Hirley Alves

On the verge of wireless revolution

Assistant Prof. Prof. Hirley Alves

Hirley Alves


Assistant Professor on Machine-type Wireless Communications
Wireless Communications

38 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 875 times. The author has a h-index of 16.00. (Google Scholar (06.2019))


Hirley Alves received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Federal University of Technology-Paraná (UTFPR), Brazil, in 2010 and 2011, respectively, both in electrical engineering, and the dual D.Sc. degree from the University of Oulu and UTFPR, in 2015. In 2017, he received the title of Adjunct Professor in machine-type wireless communications with the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu, Finland. 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 URLLC activities for the 6G Flagship Program. He is a co-recipient of the 2017 ISWCS Best Student Paper Award and a co-recipient of the 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 General Chair of the ISWCS’2019 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 brilliant researchers that seek elegant mathematical and algorithmic solutions for MTC, mMTC and URLLC, within its diverse and heterogeneous requirements and applications. 

Our group: 

  • Hirley Alves, Assist. Professor

Senior Research Fellows 

  • Diana P. M. Osorio, Academic Sabatical  
  • Nurul H. Mahmood, Senior research Fellow

Doctoral Students 

  • Parisa Nouri, Phd student/Researcher
  • Onel L. A. López, Phd student/Researcher
  • Mohammad Shehab, Phd student/Researcher
  • Iran Ramezanipour, Phd student/Researcher
  • Fahad Qasmi, Phd student/Researcher
  • Binod Kharel, Phd student/Researcher
  • Irfan Muhammad, Phd student/Researcher
  • Arliones Hoeller Jr., Phd student/Researcher
  • Jean Michel Souza Sant' Ana, Phd student/Researcher

Masters thesis studentas and research assistants 

  • Muhammad Asad Ullah, MSC/Research Assistant 
  • Junnaid Iqbal, MSC/Research Assistant
  • Henrique Hilleshein, MSC/Research Assistant 
  • Eduardo N. Tominaga, MSC/Research Assistant
  • Osmel Rosabal, MSC/Research Assistant
  • Dian E. Pérez, MSC/Research Assistant
  • Nelson Mayedo, MSC/Research Assistant


  • Diana P. M. Osorio, Assist. Prof. (academic sabbatical), UFSCar, Brazil - 08.2018 - 07.2019 
  • Arliones Hoeller Jr., Phd student/researcher, UFSC/IFSC, Brazil 08.2018-10.2018 & 07.2019-08.2020

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

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

Research visits

  • Visitors in 2018
    1.1.2018 to 31.12.2018

    • Petar Popovski, March and October 2018
    • Carlos H. M. de Lima, April and October2018
    • Richard Demo Souza, August 2018
    • Aarliones Hoeller Jr, August - October 2018
    • Diana P. M. Osorio, August 2018 (until July 2019) 
    • Constantinos Papadias, October 2018