Josep Sala-Alvarez was born in
Barcelona, Spain, in 1967. He received the M.Sc.
and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunications engineering
from the Technical University of Catalonia -
Barcelona Tech (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 1991
and 1995, respectively. During 1992, he worked
at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC)
of the European Space Agency (ESA), Darmstadt,
Germany, in the area of software engineering for
telemetry processing. From 1993 to late 1994, he
held a grant from the Generalitat de Catalunya in
support of the Ph.D. degree at the Department of Signal Theory and Communications,
UPC. In 1994, he joined this department as Assistant Professor and
was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. He has participated in spacerelated
communication projects for ESA and in wireless communications
projects at the national/European level with industry and institutions. His
current research interests are in the field of signal processing, communications,
and information theory. Dr. Sala is recipient of the IEEE Signal Processing
Society Best (Senior) PaperAward 2003, the International Symposium on
Turbo-Codes and Applications (ISTC03) Best Poster Paper Award, and the
Best Ph.D. Thesis in Telecommunications National Award (Spain, 1995). Dr.
Sala is an IEEE Senior Member.