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Ricard Vilalta (Girona, 1983) (h-index 22, i10-index 55) )graduated in telecommunications engineering in 2007 and received a Ph.D. degree in telecommunications in 2013, both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain. He has a master degree on Audiovisual Communication at UOC (Open University of Catalonia) and a master degree on Technology-based business innovation and administration at Barcelona University (UB). He has worked at TriaGnoSys (Germany) and E2M (Spain), with special focus on software development in R&D. Ricard Vilalta joined CTTC in 2010, and he is a senior researcher in the Optical Networks and Systems Department. He is an active contributor in several standardization bodies such as ONF (OTCC), ETSI (NFV, ZSM), and IETF (CCAMP, TEAS). He is also a member of the technical steering team of Open Transport Configuration & Control in ONF. He is leading open source contributions and features in ETSI Open Source MANO (OSM) with special focus on 5G technologies.
He has been involved (also as task leader) in several international, EU, national and industrial research projects: 5GCroCo, 5GTANGO, 5GCAR, BlueSPACE, 5G-Crosshaul, EU-Japan STRAUSS, ICT IDEALIST, ICT COMBO, ICT STRONGEST, ICT OFELIA, FP6 E-Cab. Moreover, he is currently leading 5GTANGO communication and dissemination activities (WP leader), as well as participating in several 5GPPP WG. He has negotiated and lead several industrial projects related to standards collaborations, IPR generation and demonstrations at mayor events (including worldwide operators, telecom providers and optical SMEs). He has also authored and co-authored several book chapters, and more than 40 journals, 160 conference papers, 20 invited talks in most significant conferences, 3 US and 1 European patent.
He has supervised four Master Theses and one PhD Thesis (in progress). He has also acted as a reviewer of project proposals for various international funding agencies. He has also participated in short courses and training events preparations for mayor conferences, as well as for industry. He was visiting professor at La Salle (URL) during 2013-2014, teaching several graduate courses on optical communications. He is also a TPC member for various conferences (EuCNC, Globecom, ICC).
He has received several awards. In June 2016, he received the Extraordinary PhD award 2013-2014 promotion at Technological University of Catalonia (UPC). In March 2016, he received the Outstanding Initiative Award of the Open Networking Foundation.
His research is focused on SDN/NFV, Network Virtualization, Network Orchestration, MEC and 5G Networks.
ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0391-9728
5GPPP Phase III Project - Contract: H2020-825050
Project contract/code: 317999
Contract number: 258365