Adriano Camps

Adriano Camps

Adriano Camps

Full Professor

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC-BarcelonaTech
Signal Theory and Communications Department

Campus Nord UPC
C/Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona (Spain)
Phone1: (+34) 934054153

Prof. Adriano Camps was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1969. He received the degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 1992 and 1996, respectively. In 1991 to 1992, he was at the ENS des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France, with an Erasmus Fellowship. Since 1993, he has been with the Electromagnetics and Photonics Engineering Group, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, where he was first Assistant Professor, Associate Professor in 1997, and Full Professor since 2007. In 1999, he was on sabbatical leave at the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since 1993, he has been deeply involved in the European Space Agency SMOS Earth Explorer Mission, from the instrument and algorithmic points of view, performing field experiments, and since 2001 studying the use of GNSS-R techniques to perform the sea state correction needed to retrieve salinity from L-band radiometric observations. His research interests are focused in microwave remote sensing, with special emphasis in microwave radiometry by aperture synthesis techniques and remote sensing using signals of opportunity (GNSS-R). He has published over 203 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 6 book chapters, 1 book, and more than 425 international conference presentations, holds 12 patents, and has advised 23 Ph. D. Thesis students (+ 8 on-going), and more than 120 final projects and M.Eng. Theses. According to Publish or Perish (Google Scholar) his publications have received more than 6347/9547 citations, and his h-index is 38 /47 according to Scopus/Google Scholar.

Prof. Adriano Camps is currently the Scientific Coordinator of the CommSensLab “María de Maeztu” Excellence Research Unit, he co-led the Remote Sensing Lab ( and co-leads the UPC NanoSat Lab ( He is the PI of the first four UPC nano-satellites: 1) 3Cat-1, a 1U CubeSat with 7 small technology demonstrators and scientific payloads, 2) 3Cat-2, a 6U CubeSat with the first dual-frequency dual-polarization GNSS-R payload, launched on August 15th 2016 using a Chinese LM-D2 rocket, 3) 3Cat-4, a 1U Cubesat with a software defined radio to implement a microwave radiometer, a GNSS-Reflectomer, and an AIS receiver, and 4) FSSCAT, a tandem mission formed by two 6U CubeSats, overall winner of the Copernicus masters competition 2017.

He was Chair of uCal 2001, member of the IGARSS Technical Program Committee since 2002, IGARSS 2007 Technical Program Committee Co-chair, co-chair of GNSS-R ’10, and co-chair of IGARSS 2020 and the 6th FFSS Workshop. He was Associate Editor of Radio Science, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, and he is currently Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He was the President-Founder of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Chapter at Spain. He has been the member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Administrative Committee since 2002, where he has been the Newsletter Editor, the web editor, VicePresident of Information Resources, VicePresident of Meetings and Symposia, Executive VicePresident, and in 2017 and 2018 President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

In 1993, he received the Second National Award of University Studies; in 1997, the INDRA award of the Spanish Association of Telecommunication Engineers to the best Ph.D. in Remote Sensing; in 1999 the Extraordinary Ph.D. Award at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya; in 2002, the Research Distinction of the Generalitat de Catalunya for contributions to microwave passive remote sensing; in 2004 he received a European Young Investigator Award, in 2009 and 2015 the ICREA Academia award, and in 2011 he was elevated to the grade of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for “For contributions to microwave remote sensing of land and sea surfaces.” Finally, as a member of the Microwave Radiometry Group, UPC, he received in 2000, 2001, and 2004: the 1st Duran Farell and the Ciutat de Barcelona awards for Technology Transfer, and the “Salvà i Campillo” Award of the Professional Association of Telecommunication Engineers of Catalonia for the most innovative research project for MIRAS/SMOS related activities, and in 2010 the 7th Duran Farell award for Technological Research for the work on GNSS-R instrumentation and applications. In 2015 he and Mr. Querol received the European Satellite Navigation Competition Award-Barcelona Challenge for the FENIX system to detect and mitigate radio frequency interference in satellite navigation receivers, and in 2017 he was the winner of the Copernicus Masters ESA Sentinel Small Satellite Challenge and the Overall Winner of 2017 Copernicus Masters Competition.