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Damien Roque

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Since late 2013, I’m an associate professor at the Department of Electronics, Optronics and Signal (DEOS) of the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), University of Toulouse. My research interests are in the field of digital communications and related signal processing techniques (e.g., estimation/detection, time-frequency analysis...).

From 2012 to 2013, I was a temporary assistant professor (ATER) at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées de Grenoble (ENSIMAG).

In 2012, I obtained my Ph.D. in signal processing applied to wireless communications at Grenoble Images Paroles Signal Automatique (GIPSA-lab), University of Grenoble.

In 2009, I obtained my engineer degree (MSc.) from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne (today known as IMT-Atlantique).

 Research activities

Topics :

  • “faster-than-Nyquist” transmission techniques (interference mitigation, synchronization...) ;
  • multicarrier modulations over mobile radio channels (pulse shapes optimization, equalization, radar processing...).

Applications fields : satellite broadcasting, aeronautical communications, terrestrial cellular and ad-hoc networks...

 Teaching activities

Signal processing (with E. Chaumette and S. Bidon),

Supaero, 1st and 2nd year.

Elementary signal processing tools such as spectral analysis, filter design, random processes, estimation are introduced through practical work sessions (e.g., building an FM receiver, processing radar signals...).

Introduction to radio-communication (with R. Pascaud),

Supaero, 2nd year.

We present the building blocks of a radio transceiver, including antennas, radio-frequency electronics and fundamentals of digital communications (linear modulations over AWGN channels).

Cybersecurity and electronic warfare (with M. Benammar),

Supaero, 2nd year (elective unit).

Applications, network and physical layer security aspects are addressed. Several practical work sessions allow to dive into a wide variety of subjects.

Student research projects,

Supaero, 2nd year.

One or more projects are proposed each year in the field of signal processing for digital communications. They are usually related to ongoing research topics (e.g., blind synchronization algorithms for multicarrier signals...).

Digital communications,

Supaero, 3rd year.

Common tools of signal processing are reviewed and used in order to present bases of digital communications. Advanced aspects such as synchronization. Several practical work sessions are proposed along with SDR examples : simulation of a linear transmission over AWGN channel, Costas 1st order synchronization loop, Gardner 2nd order timing loop.

Transmission over frequency selective channels,

Research Master TAST,

Frequency selective channels are modeled and several fading mitigation techniques are presented : single-carrier equalization, CP-OFDM with single-tap per sub-channel equalization, DSSS... Practical work includes the simulation of a CP-OFDM system over a multipath channel.


Here is list of supervised students, since 2014...


  • N. Jimenez Diaz, M.Sc. candidate, Blind Synchronization Using Neural Networks, funded by ISAE Supaero, from UPC/ETSETB, 2018. Co-supervised with M. Benammar.
  • S. Mercier, Ph.D. candidate, Radar Sensing and Information Transmission with a Single Waveform (RADCOM), funded by DGA/MRIS and Thalès Systèmes Aéroportés, from PHELMA, 2017-2020. Co-supervised with S. Bidon.
  • A. Abelló, Ph.D. candidate, Adaptive Faster-Than-Nyquist Techniques for Satellite Communications, funded by Eutelsat and DGA/MRIS, hosted at ISAE Supaero (Toulouse) and Eutelsat (Paris), co-supervised with J. Lacan (ISAE), J.M. Freixe (Eutelsat) and N. Pham (Eutelsat), from ISAE Supaero and UPC/ETSETB, 2015-2018.


  • M.J. Lopez Morales, M.Sc. candidate, Synchronization Techniques for Faster-than-Nyquist Signals Based on Higher-Order Statistics, funded by ISAE Supaero, from UPM/ETSIT and Lund University, 2018.
  • A. Marquet, Ph.D. canditate, Faster-Than-Nyquist Transmission over Mobile Radio Channels, funded by the French Ministry of Education, hosted at GIPSA-lab and ISAE Supaero, from TELECOM Bretagne, co-supervised by L. Ros (GIPSA-lab) and C. Siclet (GIPSA-lab), 2014-2017.
  • A. Pirovano, Dipl.-Ing. candidate, Design of a VHF Datalink Mode 2 Receiver Based on Software Defined Radio, funded by ISAE Supaero, from PHELMA, 2016.
  • N. Doronzo, Dipl.-Ing. candidate, Processing of ACARS Messages Thanks to Software Defined Radio Receiver, funded by ISAE Supaero, from ENSIMAG and Politecnico di Torino, 2014.
  • J. Charbonneau, Dipl.-Ing. candidate, Building a GNSS Receiver Based on Software Defined Radio, funded by ISAE Supaero, from ENSEEIHT, 2014.


You can reach me on the Supaero campus, building 7, office 1107 (coordinates 43.565233, 1.475407), contact me by e-mail, or by phone : +33 (0)5 61 33 83 56.

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