Associate Professor

School of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)
Technical University of Crete (TUC), Chania Greece

aggelos at telecom dot tuc dot gr


Aggelos Bletsas was born and raised at the city of Chania, at the north-western part of the historic island of Crete, Greece. He received with excellence his diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA in 2001 and 2005, respectively.

He worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL), Cambridge MA, first as a consultant and then as a Postdoctoral Fellow and at Radiocommunications Laboratory (RCL), Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as a visiting scientist. He joined Electronic and Computer Engineering Department (ECE), Technical University of Crete, in summer of 2009, as an Assistant Professor and promoted to tenured Associate Professor at the beginning of 2014.

His research interests span the broad area of scalable wireless communication and networking, with emphasis on relay techniques, signal processing for communication, RF and bioelectric energy harvesting, radio hardware/software implementations for wireless transceivers and low cost sensor networks, RFID, time/frequency metrology, inference algoriths, bibliometrics and system integration (synthesis). His current vision and focus is on single-transistor front-ends and backscatter sensor networks, for LARGE-scale environmental sensing. He has also commenced a line of research towards batteryless, ambiently-powered computers!

He is Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWC) and Technical Program Committee (TPC) member of major IEEE conferences. He also served as Associate Editor of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, since their foundation, from 2011 until summer of 2016. His research projects have funded a significant number of talented graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and lab technicians, as well as the establishment of a rapid prototyping fabrication laboratory that allowed students to transform deep mathematical thinking to tangible, working systems. He is national representative and management committee (MC) member in the EU COST IC1301 Action "Wireless Power Transmission for Sustainable Electronics (WIPE)". He holds two patents from USPTO and he has been included in here.

Dr. Bletsas was the co-recipient of IEEE Communications Society 2008 Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, best paper distinction in IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS), September 2009, Siena, Italy, best student paper award in IEEE RFID Technologies & Applications (RFID-TA), September 2011, Sitges Barcelona, Spain, best paper distinction in IEEE Sensors Conference (SENSORS), November 2013, Baltimore, USA, best student paper award-SPCOM track and conference-wide best student paper award, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), April 2015, Brisbane, Australia. He is also proud of his students who were winners for two consecutive years of the 2009-2011 and 2011-2012 best Diploma Thesis contest among all Greek Universities on "Advanced Wireless Systems", awarded by IEEE VTS/AES joint Greek Chapter. In December 2013, he was the recipient of the 2012-2013 Technical Univ. of Crete Research Excellence Award [honorary speech on "Civic/Academic Capital and Research"]. description of the photo

Feb. 2017: WCL 2014 paper in a list of 3 WCL papers among all WCL papers published in the 2014-2016 period, nominated by the journal for the 2017 ComSoc Heinrich Hertz Award, Feb. 2017. Results expected in May 2017.

Jan. 2017: Low-tech hardware, high-tech algorithms: FlockMop, i.e., cooperative mobile network targeting flock of smart (but cheap) cooperating mops/vacuum cleaners! See the term project of students in my fall 2016-2017 undergraduate "TEL412 Analysis and Design (Synthesis) of Telecom Modules" class!

Group team ASTRAPI wins "Seeding Ideas Harvesting the Future" TUC 2016 Innovation Contest, July 2016!

First Batteryless Digital Environmental Bistatic BackScatter Sensor Network: short packet communication with scatter radio principles, forward error correction and non-coherent decoding, with a plethora of batteryless sensors!

Integrated sensor and scatter radio with ultra-low power/cost MTT journal paper is out!

Simple Scatter Radio Sensor with Capacitive Principles!

RF harvesting apparatus MTT journal, with state-of-the-art sensitivities and efficiencies is out!

NlogN-complexity optimal non-coherent sequence detection of orthogonal signals TCOM journal is out, solving an almost 30-year old problem, relevant to satellite communications, as well as, RFIDs.

Journal paper on PLANT=Sensor=Battery was accepted. Perhaps, we should start thinking of plant science as a fascinating elecrical & computer science/engineering field of studies and applications!

"Reinventing Wireless with Scatter Radio", COST IC1301 RF Energy Harvesting for Sustainable Electronics Management Committee Meeting, Sept. 2015, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Coherent processing paper and software code for Reception of Gen2 RFIDs and computational RFIDs (sensors) in software-defined radio USRP2 (with a single card), available online.

"Reinventing Wireless for the Internet of Vegetables", Internet of Things: Technologies that Matter, MIT Enterprise Forum-Greece, Eugenides Foundation, Feb. 2015.

Conference-wide Best Student Paper Award, IEEE ICASSP 2015, Apr. 2015: P.N. Alevizos, Y. Fountzoulas, G.N. Karystinos and A. Bletsas, "Noncoherent Sequence Detection of Orthogonally Modulated Signals in Flat Fading with Log-Linear Complexity."

EarthTalk Magazine on Group's Research: The Internet of Vegetables? Sensors on Plants could Revolutionize Agriculture, April 2015.

Bistatic Scatter Radio Demo: How many transistors do you need to wirelessly network a tomato greenhouse?