Alessandro Vanelli-Coralli

5G Italy 2019 / Alessandro Vanelli-Coralli

Alessandro Vanelli-Coralli

Professor, CNIT / University of Bologna


Scientific Sessions


Alessandro Vanelli-Coralli received the Dr. Ing. Degree (cum laude) in Electronics Engineering and the Ph.D. in Electronics and Computer Science from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 1991 and 1996, respectively.

In 1996, he joined the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering – Guglielmo Marconi (formerly Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems) at the University of Bologna, where, since 2011, he is an Associate Professor.

From 2013 to 2018 he was the Chairperson of the Board of the Ph.D. Program in Electronics, Telecommunications, and Information Technologies.

From 2001 to 2011, he was a Research Associate at the University of Bologna.

During 2003 and 2005, he was a Visiting Scientist at Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, CA), working in the Corporate R&D Department on Mobile Communication Systems.

His research activity focuses on Wireless Communication with specific emphasis on Satellite Communications. He participates in national and international research projects on satellite mobile communication systems serving as Scientific Responsible and Prime Contractor for several European Space Agency and European Commission funded projects.

He participates in industrial and scientific for a and bodies. He is currently the Responsible for the Vision and Research Strategy task force of the Networld2020 SatCom Working Group.

Dr. Vanelli-Coralli has been appointed a member of the Editorial Board of the Wiley InterScience Journal on Satellite Communications and Networks and has been guest co-Editor for several special issues in of international scientific journals. Dr. Vanelli-Coralli has served in the organization committees of scientific conferences and since 2010 he is the general Co-Chairman of the IEEE ASMS Conference.

He co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and conferences and he is co-recipient of several the Best Paper Awards.

Dr. Vanelli-Coralli is an IEEE Senior Member and the 2019 recipient of the 2019 IEEE Satellite Communications Technical Recognition Award

Scientific Session: The role of the satellite in 5G networks and beyond

Abstract: The broad innovation introduced by the New Radio (NR) 5G standard in the field of communications was conceived to improve the existing mobile networks and enable many new services, and is expected to have a significant impact on both network infrastructures and technologies. The main identified use cases are described as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communications (mMTC) and ultra-reliable and low latency communications (uRLLC), each with specific requirements and entailing different problems, for which non-terrestrial networks (NTN) over satellite links can provide useful solutions:

  • eMBB: satellites can be used to extend and/or back up existing terrestrial networks in order to ensure broadband connectivity also in underserved rural/remote areas, or for moving user equipments like in airplanes, trains or vessels.
  • uRLCC: nearly real-time and/or critical applications cannot take advantage of the typical high-latency connectivity of satellite links, but NTN can, in this case, help unburden the data load for the terrestrial network to be more efficient and reliable.
  • mMTC: the terrestrial network needs to be considerably scaled to enable the connection of millions of devices for typical internet-of-things (IOT) services, and in this light NTN can play a role as a backhaul for a class of latency non-critical data, and to serve remote areas.

For all these expected use cases, specific analyses must be carried out in order to obtain a reliable characterization of the channel models and deployment scenarios, so that proper solutions can be designed to comply with the NR standard with the integration of NTN. Detailed ongoing studies are facing both physical layer and media access control (MAC) layer issues, e.g., link budget, latency requirements, satellite channel impairments in relation to 5G waveforms, etc.

In this scenario, the presentation will introduce the current architectural trends for NTN as well as the specific MAC and physical layers issues and potential solutions, concluding with the vision of the beyond 5G role for SatCom Networks.

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