Meeting report – July 2012, Dublin, Ireland

We held a meeting at CTVR /The Telecommunications Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin on Thursday July 26, 2012. The topic of the meeting was the capacity challenges facing future mobile and wireless networks, and the use of cognitive radio solutions in particular to address such challenges. Dr. Oliver Holland (Chair IEEE VTS UKRI Chapter) opened the meeting and welcomed delegates.

Dr. Oliver Holland

Our first invited speaker was Prof. David Goodman, IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer, who talked about the future of cellular networks and the challenges associated with rising capacity demands and dwindling revenues.

Prof. David Goodman

Following a break for networking and tea/coffee, Prof. Alex Wyglinski, IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer, discussed cognitive radio and recent efforts in dynamic spectrum access technologies.

Prof. Alex Wyglinski

Dr. Keith Nolan (IEEE VTS UKRI Chapter Vice-Chair) from CTVR then followed with an overview of the spectrum, regulatory, market, and technical issues surrounding the use of cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access, and outlined five key market areas to watch.

Dr. Keith Nolan

The final presentation of the meeting was from Dr. Oliver Holland who explained the energy consumption implications associated with the rapidly rising data volumes in wireless communications networks and how cognitive radio could play a role in providing solutions. Because the associated presentation contains a number of animations, it is strongly recommended to download it and view in Powerpoint “Presentation Mode” from the following link, instead of viewing the integrated version below: Energy Efficiency Challenges and CR as a Solution

Dr. Oliver Holland

Following lunch, the meeting then featured an exciting networking event, including a tour of the Book of Kells and the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin, followed by a tour of the campus.

We wish to thank all the delegates for participating in this meeting and hope you had a safe trip home. On behalf of IEEE VTS UKRI, we wish to thank CTVR / The Telecommunications Research Centre for kindly hosting this meeting.

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