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David Lopez-Perez

Dublin, Ireland
Senior Member of Technical Staff



David López-Pérez (M’12 SM´17) is currently a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Nokia Bell Laboratories, and the lead of the Wireless Stream at the Future Indoor Network Research Department. Prior to this, David received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in telecommunication from Miguel Hernandez University, Spain, in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in wireless networking from the University of Bedfordshire, U.K., in 2011. David was also a RF Engineer with Vodafone, Spain, from 2005 to 2006, and a Research Associate with King’s College London, U.K., from 2010 to 2011. David has done extensive work on cellular small cell and ultra-dense network performance analysis, inter-cell interference coordination and mobility management, has pioneered work on LTE and WLAN inter-working, forming part of the team that invented Wi-Fi Boost, which lead to 3GPP LWIP, and is one of the inventor of massive MIMO unlicensed (mMIMO-U); a technology that connects the dots among mMIMO and unlincesed spectrum. David has authored the book Small Cell Networks: Deployment, Management and Optimization (IEEE Press/Wiley, 2018), as well as over 120 book chapters, journal, and conference papers, all in recognized venues. He also holds over 41 patents applications. David received the Ph.D. Marie-Curie Fellowship in 2007, the IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional Industry Award in 2016, and the IEEE WCNC'18 Best Student Paper Award of the track "Wireless Networks" in 2018. He was also a finalist for the Scientist of the Year prize in The Irish Laboratory Awards in 2013 and 2015. He is an editor of IEEE TRANSACTION on WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS since 2016, and he was awarded as Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS in 2011. He has also been a Guest Editor of a number of journals, including the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS, the IEEE Communication Magazine and the IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine.

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded with the 2013 Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent Award of Excellence
  • Awarded with the 2013 Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent Certificate of Outstanding Achievement
  • Short listed as one of the 6 finalists for the Scientist of The Year prize of The Irish Laboratory Awards
  • Marie Curie Fellow
  • Exemplary Reviewer for IEEE Communications Letters
  • Awarded in 2006 with the “Five Star Student” diploma, as M.Eng. graduate. Awarded by UMH (www.umh.es/observatorio/cas/5estrellas.htm)
  • Awarded in 2004 with the “Five Star Student” diploma, as B.Eng. graduate. Awarded by UMH (www.umh.es/observatorio/cas/5estrellas.htm)

Professional Activities

  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE)
  • IEEE Communications Society
  • Founding member of IEEE Technical subcommittee on Green Communications and Computing (TSCGCC) Special Interest Group on Green Cellular Networks (SIGGCN)
  • Member of the ComSoc Signal Processing for Communications and Electronics Technical Committee (SPCE TC)
  • COST Action 2100 – Pervasive Mobile & Ambient Wireless Communications

Selected Articles and Publications

Books and Chapters