Workshop on 5G: Enabling Technologies and Applications

1-day workshop on application scenarios and enabling technologies of 5G

Venue: C211, College Building, Middlesex University, London, UK

Date: June 26, 2018; Time:9:00am-5:30pm

For free registration please click here

There will be a poster session for PhD students during the lunch time. Current PhD students in the UK are welcome to register for the event either as a participant or as a poster presenter.

Six travel grants sponsored by IEEE ComSoc UK and Ireland (£200 each) will be provided for six PhD students selected from those presenting the posters. The deadline for submission of the poster is June 15, 2018.

To apply for travel grant please click here


A 1-day workshop is arranged as part of ongoing Newton Fund project “5G for disaster and emergency management”. To extend the scope of the workshop, external speakers from different areas of expertise are invited to give talks. Talks will be focusing on 5G with the following relevant topics/applications (but not limited to):

  • Disaster and emergency applications
  • Connected vehicles, autonomous driving and V2X
  • NOMA
  • Virtualization
  • Smart home/city
  • Enabling 5G technologies
  • Smart database and machine learning

The agenda is now available here: 5G Workshop Agenda

The invited speakers presenting during the workshop include:

1. Prof. Jinho Choi, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Title: Low-complexity Approaches to mm-Wave Beamforming

AbstractMillimeter-wave (mmWave) communications have attracted a lot of attention due to the availability of massive bandwidth. In mmWave, it is expected that beamforming plays a key role in overcoming a high path loss for outdoor applications and a highly selective beamforming becomes possible as an array of a limited size can have a large number of antenna elements. This, however, results in various challenging problems due to a limited number of radio frequency (RF) chains. In this talk, we discuss various related issues including hybrid beamforming and sparse channel estimation and present low complexity algorithms.

BioJinho Choi was born in Seoul, Korea. He received B.E. (magna cum laude) degree in electronics engineering in 1989 from Sogang University, Seoul, and M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He is with Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) as a Professor. Prior to joining GIST in 2013, he was with the College of Engineering, Swansea University, United Kingdom, as a Professor/Chair in Wireless. His research interests include wireless communications and array/statistical signal processing. He authored two books published by Cambridge University Press in 2006 and 2010. Prof. Choi received the 1999 Best Paper Award for Signal Processing from EURASIP, 2009 Best Paper Award from WPMC (Conference), and is Senior Member of IEEE. Currently, he is an Editor of IEEE Trans. Communications and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters and had served as an Associate Editor or Editor of other journals including IEEE Communications Letters, Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN), IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and ETRI journal.

2. Prof. John Cosmas, Brunel University

Title: A Scalable and License Free 5G Internet of Radio Light Architecture for Services in Homes and Businesses

Bio: John Cosmas (Brunel University) was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1956. He received the B.Eng. degree in electronic engineering from Liverpool University in 1978 and the Ph.D. degree from Imperial College, University of London in 1986. He is currently a Professor of Multimedia Systems with the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London. He co-leads the Wireless Networks and Communications Research Centre, is the course director of M.Sc. Advanced Multimedia Design and 3-D Technologies. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting. His research interests are concerned with the development of multimedia systems applied to future of broadcasting, cellular communications, 2-D/3-D digital video/graphics media and the synergies between these technologies towards their application towards the benefit of the environment, health and societies. He has participated in eleven EU-IST and two EPSRC funded research projects since 1986 and he has led three of these (CISMUNDUS, PLUTO, and 3-D MURALE). His latest research is concerned with management of heterogeneous cellular networks, convergence of cellular and ad-hoc networks, 3-D MIMO, and efficient software defined networks architectures.

3. Dr. Giuseppe Destino, Kings College London

Title5G positioning: a new opportunity to achieve sub-meter accuracy with mobile networks

Abstract: Millimeter-wave communication is considered one of the key enablers for 5G systems as it contributes to achieving high data rate with very wideband transmission, high beamforming gain and massive MIMO techniques. However, millimeter-wave technology can provide all the requirements to achieve accurate positioning and reliable location-awareness all time. In this talk, we will illustrate all the benefits of this new localisation solution, a brief introduction to the underpinning mathematical model and the trade-off with communications.

Bio: Giuseppe Destino received his Dr. Sc. degree at the University of Oulu in 2012, M.Sc. (EE) degrees simultaneously from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy and University of Nice, France in 2005. Currently, he is working as Academy of Finland postdoctoral research fellow as well as project manager of national and international projects at the Centre for Wireless Communications of the University of Oulu, Finland. In 2017, He worked at the Nokia Bell Labs, Oulu, under the Nokia Bell Labs and University of Oulu Joint Centre for Future Connectivity. Since 2018, he is associated with King’s College London, Centre for Telecommunication Research (CTR), where he carries on activities on positioning and millimetre-wave technologies. His research interests include wireless communications, millimetre wave radio access technologies, especially, on algorithms for channel estimation, hybrid beamforming and positioning. He served as a member of the technical program committee of IEEE conferences.

4. Dr. Glenford Mapp, Middlesex University

Title: Issues and Possible Solutions for developing the Connected Vehicle Environment.

BioDr. Glenford Mapp  received his BSc (First Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies in 1982, a MEng (Distinction in Thesis) from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in 1985 and a PhD from the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge in 1992. He then worked at AT&T Cambridge Laboratories for ten years before joining Middlesex University in London in 2003, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Computer Laboratory between 2003 and 2010 where he worked on several projects. His primary expertise is in the development of new technologies for mobile and distributed systems, vehicular networks and Smart City infrastructure. He has published over 100 papers in refereed journals and conferences.

5. Dr. Huan Nguyen/TuanLe/Mohsin/Mehmet, MDX Team

Title: 5G/D2D for Disaster and Emergency Management

Abstract: This project is for the development of a location-based system that provides safety support to mobile users and assists emergency services in the event of disasters. The proposed system will support monitoring, alerts and rescue services by utilising the latest device-to-device and relay technologies working over the long-term evolution networks. Our targets are emergency situations in Turkey and its region during/after disasters such as earthquakes, mining disasters, and avalanches where unsafe areas are often found. Other safety issues will also be addressed, such as the dangers in unsafe areas at remote camp sites, snowy walking trails and landslides, where conventional cellular networks may only be partially available. A prototype demonstration system will be built to test the alerting services.

6. Dr. Francesco Fioranelli, Glasgow University

TitleNext Generation Communication Systems – Activities at University of Glasgow

BioFrancesco Fioranelli graduated in Telecommunication Engineering (summa cum laude) at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy for Bachelor (2007) and Master (2010) degrees. He received his PhD on through-wall radar imaging at Durham University (UK) in January 2014, and worked as a Research Associate on multistatic radar development and applications with Prof Hugh Griffiths at University College London between February 2014 and March 2016. He then joined the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow in April 2016 as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Glasgow College UESTC, between the University of Glasgow and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in Chengdu, for which he is the Exam and Assessment Coordinator, and course coordinator for teaching Circuits Analysis and Design. His research interests cover the multiple aspects of developing, testing and using bistatic and multistatic radar systems for various applications, with particular focus in approaches for automatic target classification in various contexts. Francesco is a member of the IEEE and IET, Chartered Engineer (CEng), associate member of the EPSRC Peer Review College since July 2017, and a reviewer for several academic journals including IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and IEEE Sensors. He published over 40 journal and conference papers in various applications and aspects of radar systems, as well as 2 book chapters. He is the co-recipient of the best paper published in IET Radar Sonar & Navigation in 2017, and the Principal Investigator of the EPSRC project EP/R041679/1 INSHEP, “Intelligent RF Sensing for Falls and Health Prediction”.

7. Prof. George Ghinea, Brunel University

Title: 360 degrees multimedia: enabling human senses over 5G environments

AbstractNEWTON  project is a large scale initiative to develop, integrate and disseminate innovative technology-enhanced learning (TEL) methods and tools, to create new or inter-connect existing state-of-the art teaching labs and to build a pan-European learning network platform that supports fast dissemination of learning content to a wide audience in a ubiquitous manner. The project focuses on employing novel technologies in order to increase learner quality of experience, by developing and deploying a set of new TEL mechanisms involving multi-modal and multi-sensorial media distribution. In this context, immersive 5G-enabled content plays an important role. However, the radio resource management in 5G networks is expected to deal with very high degree of services’ heterogeneity and stringent Quality of Service (QoS) requirements. Bandwidth-hungry applications (i.e. 360˚ video) require higher priorities than other traffic classes in order to assure an enhanced user experience. By following predefined priority order, the scheduling strategies over-provision the most prioritized traffic classes while degrading the QoS satisfaction of other classes. Other priority-based scheduling schemes are designed to deal with particular QoS requirements. To improve the overall QoS satisfaction, this talk proposes a flexible framework able to select at each predefined interval the most appropriated traffic class to be prioritized and the most suitable scheduling rule to be performed for the radio resource allocation. Reinforcement learning is used in conjunction with neural networks to simplify the decisions’ making at each instantaneous scheduler state. Simulation results indicate significant QoS improvements for the proposed framework when scheduling heterogeneous traffic.

8. Dr. Duc To, VIAVI Solutions

Title: Modelling Based for Massive MIMO Testing

Abstract: The new 5G wireless services are going to support ever demanded scenarios classified as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communications (eMTC) and ultra-reliable and low latency communications (URLLC). Among them, according to the vision for 2020,  eMBB services are to reach a challenging target of multiple aspects: peak data rate, user experienced data rates, area traffic, spectrum efficiency, energy efficiency and mobility. Massive MIMO paradigm, where the number of base station antennas is very much larger than the number of mobile devices and each is with a few antennas, can be an instrument to achieve the target. TM500 test mobile / E500 system of VIAVI Solutions offer testing capability against base stations in lab environments.   An E500 interacts with the base stations through RF cables as if there are thousands of mobile devices in dozens of cells are being served. To mimic the radio propagation, a modelling subsystem in TM500 / E500 functions to generate the channel conditions. However, from the model of single-user 4×4 MIMO in 4G LTE to multi-users with large-scale MIMO is a big jump, posing many challenges for architecture, modelling and processing. In the talk we will give an overview of modelling based for radio network testing while supporting the nature of fading in wireless cellular communications. Solution architecture for massive MIMO testing will be discussed. Also, we will share some illustrative initial demo results. 

Short Bio: Duc To received a Ph.D. degree in advanced telecommunications from Swansea University, Swansea, U.K., in 2011. From March 2011 to February 2012, he was a Research Assistant at Swansea University and gained experiences in modelling for energy efficient transmissions. He is now a Senior Algorithm Engineer in the Algorithms Group, Aeroflex Limited trading as VIAVI Solutions – Wireless, Stevenage, U.K.. At there, he has been working on signal processing for communications taking into account practical aspects, algorithm design and modelling. He grasps very good understandings of wireless communications standards including Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and the latest and underdevelopment 5G New Radio.

Poster Presentations

  1. Paulo Valente Klaine, University of Glasgow, poster title “Reinforcement Learning Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Pop-Up Cellular Networks
  2. Murat Temiz, The University of Manchester, poster title “The impact of channel correlation and CSI mismatch on low-resolution quantized massive MIMO systems
  3. Othman Younus, University of Northumbria, poster title ”Security based VLC MIMO System
  4. João Pedro Battistella Nadas, University of Glasgow, poster title “Leveraging Retransmissions in Wireless Networked Control Systems with Packetized Predictive Control
  5. Trang Cong Mai, Queen’s University Belfast, poster title “Pilot Power Control for Cell-free Massive MIMO
  6. Adnaan Zahid, University of Glasgow, poster title “Beyond 5G: Applications of Terahertz in Future Agri-tech Systems
  7. Vishnu Paranthaman, Middlesex University, poster title “IEEE 802.11p Vehicular Network Deployment, Coverage, and Backhaul Issues
  8. Kamran Ali, Middlesex University, poster title “Drone small cell based public safety networks”
  9. Abimbola Crown, Middlesex University, poster title “Channel Modelling for mmWave Automotive Applications (V2X) in Hendon (London) Area


The workshop also aims at promoting any potential research/funding collaboration. Calls for participants to another fully funded ”5G workshop” in October 2018 and the ICT’19 conference (both in Hanoi, Vietnam) will also be discussed.