1. Antecedents

Fotolia 1844581 XXL reducedThe Bologna process has established three degree levels for the European Space for Higher Education (Undergraduate, Master´s and Doctorate). The objective of the Master´s degree is to provide the student with specialized advanced training of a multidisciplinary nature, oriented at professional and academic specialization and at encouraging the initiation of research tasks. In Spain in particular, regulations have divided the Doctorate degree into a training period, a research period and the writing of a doctoral thesis. The possibility of allowing the training period to correspond with a research Master´s is clearly the recommended choice, especially for programs with specific mention of quality and that strongly aspire to a level of excellence within the national and European framework. The Master´s is mainly based on the IUMA research lines, on the 2009 Institutional Strategic Plan approved by ULPGC and on the human resources and hardware and software gathered together in the IUMA since its first steps as a research centre attached to the Telecommunications Engineering School in 1988 until it became a university research institute within the ULPGC (according to the LRU) by means of the Canary Government Decree 55/1999 as the first institute of its kind in the ULPGC.

2. Objectives

Fotolia 109739 L reducedThe MTT general objectives are to create a critical mass of researchers and development and innovation engineers in Advanced Telecommunications that respond to the present and future requirements of the society, and to put highly qualified personnel at the disposal of the public administrations and companies related to areas within the Master´s, as well as enabling the graduate to undertake his/her Doctorate studies.

Our aim is to combine solid training in the contents of the Master´s itself with a flexibility that will permit expertise in the fields and specialities included in the master´s and in related areas. This is reflected in the following generic objectives:


• As a multidisciplinary master´s, its vocation is to involve, public and private organizations in the Canary Islands (administration, firms, universities, entities, engineers, scientists and experts in telecommunications), as well as other related entities, regional, national or international, by means of the institutional instruments available for this purpose.

• To prepare specialists and researchers in Advanced Telecommunications Engineering by means of formal training in postgraduate degrees specialized in advanced knowledge and technology.

• To ensure that posts of responsibility in R+D+i in public entities and in companies related to these areas are occupied by highly qualified personnel with a sufficient degree of specialization. 

• To provide the students with a methodological specialization which serves as an introduction to basic research applied to the field of Telecommunications Technology and as a step closer to taking on further research in a doctorate in this field.

 3. Structure

The Master´s in Telecommunications Technology is structured in the following modules together with the ECTS (European Credits Transfer System) outlined:

A. Methodological Module (12 ECTS)

A.1. Methods of scientific and technical research applied to Telecommunications Engineering (6 ECTS)

A.2. Advanced Mathematics for Telecommunications (6 ECTS)

 B. Fundamental Module (24 ECTS)

B.1. Radiofrequency integrated circuit design for telecommunications (6 ECTS)

B.2. Chip systems design for telecommunications (6 ECTS)

B.3. Instrumentation and equipment for telecommunications systems (6 ECTS)

B.4. Telecommunications protocols and services (6 ECTS)

 C. Specialization Module (24 ECTS, choose 12)

C.1. Microelectromechanic and nano-electronic systems (3 ECTS)

C.2. Reconfigurable systems for multimedia(3 ECTS)

C.3. Advanced electronic and optical devices(3 ECTS)

C.4. Systems and architectures for data transmission(3 ECTS)

C.5. Sensor networks and geographic information systems(3 ECTS)

C.6. Security and privacy in telecommunication networks(3 ECTS)

C.7. Database and data mining(3 ECTS)

C.8. Applications for mobile telecommunications systems

D. Master's Project (12 ECTS)

4. Some recent works presented at MTT

  • D. Ramos Valido. Encapsulado de un sintetizador de frecuencia para DVB-H en tecnología BiCMOS 0.35um

The main objective of the Master's Thesis is to encapsulate and study the effect of encapsulation of a frequency synthesizer for a direct conversion receiver for DVB-H standard. This will be achieved using a 0.35 um BiCMOS technology provided by the company AMS (Austria Micro System). It defines the theoretical study of the standard, and synthesizer technology to be manipulated. Subsequently passed to design at both schematic and layout of the elements of the package to be incorporated into the starting block, a frequency synthesizer. At the end you get a gds format file to be sent to the factory.

  • I. del Castillo Hernández. Desarrollo de una plataforma de comunicaciones para la implementación de redes de sensores sobre el estándar IEEE 802.15.4.

The main objective of this Master's Thesis is the design and development of a communications platform based on IEEE 802.15.4 communication standard, designed to use in the deployment of wireless sensor networks. The communications platform deployed will be able to establish proper communication between devices through radio frequency, and send and receive data and communicate with different devices simultaneously, being able to identify and authenticate each other. This will be used as the basis functions and definitions developed in the protocol stack of the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. Specifically, the platform developed communications protocol stack used provided by the semiconductor manufacturer Atmel, so it will be possible to use any device for performing the AVR family such effect minimal modifications that allow to adapt the device platform you want to use. Despite being designed primarily for development and deployment of wireless sensor networks, the communications platform developed may be used in any network deployment that requires use of wireless devices. Therefore, in this Master's Thesis seeks to achieve a correct functionality developed communications platform, allowing to carry out communication between devices and enabling the development of multiple applications with great flexibility.

  • Pablo Horstrand Andaluz. Implementación hardware del algoritmo Vertex Component Analysis (VCA) para el procesamiento de imágenes hiperespectrales.

This project presents various modifications on the endmember extraction algorithm Vertex Component Analysis (VCA), in order to facilitate the task of implementing it in hardware as well as improving the performance of execution. The results of both implementations are very similar as it will be shown in this work, proving that the modifications still perform well the algorithm with a less complexity and computational cost.

  • Anabella Medina Machín. Metodología para el sintetizado hardware del algoritmo N-FINDR implementado en Matlab.

In this Master's Thesis a methodology for FPGA hardware synthesis of the N-Findr from a Matlab code is presented. In the initial phase of this methodology is provided by using Matlab Toolbox for obtaining code C / C + + Embedded (Embedded C Toolbox), as well as the Fixed-Point Toolbox allows the use of fixed point arithmetic. Also been used to other fixed point libraries developed in C / C + +. Using these tools have been obtained a code C / C + +. For implementation on FPGAs used Catapult C tool to convert the C / C + + in a hardware description language such as Verilog or VHDL.

  • Javier Martín Abasolo. Metodología para el sintetizado hardware del algoritmo Vertex Component Analysis implementado en Matlab.

This Master's Thesis develops a methodology for high-level hardware synthesis algorithm FPGA Vertex Component Analysis (VCA) developed in Matlab code. The methodology makes use of software tools such as Embedded C and the Fixed-Point MATLAB for generating embedded C code. This code C to be synthesized for an FPGA by using the tool of high-level synthesized Catapult C. Different solutions have been developed that make use of integer arithmetic fixed point and improve performance in FPGAs. Using these solutions, a methodology for the synthesis of hardware algorithms implemented in Matlab.

  • Ricardo Topham González. Metodología de alto nivel para implementar el algoritmo Vertex Component Analysis en una GPU.

The work presents a methodology for implementing high-level algorithm Vertex Component Analysis on a GPU. The methodology developed will schedule and run the algorithm on a GPU exploiting the potential of the architecture for parallel computing. The methodology will use the functions available in the MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox built for programming on a GPU and the interaction offered by NVIDIA CUDA. To make matters worse, the same can be extrapolated to other hyperspectral analysis algorithms. A few years ago it was not possible to program on GPUs from MATLAB, and now thanks to the new features available in the Parallel Computing Toolbox yes you can, offering a series of very interesting features. This will be a novel approach that will get the most out of these devices from the MATLAB environment.

  • Josué Daniel Viera Rivero. Microsistema basado en 802.15.4 para sensórica. 

The main objective of this Master's Thesis is the development of a system for sensor applications. In this Master's Thesis (TFM) addresses the task of studying the communication standard IEEE 802.15.4 and implementation in development boards. The specification of this TFM is oriented to an application of sensors, such as presence detection or capture variables such as temperature, light, etc.. To communicate with the nodes, schedule or to view the information received, we have developed a viewer software (Graphical User Interface). Thus, the programming and display of the data is performed in real time, in a clear and simple.

  • Daniel Alcaráz Real-Arce. Estudios de los códigos ortogonales en la detección de señales GPS.

The process from which a GPS receiver determines its position involves a few stages. One of them implies identifying and tracking the visible satellites using a pseudo random code that identifies univocally the satellite. This process includes huge computing that results in high hardware requirements. Proposed here is a pseudo random number generation method in order to obtain the visible satellites reducing the computation needed on a conventional GPS receiver. The proposed method has been tested using the PRN of the 32 GPS constellation satellites proving that detection can be achieved using up to one-third of the computation needed on the traditional method and reducing the power consumption in the same scale.

  • Leandro Aaron López Rodríguez. Clasificador Basado en Análisis de Sentimiento.

The external opinions have always been a factor when taking a decision. Before the boom of blogs and social networks, we used to ask friends for their opinion, read magazines or ask the shop assistant before buying a car. Now we have more options. Blogs, opinion pages and social networks have increased the number of query options, generating a large amount of information, generally unstructured. And that is where the sentiment analysis and opinion mining. Sentiment analysis is to obtain the underlying polarity of a free text. Two approaches have been selected. Firstly let us consider the simplest approach and the most common in the literature field, the bags of words; and secondly the feature extraction.

5. Documentation

MTT Document (pdf, in spanish)

MTT Presentation (pdf, in spanish)

6. More information

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