 2011.
- “Commercialization roadmap of FPGA IPs: a practical guide”, UNLP, Argentina, August 2011.
- Three more talks were given at CTTC as part of its internal seminar framework.


Reviewer (journals)
IEEE Transactions on: Circuits and Systems, Wireless Communications, Vehicular Technology, Computers, Parallel and Distributed Systems, Industrial Electronics, Instrumentation & Measurement
IEEE Magazines: Communications, Micro
IET: Computers & Digital Techniques
EURASIP Journal on: Wireless Communications and Networking, Advances in Signal Processing,
Elsevier Journal on: Physical Communication, Computer Networks
Hindawi: International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing


Reviewer (conferences)
PIMRC (2008), ICT 2009, GLOBECOM (2010, 2012), ISCC 2011, VTC (2012, 2014), EUCNC 2015 and in many other.

Conference TPC member
BLISS (2008, 2009), PIMRC (2009, 2013, 2015), EST (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), CICS (2011, 2012), ISWCS 2014, SAM 2014, SSD 2014, EW 2014, URSI 2015, ICC 2015, SET CAS 2015, ISWCS 2015


Scientific memberships
Senior member of IEEE
Member of the IEEE Communication society & Signal Processing society
Founding member of the IEEE Sensors Council (Spanish Chapter)
Member of the IEEE Test Technology Technical Council