Workshop on Communications, Signals and Information Processing (ComSIP)

By Cesar Vargas-Rosales - Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico and Rafaela Villalpando-Hernandez - Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

The Monterrey Chapter of the IEEE Communications Society organized the workshop on “Communications, Signals and Information Processing (ComSIP)” on April 28, 2017 at Tecnologico de Monterrey in the city of Monterrey, Mexico. The main objective of the workshop was to gather academia and industry in one place to establish collaboration for future projects in the areas of ComSIP.

Organizers, volunteers and guests: Mahdi Zareei, Leyre Azpilicueta, Fausto Granda, Jennifer Christen, Rafaela Villalpando, Andreas Spanias, Jaime Zuñiga, and Cesar Vargas.

The first workshop on communications, signals and information processing put together 16 different presentations with research on the broad areas of signals, intelligent systems, information processing, and communications. There were presentations on topics such as signal propagation, vehicular communications, machine learning and its applications, sensor networks, digital signal processing, MEMS/NEMS, meta-heuristics, nanophotonics and adaptive algorithms. There was also a session with 15 different posters where everyone had the opportunity to discuss and looking into more topics with different authors. Some posters presented solutions to problems on MIMO systems, anomaly detection in networks, position location in sensor networks, ray launching for propagation prediction, silicon ion-channel sensors and mobile health monitoring among others. The opportunities to get involved in the research activities of ComSIP and these dynamic research areas were also introduced by interaction sessions between academia and industry.

More than 60 attendees included people from industry, undergraduate, graduate students and professors at Tecnologico de Monterrey. All attendees had the opportunity to listen to experts talk in different sessions and were able to explore different research areas in an intensive way.

International researchers that were invited as special guests in the workshop included Dr. Andreas Spanias (SenSIP, Arizona State University), Dr. Jennifer Blain Christen (SenSIP, Arizona State University), Dr. Emma Hart (Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland), and Dr. Gregory J. Gbur (University of North Carolina). Also among the attendees to the workshop were people from Axtel, AT&T and NIC México, which are telecommunications companies with a base in Monterrey.

Other groups were also involved in the organization of the event such as the research focus group on Telecommunications and Networks from the School of Engineering and Sciences at Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) with financial support through the NSF/ IUCRC-CONACYT/CoBI ComSIP project number 274733 where Dr. Cesar Vargas is the leader. The project ComSIP collaborates with Arizona State University through the SenSIP center led by Dr. Andreas Spanias.

Among sponsors, volunteers and organizers, we acknowledge CONACYT, NSF, the IEEE Monterrey Section, the IEEE ComSoc Monterrey Chapter, the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Lambda-Rho Chapter at Tecnologico de Monterrey and the SPIE Student Chapter.