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Networked-Flying Platforms: Paving the Way Towards 5G and Beyond Wireless Networks

Monday 30 October 2017, 2.00PM to 15:00

Speaker(s): Dr Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, University of the West of Scotland


Driven by an emerging use of Networked Flying Platforms (NFPs) such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned balloons in future network applications and the challenges that the 5G and beyond networks exhibit, the focus of this tutorial talk is to demonstrate the evolution of the NFPs as a novel architectural enabler for radio access network (RAN) and their integration with the future cellular access and backhaul/fronthaul networks. NFPs are networked, flying and a potential way to offer high data rate, high reliability and ultra-low latent access and backhaul/fronthaul to 5G and beyond wireless networks. Such large scale deployable platforms and frameworks will guarantee the global information and communication requirements in future smart and resilient cities and solve the ubiquitous connectivity problems in many challenging network environments, e.g., coverage or capacity enhancements for remote or sparsely populated, social gathering and disaster affected areas, etc. This tutorial talk will provide balanced coverage on recent trends, challenges and future research and development on the integration of NFPs with 5G and beyond networks.

Specifically, this tutorial talk will provide answers for the following:

  • How NFPs can offer a reliable, high data rate and scalable solution to fronthaul the ultra-dense small cell deployment (NFPs deployment architecture, potential high data rate technologies, and NFP-small cell association)?
  • What are the economic and regulatory perspectives of deploying NPFs for cellular access and backhaul networks (total cost of operation and some latest regulations)?



Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir is an Assistant Professor at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), UK. Before joining UWS in Fall 2016, he has been working at Carleton University, Canada, Texas A&M University, Qatar and KAUST, Saudi Arabia on various national and international collaborative projects. Most of his research has been supported by industry partners such as Huawei, TELUS and sponsored by local funding agencies such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and KAUST Global Research Fund (GCR). His research interests include design, development and deployment of diverse wireless communication systems, including hyper-dense heterogeneous small cell networks, Green networks and 5G technologies such as D2D communications, Networked-flying platforms (NFPs) and IoT. Dr. Shakir has a track record of more than 75 technical journal and conference publications including many in the world's most reputable journals in the areas of wireless communications. He has also contributed to 7 books. Dr. Shakir is co-editor of two books and co-author of a book entitled Green Heterogeneous Wireless Networks published by Wiley John & Sons and endorsed by IEEE Press. Dr. Shakir has been/is giving tutorials on emerging wireless communication systems at IEEE flagship conferences such as ICC and Globecom. He has been/is serving as a Chair/Co-Chair/Member of several workshops/special sessions and technical program committee of different IEEE flagship conferences, including Globecom, ICC, VTC and WCNC. He is an Associate Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine and has served as a lead Guest Editor/Guest Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Wireless Communications and IEEE Access. He is serving as a Chair of IEEE ComSoc emerging technical committee on backhaul/fronthaul networking and communications. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, an active member of IEEE ComSoc and IEEE Standard Association.

Location: PT007

Admission: Free


Telephone: 4485

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