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David Lopez-Perez

Dublin, Ireland
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff



David López-Pérez (M’12 SM´17) is currently a Senior Research Scientist, and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) at Nokia Bell Laboratories.

Prior to this, David received the B.Sc. and MSc. degrees in Telecommunication from Miguel Hernandez University, Spain, in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and the PhD. 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.

During his professional career, David has performed extensive work on small cells and ultra-dense networks --paying special attention to their performance analysis, as well as inter-cell interference coordination and mobility management aspects--, has pioneered work on LTE and WLAN inter-working --forming part of the team that invented Wi-Fi Boost, and lead to 3GPP LWIP--, and is currently working on Future Indoor Networks (digital home, future enterprise and industry 4.0), and IEEE 802.11be, the next generation of Wi-Fi technology beyond 802.11ax.

As for his publication record, David has authored the book Small Cell Networks: Deployment, Management and Optimization (IEEE Press/Wiley, 2018), has published 135 book chapters, journal and conference papers, all in recognized venues, and holds 17 granted patents and over 49 filed ones.

In recognition to his work, David received a PhD. Marie-Curie Fellowship in 2007, the IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional Industry Award in 2016, the IEEE WCNC'18 Best Student Paper Award in 2018, and the Bell Labs DMTS Award in 2019. David was also a finalist for the Scientist of the Year prize in The Irish Laboratory Awards in 2013 and 2015.

Supporting the research community, David is currently an editor of IEEE TRANSACTION on WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS since 2016, and is or has been a Guest Editor of a number of journals, e.g., the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS, the IEEE Communication Magazine and the IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine. David  was awarded as Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS in 2011.

Research Interests

  • Wireless Communications

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