Dr Oliver Holland to Co-Chair Upcoming Conferences
Dr Holland will also lead the formation of and Chair the COST-TERRA special interest group on “Pluralistic Licensing”.
In addition Dr Holland has been appointed (in Febraury 2012) as the Vice-Chair of the IEEE 1900.7 White Space Radio Working Group.
Dr Mohammad Reza Nakhai Wins Supervisory Excellence Award
Dr Mohammed Reza-Nakhai was the NMS winner for the 2011 – 2012 Supervisory Excellence awards. Dr Reza-Nakhai is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Telecommunications Research.
Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School, commented: 'Now that the Supervisory Excellence Awards have become embedded within College life we received an exceptional set of nominations. This says a great deal about the dedication of King's PhD supervisors and the esteem in which their students hold them. It was extraordinarily difficult to select the winners. They will now help us spread best practice during the coming academic year.'
Each successful supervisor was awarded £1,000 to recognise and reward their outstanding supervision and support to research students at King’s. Dr Reza-Nakhai has also been invited to publically receive his award at one of the forthcoming Graduation ceremonies.
Innovations in Mobile Telecommunications Competition Winner
As part of the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Christmas Lecture in December, Professor Aghvami of the Centre for Telecommunications Research delivered a talk entitled ‘Challenging the Mobile Telecommunications Frontier’. The sixth form students who attended the lecture were invited to submit their answers to the question ‘What innovations in mobile telecommunications would you like to see over the next 10 years’. Boris Petkov, a student from the Bexleyheath Academy, was chosen as the winner and received the prize of an Amazon Kindle. Boris, who hopes to go onto study Medicine at King’s College London, submitted an idea involving the Electronic Tattoo (an invention that is currently in testing – it sticks to the patient like a temporary tattoo and has the ability to monitor biological systems). His idea was for an app that would allow people to remotely check data from their electronic tattoo on their smart phone. The app would also regularly send data to a patient’s doctor for analysis (reducing hospital trips). Boris sees this technology extending beyond patients to all people interested in monitoring their health.
Dr. Nallanathan appointed as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters
Dr. Nallanathan has been invited to serve as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications (areas of expertise: Smart Grid Communications and Cognitive/Relay Networks) from December 2011. IEEE Transactions on Communications is one of the most prestigious journals in Telecommunications published by the IEEE Communications Society. He has also been invited to serve in the founding editorial board of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters from September 2011. IEEE Wireless Communications Letters is a spin off journal from IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.
Challenging the Mobile Telecommunications Frontier at the first School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Christmas Lecture
On Friday 2 December 2011 Professor Hamid Aghvami, Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, took part in the first Natural and Mathematical Sciences Christmas Lecture. Sixth form students from schools around London, who are interested in studying Engineering, Science or Mathematics at university, were invited to attend the lecture. Professor Aghvami’s talk, 'Challenging the Mobile Telecommunications Frontier', looked at the future of telecommunications and provided students with an opportunity to present their own vision for telecommunications over the next five years – with a prize for the best idea.
Other talks included ‘The Mathematics of Folding and Crumpling Paper’, ‘Information Warfare - Battles in Cyber Space’, ‘How Maths and Physics are Changing Medicine’, and ‘Bugs Vs Man: Who’s Winning Now?’
The lectures were a great success. The students gained a better understanding of what King’s can offer and an insight into the modern world of science.
CTR visited by Managing Director of Research Laboratories of NTT Docomo, Inc.
On the 14 November 2011 the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR) was visited by Dr Atsushi Murase, Managing Director of the Research Laboratories of NTT Docomo; the largest mobile operator in Japan, and his colleague, Dr Hidetoshi Kayama.
The aim of the visit was to exchange views with Professor Hamid Aghvami, Director of the CTR, on the vision of, and strategy for, future mobile telecommunications. Both Dr Murase and Professor Aghvami presented their own visions and discussed technical challenges needed to realise them.
The common technical challenges in both visions will enable a continued exchange of information and present exciting opportunities for future collaboration between the CTR and the Research Laboratories of NTT Docomo.
CTR members' paper is the top accessed article of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Stergios Stotas (PhD student) and Dr Arumugam Nallanathan’s paper entitled 'Enhancing the Capacity of Spectrum Sharing Cognitive Radio Networks', that appeared in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (vol. 60, issue 8), was the top accessed article of the journal in November 2011.
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