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:

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.

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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