Short biography

Dr. David López-Pérez ( is a telecommunications engineer, who has devoted most of his career to the study of both cellular and Wi-Fi networks, where his main research interests are in network performance analysis, both theoretical and simulation-based, network planning & optimisation as well as technology & feature development. David's main contributions are around the understanding of small cells and ultra-dense networks. He has also pioneered work on cellular and Wi-Fi inter-working, and investigated both multi-antenna capabilities and ultra-reliable low latency features for future indoor networks. David was recognised as Bell Labs Distinguished Member of Staff in 2019, has authored 1 book on small cells, and has published more than 150 research manuscripts on a variety of related topics. David has filed 52 patents applications with more than 25 granted as of today, and has received a number of prestigious awards. He is an editor of IEEE TWC.

Extended biography

David López-Pérez (M’12 SM´17) has been with Bell Laboratories from 2012 to 2020, where he was recognised as  Bell Laboratories Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) in 2019.

Prior to this, David received the B.Sc. and MSc. degrees in Telecommunication from the Miguel Hernandez University, Spain, in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and the PhD. degree in Wireless Networking from the University of Bedfordshire, U.K., in 2011. David was also a Radio Frequency Engineer with Vodafone, Spain, from 2005 to 2006, and a Research Associate with King’s College London, U.K., from 2010 to 2011.

During his professional career, David has performed extensive work on network performance analysis, both from a theoretical and a simulation-based perspective, network planning & optimisation as well as technology & feature development. David's main contributions are around the understanding of small cells and ultra-dense networks, and the enhancement of inter-cell interference coordination and mobility management related aspects. David has also pioneered work on LTE and WLAN inter-working, forming part of the team that invented Wi-Fi Boost, later standardised as 3GPP LWIP. David has also lead research on future indoor networks, investigating both new multi-antenna technology as well as ultra-reliable low latency features.

As for his publication record, David has authored the book Small Cell Networks: Deployment, Management and Optimisation (IEEE Press/Wiley, 2018), has published more than 150 book chapters, journal and conference papers, all in recognised venues, and holds more than 25 granted patents and over 52 filed ones.

In recognition to his work, David received a PhD Marie-Curie Fellowship in 2007, the IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional Industry Award in 2016, the IEEE WCNC'18 Best Student Paper Award in 2018, the Bell Labs DMTS tile in 2019 and the Nokia top inventor awards for granted and standard essential patents in 2019. David was also a finalist for the Scientist of the Year prize in The Irish Laboratory Awards in 2013 and 2015.

Supporting the research community, David is currently an editor of IEEE TRANSACTION on WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS since 2016, and is or has been a Guest Editor of a number of journals, e.g., the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS, the IEEE Communication Magazine and the IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine. David was awarded as Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS in 2011.