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5th International Conference on Personal Satellite Services

June 27–28, 2013 | Toulouse, France

Tutorial 1 - Emergency Communications


This presentation is about disaster management and emergency communications using satellites. We will start with a background on disaster management and emergency telecommunications. Then we will show by means of presently deployed systems how satellite communications are used to support disaster management. The presentation concludes with thoughts about the R&D challenges.

Speaker - Laurent Franck (Télécom Bretagne)

Laurent Franck has a Ph.D. degree in telecommunications from Telecom ParisTech in 2001. Since 2007, he is with Telecom Bretagne (Toulouse site) where he teaches and conducts research on satellite communications. His main research interests are in the development of satellite based emergency communications. Laurent is also an active first-aid worker and trainer with the French Red Cross since 12 years.

Tutorial 2 - Coding for satellite communications


In this tutorial, we will review the main coding techniques used for satellite communications. We will first consider the case of interference-free communications, where the data received by the decoder do not depend on the data sent to other receivers. This part will include classical error and erasure correcting codes. The second part will be dedicated to multiuser communications, where the coding operations must take into account the interactions between several communications, such as network coding, random access and precoding techniques. In these two parts, we will identify the protocol layers implementing coding mechanisms. For each of these mechanisms, we will first present the basic concepts, their objective and their possible applications in satellite communication standards.

Speaker - Jérôme Lacan (ISAE / TéSA)

Jérôme Lacan received Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France in 1997. In 1996-2000, he was assistant professor in University of Franche-Comté, France in Computer Science. In 2001, he joined the department "Mathematics, Computer Science, Automatics" (DMIA) of the "Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’espace" (ISAE) as assistant professor (2001-2008) then professor (since 2008). He is also a member of the laboratory TéSA. He is the author of 8 international patents and has published more than 50 papers in international journals and conferences. He was also involved in the standardization of various coding schemes in IETF (3 RFC), DVB and 3GPP. His main research interests are coding theory and network protocols applied in the areas of satellite communications and peer-to-peer networks. He is currently interested in constructions and applications of erasure codes, cross-layer coding and network coding.

Tutorial 3 - Advanced access & networking techniques for future aeronautical systems aided by satellite


In this tutorial, an overview of the principles of aeronautical communication (Air Traffic Management) will be given together with their particular data traffic requirements, and the impact on the design of aeronautical communication links and networks. An overview of current developments in research projects, dealing with development of new satellite based aeronautical data links and their integration with other heterogeneous link technologies into a seamless aeronautical network will be given as well. In particular, a focus will be put on the on-going research on the integration of legacy data links (which are already deployed in airplanes) with novel data links, based on terrestrial as well as satellite infrastructure and their demonstration in flight trials.

Speaker - Christian Kissling (DLR)

Christian Kissling was born in 1980. He received his Dipl.-Ing. Univ. degree (M.Sc. equivalent) in electrical engineering and information technologies from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh (CMU) in 2005 with a spezialization in telecommunication engineering. Since 2005 he is with the Institute of Communications and Navigation at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as scientific researcher, working in aeronautics as well as space and maritime communication projects.

His research interests are in the field of radio resource management (RRM) for satellite communication systems, in particular on Random Access, Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) techniques and QoS management as well as signal processing, embedded microprocessors, computer networking, operational aeronautical communications and maritime satellite communications. He is also lecturer for the CCG course (Carl-Cranz-Gesellschaft) on "Mobile- and Broadband Communications". He has been involved in many projects of the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission (EC) and national German projects and has contributed in several standardization bodies including ICAO, DVB-RCS and DVB-RCS2.