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Centre for Communications Systems

News

2018

International conferences

Professor Sana Salous is member of

AT-RASC 2018 European Liaison Committee: http://www.atrasc.com/committees.php

EUCAP 2018, London, Technical Programme Chairs, http://www.eucap.org/conference/organising-committee-text

and co-organisers of two Convened Sessions and a Workshop

Member of the organising committee of Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference LAPC 2018, https://events.theiet.org/lapc/index.cfm

Co-organiser of special session in PIMRC 2018

http://pimrc2018.ieee-pimrc.org/2018/

on, Spectrum management for 5G systems: reference models and field trials

Invited Talks

An invited talk was delivered by Professor Salous at the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques

https://www.fhr.fraunhofer.de/en.html

FMCW waveforms for radars and channel sounding

While channel sounders and radars are used for different applications and are generally classified as different systems, they share several similarities in terms of waveform design and configurations. The talk starts by a review of the types of radars/sounders configurations: mono-static, bistatic, dynamic, single antenna and multiple antenna configurations. Basic frequency modulated continuous waveforms (FMCW) to estimate fundamental parameters as time delay/range and Doppler resolutions are followed by more advanced waveform design approaches for the resolution of range/Doppler ambiguity that might arise in applications where long-range targets with high Doppler shifts are to be detected. Frequency modulated interrupted continuous waveform (FMICW) used for mono-static applications to reduce the impact of unwanted reflections are highlighted for applications such as for through wall imaging. This is followed by analogue and digital waveform generation techniques using state of the art digital synthesisers. Architectures for wideband applications with several GHz bandwidths combining digital and analogue techniques for recent applications in the millimeter wave band for high time delay resolutions are presented in the context of channel sounding for 5G with examples of measurements with dual polarised configurations.

Research grant awards:

An EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account was approved on Network planning for 5G. The bid is in collaboration with RanPlan Ltd https://ranplanwireless.com/

Currently the Centre is recruiting early career researchers for the collaborative ITN EU funded project WAVECOMBE

https://wavecombe.eu/partners/

2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Stuart Feeney in a car accident on the 30th November 2017.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-42236095

Stuart obtained his PhD degree from Durham University and was then a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Communications systems until 2013. He then set up his own consultancy company S.M.F. Designs Ltd.

During his time at Durham he made numerous contributions to the research in the Centre. He was instrumental in conducting field trials for industry and government agencies which raised funds for the anechoic chamber in the Centre. His contributions span antenna design, antenna calibration, RF circuit designs and most recently to the design of the new channel sounder in the millimetre wave band.

Stuart was kind and generous and he will be sorely missed. Through his extensive experience in radio frequency design he supported numerous research projects and designed a new kit for undergraduate teaching in electronics.

Some of his contributions can be seen from the following links

https://www.dur.ac.uk/ccs/facilities/chamber/

https://www.dur.ac.uk/ccs/facilities/calibration/

https://www.dur.ac.uk/ccs/facilities/vehicle/

https://www.dur.ac.uk/ccs/facilities/laboratory/hf_antenna_arrays/

https://www.dur.ac.uk/ccs/facilities/rf_circuits/

IRACON COST action

IRACON Newsletters with Centre’s input

Related links: WHITE paper

http://www.ic1004.org/uploads/ChannelMeasurementsModelingFor5GAbove6GHz.pdf

Invited talks

EUCAP 2017, Paris, Professor Sana Salous delivered an invited talk on ‘Towards a channel model for 5G’, http://www.eucap2017.org/conference/invited-papers

ARMMS conference: Professor Sana Salous, Millimeter Wave Band Propagation Studies for 5G Networks, http://www.armms.org/conferences/?conference=66

International conferences & workshops

Dr Aissa Ikhlef is the co-chair of the IEEE Workshop on Emerging Energy Harvesting Solutions for 5G Networks (5G-NRG). The workshop is in conjunction with the IEEE ICC'2017 conference which took place in Paris, France, 21-25 May 2017.

Recent awards

  1. Ofcom awarded the Centre a grant to study mm-wave propagation for future 5G radio systems
  2. Intel, USA awarded the Centre a grant to model the mm wave propagation channel