Posted on 20 November 2017
The international award follows the success of a 10-month project to increase the number of mobile device users who can reliably connect to a communication network.
The collaboration began when the Huawei, the global ICT leader, approached the University to develop new practical communications techniques for the 4G communication standard Long-Term Evolution (LTE).
The York researchers’ response was to develop a single efficient signal processing algorithm which has greatly improved network performance.
Dr Yuriy Zakharov, a Reader within the Department, said: “As part of the project we proposed a totally new approach for detection of simultaneously transmitted user data – for example, data transmitted from mobile phones.
"We proposed an algorithm that is `friendly’ for practical implementation and, at the same time, provides an improved detection performance. With our algorithm, the number of users simultaneously connected to the network can be increased several times over.”
Michael Hill-King, Collaboration Director, Huawei UK R&D Centre, said: "Huawei is a major investor in research in the UK. As the global leader in wireless access networks, this award is particularly poignant. We are delighted that Dr Zakharov’s project has achieved the Best Project award from our Wireless Business Unit. This is a great result for the University of York and we look forward to continuing our relationship."
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Its ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population.
Professor Steve Smith, Deputy Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering, said: “Our research groups play significant roles on the national and international stage and collaborate with major industries. We are very pleased to receive this prestigious award which recognises our researchers’ ability to understand our collaborators’ needs and to propose practical solutions and improvements.”
York researchers are now further developing the techniques for application in future systems, preparing for the implementation of the next (5G) communication standards.
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