About me

I am Jesus Alonso-Zarate.

As the Head of the M2M Communications Department at CTTC,

  • I continuously learn about Innovation, Digital Transformation, and Technology.
  • I continuously learn about 5G and whatever comes next (6G?)
  • I continuously learn about the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • I continuously learn about Wireless Connectivity Technologies for the IoT.
  • I lead and conduct research in the above two areas and publish technical papers.
  • I apply for, manage, and conduct R&D+i projects within H2020, and similar programs.
  • I apply for, manage, and conduct R&D+i projects funded by ACCIO, CDTI and MINECO.
  • I conduct Innovation Technology Transfer projects with companies.
  • I give public talks about 5G, the IoT and related applications: Connected Vehicles, Industry 4.0, Smart Grid, etc.

I also collaborate with the following universities:

  • I teach on the IoT and Wireless Communications (at UPF, in Barcelona)
  • I teach on the Industry 4.0 (at UOC, Catalunya)
  • I teach on the Management of R&D+innovation activities for companies (at MBA courses and similar).

My academic background is:

  • I completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in July 2016.
  • I am Doctor in Wireless Communications (PhD) since February 2009.
  • I hold a Master of Science (MSc) in Telecom Engineering since 2004.

Anything else?

  • I love practicing sports in a regular manner; padel, football, cycling, swimming, running, and scuba diving!
  • I love music. Both playing and listening. I sing and play the piano, guitar, and the bass.
  • I love my family.
  • I love my wife.
  • I love my little baby son.

Key Figures and Technical Facts (last update 29th November 2018)

  • 5 mass media publications and appearances.
  • 31 keynotes, invited talks, and courses given.
  • 16 tutorials in international conferences.
  • 7 key editorial appointments.
  • Participation in 17 competitive public‐funded R&D Projects (Principal Investigator in 4 of them), funded by the European Commission (FP7 and H2020), GENCAT, MINECO and European Space Agency (ESA).
  • 1 Authored Book on the topic of Contention Based Communication Technologies.
  • 12 Book Chapters in the topic of Wireless Communications.
  • 3 White papers with European Industry.
  • 7 Technology Transfer Projects.
  • 2 Co-Authored Patents.
  • 40 Peer‐reviewed Journal Papers.
  • 92 Papers in International Conferences
  • H‐Index: 21, i10‐Index: 51 (as of 9th February 2019; Google Scholar, 2,103 citations).
  • Supervised 5 PhD Students.
  • Member of the Expert Group of the Networld2020 ETP towards 5G.


Dr. Jesus Alonso-Zarate – PhD and MBA – received his M.Sc. (with Honors) and Ph.D. (Cum Laude) degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, Spain) in March 2004 and February 2009, respectively. He also completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Executive and Business School of UPC in July 2016. He is Senior Member of the IEEE since 2013. In 2005, he was awarded by the National Telecommunication Agency (COIT) of Spain with the Best Master Thesis Award in ICT and in 2011 he received the UPC Award for his PhD thesis.

He is now Senior Researcher at CTTC (Barcelona, Spain), where he also serves as Head of the M2M Communications Department and Manager of the Communication Technologies Division. Since 2016, he is also adjunct professor at Universitat Pompeu i Fabra (UPF), lecturing on the Internet of Things and Wireless Communications and adjunct professor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) lecturing on Industry 4.0. He is also lecturer in MBA programs on the management of innovation and R&D in companies.

He has published more than 150 scientific papers in renowned international journals (IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, etc.) and international conferences (IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE VTC, etc.). He has accumulated more than 1980 citations in the last 6 years, and has an h-index of 20 and i10 index of 48. 

Over the last years he has participated in a number of collaborative European-funded projects, projects funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), research projects funded by the Spanish Government, and also technology transfer projects with direct contracts with companies, being principal investigator in some of them.

He is member of the Expert Advisory Group of the NetWorld2010 European Technology Platform (ETP) promoting the development of 5G technologies.

He is member of the IEEE ComSoc CSIM Technical Committee (Communication Systems Integration and Modeling) and works as reviewer and chair for numerous international conferences. From April 2015 to April 2017, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) Endorsed Transactions on the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, he is part of the Editorial Board of the IET Wireless Sensor Systems Journal and the Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunication Technologies (ETT). He has received various international awards in international IEEE conferences and journals.

Since 2010, he has been giving a number of invited talks and tutorials on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications all around the globe in prestigious international events and conferences, such as IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE ICC, IEEE WCNC, or IEEE PIMRC.

He is currently the coordinator of the H2020-funded 5GCroCo project, aimed at trialing 5G technologies for cooperative, connected and automated mobility in Europe.