Hirley Alves

On the verge of wireless revolution

Assistant Prof. Prof. Hirley Alves

Hirley Alves


Assistant Professor on Machine-type Wireless Communications
Wireless Communications

53 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 1216 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 222 citations. The author has a h-index of 19.00. (Google Scholar (06.2020))


Hirley Alves received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Federal University of Technology-Paraná (UTFPR), Brazil, in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and double D.Sc. degree from the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu, and UTFPR, in 2015.

In 2019, he joined Assistant Professor and is the Head of the Machine-type Wireless Communications Group. He is actively working on massive connectivity and ultra-reliable low latency communications for future wireless networks, 5GB and 6G, full-duplex communications, and physical-layer security.

He leads the MTC Group and the MTC/URLLC activities for the 6G Flagship Program. 

He is a co-recipient of the 2017 ISWCS and 2019 EUCNC Best Student Paper Awards, and 2016 Research Award from the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

He has been the organizer, chair, and TPC and tutorial lecturer for several renowned international conferences. He is the chair of the workshop series "Full-Duplex Communications for Future Networks".     

He is the General Chair of the ISWCS’2019, Co-general Chair of ISWCS'2021, and the Co-Chair at the General Co-Chair of the 1st 6G Summit, Levi 2019.

Research interests

  • Machine-type communications (MTC)
  • Ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC)
  • Massive machine type communications (mMTC)
  • Communications networks for IoT
  • Enhanced broadband and 5G
  • Full-duplex wireless communications
  • PHY-security
  • Cooperative diversity and HARQ mechanisms

Machine-type wireless communications group

Machine-type wireless communication (MTC) , in especial massive MTC and Ultra-reliable, low latency communication (URLLC),  imposes the most challenging requirements in terms of latency and reliability that are not attended by current technologies. Hence imposing a new technological paradigm on the design of wireless networks. MTC covers heterogeneous and stringent requirements ranging from massive connectivity up to ultra-reliability and low latency (as 99.999% within 1ms). Therefore MTC is one of the key enablers of the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, which is predicted to change not only the way we live, but generate new business with huge potential economic impact, and revolutionize the complete value chain of several industries. 

To meet this vision our group is composed of talented researchers that seek mathematical and algorithmic solutions for MTC within its diverse and heterogeneous requirements and applications. 

Our group: 

  • Leader: Hirley Alves

Senior Research Fellows 

  • Nurul H. Mahmood

Postdoctoral researchers

Doctoral Students 

  • Parisa Nouri 
  • Iran Ramezanipour
  • Mohammad Shehab
  • Fahad Qasmi
  • Binod Kharel
  • Irfan Muhammad
  • Arliones Hoeller Jr.
  • Jean Michel Souza Sant' Ana
  • Leatile Marata 

Masters thesis studentas and research assistants 

  • Henrique Hilleshein
  • Eduardo N. Tominaga
  • Osmel Rosabal
  • Dian E. Pérez
  • Nelson Mayedo
  • Eslam Eldeeb


  • Arliones Hoeller Jr., Phd student, UFSC/IFSC, Brazil 08.2018-10.2018 & 08.2019-06.2020
  • Francisco Monteiro, Academic sabbatical, IT/ISCTE, PT, August-September 2019
  • Diana P. M. Osorio, Academic sabbatical, UFSCar, Brazil - 08.2018 - 07.2019 


  • Parisa Nouri (at Nokia Bell Labs)
  • Iran Ramezanipour (at Nokia)
  • Endrit Dosti (at Aalto)

Projects (ongoing): 

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Please check here the full list of publications

Professional and community activities

  • Tutorial Lecture on Machine-type Wireless Communications: from massive connectivity to ultra-reliability, ISWCS'18
  • Workshop Chair: workshop series on Full-duplex communications for future wireless networks, ICC'17, Globecom'17, ICC'18, Globecom'18
  • Workshop Chair: workshop on MTC as enabler of the Energy Internet, VTC-spring'18
  • Tutorial Lectures on Full-Duplex Communications: EW'16, ISWCS'16, EUCNC'17, ISWCS'17

Research groups

  • Head of MTC Group, CWC-RT Radio Technologies

Thesis supervisions

Resource allocation for machine-type communication: from massive connectivity to ultra-reliable low-latency
  • Doctoral Candidate
    MSc Onel Luis Alcaraz López (with distinction)


    Faculty and research unit
    University of Oulu Graduate School, ITEE, CWC - Radio Technologies

    Reviewer:  Professor Tony Quek
    Professor: Mohamed Slim Alouini
    Opponent: Professor Eduard Jorswieck

    Thesis http://jultika.oulu.fi/Record/isbn978-952-62-2578-4 

Performance of delay constrained multi-user networks under block fading channels.
  • Mohammad Shehab, 2017. 

Ultra Reliable Communication via Optimum Power Allocation for Repetition and Parallel Coding in Finite Block-Length.
  • Endrit Dosti, 2017. 

Avaliação de desempenho de um sistema ponto a ponto com transferência sem o de energia e comunicação em regime de blocos de comprimento finito
  • Onel L. A. López, 2017

    On the performance of energy harvesting communication system under finite block lenght regime

    Co-supervision: Prof. Evéilo Fernandez, UFPR, Brazil 

Optimum Transmission Rate in Fading Channels with Markovian Sources and QoS Constraints
  • Fahad Qasmi, June 2018.

Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communication in MTC Networks
  • Binod Kharel, Sept 2018.

Physical Layer Security for Machine Type Communication
  • Irfan Muhammad, Sept 2018

Characteristics of Aggregated Traffic in LoRaWAN
  • Muhammad Asad Ullah, May 2020

Energy Efficiency in LoRaWAN
  • Junnaid Iqbal, June 2020

Research visits

  • Visitors (Short and Long visits)
    1.1.2018 to 31.12.2020

    • Petar Popovski, AAU DK, March and October 2018
    • Carlos H. M. de Lima, UNESP, BR, April and October2018
    • Richard Demo Souza, UFSC, BR, August 2018 and August 2019 
    • Aarliones Hoeller Jr, UFSC/IFSC, BR August - October 2018
    • Diana P. M. Osorio, August 2018 - July 2019 
    • Aarliones Hoeller Jr, UFSC/IFSC, BR August 2019 - June 2020
    • Constantinos Papadias, October 2018
    • Bokamoso Basutly, BIUST, BW, April 2019
    • Samuel Montejo Sanchez, UTEM, Chile, August 2019
    • Cesar Azurdia, UCHILE, Chile, August 2019
    • Glauber Brante, UTFPR, BR, August 2019
    • Francisco Monteiro, IT/ISCTE, PT, August-September 2019