Meeting Announcements

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

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


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:

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

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


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:

Towards Building an Internet of Vehicles.

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.

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.

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.

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,, 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:

5G NORMA Summer School on 5G Mobile Communications

On behalf of the 5G-PPP 5G NORMA EU Project (, we are pleased to invite you to attend the 5G NORMA 2016 Summer School that will be held at King’s College London, in London, UK from June 20 – 22, 2016. The Summer School is tailored towards engineers and researchers active or interested in virtualized and programmable future mobile networks. The first day is tailored more towards attendees from industry, whereas the last two days are more suitable for Post Doctoral researchers, PhD and Master students. All together, the event is deemed highly suitable for participants from the mobile industry and other organizations (verticals) interested in the area of 5G networks and how this emerging technology can shape their business.

Registration and further information pertaining to the 2016 5G NORMA Summer School is available via the following web link:

Registration using the above link is REQUIRED, although there is no fee for registering and attending the event.

More information on this Summer School can be obtained from the flyer and agenda at this link.

The event will be held in room S -2.18 (note, that is minus 2), the Arthur and Paula Lucas Lecture Theatre of the Strand Building of the King’s College London Strand Campus. This is building “B” in the following link:

Access instructions to the lecture theatre in which the Summer School will be held are at this link.

Note that this Summer School is supported by the IEEE VTS UK and Ireland Chapter, and the IEEE ComSoc UK and Ireland Chapter.

IEEE VTS-UKRI Mid-June Distinguished Lecture Tour: Prof. Andy Molisch, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the AAAS, Fellow of the IET, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, and member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Visiting Bristol University, King’s College London, the University of York, and the University of Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Andy Molisch, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, will be giving a Distinguished Lecture tour to a number of universities in mid-June, supported by the UK and Ireland Chapter of the VTS. The locations/dates and travel information for his lectures are as follows:

  • Bristol University: Wednesday, June 17, 3pm (early information available here)
    • Note, this lecture will be held in the “Queen’s Building”, Room 1.15. Travel/location information is available here and (a close-up, printable campus map) here.
  • King’s College London: Friday, June 19, 2pm
    • Note, this lecture will be held in the “King’s Building” of King’s College London Strand Campus, Room K3.11. Travel/location information is available here (see building “A” in the lower-most map on this link) and here. Note, the best entrance to use for the King’s College Strand Campus is the one on the South side of the Strand, some 70 m West of the junction with Surrey Street. Internal maps of the Strand Campus are available here. Note that K3.11 is on the third floor. Rooms in King’s ancient and esteemed King’s Building are notoriously difficult to find – please pay careful attention to the maps and the access to the third floor and K3.11 from the second floor.
  • University of York: Monday, June 22, 1pm
    • This lecture will be held in room P/L002 of the Physics/Electronics building. Travel/location information is available here. Further, there will be refreshments available to registered attendees from 12.45pm in the concourse area of the Physics/Electronics Exhibition Centre. This is outside room PT007.
  • University of Edinburgh: Tuesday, June 23, 1pm
    • The lecture will be held in the Kings Buildings campus, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB), Lecture Theatre C. For travel to the Kings Buildings via car or taxi: Enter gate 4 on Mayfield Road. Parking is available in front of the AGB Building, or follow the road from gate 4 to the left and then take the first right to parking (in front on the main entrance to the JCMB). Lecture Theatre C can be reached from both the 2nd and 3rd floor of the JCMB Building. Further location information for the JCMB is available here and here.

Prof. Molisch will be giving the following talks on this tour:

1) Femto-caching and device-to-device collaboration for wireless video networks (at King’s College London and the University of York)

Abstract: The ongoing explosive increase in the demand for video content in wireless networks requires new architectures to increase capacity without excessive costs. The talk will present a new architecture for solving this problem, exploiting a special feature of video viewing, namely asynchronous reuse. The approach is based on (i) distributed caching of the content in femto-basestations with small or non-existing backhaul capacity but with considerable storage space, called helper nodes, and/or (ii) usage of the wireless terminals themselves as caching helpers, which can distribute video through device-to-device communications. The talk will discuss the fundamental principles, scaling laws for the throughput, as well as practical implementation considerations. The new architecture can improve video throughput by one to two orders-of-magnitude.

2) Channel models and algorithms for massive MIMO (at Bristol University and the University of Edinburgh)

Abstract: Massive MIMO has drawn great attention in the past years, as it promises a dramatic increase in the capacity of multi-user systems, while at the same time simplifying receiver algorithms. However, there are also significant practical challenger, like the cost related to a massive number of RF chains, so that ingenious new algorithms are required for retaining performance while keeping complexity under control. Many of the algorithms are analyzed with very simplified channel models, and it is not immediately obvious whether performance can be retained in more realistic settings. The current talk will first give an overview of channel measurements and modeling specifically for the massive MIMO scenarios. We will then describe a simplified algorithm, called JSDM, that is based on RF preprocessing, and analyze how realistic propagation conditions impact its performance, and how it can be modified to adapt to such conditions.

His biography is as follows:

Andreas F. Molisch is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Communication Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His current research interests are the measurement and modeling of mobile radio channels, ultra-wideband communications and localization, cooperative communications,multiple-input–multiple-output systems, wireless systems for healthcare, and novel cellular architectures. He has published 4 books, 16 book chapters, 170 journal papers, 250 conference papers, as well as 80 patents, and 70 standards contributions.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the AAAS, Fellow of the IET, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, and a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has received numerous awards, most recently the Donald Fink Prize of the IEEE, and the Eric Sumner Award of the IEEE.

We look forward to your attendance to these lectures! Note that attendance will be free of charge. More detail will be announced in the near future, including aspects such as travel information, and possible (free) registration requirements, among others.

IEEE ICC 2015 in London, 8-12 June 2015

We are delighted to inform that our VTS chapter has been contributing significantly to the organisation of IEEE ICC 2015, held in London on the 8-12 June, at ExCeL London ( Our chapter is supporting the conference. Your attendance of ICC is encouraged, although note that you must register (paid registration) to attend here:

IEEE VTS-UKRI Distinguished Lecture Series: “Development of an Extremely Efficient Wireless EV Charger”

Prof. Chris Mi, PhD, Fellow IEEE and IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Director, GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA

2 March 2015, Queen’s University Belfast

3 March 2015, Cranfield University

We are delighted to announce a Distinguished Lecture series by Prof. Chris Mi, IEEE Fellow and VTS Distinguished Lecturer, to be held at Queen’s University Belfast, and Cranfield University. This event is kindly organised by Dr. Aoife Foley, Queen’s University Belfast, and Dr. Dongpu Cao, Cranfield University, in conjunction with Prof. Mi.

A detailed flyer for the Queen’s University Belfast event can be accessed here, and for the Cranfield event here.

Note that (free) registration is required for this event. To register, please send a quick email confirming your attendance to the organisers:

Abstract: This lecture focuses on wireless power transfer technology that offers significant improvement in convenience and electric safety for EV and PHEV charging. This research aims at novel designs that considerably reduce size and cost while increase coupling coefficient and system efficiency. Distributed capacitors instead of lumped components are proposed. A double sided LCC resonant converter topology for the resonant stage is adopted to further enhance system efficiency. Laboratory prototypes have been built and 22kW power transfer has been achieved over 200mm distance, 93.5% system efficiency (97% DC-DC efficiency), and alignment tolerance of up to 300mm.

chrisBrief Biography: Prof. Chris Mi is a Fellow of the IEEE, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, and the Director of the US DOE funded GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, all in electrical engineering. His research interests are in electric and hybrid vehicles. He has given tutorials and seminars on the subject of HEVs/PHEVs for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the IEEE, workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He has delivered courses to major automotive OEMs and suppliers (e.g. GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Tyco Electronics, A&D Technology, Johnson Controls). He has published more than 100 articles and delivered 30 invited talks and keynote speeches. He has also served as a panellist at major IEEE and SAE conferences. Dr. Mi is one of the three Area Editors of the Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Senior Editor, IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Guest Editor, International Journal of Power Electronics, Editorial Board, International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Editorial Board, IET Electrical Systems in Transportation, and Associate Editor of Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers (2007-2009).

IEEE VTS-UKRI Mini-Workshop and Distinguished Lecture: “Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Machine-to-Machine Communications”

Friday 7 November 2014, 14:00-17:30

King’s College London, Waterloo Campus, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Room 1.13

Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH, UK

The IEEE VTS-UKRI is hosting a Mini-Workshop and Distinguished Lecture on the 7 November 2014 at King’s College London. The event is free for all to attend. The topic is on vehicle-to-vehicle and machine-to-machine communications, moreover, aspects of the event aim to take a look at some interesting areas of overlap of such areas, e.g., the latency challenges that exist both in vehicle-to-vehicle communications and some aspects of machine-to-machine communications (such as the tactile internet), and some common ways forward including the use of opportunistic spectrum access to realise these communication scenarios. The event will conclude with a discussion panel allowing the audience to interact with the experts and pose questions and suggestions on these technologies.

The programme for the event is as follows.

Session 1: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications 

14:00-14:15 Introduction to the IEEE UKRI Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Chapter and This Event
Dr. Oliver Holland, King’s College London – IEEE VTS UKRI Chapter Chair

14:15-15:15 First (and Next) Generation of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications – IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecture
Dr. Onur Altintas, Toyota InfoTechnology Center – IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer

15:15-15:30 Coffee and Networking Break

Session 2: Machine-to-Machine Communications

15:30-16:00 Agent Communications Languages and Protocols
Prof. Peter McBurney, King’s College London 

16:00-16:30 White Space with Compressive Sensing for Machine-to-Machine Communications
Dr. Frank Gao, Queen Mary University of London

16:30-17:00 The Tactile Internet: Machine-to-Machine on Steroids in 5G
Prof. Mischa Dohler, King’s College London

17:00-17:30 Discussion Panel 

Dr. Onur Altintas, Toyota InfoTechnology Center
Prof. Peter McBurney, King’s College London
Dr. Frank Gao, Queen Mary University of London
Prof. Mischa Dohler, King’s College London

IEEE VTS-UKRI Distinguished Lecture
19 November 2013, University of Bradford, UK

“Sustainable Energy Engineering”

Prof. Mehrdad (Mark) Ehsani, Ph. D., P. E., F. IEEE, F. SAE

Robert M. Kennedy Endowed Professor,
Director, Sustainable Energy & Vehicle engineering Program,
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas, USA
Web link:

Taking place at 6:30 pm in the JSB lecture theatre, University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford, BD7 1DP, UK.

The IEEE VTS-UKRI will be hosting a Distinguished Lecture on the 19 November at the University of Bradford, UK. The event will be free for all to attend. More information will be provided in the near future.

The Abstract for the talk is as follows.

“The living film covering the surface of planet earth is delicately balanced. The conditions for life are created by life. These conditions are systems and feedback mechanisms that are poorly understood. We lack engineering systems to properly manage our energy and materials productivity at the planetary scale. This is resulting in environmental impacts, such as biodiversity loss, pollution, and climate change. The solution is a new way of thinking and new technologies that I refer to as Sustainable Energy Engineering.

This talk will review the above issues. We will pay special attention to the issues of sustainable energy production and consumption. This will establish the foundations of the holistic sustainable energy production-consumption technology complex.”

Professor Mark Ehsani is the co-author of over 350 publications, 17 books, over 20 US and EU patents on energy and power production and utilization, and has given numerous international seminars and short courses. He has been a consultant to over 60 international companies and government agencies.

This event is kindly organised by Dr. John L. Victory, the University Bradford, UK.

A flyer for the event can be found here.

IEEE VTS-UKRI Supported Event

Workshop and Industry Panel on “Advanced Coexistence Technologies for Radio Resource Usage Optimisation”

King’s College London, 12-13 September 2013

The IEEE VTS-UKRI is supporting the ICT-ACROPOLIS 3rd  Annual Workshop and Industry Panel on “Advanced Coexistence Technologies for Radio Resource Usage Optimisation”, scheduled to occur at King’s College London on the days immediately following IEEE PIMRC 2013: from 9.00am on the 12 September to 5.30pm on the 13 September. All VTS members in the UK & RI are welcome to join, for free! Coffee breaks and light lunches will be provided by the meeting host.

The event investigates numerous aspects of spectrum sharing and coexistence, and related enabling technologies such as cognitive radio. The event comprises three distinct aspects:

  • Focal Topics presentations highlighting some of the key work that has been ongoing in ACROPOLIS, which the project chooses to particularly coordinate effort towards,
  • An Industry Panel comprising some key insights from industry, and discussion related to those as well as discussion related to the ACROPOLIS Focal Topics,
  • Workshop highlighting further detailed research within ACROPOLIS, including prominent results and outcomes, observations, etc.

The Focal Topic presentations will take place on the morning of Thursday the 12 September. The content will broadly cover the five focal topics:

  • Network and Neighbourhood Discovery,
  • Detection, Identification and Localisation,
  • System Theoretic Multi-Antenna Multi-Carrier Cognitive Radio Design for Interference Management and Mitigation,
  • The Acropolis Decision Making Framework,
  • Experimentation and Hardware Validation.

The Industry Panel will take place on the afternoon of Thursday the 12 September. It will include presentations/contributions from:

  • Andrew Stirling, Project Director of the Cambridge White Spaces Trial, UK,
  • James “Jody” Neel, President of Cognitive Radio Technologies, USA,
  • Maziar Nekovee, Chief Engineer of Samsung Electronics R&D Institute, UK,
  • Christophe Le Martret, Thales Expert of Thales Communications & Security, France.

It will also include a highly-interactive panel discussion.

The Workshop will take place for the duration of the 13 September, comprising some 15-20 papers/presentations on ACROPOLIS research.

Attendees to the event must register at the following link. Note that the event is a full two-days long. Attendees are welcome to attend less than the full duration of the event if they wish due to their schedule requirements, although must email the event organiser,, if they intend to attend less than the full duration. This assists event planning purposes.

Please register at this link:

The event will be held in K6.29 the “Old Anatomy Lecture Theatre”, King’s Building, Strand Campus, on the 12 September, and S-2.18 (note that is “minus 2”!) the “Lucas Lecture Theatre”, Strand Building, Strand Campus, on the 13 September.

Information on access to and navigation around the Strand Campus is available here.

Note that live (updated) information on the event will be provided at this link.

Programme Committee

Hamid Aghvami, King’s College London, UK
Hanna Bogucka, Poznan University of Technology
Maria-Gabriella Di Benedetto, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Liljana Gavrilovska, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia
Petri Mahonen, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Andreas Polydoros, Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications, Greece
Raymond Knopp, EURECOM, France
Eduard Jorswieck, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Sylwia Romaszko, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Oliver Holland, King’s College London, UK

IEEE VTS-UKRI Chapter Meeting

University of Surrey, 19 April 2013

“Physical Layer Techniques for 5G Wireless Access Networks”

We have the pleasure of announcing that the IEEE VTS-UKRI Chapter will hold a meeting on the 19 April at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. This meeting is very much in collaboration with European Wireless 2013,, which is taking place at the University of Surrey on the previous three days. The topic of the meeting is “Physical Layer Techniques for 5G Wireless Access Networks”, under which a guest lecture will be given by Dr. Tadashi Matsumoto, of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Various other lectures and discussions on this topic will also be held, as well as social activities taking place.

Information on the University of Surrey, including travel directions, can be found at this link:, or at the European Wireless event’s web site: Detail on the precise room for the event and location within the University of Surrey will follow shortly.

The tentative Agenda for the meeting is as follows:

9.00am: “Introduction to the IEEE VTS UKRI Chapter”, Dr. Oliver Holland, King’s College London

9.15am: “Physical Layer Techniques for 5G Wireless Access Networks”, Prof. Tadashi Matsumoto, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

10.30am: Coffee break

11.00am: “Toward Energy Efficient 5G Access Networks”, Dr. Mehrdad Dianati, University of Surrey

11.30am: Open discussion “What is 5G, and what Physical Layer Capabilities should it Involve”?

12.30pm: Lunch (light lunch provided)

1.30pm: Tour of the Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR) of the University of  Surrey

IEEE Vehicular Technology Society UKRI Chapter Seminar

King’s College London, 10 October 2012

The VTS-UKRI will be supporting a seminar by Prof. H. Vincent Poor, Princeton University, USA, on the topic of “Games, Privacy and Distributed Algorithms for the Smart Grid”, to be held at King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, at 3pm on Wednesday the 10 October. The room will be S-2.08 (that is “S minus 2”, not “S 2”, i.e., the location of the room is in the 2nd basement of the “Strand Building”of King’s College London’s Strand Campus).

Attendance is open to all and is free of charge. Location details can be found here:

The Abstract of the seminar is as follows:

Smart grid involves the imposition of an advanced cyber layer atop the physical layer of the electricity grid in order to improve the efficiency and lower the cost of power use and distribution, and to allow for the effective integration of variable energy sources and storage modes into the grid. This cyber-physical setting motivates the application of many techniques from the information and systems sciences to problems arising in the electricity grid, and considerable research effort has been devoted to such application in recent years. This talk will describe recent work on three aspects of this problem: applications of game theory to smart grid design; characterization of the fundamental tradeoff between privacy and utility of information sources arising in the grid; and the design of distributed algorithms for inference and control that are suitable for the topological constraints imposed by the structure of the grid.

The biography of Prof. Poor is as follows:

H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University, where he is also the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science. His research interests are primarily in the areas of stochastic analysis, statistical signal processing, and information theory, and their applications in various fields, including wireless networking, social networks and smart grid. Among his publications in these areas is the recent book Smart Grid Communications and Networking (Cambridge, 2012). He a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Academy of Engineering of the U.K. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, and the IEEE Education Medal in 2005. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2010 IET Ambrose Fleming Medal, the 2011 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award, and honorary doctorates from Aalborg University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Edinburgh.

IEEE Vehicular Technology Society UKRI Chapter Meeting

Trinity College Dublin, 26 July 2012

Thanks to everyone who responded to our request for suggested locations for the next VTS-UKRI Chapter meeting. July 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of IEEE in the UK and Rep. of Ireland. We are delighted to announce that VTS-UKRI will hold a meeting at Trinity College Dublin on July 26.

The focus of this meeting will be on the capacity challenges facing the wireless and mobile communications industry and the use of solutions such as cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access to alleviate those challenges.

The programme will feature invited lectures from two esteemed IEEE VTS distinguished lecturers; Prof. David Goodman of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Prof. Alex Wyglinski from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. We are also planning a tour of Trinity College, the Book of Kells, and the Old Library. Coffee/tea and a light lunch will be provided.

If you are planning to attend, please register (for free) at this link:

The tentative agenda of the meeting is as follows:

09:00 Welcome, register of attendees and introduction of the topic of the meeting

Dr. Oliver Holland, Dr. Keith Nolan

09:10 Overview of the VTS UKRI Chapter

Dr. Oliver Holland, Dr.  Keith Nolan

09:20 Guest lecture: “Can cellular networks keep up with the growth of big data? Technology trends in industry and research directions”

Prof. David Goodman, IEEE VTS Distinguished Speaker, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

10:20 Networking break

10:50 Guest lecture: “Cognitive Radio: A Panacea for RF Spectrum Scarcity”

Prof. Alex Wyglinski, IEEE VTS Distinguished Speaker, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

11:50 Talk: The use of cognitive radio to improve spectrum usage efficiency and data capacity

Dr. Keith Nolan, CTVR / The Telecommunications Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin

12:10 Talk: Energy efficiency challenges of data volume increases, and the use of cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access techniques to mitigate these

Dr. Oliver Holland, King’s College London

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Networking session: Tour of the Book of Kells and Old Library in Trinity College Dublin

Meeting location – CTVR / The Telecommunications Research Centre : corner of Westland Row and Fenian Street, Dublin 2.

About Prof. David Goodman:

David Goodman is Professor Emeritus at Polytechnic Institute of NYU where until 2008 he was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the director of the Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT). Before joining NYU-Poly in 1999, he was at Rutgers, where he was the founding director of the Wireless Information Networks Laboratory (WINLAB). Prior to this he was the head of the Radio Research Department at Bell Labs, Crawford Hill. He earned a Bachelor’s degree at Rensselaer, Master’s at NYU and Ph. D. (Imperial College, London). Dr. Goodman is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is a member of the LMAG of the IEEE NY Section.

About Prof. Alex Wyglinski

Dr. Alexander M. Wyglinski is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of wireless communications, specializing in cognitive and software-defined radio, cyber-physical systems and security, and wireless system optimization and adaptation. He is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA, Director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory (WI Lab), and Director of the WPI Limerick (Ireland) Project Center. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Wyglinski has published 30 journal papers, 73 conference papers, 9 book chapters, and the first-ever textbook on cognitive radio communications and networks (Academic Press, December 2009). Dr. Wyglinski’s research activities have been or are currently being sponsored by organizations such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Naval Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory – Space Vehicles Directorate, The Mathworks, Toyota InfoTechnology Center U.S.A., and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Wyglinski is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of Sigma Xi and Eta Kappa Nu, and a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (July 2012 – June 2014).

IEEE Vehicular Technology Society

United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Chapter

Inaugural Meeting Announcement

Date: August 30th, 2011

Location: University College Cork (UCC), Rep. of Ireland.

We would like to invite you to the inaugural VTS UK&RI chapter meeting. This meeting is being kindly hosted by UCC as part of the Irish Transport Research Network (ITRN) Conference 2011.


Time Event Location
9.00am to 10.30am Registration O’Rahilly Building (ORB)
10.30am to 12.30pm IEEE VTS meeting (Chair: Dr. Keith Nolan, CTVR, Trinity College Dublin)

  • Welcome and opening address (5 mins)
  • Dr. James Rohan, Electric Vehicle Battery Systems, Tyndall @ University College Cork (20 mins)
  • Dr. Martin Glavin, NUI Galway (10 mins)
  • Mr. Frazer McKimm, DHS Ltd. (20 mins)
  • Dr. Dirk Pesch, Cork Institute of Technology (20 mins)
  • Mr. Brendan Finn, ETTS Ltd. (15 mins)
  • Dr. Mazhar Bari, SolarPrint Ltd. (20 mins)
  • Next steps and closing (10 mins)
ORB 101
1.00pm to 2.00pm Lunch Staff dining hall
2.00pm to 4.00pm EV Project Showcase & Technology Discussions

  • Mr. Senan McGrath, ESB ecars
  • Dr. Liana Cipcigan, Cardiff University
  • Ms. Celia Chambers, Department for Regional Development Northern Ireland
  • Mr. Ian Winning, Cork City Council
  • Mr. Robert Evans, Cenex
  • Dr. Yvonne Hübner, Newcastle University
O’Rahilly Building (ORB) 101
6.30pm to 8.30pm Pre‐conference Launch City Hall

Cost and registration:

Attendees should register using the main ITRN registration page

The IEEE VTS UK&RI Chapter meeting is a free event. Register your attendance on the main ITRN 2011 registration page by selecting the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Pre-Conference Event . Tea/coffee and a hot lunch will be provided free of charge for participants also.

Please note: If you wish to also attend the main ITRN 2011 conference, a registration fee applies. Please visit the ITRN registration site for information.


Download the ITRN2011 Programme


Aoife Foley, University College Cork, Ireland,
Keith Nolan, CTVR, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland,
Oliver Holland, King’s College London, UK,

Many thanks to our IEEE VTS workshop sponsors and supporters

Thanks to our sponsors ESB eCars and SFI, and our supporters.


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