First International Summer School on

Cognitive Wireless Communications


COST Action IC0902 and Network of Excellence ACROPOLIS joint 2011 Summer School

July 12–15, 2011 – Villa Finaly, Florence, Italy


New! Pictures of the 2011 Summer School are now available: have a look!


The objectives of this 4-days Summer School were to educate participants in the fundamentals of cognitive communications, cognitive radio and networks and its application in the design of modern wireless communication systems, offer an intense learning experience, and facilitate the acquisition of both theoretical concepts and experimental practice. We hope to acquaint participants with basic knowledge of cognitive communications and to apply these concepts in laboratory sessions during which the trainees will be able to practice with OpenAirInterface, an open-source hardware/software development platform and open-forum for innovation in the area of digital communications, created by the Mobile Communications Department at EURECOM, France. Laboratory demonstrations and exposure to experimental design tools were provided in addition to introductory and advanced tutorials.

The summer school resulted particularly appealing to:

  • Graduate students who wanted to learn cognitive wireless communications or want to get a different perspective to their research problems from what they have already learned;
  • Engineering faculty and post-doc researchers who wished to expand their research horizons;
  • Engineers and researchers in the industry who wanted to learn basic cognitive radio communication principles and receive basic experimental training.

Students had the opportunity to present their own latest research achievements by participating in a student poster session specifically organized to this purpose. 12 posters were submitted for the poster session scheduled for July 15. Most of the posters are available on the school website, at the address:

A report on the Summer School can be read online or downloaded (pdf)

More information can be found on the Summer school website, at 


Organized by Sapienza University of Rome


Prof. Maria-Gabriella Di Benedetto

Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications DIET

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