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Manuel Alberto Pereira Ricardo has Licenciatura, M.Sc. and PhD (2000) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (EEC), major of Telecommunications, from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). Manuel Ricardo is currently a full professor at FEUP where he teaches courses on Mobile Communications and Computer Networks at FEUP. He is a member of the Executive Committee of his department (EEC) and member of the Scientific Committee of the Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering. At INESC TEC, he coordinated the Wireless Networks area (2001-2011), the Center for Telecommunications and Multimedia (2011-2018), was member of the Board of Directors (2018-2021), and is currently an associate director focused on telecommunications. He created the Portuguese Thematic Network on Mobile Communications (RTCM, 2004). He is a member of the Steering Committee of the ns-3 communications network simulator consortium. He participated in 30+ research projects and has 150+ articles published. His research areas are mobile communications networks, quality of service, radio resource management, network congestion control, traffic characterization and performance assessment.

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2021

Joint Traffic-Aware UAV Placement and Predictive Routing for Aerial Networks

Authors
Almeida, EN; Coelho, A; Ruela, J; Campos, R; Ricardo, M;

Publication
CoRR

Abstract

2021

Reproducible MIMO operation in ns-3 using trace-based wi-fi rate adaptation

Authors
Lamela, V; Fontes, H; Ruela, J; Ricardo, M; Campos, R;

Publication
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Abstract
Today, wireless networks are operating in increasingly complex environments, impacting the evaluation and validation of new networking solutions. Simulation, although fully controllable and easily reproducible, depends on simplified physical layer and channel models, which often produce optimistic results. Experimentation is also influenced by external random phenomena and limited testbed scale and availability, resulting in hardly repeatable and reproducible results. Previously, we have proposed the Trace-based Simulation (TS) approach to address the problem. TS uses traces of radio link quality and position of nodes to accurately reproduce past experiments in ns-3. Yet, in its current version, TS is not compatible with scenarios where Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) is used. This is especially relevant since ns-3 assumes perfectly independent MIMO radio streams. In this paper, we introduce the Trace-based Wi-Fi Station Manager Model, which is capable of reproducing the Rate Adaptation of past Wi-Fi experiments, including the number of effective radio streams used. To validate the proposed model, the network throughput was measured in different experiments performed in the w-iLab.t testbed, considering Single-In-Single-Out (SISO) and MIMO operation using IEEE 802.11a/n/ac standards. The experimental results were then compared with the network throughput achieved using the improved TS and Pure Simulation (PS) approaches, validating the new proposed model and confirming its relevance to reproduce experiments previously executed in real environments. © 2021 ACM.

2021

Traffic-aware Gateway Placement for High-capacity Flying Networks

Authors
Coelho, A; Fontes, H; Campos, R; Ricardo, M;

Publication
2021 IEEE 93rd Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2021-Spring)

Abstract

2021

A Fast Gateway Placement Algorithm for Flying Networks

Authors
Santos, G; Martins, J; Coelho, A; Fontes, H; Ricardo, M; Campos, R;

Publication
CoRR

Abstract

2021

A Novel Simulation Platform for Underwater Data Muling Communications Using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Authors
Teixeira F.B.; Ferreira B.M.; Moreira N.; Abreu N.; Villa M.; Loureiro J.P.; Cruz N.A.; Alves J.C.; Ricardo M.; Campos R.;

Publication
Computers

Abstract
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are seen as a safe and cost-effective platforms for performing a myriad of underwater missions. These vehicles are equipped with multiple sensors which, combined with their long endurance, can produce large amounts of data, especially when used for video capturing. These data need to be transferred to the surface to be processed and analyzed. When considering deep sea operations, where surfacing before the end of the mission may be unpractical, the communication is limited to low bitrate acoustic communications, which make unfeasible the timely transmission of large amounts of data unfeasible. The usage of AUVs as data mules is an alternative communications solution. Data mules can be used to establish a broadband data link by combining short-range, high bitrate communications (e.g., RF and wireless optical) with a Delay Tolerant Network approach. This paper presents an enhanced version of UDMSim, a novel simulation platform for data muling communications. UDMSim is built upon a new realistic AUV Motion and Localization (AML) simulator and Network Simulator 3 (ns-3). It can simulate the position of the data mules, including localization errors, realistic position control adjustments, the received signal, the realistic throughput adjustments, and connection losses due to the fast SNR change observed underwater. The enhanced version includes a more realistic AML simulator and the antenna radiation patterns to help evaluating the design and relative placement of underwater antennas. The results obtained using UDMSim show a good match with the experimental results achieved using an underwater testbed. UDMSim is made available to the community to support easy and faster evaluation of underwater data muling oriented communications solutions and to enable offline replication of real world experiments.

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thesis

2021

Impacto da Amostragem de Registos Experimentais de Relação Sinal-Ruído em Simulações ns-3

Author
Ngangula Quaresma Soares dos Ramos

Institution
UP-FEUP

2021

A MAC Layer for Underwater Radio Communications

Author
Filipe Borges Teixeira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2021

Joint Routing and Placement of Flying Backhaul Networks

Author
André Filipe Pinto Coelho

Institution
UP-FEUP

2021

Topology Control of Flying Backhaul Mesh Networks

Author
Eduardo Nuno Moreira Soares de Almeida

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Topology Control of Flying Backhaul Mesh Networks

Author
Eduardo Nuno Moreira Soares de Almeida

Institution
UP-FEUP