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)
adriano.jose.camps at
Phone1: (+34) 934054153

Adriano Camps joined the Electromagnetics and Photonics Eng. Group, Dept. of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, as an Assistant Professor in 1993, Associate Professor in 1997, and Full Professor since 2007. In 1999, he was on sabbatical leave at the Microwave Remote Sensing Lab., of the Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since September 2022 he is a visiting professor at the UAE University, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE. His research interests are focused in: 1) microwave remote sensing, with special emphasis in microwave radiometry by aperture synthesis (PhD Thesis was about the MIRAS instrument which became the single payload of ESA’s SMOS mission), 2) remote sensing using signals of opportunity (GNSS-R), 3) radio frequency interference detection and mitigation, and 4) nanosatellites as a tool to test innovative remote sensors. His publication record includes over 251 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 9 book chapters and the book Emery and Camps, “Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing. Atmosphere, Ocean, Land and Cryosphere Applications,” Elsevier, 2017, 860 pages), and more than 515 conference presentations. According to Google Scholar/Scopus his h-index is 58 / 46, and his publications have received more than 13611 /9415 citations. According to the 2020 Stanford ranking, he is ranked in the top 1% of all researchers in all categories (

He holds 12 patents, and has advised 29 Ph. D. Thesis students (+ 9 on-going), and more than 150 final project and M.Eng. Theses. These PhD students have now responsibility positions at Universities, companies and research centers. It is worth mentioning that 4 are at NASA/JPL, 1 at U. Michigan, and 2 have started their own companies (BALAMIS and MITICS) with A. Camps’ participation. A total of 5 patents have been transferred to them.

He was the Scientific Coordinator of the CommSensLab Research Center (María de Maeztu Excellence Research unit 2016-2020) at the Dept of Signal Theory and Communications. Within CommSensLab, he co-leads the Remote Sensing Lab (, and leads the UPC NanoSat Lab ( He is the PI of the first four UPC nano-satellites: 1) 3Cat-1: 1U CubeSat with 7 tech demos, 2) 3Cat-2, a 6U CubeSat an innovative dual-frequency dual-polarization GNSS-R payload, 3) 3Cat-4, a 1U Cubesat with a SDR implementing a microwave radiometer, a GNSS-Reflectomer, and AIS receiver, and 4) FSSCAT, a tandem mission formed by two 6U CubeSats. FFSCAT is the first mission contributing to the Copernicus System based on CubeSats and it has produced for the first time using CubeSats scientific quality soil moisture, sea ice extent, concentration and thickness, and sea salinity maps in the Arctic.

He has participated in all Technical Committee Programs of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) since 2000, was Chair of uCal 2001, Technical Program Committee Co-chair of IGARSS 2007, co-chair of GNSS-R ’10, general co-chair of IGARSS 2020, the 6th Fractionated and Federated Satellite Systems Workshop, and was a member of the organizing committee of the ESA 4th Symposium on Space Educational Activities (SSEA).

He was Associate Editor of Radio Science, and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, and he is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, and has been guest editor of several special issues. He was the President-Founder of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Chapter at Spain, and 2017-2018 President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

He has received several awards for his contributions to:

  • Research: 1) 2nd National Award of University Studies (1993); 2) INDRA award of the COIT to the best PhD in Remote Sensing (1997); 3) UPC extraordinary Ph.D. Award (1999); 4) Research Distinction of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2002); 5) the European Young Investigator Award (2004), 6) the ICREA Academia award (2009, 2015), and 7) the grade of Fellow of the IEEE (2011).
  • Technology transfer: As a member of the Microwave Radiometry Group, he received 1) the 1st Duran Farell award (2000) and 2) the Ciutat de Barcelona award (2001) for Technology Transfer, and 3) the “Salvà i Campillo” Award of the COETC for the most innovative research project for MIRAS/SMOS activities (2004), and 5) the 7th Duran Farell award for Technological Research for the work on GNSS-R instrumentation and applications (2010), 6) he and Mr. Querol received the ESNC Award-Barcelona Challenge for the FENIX system to detect and mitigate RFI in GNSS receivers (2015), and 7) the 2017 ESA Sentinel Small Satellite Challenge and the Overall Winner of 2017 Copernicus Masters Competition.
  • Education: 1) Jaume Vicens Vives award 2012 (17/9/2012) from the Generalitat de Catalunya for the Project “Concepció, Disseny, Implementació i Operació de l’itinerari d’assignatures de projectes d’acord amb la iniciativa International CDIO”, and 2) UPC award to the Teaching Quality at the University 2012 from the Social Council of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (collective awards together with Profs. Bragós, Alarcón, Sayrol, Oliveras, and Pegueroles), and 3) IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society – Education Award 2021