Jordi Joan Giménez, PhD in Telecommunication
I am Project Manager and Research Engineer at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), the research and innovation centre of ARD, ZDF, Deutschlandradio, ORF and SRG/SSR.
At IRT, I am the project manager of the 5G-PPP projects "5G-Xcast", where we have focused on the design and demonstration of multicast, broadcast and terrestrial broadcast technical enablers for 5G; and "5G-SOLUTIONS" where we develop trials around production and distribution using the latest 5G releases.
Before focusing on 5G, I have been working with terrestrial broadcast technologies (DVB-T2, DVB-NGH, ATSC3.0, a bit of DAB/DAB+ as well), basically on the PHY layer, signal processing and network planning. There was also time to explore new techniques such as TFS, LDM or WiB for next-generation DTT. More recently I am involved in the 3GPP activities to enable and assess the potential of LTE and 5G technologies for TV and radio services distribution (known under the names of EnTV or LTE-based 5G Terrestrial Broadcast or, in general, 5G Broadcast).
I received the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering and Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Spain, in 2010 and 2015, respectively. During my studies I was granted several fellowships, including international mobility. I have been an invited researcher at the IRT (Germany, 2015 and 2017 with Dr. Roland Brugger), the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden, 2014with Prof. Dr. Ki Won Sung) and Teracom AB (Sweden, 2013 and 2014 with Mr. Erik Stare). Together with Teracom and Panasonic, our work around Wideband Broadcasting (WIB) was awarded with the IBC Best Technical Paper Award in 2016.
From 2011 to 2018 I worked as a Research Engineer at the Mobile Communications Group of the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM-UPV) with Prof. Dr. David Gomez-Barquero and Prof. Dr. Narcís Cardona. I carried out the M.Sc. Thesis on the extension of Digital Terrestrial TV coverage by the use of on-channel repeaters (gap-fillers). This work was awarded in 2012 by the Spanish Professional Organization of Telecommunication Engineers (Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación – COIT) at the anual rewards to the best M.Sc. Thesis performed by Telecommunications Engineers in Spain in the category of the best Master Thesis in Innovation in Networks and Services for the Provision of Digital Television Services.
I conducted my PhD degree at UPV with a PhD grant for reseach training from the Vice-Rectorate for Research, Innovation and Transfer of the UPV. The Thesis focused on the application of Multi-RF channel technologies to digital terrestrial broadcasting. In particular, Time Frequency Slicing (TFS) and Channel Bonding where analyzed from multiple points of view, from physical layer performance to network planning implications.
As well, I participated in several research projects with both academic and industry partners. Among them are the Celtic-Plus ENGINES (led by Nokia with the participation of 33 partners), aimed at supporting and validating the DVB-T2, T2Lite and DVB-NGH standard, or FREEDOM (led by SAPEC, EGATEL and AXION), aimed at providing high quality ENG/OB (Electronic News Gathering / Outside Broadcasting) contents through dedicated terrestrial links over DVB-T2 and HEVC. I have also conducted several studies on the interference between digital TV systems (DVB-T/T2, NTSC, ISDB-T) and LTE in the 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands.
I have actively participated in the standardization process of DVB-NGH inside the Framing, Sounding and Synchronization working group, in the DVB TM MIMO Study Mission and in the DVB TM-T group.
After finalising the Ph.D. Thesis in June 2015, I conducted a three-months stay at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) in Munich where I finished the studies on TFS and Channel Bonding by performing coverage estimation exercises over real networks.
In September 2015 I was awarded a two-years Post-Doc Fellowship from Generalitat Valenciana.