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Senior Researcher

Francisco Cercas

Academic position: Full Professor
Joining date: 01-01-1999
Roles in IT: Senior Researcher
Thematic Line: Wireless Technologies
Group: Radio Systems – Lx

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Address: IT – Lisboa
Instituto Superior Técnico - Torre Norte - Piso 10
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1
1049 - 001 Lisboa
Tel: +351 21 841 84 54
Fax: +351 21 841 84 72


Francisco Cercas has more than 37 years of professional experience including teaching at High School and Industry as Research Engineer (CENTREL EID 1982-1983) before entering the academic career in 1984. He lectured at IST (Instituto Superior Técnico – Lisbon) during 15 years until moving to ISCTE-IUL where he is Full Professor since 2012. During these periods he was researcher in several institutions: CAPS, INESC, Satellite Centre of the University of Plymouth (UK) and Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), where he leads of the Radio Group at the IT-IUL Delegation of IT. He is co-author of a new class of codes named TCH (Tomlinson, Cercas, Hughes) as the result of his PhD thesis and more than 200 publications including one patent, 4 book chapters, 23 journal papers, more than 150 conference papers and several international research reports. He supervised 7 PhD completed theses, as well as many MsCs and Final Year's Projects at both IST and ISCTE-IUL. He participated in several national and international projects, as he was National Delegate in four COST European projects. He was elected as the University’s Scientific Council President for two consecutive mandates (ISCTE-IUL 2015-2018), elected as School Dean (ISTA 2010-2013) and as President of his Department (DCTI 2007-2010). He is Senior Member of IEEE, National Coordinator of the Specialization in Telecommunications of Ordem dos Engenheiros (Portuguese technical professional organization for engineers) since 2014 and Vice-coordinator of that Engineering Portuguese Society between 2008 and 2013. His research interests include satellite and mobile communications, coding theory, spread spectrum communications and related topics.

Scientific Achievements

  • Agregação, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, 01-01-2008
  • PhD, Instituto Superior Técnico, 15-07-1996
  • MSc, Instituto Superior Técnico, 11-05-1989
  • Licenciatura, Instituto Superior Técnico, 03-03-1983
  • ANACOM (ICP - Instituto das Comunicações de Portugal), 26-08-1999, Member
  • Direcção-Geral de Energia, 15-07-1999, Electrical Engineer (GP-01)
  • ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, 01-07-1999, Full Professor
  • Ordem dos Engenheiros, 16-02-1993, Specialist in Telecommunications
  • IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 01-01-1990, Senior Member
As Supervisor
As Co-supervisor
  • P. Sebastião, Cercas, F. Cercas, A. Cartaxo, Chapter 7: Efficient Discrete Simulation of Coded Wireless Communication Systems, Chapter in, Handbook of Research on Discrete Event Simulation Environments: Technologies and Applications, Evon M. O. Abu-Taieh, Idea-Group Inc., Pennsylvania, 2010
  • J. C. Silva, N.S. Souto, Cercas, F. Cercas, Iterative MMSE Detection for MIMO Blast DS-CDMA Systems in Frequency Sective Fading, Chapter in, E-business and Telecommunication Networks, Filipe, Joaquim; Coelhas, Helder; Saramago, Monica, Springer, 2007
  • Cercas, F. Cercas, Air interface aspects, Chapter in, Sattelite personal communications for future generation systems, E. Re and L. Pierucci, Springer, 2002
  • Cercas, F. Cercas, Modulation and Coding, Chapter in, Third Generation Mobile Communication Systems, Ramjee Prasad, Walter Konhauser, Werner Mohr, Artech House, Boston,London, 2000
  • Detecção Iterativa e Estimação de Canal para Sistemas WCDMA que utilizam constelações QAM hierárquicas, PT103527, 01-07-2006

Closed Projects13

Acronym Name Funding Agency Start date Ending date
B-BONE Broadcasting and Multicasting Over Enhanced UMTS Mobile Broadband Networks EU 01-02-2004 30-06-2006
CelCop Multicell Cooperation for Future Wireless Systems IT/LA 01-06-2011 01-10-2013
FIVER Fully-Converged Quintuple-Play Integrated Optical-Wireless Access Architectures EU/FP7 01-01-2010 01-12-2012
GLANCES Generalized Linear Amplification with Nonlinear Components for Power and Spectral Efficient Broadband Wireless Systems IT/LA 01-04-2014 01-04-2016
HICOPI HiCoPI - High Accuracy GNSS-based Coordinated Positioning IT/LA 01-12-2008 01-01-2011
MM5G Multilayer Massive Multiple input Multiple output (MIMO) systems for the fifth generation (5G) wireless communications FCT 01-10-2016 01-11-2018
MPSat Multi-Packet Detection Techniques for Satellite Networks FCT/PTDC 01-03-2010 01-02-2013
MPSat Multi-Packet detection techniques for Satellite networks FCT 01-02-2010 01-08-2013
NAGCPS Navigation Algorithms for GNSS-based Coordinated Positioning Systems FCT/PTDC 01-01-2012 01-01-2014
SAAS Remote Piloted Semi-Autonomous Aerial Surveillance System Using Terrestrial Wireless Networks IT/LA 01-03-2012 01-04-2014
SATSTATION Satellite Ground Station for Study and Development of Radio Communications FCT/REEQ 01-01-2006 31-12-2006
SEACORN Simulation of Enhanced UMTS Access and Core Networks EU 01-03-2002 28-02-2004
U-BOAT Ultra-Wide Band Transmission for Ad Hoc Networks FCT/PTDC 01-10-2007 01-09-2010
  • Cercas, F. Cercas, E. Cercas Cercas, P. Sebastião, New acelerated simulation method to obtain the performance of concatenated codes, Best Student Paper Award for this paper presented at Global Wireless Summit, Aalborg, Denmark., 01-05-2014
  • International Conf. on Telecommunications - ICT, Conference Chairman, 2014
  • IEEE International Symp. on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Commun - PIMRC, Technical Programme Committee, 2013
  • Australasian Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conf. - ATNAC, 2012
  • Broadband Wireless Access Workshop - BWA, Technical Programme Committee, 2012
  • International Symp. on Wireless Pervasive Computing, Technical Programme Committee, 2012
  • Australasian Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conf. - ATNAC, 2011
  • International Conf. on Advances in Computing and Communications - ACC2011, Technical Programme Committee, 2011
  • Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications 2005, Technical Programme Committee, 2005
  • ICC 2002 Wireless Networking Symposium, Technical Programme Committee, 2004
  • ICC 2004 EDAS Wireless Networking Symposium, Technical Programme Committee, 2004
  • Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications Conference (WPMC) 2003, Technical Programme Committee, 2004