Management Team

Senior Researchers

Christos Masouros


Christos Masouros (SMIEEE, MIET) received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 2004, and MSc by research and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK in 2006 and 2009 respectively. Between 2009-2010 he was a Research Associate in the University of Manchester and between 2010-2012 a Research Fellow in Queen’s University Belfast. He has held a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship between 2011-2016. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Communications and Information Systems research group, Dept. Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University College London.

He is PAINLESS Network Coordinator, responsible for the overall implementation of the project

Read more:

Marco Di Renzo


He received the Laurea (cum laude) and the Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Information Engineering from the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of L’Aquila, Italy, in April 2003 and in January 2007, respectively. In October 2013, he received the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (Doctor of Science) degree from the University Paris-Sud, Paris, France.

He is PAINLESS’ Training Coordinator, responsible for supervision, training and career development

Read more:

Constantinos Papadias


Dr. Constantinos B. Papadias is the Executive Director of the Research, Technology and Innovation Network (RTIN) as well as an Affiliated Professor at ALBA, since Feb. 1, 2020. He also heads RTIN’s recently established Smart Wireless Future Technologies (SWIFT) Lab. Prior to these, he was the Scientific Director / Dean of Athens Information Technology (AIT), in Athens, Greece, where he was also Head of the Broadband Wireless and Sensor Networks (B-WiSE) Research Group. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at both Aalborg University and at the University of Cyprus. He received the Diploma of Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1991 and the Doctorate degree in Signal Processing (highest honors) from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), Paris, France, in 1995. He was a researcher at Institut Eurécom (1992-1995), Stanford University (1995-1997) and Bell Labs (as Member of Technical Staff from 1997-2001 and as Technical Manager from 2001-2006). He was Adjunct Professor at Columbia University (2004-2005) and Carnegie Mellon University (2006-2011). He has published over 200 papers and 4 books and has received over 9000 citations for his work, with an h-index of 44. He has also made standards contributions and holds 12 patents. He was a member of the Steering Board of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) from 2002-2006, a member and industrial liaison of the IEEE’s Signal Processing for Communications Technical Committee from 2003-2008 and a National Representative of Greece to the European Research Council’s IDEAS program from 2007-2008. He has served as member of the IEEE Communications Society’s Fellow Evaluation and Awards Committees, as well as an Associate Editor for various journals. He has contributed to the organization of several conferences, including, as General Chair, the IEEE CTW 2016 and the IEEE SPAWC 2018 workshops. His distinctions include the Bell Labs President’s Award (2002), the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Young Author Best Paper Award (2003), a Bell Labs Teamwork Award (2004), his recognition as a “Highly Cited Greek Scientist” (2011), two IEEE conference paper awards (2013, 2014) and a “Best Booth” Award at EUCNC (2016). He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society for 2012-2013. Dr. Papadias was appointed Fellow of IEEE in 2013 and Fellow of the European Alliance of Innovation (EAI) in 2019.

He is PAINLESS Research Coordinator responsible for research program and partner interactions, ensuring ESR projects are coherent

Read more:

Alvaro Valcarce Rial


Dr. Alvaro Valcarce (IEEE Senior Member) received his MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Vigo (Spain) in 2006, and his PhD in computational electromagnetics from the University of Bedfordshire (UK) in 2010 under a EU Marie Curie Fellowship. At Nokia Bell Labs, he is investigating how to train AI agents to evolve wireless communication protocols fully on their own using multiagent reinforcement learning techniques. His current research interests include the application of machine learning techniques to wireless communications. He is a co-author of the book “Femtocells: Technologies and Deployment”, a recipient of the PSATS 2013 best paper award and has been recognized in 2018 by TowerXchange as a “Rising star of the tower industry”.


Emad Alsusa


Emad Alsusa completed a PhD in Telecommunications from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom in 2000 and in the same year he was appointed to work on developing high data rates systems as part of an industrial project based at Edinburgh University. He joined Manchester University (then UMIST) in September 2003 as a faculty member where his current rank is a Reader in the Communication Engineering Group.

Emad is PAINLESS Secondment Coordinator – responsible for Monitor recruitment regarding gender equality – and Gender Balance Coordinator – responsible for monitor recruitment regarding gender equality.

Read more:

Ioannis Krikidis


Ioannis is Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Cyprus. He is the director of the Mobile Communications and Networking (MCN) laboratory, which conducts research in the broad area of communication theory, communication signal processing, wireless communications and networks.

Read more:

Jimmy Nielsen


Jimmy obtained his M.Sc. in Computer Engineering and his Ph.D. degree in Wireless Communications from Aalborg University, Denmark. He is currently working as a postdoc researcher at the Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University. His research interests are on traffic models for M2M systems, reliable communications, wireless networks, and performance analysis of communication systems. He has served as reviewer for IEEE Communications Letters, and various IEEE conferences. He has also served as a technical program committee member on various conferences

Read more:

Pete James


Peter is Technical Specialist and Director specialising in electric and hybrid vehicles and green energy systems. Prior to Lyra Electronics he worked for Prodrive Ltd and Lucas Ltd in roles varying from Senior Engineer to Chief Engineer and Technical Specialist. During his career he has designed and developed 3 phase brushless motor drive, high and low power DC-DC converters, battery cell monitoring and balancing systems, power distribution module, control ECUs, and software for both embedded and desktop applications.

Read more:

Contact Painless ITN

3 + 7 =

We’ll get back to you shortly.