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Pau Closas

Assistant Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering

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  • 529 ISEC
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Research Focus

Statistical and array signal processing; estimation and detection theory; Bayesian inference; stochastic filtering; robust statistics; and game theory, with applications to positioning systems (GNSS and indoor technologies); wireless communications, and mathematical biology

About

Pau Closas is an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, since 2016. He received his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 2003 and 2009, respectively. He also holds a MS degree in Advanced Mathematics and Mathematical Engineering from UPC since 2014. In 2003, he joined the Department of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, as a Research Assistant. In 2008 he was Research Visitor at the Stony Brook University (SBU), NY, USA. In 2009 he joined the CTTC, where he was Senior Researcher and Head of the Statistical Inference for Communications and Positioning Department. His primary areas of interest include statistical and array signal processing, estimation and detection theory, stochastic filtering, robust statistics, and game theory, with applications to positioning systems, wireless communications, and mathematical biology.

He is the recipient of the EURASIP Best PhD Thesis Award 2014, the 9th Duran Farell Award for Technology Research, and the 2016 ION Early Achievement Award, in recognition to his contributions to navigation systems and signal processing fields. He served in the organization committees of flagship conferences, for instance, as Publications Chair of the IEEE SSP 2016 and the IEEE ICASSP 2020 conferences. He is also Guest Editor of special issues in the IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technologies, the Proceedings of the IEEE, and the IEEE Sig. Proc. Magazine.

 

Education

  • MS (2014), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Advanced Mathematics and Mathematical Engineering
  • PhD, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 2009
  • MS (2003), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 Best Paper Presentation Award, Institute of Navigation
  • 2016 Early Achievement Award, Institute of Navigation
  • 2014 EURASIP Best PhD Thesis Award
  • 2014 Duran Farell Award for Technology Research

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    • Senior Member
    • Signal Processing Society
  • Institute of Navigation

Research Overview

Statistical and array signal processing; estimation and detection theory; Bayesian inference; stochastic filtering; robust statistics; and game theory, with applications to positioning systems (GNSS and indoor technologies); wireless communications, and mathematical biology

Selected Publications

  • P. Closas, A. Gusi-Amigó, Direct Position Estimation of GNSS Receivers, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, 34(5), 2017, 72-84
  • J. Vilà-Valls, P. Closas, J.T. Curran, Multi-frequency GNSS Robust Carrier Tracking for Ionospheric Scintillation Mitigation, Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate, 7, 2017, A26
  • J. Curran, M. Paonni, M. Navarro, S. Pfletschinger, P. Closas, M. Anghileri, Coding Aspects of Secure GNSS Receivers, Proceedings of the IEEE, 104(6), 2016, 1271-1287
  • M.G. Amin, P. Closas, A. Broumandan, J.L. Volakis, Vulnerabilities, Threats, and Authentication in Satellite-Based Navigation Systems [Scanning the Issue], Proceedings of the IEEE, 104(6), 2016, 1169-1173
  • D. Dardari, P. Closas, P. Djuric, Indoor Tracking: Theory, Methods, and Technologies, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 64(4), 2015, 1263-1278
  • A. Moragrega, P. Closas, C. Ibars, Supermodular Game for Power Control in TOA-Based Positioning, IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, 61(12), 2013, 3246-3259
  • P. Closas, C. Fernández-Prades, J. Vilà-Valls, Multiple Quadrature Kalman Filtering, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 60(12), 2012, 6125-6137
  • P. Closas, C. Fernández-Prades, J.A. Fernández-Rubio, A Bayesian Approach to Multipath Mitigation in GNSS Receivers, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, 3(4), 2009, 695-706

Faculty

Jul 16, 2019

Professor Closas receives the TéSA Research Fellowship

ECE Assistant Professor Pau Closas was awarded the TéSA Research Fellowship to conduct collaborative research in one of the most active aerospace technology hubs in France.

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Feb 13, 2019

Closas Receives NSF CAREER Award

ECE Assistant Professor Pau Closas received an NSF CAREER award for “Secure and ubiquitous position, navigation and timing.”

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Sep 04, 2018

Securing Global Navigation Satellite System Infrastructures

ECE Assistant Professor Pau Closas was awarded a $160K NSF grant for "securing GNSS-based infrastructures." Pau Closas, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering, was awarded a $160K National Science Foundation grant for securing GNSS-based infrastructures. GNSS stands for Global Navigation Satellite Systems, encompassing all those positioning systems (like GPS or Galileo) that use a constellation […]

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May 02, 2018

Closas Awarded 2018 PLANS Conference Best Paper Award

ECE Assistant Professor Pau Closas was awarded with the Best Paper in Track Award at the IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS). Jordi Vilà-Valls, James T. Curran, Pau Closas, Carles Fernández-Prades and Javier Arribas, “On-line Model Learning for Adaptive GNSS Ionospheric Scintillation Estimation and Mitigation,” in the Proceedings of the IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS […]

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Oct 06, 2017

Professor Closas Research on GNSS featured in Two Scientific Magazines

Assistant Professor Pau Closas was featured as the lead guest editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine “Advanced in Signal Processing for Global Navigation Satellite Systems” special issue. The magazine focuses on research and applications of signal processing with tutorial-style articles and reflections on the areas of their research. Along with being the guest editor, […]

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Aug 25, 2017

Professor Closas Joins Navigation Systems Panel

ECE Assistant Professor Pau Closas will join the Navigation Systems Panel (NSP), a technical panel of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS).

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Feb 03, 2017

Closas Named Early Achievement Award Winner by the Institute of Navigation

ECE Assistant Professor Pau Closas has been given an Early Achievement Award by the Institute of Navigation (ION), the world's premier non-profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of positioning, navigation, and timing.

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Jan 20, 2017

New Faculty Spotlight: Pau Closas

Pau Closas joins the Electrical & Computer Engineering department in January 2017 as an Assistant Professor.

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