Emil Björnson received the M.S. degree in Engineering Mathematics from Lund University, Sweden, in 2007. He received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 2011. From 2012 to mid 2014, he was a joint postdoc at the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio, SUPELEC, France, and at KTH. He joined Linköping University, Sweden, in 2014 and is currently Senior Lecturer and Docent at the Division of Communication Systems. He teaches Master level courses on communications and is responsible for the Master programme in Communication Systems.

He performs research on multi-antenna communications, Massive MIMO, radio resource allocation, energy-efficient communications, and network design. He is on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Communications (since 2017) and the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking (since 2016). He is also the first author of the textbook “Optimal Resource Allocation in Coordinated Multi-Cell Systems” from 2013. He is dedicated to reproducible research and has made a large amount of simulation code publicly available.

Dr. Björnson has performed MIMO research for more than ten years and has filed more than ten related patent applications. He received the 2016 Best PhD Award from EURASIP, the 2015 Ingvar Carlsson Award, and the 2014 Outstanding Young Researcher Award from IEEE ComSoc EMEA. He has co-authored papers that received best paper awards at the conferences IEEE ICC 2015, IEEE WCNC 2014, IEEE SAM 2014, IEEE CAMSAP 2011, and WCSP 2009.


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TSKS01 Digital Communication

TSKS14 Multiple Antenna Communication

TSRT04 Introduction in Matlab



Victor Cheng, Emil Björnson, Erik G Larsson

Optimal Pilot and Payload Power Control in Single-Cell Massive MIMO Systems

In IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing

Article in journal

Ming Xiao, Shahid Mumtaz, Yongming Huang, Linglong Dai, Yonghui Li, Michail Matthaiou, George K. Karagiannidis, Emil Björnson, Kai Yang, I. Chih-Lin, Amitabha Ghosh

Editorial Material: Millimeter Wave Communications for Future Mobile Networks (Guest Editorial), Part I in IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS, vol 35, issue 7, pp 1425-1431

Article in journal

Emil Björnson, Elisabeth de Carvalho, Jesper H. Sorensen, Erik G Larsson, Petar Popovski

A Random Access Protocol for Pilot Allocation in Crowded Massive MIMO Systems

Article in journal


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