Catherine DOUILLARD

Position

Enseignant-chercheur

Campus

Brest

Contact information:

Phone

+33 2 29 00 12 83
Biography

Biography

Catherine Douillard is a Professor at the Electronics Department of IMT Atlantique. She received the engineering degree in telecommunications from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France, in 1988, the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Western Brittany, France, in 1992, and the accreditation to supervise research from the University of Southern Brittany, France, in 2004.

Her teaching area is digital electronics, VLSI circuit design and digital transmissions (error correcting codes).

She is in charge of the Interaction between Algorithms and Silicon (IAS) research team of the Lab-STICC laboratory. Her main research interests are forward error correction codes and iterative decoding, iterative detection, the efficient combination of high spectral efficiency modulation and coding schemes, diversity techniques and turbo processing for multi-carrier, multi-antenna and multiple access transmission systems. Between 2007 and 2012, she participated in DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) Technical Modules for the definition of DVB-T2, DVB-NGH and DVB-RCS NG standards. She served as the chairperson of the "Coding, Constellations and Interleaving" task force for the DVB-NGH TM group from 2010 to 2012.

In 2009, she received the SEE/IEEE Glavieux Award for her contribution to standards and related industrial impact.

She also served as the technical program committee (co-)chair of ISTC 2010 and ISTC 2018 (International Symposium on Turbo Codes and Iterative Information Processing), as the general chair of ISTC 2016 and she will serve as the general co-chair of ISTC 2020.

Supervised PhD theses

On-going theses

Vinh Hoang Son LE

  • "Design of next-generation Tb/s turbo codes"

  • Thesis Co-Director with Prof. Emmanuel Boutillon (University of Southern Brittany), co-supervised with Charbel Abdel Nour

  • Started on October 2017

Marie-Josepha YOUSSEF 

  • "New approaches for MIMO systems in communication networks using non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) techniques"

  • Thesis Co-Director with Prof. Joumana Farah (Faculty of Engineering, Lebanese University, Roumieh, Lebanon), co-supervised with Charbel Abdel Nour

  • Started on October 2017

Antoine KILZI

  • "New approaches for the optimization of resource allocation in 5G and beyond mobile communication networks"

  • Co-directrice de thèse avec Joumana Farah (Faculté de Génie de l'Université Libanaise, Roumieh, Liban), co-encadrement : Charbel Abdel Nour / Thesis Co-Director with Prof. Joumana Farah (Faculty of Engineering, Lebanese University, Roumieh, Lebanon), co-supervised with Charbel Abdel Nour

  • Started on October 2017

Rami KLAIMI

  • "Study of non-binary turbo codes for 5G"

  • Thesis Co-Director with Prof. Joumana Farah (Faculty of Engineering, Lebanese University, Roumieh, Lebanon), co-supervised with Charbel Abdel Nour

  • Started on October 2015

Marie-Rita HOJEIJ

  • "5G transmission systems based on non-orthogonal multiple access techniques"

  • Thesis Co-Director with Prof. Joumana Farah (Faculty of Engineering, Lebanese University, Roumieh, Lebanon), co-supervised with Charbel Abdel Nour

  • Started on December 2013

Passed theses

Naila LAHBABI

  • "Faster-than-Nyquist signalling for digital radio mobile communications"

  • Thesis Director, co-supervised with Charbel Abdel Nour

  • Started on October 2013

Ahmed ABDMOULEH

  • "Study of non-binary LDPC codes associated to high-order modulations"

  • Thesis Co-Director with Prof. Emmanuel Boutillon (University of Southern Brittany), co-supervised with Charbel Abdel Nour and Laura Conde Canencia (University of Southern Brittany)

  • Started on October 2013

Ronald GARZON BOHORQUEZ

  • "Mitigating the effect of correlated fading via advanced coding and interleaving techniques"

  • Thesis Director, co-supervised with Charbel Abdel Nour

  • Defended on 20/01/2015

Ammar EL FALOU

  • Analysis and design of  space-time codes for coded MIMO transmissions"
  • Thesis Director, co-supervised with Charlotte Langlais and Charbel Abdel Nour

  • Defended on 23/05/2013

LI Meng

  • "Hardware implementation of a coded modulation system: from the algorithm to the prototype"
  • Thesis Director, co-supervised with Christophe Jégo and Charbel Abdel Nour

  • Defended on 11/01/2012 

Dhouha KBAIER

  • "Towards ideal codes: looking for new turbo code schemes"

  • Thesis Director, co-supervised with Sylvie Kerouédan

  • Defended on 26/09/2011 

Amina PIEMONTESE

  • "Advanced low-complexity multi-user receivers"

  • Thesis co-supervised with University of Parma. Co-advisors: Giulio Colavolpe and Alexandre Graell i Amat

  • Defended on 28/03/2011 

Roua YOUSSEF

  • "Distributed coding strategies for multi-source cooperative relay networks"

  • Thesis Director, co-supervised by Alexandre Graell i Amat

  • Defended on 05/04/2011 

Charbel ABDEL NOUR

  • "Spectrally efficient coded transmissions for wireless and satellite applications"

  • Defended on 31/01/2008 

Laura CONDE CANENCIA

  • "Turbocodes and high spectral efficiency modulations"   

  • Defended on 15/06/2004

Fathi RAOUAFI

  • "Adequation turbo codes/digital signal processors"

  • Defended on 13/07/2001

Frédéric LE ROY

  • "High-level synthesis of asynchronous circuits for high-throughput applications"

  • Deefended on 14/06/2000

On-going research project

EPIC: "Enabling Practical wIreless Tb/s communications with next generation channel Coding", 2017-2020

H2020 European project in collaboration with 7 industrial and academic partners. EPIC aims to develop a new generation of Forward Error Correction (FEC) codes to enable practical wireless Tb/s technology, corresponding to a 10x-100x throughput improvement over the SoA for beyond-5G (B5G) systems.

My contributions to EPIC are mainly related to new architecture-aware high-throughput turbo decoding algorithms and to the investigation of non-binary turbo codes.

Past research projects

FANTASTIC-5G: "Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation", 2015-2017

H2020 European project, stemming from the 5GPPP consortium with 16 industrial and academic partners and led by Alcatel-Lucent. FANTASTIC-5G aims at developping a new multi-service 5G Air Interface (AI) for below 6 GHz through a modular design. To allow the system to adapt to the anticipated heterogeneity, the pursued properties are: flexibility, scalability, versatility, efficiency, future-proofness.

In this project, I have contributed to the enhancement of the LTE turbo code and to the proposal of non-binary turbo codes for the different 5G core services: eMBB, URLLC and mMTC. I also studed new efficient resource allocation techniques for NOMA (Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access) transmissions.

M3: Mobile Multi-Media, 2010-2013

French ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) project in collaboration with 7 industrial and academic partners: Orange Labs, CNES, Alcatel-Lucent, Teamcast, Parrot, Mitsubishi Electric, and INSA-IETR.  Mobile Multi-Media  project  addressed the cooperation of broadcast and broadband standards, likely to be used to deliver multi-media services, whatever the location, the type of receiver, and the mobility situation of the user. Telecom Bretagne was in charge of studies related to Forward Error-Correcting (FEC) coding and diversity techniques.

ETNA: Enhanced wireless Technologies for News and security Applications , 2011-2013

Eurêka/Eurostars European project in collaboration with European SMEs, Teamcast (FR), Nulink SA (CH), AKAtech (CH), bSoft (IT) and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH).  This project project aimed at defining, developing and validating an optimised system for wireless video links for applications in the electronic news gathering and security sectors. Telecom Bretagne’s contribution mainly dealt with the validation and optimization of some innovative modulation and diversity concepts for the physical layer of the wireless video link.

ENGINES: Enabling Next Generation NEtworks for broadcast Services, 2010-2012

Eurêka/Celtic European project in collaboration with more than 30 industrial and academic partners, intended to develop the next generation broadcasting standards and their implementations for portable, mobile and handheld reception. 

Turbo codes, signal space diversity and MIMO techniques were studied in the framework of the project and also proposed for standardization to the DVB-H technical module.

SME42: SME for T2 , 2008-2010

Eurêka/Eurostars European project in collaboration with two European SMEs, Teamcast (RennesFrance) and Sidsa (Madrid,Spain).  This project aimed to deliver the world first complete DVB-T2 prototype. Telecom Bretagne’s contribution dealt with the design of the coding and modulation hardware architectures in the transmitter and receiver.

B21C: Broadcast for the 21st Century, 2007-2009

Eurêka/Celtic European project in collaboration with more than 30 industrial and academic partners, intended to elaborate technical propositions for the future of European digital TV.  A new generation hybrid turbo code (3D-Turbo Code) and a signal space diversity technique were studied in the framework of the project and then proposed for standardization.

BSDT: study of enhanced digital transmission techniques for Broadband Satellite Digital Transmissions, 2006-2009

Research contract European Space Agency/Newtec: Proposal of a coded modulation scheme based on a Continuous Phase Modulation (CPM), for satellite transmission. This scheme, called 4CPM, has been implemented in the Belgian company Newtec’s triple play service terminals, Sat3play. These terminals were successfully put onto market via several satellite operators, including SES Astra (Astra2Connect service).

Teaching topics

  • Digital Electronics
  • Digital integrated circuit design, VHDL modeling
  • Error correcting codes (turbo codes)
Publications