Eduard Bertran Albertí received the degree in Telecommunication Engineering (option Communication Electronics) from the Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona and the Ph.D. degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He became a lecturer at UPC in 1980, and joined the department of Signal Theory and Communications (TSC) in 1987, where he is currently a Full Professor. His research interests include control, communication electronics, signal processing and circuit theory.
In 1980 he received a predoctoral grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (FPI grant), being his main activity during this period the study of multi-microprocessor based systems. Until 1985 he was devoted to digital control and system identification, collaborating with the Spanish Ministry of Industry and with the International Electrotechnical Commission. From 1985 to 1990 he spread his research activity to the telecontrol of large-scale systems (LSS) and processes, mainly in electric power plants, an activity that included the development of electronic communication circuits. From 1990 his research activity derived to the application of adaptive systems to communications and electronic systems, including non-linear systems modelling and control, and producing as much theoretical works as hardware developments. In this period he served as counsellor for the Catalan Government (CIDEM) and received a prize from the Research Commission of the UPC. Since 1994 he conducted the previous activity in adaptive and non-linear systems to the linearization of power amplifiers, both for audio and radiocommunications (microwave frequencies). Besides, he dealt with GPS and GSM-R systems within a project presented to the Ministry of Transportation. This was the gate for posterior works in HAPs (High Altitude Platforms) and amplifier’s linearization.
He has been the head of studies and coordinator of the doctorate program of the Department of Signal Theory and Communications and also a former associate dean in different telecommunications schools (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyers de Telecomunicació, ETSET Barcelona, associate dean for laboratories; Escola Universitària Politècnica del Baix Llobregat, EUPBL, curriculum director, and Escola Politècnica Superior de Castelldefels, EPSC, associate dean). Currently he is the coordinator of the UPC Doctorate Program in Aeronautics.
He served also as Secretary of the Spanish Section of the IEEE. He has been member of different IEEE and IFAC Societies, and served as Chairman in some conferences of both societies. Besides, he has also acted as NMO in IFAC groups. In addition, he has authored and co-authored different publications, both in journals and peer reviewed conferences, covering topics of Control, Electronics, Communications and Signal Processing.
He holds a patent on power amplifier linearization and an award for the best “Idea for Design” from Electronic Design. He has been an invited speaker for Adaptive Control, Telecontrol of LSS, HAP’s and Communication Electronics topics, and a co-organizer of different Conferences, Technical Meetings, Summer Schools and Student’s Interchange Programs. Also he served as editor and referee for some journals and conferences as well as for Spanish funded public projects, European Institute of Technology and Science Foundation Ireland. He has participated in different national (CICYT, 9 projects) and European funded research projects (STAR, Joule- XII/293/84-E-, EU 5th FP – Helinet-, EU 6th FP -Capanina, STREP and TARGET, NoE), as well as in some COST actions and projects developed for private industries.
During his academic activity he has gained experience in lecturing on pregraduate courses on Control Theory, Circuit Theory, Digital Signal Processing, Radiocommunications Laboratory and Communications Electronics, and postgraduate courses on Digital and Adaptive Control, Adaptive Filtering, Non-linear Systems, Communication Electronics and Avionics (Flight Control). Apart from other educational material, he is the author or co-author of four educational books (Linear Circuits and Systems, 198 pages, Digital Signal Processing, 620 pages, Introduction to Digital Communications (Promax), and Telecommunications Basics (Fundación Retevisión). He is also the author or co-author of several journal papers and conferences on Education and has been invited to present educational topics in different Spanish Universities. He collaborates with the Spanish and Portuguese entities for the assessment of the universities.