Distinguished Lecturer Seminar: Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, 2 July, 4pm, at UCL

An opportunity for VTS Members has arisen in the form a seminar series by the prestigious speaker and IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini. The first of these seminars is on 2 July, at 4pm, at University College London.

The topic and additional details are as follows. A Handout for the seminar is here.

This seminar is free to attend, and no registration is required. Please forward to those who you think may be interested in attending.

Title: Collimated light propagation: The next frontier in underwater wireless communication

Abstract: Traditional underwater communication systems rely on acoustic modems due their reliability and long range. However their limited data rates, lead to the exploration of alternative techniques. In this talk, we briefly go over the potential offered by underwater wireless optical communication systems. We then summarizes some of the underwater channel challenges going from severe absorption and scattering that need to be surpassed before such kind of systems can be deployed in practice. We finally present some of the on-going research directions in the area of underwater wireless optical communication systems in order to (i) better characterize and model the underwater optical channel and (ii) design, develop, and test experimentally new suitable modulation and coding techniques suitable for this environment.

Biography: Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009.

The seminar will be in the Roberts Building, G08, Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/sir-david-davies-lt

Note that an additional seminar on this topic will be added in the coming days once details are finalised, speaking at University of Warwick on 29 August. You will be kept updated.

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Prof. Aylin Yener, Seminars at Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, and University of Edinburgh: “Foundations of Energy Harvesting and Energy Cooperating Communications”

Please note that Prof. Aylin Yener, from Pennsylvania State University, will also be lecturing at Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, and University of Edinburgh, through the duration of 3-6 July. Details are as follows:

  • Imperial  College London, 3 July 2018, 11am-12pm
    (Seminar Room 909b, Level 9, EEE Building)
  • Trinity College Dublin, 4 July 2018, 12pm-1pm
    (Large Conference Room (LCR), O’Reilly Institute)
  • University of Edinburgh, 6 July 2018, 11.30am-12.30pm
    (Alexander Graham Bell Building, Seminar Room (Top Floor), King’s Buildings)

Note that these events are free to attend, and registration is not required.

Title: Foundations of Energy Harvesting and Energy Cooperating Communications

Abstract: Wireless communication networks composed of devices that can harvest energy from nature will lead to the green future of wireless, as energy harvesting offers the possibility of perpetual network operation without adverse effects on the environment. By developing effective and robust communication techniques to be used under energy harvesting conditions, some of the communication devices in a heterogeneous network can even be taken off the grid. Energy harvesting brings new considerations to system level design of wireless communication networks, leading to new insights. These include randomness and intermittency of available energy, as well as additional system issues to be concerned about such as energy storage capacity and processing complexity. Additionally, one can now envision such devices engaging in energy cooperation by powering one another to improve overall network performance. The goal of this talk is to furnish the audience with fundamental design principles of energy harvesting and energy cooperating wireless communication networks which is an emerging research area.

Biography: Aylin Yener is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA, since 2010, where she joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2002. Since 2017, she is a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. From 2016-2018, she was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. From 2008 to 2009, she was a Visiting Associate Professor with the same department. Her research interests include information theory, communication theory, and network science, with recent emphasis on green communications and information security. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2003, the Best Paper Award in Communication Theory in the IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2010, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Outstanding Research Award in 2010, the IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in 2014, the PSEAS Premier Research Award in 2014, and the Leonard A. Doggett Award for Outstanding Writing in Electrical Engineering at Penn State in 2014. She is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Communications Society (2018-2020) and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (2017-2019). She is a fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Yener is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2015-2020), where she was previously the treasurer (2012-2014). She served as the student committee chair for the IEEE Information Theory Society 2007-2011, and was the co-founder of the Annual School of Information Theory in North America co-organizing the school in 2008, 2009, and 2010. She was a technical (co)-chair for various symposia/tracks at the IEEE ICC, PIMRC, VTC, WCNC, and Asilomar (2005-2014). She served as an editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS (2009 – 2012), an editor and an editorial advisory board member for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS (2001-2012), and a guest editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION FORENSICS AND SECURITY (2011) and the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS (2015). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MOBILE COMPUTING and as a senior editor for the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS ON COMMUNICATIONS.

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Seminars Series at King’s College London

The IEEE UK and Ireland VTS Chapter is holding a Seminars Series at King’s College on 2 July 2018. The first Seminar will be given by Prof. Aylin Yener, from Pennslyvania State University, on the topic of “Foundations of Energy Harvesting and Energy Cooperating Communications”, starting at 11am. The second seminar will be given by Dr. Jonathan Scarlett from the National University of Singapore, on the topic of “Information-Theoretic Limits for Inference, Learning, and Optimization”, starting at noon.

These Seminars will be held in Room (S)1.04, King’s College London, Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG.

Note that registration by the end of Friday this week is *required* at the following link.

Further details are as follows:

First seminar:

Title: Foundations of Energy Harvesting and Energy Cooperating Communications

Abstract: Wireless communication networks composed of devices that can harvest energy from nature will lead to the green future of wireless, as energy harvesting offers the possibility of perpetual network operation without adverse effects on the environment. By developing effective and robust communication techniques to be used under energy harvesting conditions, some of the communication devices in a heterogeneous network can even be taken off the grid. Energy harvesting brings new considerations to system level design of wireless communication networks, leading to new insights. These include randomness and intermittency of available energy, as well as additional system issues to be concerned about such as energy storage capacity and processing complexity. Additionally, one can now envision such devices engaging in energy cooperation by powering one another to improve overall network performance. The goal of this talk is to furnish the audience with fundamental design principles of energy harvesting and energy cooperating wireless communication networks which is an emerging research area.

Biography: Aylin Yener is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA, since 2010, where she joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2002. Since 2017, she is a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. From 2016-2018, she was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. From 2008 to 2009, she was a Visiting Associate Professor with the same department. Her research interests include information theory, communication theory, and network science, with recent emphasis on green communications and information security. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2003, the Best Paper Award in Communication Theory in the IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2010, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Outstanding Research Award in 2010, the IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in 2014, the PSEAS Premier Research Award in 2014, and the Leonard A. Doggett Award for Outstanding Writing in Electrical Engineering at Penn State in 2014. She is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Communications Society (2018-2020) and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (2017-2019). She is a fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Yener is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2015-2020), where she was previously the treasurer (2012-2014). She served as the student committee chair for the IEEE Information Theory Society 2007-2011, and was the co-founder of the Annual School of Information Theory in North America co-organizing the school in 2008, 2009, and 2010. She was a technical (co)-chair for various symposia/tracks at the IEEE ICC, PIMRC, VTC, WCNC, and Asilomar (2005-2014). She served as an editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS (2009 – 2012), an editor and an editorial advisory board member for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS (2001-2012), and a guest editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION FORENSICS AND SECURITY (2011) and the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS (2015). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MOBILE COMPUTING and as a senior editor for the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS ON COMMUNICATIONS.

Second seminar

Title: Information-Theoretic Limits for Inference, Learning, and Optimization

Abstract: The field of information theory was introduced as a means for understanding the fundamental limits of data compression and transmission, and has shaped the design of practical communication systems for decades. In this talk, I will discuss the emerging viewpoint that information theory is not only a theory of communication, but a far-reaching theory of data that is applicable to seemingly unrelated statistical problems such as estimation, prediction, and optimization. This perspective leads to principled approaches for certifying the near-optimality of practical algorithms, as well as understanding where further improvements are possible. I will provide an introduction to some of the main ideas and insights offered by this perspective, and present examples in the problems of group testing, graphical model selection, sparse regression, and black-box function optimization.

Biography: Jonathan Scarlett received the B.Eng.~degree in electrical engineering and the B.Sci. degree in computer science from the University of Melbourne, Australia, both in 2010. From October 2011 to August 2014, he was a Ph.D. student in the Signal Processing and Communications Group at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. From September 2014 to September 2017, he was a post-doctoral researcher with the Laboratory for Information and Inference Systems at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He is now an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore. His research interests are in the areas of information theory, machine learning, signal processing, and high-dimensional statistics.

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IEEE 5G Summit Glasgow, 14 May 2018, University of Strathclyde

The IEEE UK and Ireland VTS Chapter is supporting the IEEE 5G Summit Glasgow, taking place on 14 May at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

This event will be at the leading edge of a 5G technologies, providing coverage of some of the most groundbreaking technical aspects and capabilities of 5G, and some particular usage scenarios such as IoT and enhancing rural connectivity.

The address of the event is: Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD, UK

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All are, of course, invited to participate. Because of the costs involved in running this event, registration for participation is required, priced at £40. Registration is available at the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ieee-5g-summit-glasgow-tickets-44940624618

The Agenda, which is currently developing, is available here.

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Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Fan Bai of General Motors Research & Development, USA: “Towards Building an Internet of Vehicles” – 14 December 2017, 2pm, at King’s College London Strand Campus

*CANCELLED*

We are honoured to welcome Dr. Fan Bai, Senior Researcher at General Motors Company Research & Development, to give a VTS Distinguished Lecture at King’s College London on 14 December at 2pm, in room K3.11. This room is located in the King’s College London King’s Building, located at Strand, London WC2R 2LS. IEEE VTS members and others are welcome to attend (for free!), however, attendance will be allowed only based on prior (free) registration—noting that the number of places is limited and there are security requirements at the building. You can register at this link. Registration closes at the end of 1 December UTC.

Please feel free to forward this email to others, for possible participation.

The Title and Abstract of the talk, and Mr. Bai’s biography, are as follows:

Title:
Towards Building an Internet of Vehicles.

Abstract:
Recent developments in the automotive industry point to a new emerging domain of connected vehicles, in which vehicles equipped with wireless radios can communicate a wide range of information to each other as well as the Internet infrastructure, including traffic updates, safety notification and infotainment content.

The first half of the talk will focus on how to develop a hybrid network architecture for vehicular networks which combines both the existing cellular infrastructure as well as new vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities. Compared to either a purely centralized cellular-based approach or a purely distributed V2V approach, our proposed hybrid network architecture will improve cost, capacity and robustness.

The second half of the talk will elaborate one particular example of vehicular applications – collaborative automotive sensing, which could be supported by vehicular networks. In collaborative automotive sensing, hundreds of embedded automotive sensors in each vehicle, coupled with online maps and other databases as well as crowd-sourced information from other cars, can jointly assess vehicular surrounding environments and driving contexts, and be used to enhance system performance and provide assistance to vehicle drivers and passengers.

Biography:
Dr. Fan Bai is a Staff Researcher in the Electrical & Control Systems Lab., Research & Development and Planning, General Motors Corporation, since Sep., 2005. Before joining General Motors research lab, he received the B.S. degree in automation engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1999, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering, from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 2005. His current research is focused on the discovery of fundamental principles and the analysis and design of protocols/systems for next-generation vehicular networks, for safety, telematics and infotainment applications.

He received Charles L. McCuen Special Achievement Award from General Motors Corporation in recognition of his accomplishment in area of vehicle-to-vehicle communications for drive assistance & safety. He was featured as “ITS People” in 2014 by IEEE ITS Magazine for his technical contributions to vehicular networks and intelligent transportation systems. He serves as Technical Program Co-Chairs for IEEE WiVec 2007, IEEE MoVeNet 2008, ACM VANET 2011 and ACM VANET 2012, among other leading roles in academic and industry technical conferences. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Vehicular Technology and IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing, and he also serves as guest editors for IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine, IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine and Elsevier AdHoc Networks Journal.

He is a Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE, and a member of the Sigma Xi scientific community.

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Seminar by Prof. Roberto Verdone of the University of Bologna, Italy: “UAV-Aided Mobile Radio Networks” – 21 November 2017 at King’s College London Bush House

The esteemed Prof. Roberto Verdone will be talking at King’s College London on Tuesday 21 November, between 12pm and 1pm, in room BH 5.01. This room is located in the King’s College London Bush House Building (ex. BBC World Service), located at 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG. IEEE VTS members and others are welcome to attend, however, there is a registration system and attendance will be allowed ONLY BASED ON PRIOR REGISTRATION. You can register at the following link. Note that registration closes at the end of 14 November UTC.

The Abstract of the talk, and Prof. Verdone’s biography, are as follows:

Abstract:
The talk will focus on the usage of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to support service provision in mobile radio networks. The issues of optimal placement, trajectory design and radio resource assignment for fleets of UAVs flying over a terrestrial network, serving UEs when they cannot be served by the terrestrial base stations, are discussed. The talk will mix theoretical and practical aspects of the problems addressed.

Biography:rVerdone
Roberto Verdone is Full Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Bologna, where he is affiliated to the Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering Department (DEI). He got his Master and PhD degrees from the University of Bologna in 1991 and 1995, respectively. On April 1st, 1996, he joined CNR (the National Research Council) as a researcher. In 1999 he became Senior researcher of CNR. Then, in 2001, he got his position as Full Professor at the University of Bologna, where he founded a research group named Radio Networks, affiliated to WiLab, the Wireless Communications Laboratory. Currently, he teaches a course named Radio Networks within the international Master degree in Telecommunications Engineering of the University of Bologna, and two courses taken by students of other Engineering degrees: one named Vehicular Communications, one Project Management and Soft Skills. His research activity is concerned with both infrastructure-based radio networks (Cellular and Mobile Radio Systems, Wireless Local Area Networks) and infrastructure-less radio networks (Ad Hoc and Wireless Sensor Networks, Vehicular Networks, the Internet of Things). Main topics investigated in the last ten years are Radio Resource Management for cellular systems, MAC and routing aspects of wireless sensor networks, and network architectures for the Internet of Things. In particular, he is currently active in the field of the integration of the IoT (Internet of Things) in 5G networks, and of UAV-aided networks. He is part of the Networld2020 Expert Group. In such role, in 2015 he was co-editor of a White Paper on “Experimental facilities for 5G in Europe”. He published more than 150 research papers, mostly on IEEE journals or conferences. In 2016 he co-founded IDESIO, an innovative startup offering IoT services through wireless technologies and tools for data analytics and web representation through maps.

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3rd Biennial International Conference on Powertrain Modelling and Control: Testing, Mapping and Calibration

The IEEE VTS UK and Ireland Chapter is supporting the 3rd Biennial International Conference on Powertrain Modelling and Control (PMC 2016, www.pmc2016.net), taking place in Loughborough on the 7-9 September 2016.

Your attendance and participation is encouraged. Note that registration (by 20 August) is required; details on registration (and fees) are here: www.pmc2016.net/registration-and-fees.html

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