Izr. prof. dr. Andrej Hrovat

He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana in 2004 and 2008 and finished his Ph.D. at the Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School in 2011. He is with the Department of Communication Systems at the Jožef Stefan Institute since 2004, at present holding the position of a senior research fellow. His research and working experience are in the field of telecommunications, focusing on development and performance analysis for fixed and mobile systems, including terrestrial, stratospheric, and satellite systems, and radio-channel modeling for fixed and mobile narrowband and broadband radio communication systems. He works on several projects connected with professional mobile communication systems, 2/3/4G, WiFi and WiMAX technologies, satellite and sensor networks, including several COST actions, Framework Program projects, H2020 projects, European Space Agency (ESA) projects, and numerous national research and application projects. Dr. Hrovat is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, serves as a journal editorial board member and guest editor, reviewer for several international impact-factor journals, and is a TCP member for various international conferences and workshops.

Research programme: Communication Networks and Services
Training topic: Designing novel methods for environment sensing and localization exploiting THz frequency bands by applying radio channel properties

To achieve ubiquitous wireless intelligence that provides users smart context-aware services through wireless connectivity anywhere in the world, the real-time sensing and accurate location information combined with high performance communication services are essential. Terahertz communications are seen as a key enabler for the future 6G communication systems where, new upcoming applications require terabits-per-second data rates, tenths of a millisecond latency with zero jitter, millimeter-precision sensing and positioning, increased spectral efficiency and device density, and seamless connectivity.

The design and implementation of joint communication, environment sensing and precise localization approach in 6G communication systems requires accurate characterization and modelling of the THz channel. Therefore, the development of novel methods for environment sensing and localization, the relevant THz channel properties must be determined through measurements and simulations with calibrated deterministic or stochastic channel models.

During the research, the properties of the THz channel for joint communication, environment sensing, and precise localization will be studied. The work will be concentrated on analyzing the radio propagation in the THz frequency band, the identification of the applicability of THz for joint communication, sensing, and localization, identification, development of suitable novel THz channel models, and design and evaluation of new methods for environment sensing and localization exploiting THz.


The PhD. research area includes variety research topics, including (but not limited to):

  • modelling a set of identified propagation mechanisms and channel parameters, and complementing the THz communication channel models with selected mechanisms to enable their application in combined communications, sensing and localization,
  • design a novel method for environment sensing, and localization exploiting the THz frequency band by applying identified channel properties,
  • prove and evaluate the performance of the proposed approaches in identified indoor scenarios by designing the architecture for selected scenarios and generating test datasets by available and upgraded THz radio propagation tool.


Depending on the candidate’s background and preferences, the research topic will include a theoretical, computer simulation or experimental approach.