HomeZdenek Becvar

Zdenek Becvar

Professor

Research areas: Mobility management, Radio resource management, Flying base stations, Edge computing, C-RAN, Machine learning

PHONE NUMBER
+420 2 2435 5964
EMAIL ADDRESS
zdenek.becvar@fel.cvut.cz

Career in numbers

Biography

Zdenek Becvar received M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Telecommunication Engineering from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic in 2005 and 2010, respectively. Now, he is Associate Professor at the Department of Telecommunication Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic. From 2006 to 2007, he joined Sitronics R&D centre in Prague focusing on speech quality in VoIP. Furthermore, he was involved in research activities of Vodafone R&D center at Czech Technical University in Prague in 2009. He was on internships at Budapest Politechnic, Hungary (2007), CEA-Leti, France (2013), and EURECOM, France (2016, 2019). He has participated in many European and national research projects focused on mobile networks. From 2013 to 2017, he was a representative of the Czech Technical University in Prague in ETSI and 3GPP standardization organizations. He is a member of more than 15 program committees at international conferences and workshops. He also acts as a review for many prestigious journals including prestigious journals published by IEEE, Wiley, Elsevier or Springer. He published 4 book chapters and more than 70 conference and journal papers. He works on development of solutions for future mobile networks (5G, 6G) with special focus on optimization of radio resource management, mobility support, device-to-device communication, self-optimization, architecture of radio access network, and small cells.

Publications, patents, and demos

Zdenek is author of more than 100 papers at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, four book chapters, and four patents.
Selected publications

Patents

Demos

  • D2D channel quality prediction via Deep Neural Network

    • Prediction of channel quality between any two devices from already known channels to base stations
    • Channel is predicted via deep neural network (DNN)
      • DNN trained offline and then deployed at a MEC server, where the prediction takes place
    • Implementation lead by Jan Plachy
    • Related publications
      • M. Najla, Z. Becvar, P. Mach, D. Gesbert, “Predicting Device-to-Device Channels from Cellular Channel Measurements: A Learning Approach”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 19, no. 11, pp. 7124 – 7138, 2020.
        • Details of the concept of the channel prediction
      • M. Najla, Z. Becvar, P. Mach, D. Gesbert, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEVICE-TO-DEVICE COMMUNICATION, U.S. Non-Provisional Application No. 16/919,990, 2020.
        • Patent application covering the idea of channel prediction
    • Role: Design the concept and scenarios
  • Flying base station
    • Prototype of Flying base station (FlyBS)
    • The FlyBS consists of a drone (hexacopter) and a communication HW (NUC+USRP B205) + SW (OAI) for connectivity of the users and an LTE dongle for connectivity to a base station.
    • Implementation lead by Miguel Fontanilla Perez de Tudela (alumni)
    • Related publications
      • Video from an initial flight.
    • Role: concept design, supervision of students working on the development
  • Mobile Edge Computing
    • One of the first world-wide demo of functional MEC platform allowing to offload computation from phone to edge server collocated with a base station in frame of FP7 TROPIC project
    • Implementaiton lead by Jakub Doleza (alumni) and Jan Plachy
    • Related publications:
      • J. Dolezal, Z. Becvar, T. Zeman, “Performance Evaluation of Computation Offloading from Mobile Device to the Edge of Mobile Network”, IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications & Networking (IEEE CSCN 2016), pp. 1-7, 2016.
      • Third place in Mobicom 2015 App Contest with Android application Percipio for demonstration of MEC offloading performance
      • J. Dolezal, Z. Becvar, “Methodology and tool for energy consumption modeling of mobile devices”, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (IEEE WCNC 2014) workshops, pp. 34-39, 2014.
      • Demo at Joint ETSI – OSA Workshop: Open Implementations and Standardization in 2018.
Research projects
  • Cooperation with the International Research Centre in Area of Digital Communication Systems (03/2020 – 12/2024)
    • funded by The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports supports membership of CTU in EURECOM and international collaboration in the area of communication systems
    • main roles: principal researcher, machine learning for network optimization
  • Precise positioning for autonomous train operation with secure communications on new 5G+ mobile networks (01/2020 – 12/2023)
    • Research project no. FW01010187 funded by Technology Agency of Czech Republic
    • main roles: Performance analysis of 5G for communication of autonomous trains
  • Communication in Self-optimizing Mobile Networks with Drones (01/2018 – 06/2021)
    • funded by Czech Science Foundation
    • main roles: principal researcher, positioning of the flying base station and users’ association based on genetic algorithms
  • Cooperation with the International Research Centre in Area of Digital Communication Systems (01/2018 – 12/2019)
    • funded by The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports supports membership of CTU in EURECOM and international collaboration in the area of communication systems
    • main roles: principal researcher, machine learning for communication networks
  • Combined Radio Frequency and Visible Light Bands for Device-to-Device communication (01/2017 – 12/2019)
    • funded by Czech Science Foundation
    • main roles: performance limits, mobility management, mode selection
  • Mobile Edge Computing and Functional Splitting for Scheduling of Radio Resources (10/2016-09/2019)
    • Research project funded by FOXCONN, Taiwan
    • main roles: principal researcher, design and analysis of dynamic MAC functions splitting between BBUs and RRHs
  • Game theoretic aspects of wireless spectrum access (07/2016 – 06/2018)
    • funded by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Czech Republic
    • main roles: leader of CTU team, resource allocation, spectrum sharing, emulation of network
  • FP7 TROPIC (09/2012 – 04/2015)
    • funded by European Commission
    • main roles: WP leader (Scenarios, Architecture, and Market Analysis), architecture design, path selection, developent of AR application
  • Prediction Algorithms for Efficient Mobility Management in Wireless Networks (01/2011 – 12/2014)
    • postdoc project funded by Czech Science Foundation
    • main roles: principal researcher, design of prediction algorithms for mobility management (NCL, admission, handover) in future mobile networks
  • FP7 FREEDOM (01/2010 – 12/2011)
    • FP7 project no. ICT-248891 funded by European Commission
    • main roles: Workpackage leader (Control procedures for RRM), Member of coordination and technical project committees, mobility and radio resource management for networks with femtocells, leader of CTU team
  • FP7 ROCKET (01/2009 – 12/2010)
    • FP7 project no. ICT-215282 funded by European Commission
    • main roles: mobility management for OFDMA networks towards IMT Advanced requirements, leader of CTU team
  • Feasibility study of national radio access network based on WiMAX (09/2007 – 12/2007)
    • National project funded by Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.
  • FP7 FIREWORKS (01/2006 – 12/2007)
    • FP6 project no. IST-027675 funded by European Commission.
    • main roles: PhD student focused on relay stations in OFDM systems
  • Improvement of VoIP speech quality (01/2006-12/2007)
    • Project funded by Sitronics R&D centre, Prague.
    • main roles: Analysis of impact of various disturbtions on VoIP speech quality
Awards

Personal awards

Conferences

PhD theses

  • Dean’s award for prestigious PhD thesis to Mehyar Najla (2021)
  • Dean’s award for prestigious PhD thesis to Michal Vondra (2015)

Master and bachelor students

  • Dean’s award for outstanding master thesis to Martina Matejkova (2019)
  • Dean’s award for outstanding master thesis to Martin Charvat (2018)
  • Dean’s award for outstanding master thesis to Yi-Shin Huang (2017)
  • Dean’s award for outstanding master thesis to Jan Plachy (2014)
Standardization bodies
  • ETSI – representative of Czech Technical University in Prague, 2013-2017
  • 3GPP – contributor and representative of Czech Technical University in Prague, 2013-2017
Journal reviews
  • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
  • IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
  • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
  • IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management
  • IEEE Transactions on Communications
  • IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering
  • IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
  • IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
  • IEEE Internet of Things Journal
  • IEEE Communications Magazine
  • IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine
  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine
  • IEEE Network Magazine
  • IEEE Wireless Communications Letters
  • IEEE Communications Letters
  • IEEE Networking Letters
  • Computer Networks
  • … and many others
Editorial boards
  • Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
  • KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
Conference committees
•  IEEE WCNC 2021 – TPC member
•  IEEE ICC 2021 – TPC member
•  IEEE Globecom 2020 – TPC member
•  IEEE PIMRC 2020 – TPC member
•  IEEE ICC 2020 workshop CLEEN – Publicity chair & TPC member
•  IEEE Globecom 2019 – TPC member
•  IEEE WCNC 2019 – TPC member
•  IEEE WCNC 2019 workshop CLEEN – Publicity chair & TPC member
•  IEEE VTC 2019 – Spring – TPC member
•  IEEE VTC 2018 – Spring – TPC member
•  IEEE WCNC 2018 – TPC member
•  ICUFN 2018 – Organizing Chair
•  IEEE VTC 2018 – Spring workshop CLEEN – Publicity chair & TPC member
•  IEEE CloudNet 2017 – General co-chair
•  IEEE Globecom 2017: Mobile and Wireless Networks track – TPC member
•  IEEE ICC 2017 workshop WDN-5G – TPC member
•  IEEE WCNC 2017 – TPC member
•  IWCMC 2017 – Steering committee
•  IGBSG 2016 – Track Chair
•  IEEE VTC 2015-Spring
•  IEEE WCNC 2015 workshop WDN-CN’15 – TPC member
•  ISNCC 2015 – TPC member
•  ISNE 2015 – TPC member
•  IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 workshop Broadband Wireless Access – Publicity chair & TPC
•  IEEE PIMRC 2014 workshop WDN-CN2014 – TPC member
•  IEEE WCNC 2014 workshop CLEEN – TPC member
•  IEEE PIMRC 2013 – TPC member
•  IEEE PIMRC 2013 workshop WDN-CN2013 – TPC member
•  IEEE VTC-Fall 2013 workshop CLEEN (Cloud Technologies…) – TPC member
•  IFIP Networking 2012, Prague, May 2012, Organizing committee – Workshop Chair
•  International Conference on Networks, TPC since 2008
•  TPC of various conferences organized by AICIT
Supervised postdocs
Supervised PhD students
Teaching and academic activities
University committees
  • Member of Scientific council at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, CTU in Prague
  • Member of Scientific council at EURECOM, France
  • Chairperson of board for Telecommunication Engineering section in Electrical Engineering and Communications PhD study program
  • Coordinator of master’s double-degree with NTUST, Taiwan
  • Coordinator of master’s double-degree with EURECOM, France
  • Member of board of Electronics and Communications study program at CTU in Prague
Supervisor of master and bachelor students
  • More than 35 master students
  • Four bachelor students
Currently taught courses
  • Mobile Networks  (B2M32MKSA)
  • Wireless Technologies  (B2M32BTSA)
Past courses
  • Mobile Communication Networks  (A2M32MKS)
  • Telecommunication systems (X32TSS)
  • Fundamentals of Digital Technology (X32ZCT)
  • Wireless Technologies and Sensor Networks  (B2M32BTS)