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Thursday 03 May 2018Rural and Remote Architectures for 5G and Beyond

Professor David Grace - University of York

FML170 15:30-16:30

This seminar will explore possible heterogeneous architectures that can provide 5G and beyond to rural and remote areas, exploiting terrestrial, low altitude drones and high altitude platforms. Antenna beamforming and distributed MIMO approaches will be discussed. The seminar will also illustrate how spectrum coexistence between the different architectural tiers can be achieved, by exploiting machine learning and transfer learning to control the resource and topology management. Case studies of rural North Yorkshire and Osun State in Nigeria, which both have pockets of very limited mobile coverage, but have requirements for a range of mobile applications, will illustrate how such architectures can be applied.


David Grace received his PhD from University of York in 1999, with the subject of his thesis being ‘Distributed Dynamic Channel Assignment for the Wireless Environment’. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Department of Electronic Engineering at York, where he is now Professor (Research), Head of Communication Technologies Research Group and Director of the Centre for High Altitude Platform Applications. Current research interests include aerial platform based communications, application of distributed artificial intelligence to wireless systems; 5G and beyond system architectures; dynamic spectrum access and interference management. He is currently a lead investigator on H2020 MCSA 5G-AURA and H2020 MCSA SPOTLIGHT. He was a one of the lead investigators on FP7 ABSOLUTE and focussed on extending LTE-A for emergency/temporary events through application of cognitive techniques. He was technical lead on the 14-partner FP6 CAPANINA project that dealt with broadband communications from high altitude platforms. He is an author of over 250 papers, and author/editor of 2 books. He is the former chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks for the period 2013/4. He is a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Green Communications and Computing. In 2000, he jointly founded SkyLARC Technologies Ltd, and was one of its directors.

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