10th Advanced Satellite Multimedia Systems Conference (ASMS) in Graz

JOANNEUM RESEARCH, together with the DLR Institute of Communication and Navigation and the Graz University of Technology, with the scientific support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the University of Bologna, organized a two-day program consisting of scientific presentations and discussions.

Michael Schmidt with the 3U CubeSat. Credit: JOANNEUM RESEARCH/ Bergmann


10th Advanced Satellite Multimedia Systems Conference and the 16th Signal Processing for Space Communications Workshop was supposed to take place in Graz in September 2020. Due to the COVID outbreak, the organisation committee had decided to arrange a shorter virtual event in October 2020 and postpone the face-to-face and/or a hybrid event to next year, hoping by that time the situation will allow travelling and celebrating a large event in safe conditions for all participants.

The Institute DIGITAL of JOANNEUM RESEARCH was the local organiser of this conference, which was promoted and supported by IEEE. Many years of the joint project activities and excellent partnerships provided the opportunity to invite three Austrian companies, Austrospace, SCOTTY Group Austria GmbH and Atos IT Solutions and Services GmbH, to become sponsors of the conference.


The program covered all modern aspects of satellite communication like 5G and Satellite, CubeSat, Internet of Things (IoT), High Troughput satellites (HTS), and more than 30 papers have been submitted. A highlight of the conference was the role of artificial intelligence in the satellite communications. Nowadays artificial intelligence, becoming the leading phenomena in automation, enables next generation of space communications and changes the way of the technology in this area. Modern space communications systems are using advanced software to support research and exploration missions. By applying artificial intelligence and machine learning, satellites operate these systems impeccably, making real-time decisions. Many tests and projects are being carried out to introduce AI technology into space communications.

The experts of the research groups “Space and Communication Technology” and “Machine Vision Applications” of JOANNEUM RESEARCH - DIGITAL gave detailed inside in this modern approach of optimising satellite communication.

Werner Bailer and Dr. Martin Winter demonstrated applied for machine learning for satellite communications and for scheduling and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) prediction. Joel Flavio gave the overview on the technology of deep learning for multibeam satellite precoding matrix estimation. Michael Schmidt presented results of the research project on CubeSat “W-Band CubeSat, Experiment, Architecture, Modules” which will be applied in future High Throughput satellites.


More than 350 registered participants got an excellent cover of all aspects of satellite communication and gave a very positive feedback in their online review of the conference. The conference consortium is looking forward to the 11th ASMS conference in the next year in Graz, which brings together the community of experts in the area of satellite communication and enables information exchange about new openings and discoveries.