Stefano Cioni received his Dr.-Ing. degree in telecommunication engineering and Ph.D. from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Since 2002, he has been a senior researcher at the Advanced Research Center for Electronic Systems (ARCES) of the University of Bologna. During the summer of 2006, he was a visiting researcher at Agilent Labs SMRD, Belgium. During the summer of 2007, he was a visiting researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. From 2008 to 2010, he was the head of Digital Transmission Systems at Mavigex s.r.l., Italy. In 2010, he joined the European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, where he is currently a telecommunication systems engineer within the Radio Frequency Systems, Payload and Technology Division.
His research activities are mainly focused on the next generation broadcast/broadband satellite systems for fixed and mobile satellite services. In particular, his interests include efficient digital coding and modulation techniques, adaptive interference mitigation algorithms in multiple access systems, synchronization techniques, MIMO and OFDM systems, random access protocols, and iterative decoding techniques joint to channel parameter estimation.
Since September 2016, he has been attending the 3GPP RAN plenary and RAN-WG1 meetings, with the specific interest to support non-terrestrial network (NTN) aspects and to facilitate the 5G terrestrial/satellite networks integration.
He has co-authored more than 80 papers and scientific conference contributions, and he is a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at IEEE ICT 2001 and at IEEE ASMS/SPSC 2012. Dr. Cioni has been elevated to Senior Member of the IEEE Society in August 2017.
Presentation: Where do we stand on terrestrial-satellite integration for 5G networks?
The first ever study item approved in the 3GPP standardization group on Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) started in 2017.
This speech will cover the achievements in the last two years from the perspective of such terrestrial/satellite integration.
The main outcomes cover from the definition of deployment scenarios, reference or typical architectures, to the identification
of all key issues related to the transmission of the 5G NR waveform via satellite.
After reviewing the current situation within the Release 16 study item, the presentation will finally cover the intended roadmap
and new challenges for the implementation of NTN specifications in Release 17.