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Dr Oliver Holland

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 1916


Office: S1.02 Strand Building, Strand Campus

Research Group: Centre for Telecommunications Research



 Dr. Oliver Holland is a recognised international expert on spectrum sharing and spectrum in general, and 5G and future mobile communication networks, among many other topics. Among various other leadership activities, he led the €3M ICT-ACROPOLIS Network of Excellence—on the topic of spectrum coexistence technologies such as cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access—from March 2012 until that project completed in December 2013. He then led a major trial of TV white space technology as part of the UK’s Ofcom TV White Spaces Pilot, through which he was prominently involved in assessing the performance of the proposed UK/EU regulations and conformance requirements for TV white space devices. Linked to that effort and more generally, he has been researching potential solutions for TV white space implementation, white space device capabilities, enhancements of geolocation databases and their applications (also for other purposes outside of the field of TV white space), and solutions for aggregation of spectrum opportunities involving TV white space, among others. As one example achievement linked to such efforts, he recently created and led a team/submission/idea which won the €0.5M EU Collaborative Spectrum Sharing Prize. These are among numerous other interests spanning all layers of the OSI reference model, evident from his publications.


Oliver is Chair of the new IEEE 1918.1 standardisation working group on Tactile Internet, which he created, and which is part of the 5G Rapid Reaction Standardization Initiative (RRSI) of IEEE ComSoc. He is Chair of the new IEEE Standards Committee on Mobile Communication Networks (MobiNet-SC), responsible for sponsoring/overseeing IEEE standards developments in the area of Mobile Communication Networks, and which he spearheaded the establishment of. He is Chair and a member of the IEEE Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks Standards Committee (DySPAN-SC), Chair and member of IEEE 1900.6, is Vice-Chair and member of IEEE 1900.1, Vice-Chair and member of IEEE 1900.7, and Vice-Chair and member of IEEE 802.22 and the IEEE 802.22.3 standards Task Group on spectrum sensing. Oliver was a Technical Editor of the IEEE 1900.4 standard, and was Technical Editor of the IEEE 1900.1a and IEEE 1900.6a standards. He was a Management Committee member representing the UK for the recently-completed COST Actions IC0902 and IC0905 “TERRA”, holding various leadership positions therein, both on the topic of cognitive radio. Oliver has served on the TPCs of all major conferences in the area of mobile and wireless communications, has served as invited speaker, Session Chair and Panellist at numerous conferences covering a range of topics, and frequently serves as reviewer for various prestigious international conferences and journals. Oliver has assumed leadership positions in numerous international workshops, conferences, and journals. Among many examples, he was a guest editor of the special issue “Achievements and the Road Ahead: The First Decade of Cognitive Radio,” which appeared in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT), Co-Chair of the “Cognitive Radio and Cooperative Communications” track of IEEE VTC 2010-Fall, Tutorials Co-Chair of IEEE CCNC 2012, TPC Co-Chair of ISWCS 2012, tutorials Co-Chair of ACM MSWiM 2012, Co-Chair of the “Transmission Technologies” track of IEEE VTC 2013-Spring, Co-Chair of the “Wireless Access” track at IEEE VTC 2013-Fall and the “International Perspectives on Communications” track of IEEE MILCOM 2013, Workshops and Tutorials Co-Chair of IEEE PIMRC 2013, Workshops Co-Chair of ISWCS 2014, Co-Chair of the “Spectrum Efficient Management, Sensing and Cognitive Radio” track of IEEE VTC 2015-Spring, Publications Co-Chair and Local Arrangements Chair of IEEE ICC 2015, Posters Chair of IEEE DySPAN 2015, Workshops Chair of ISWCS 2016 and is Co-Chair of the “Dynamic Spectrum Access/Management and Database” track of CROWNCOM 2016, lead Co-Chair of the Cognitive Radio and Networks track of IEEE ICC 2017, lead Co Chair of the Wireless Access track of IEEE PIMRC 2018, Co-Chair of the Radio Access and Softwarization track of EuCNC 2018, and TPC Chair of IEEE VTC2018-Fall. He is Co-Editor of the feature topic “Multi-Channel Cognitive Radio Ad Hoc Networks,” to appear in IEEE Communications Magazine, and is an Editor of IEEE TVT.


Oliver serves as Vice-Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN), and is currently Chair of the United Kingdom and Ireland Chapter of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), and well as Chapters Committee Chair for the entire IEEE VTS—thereby also being a board member of the VTS. Oliver is also a Non-Executive Director of Broadway Partners, a wireless broadband provisioning company using innovative methods such as TV White Spaces, and runs a consultancy company specialising in wireless communications solutions. Oliver has co-authored over 150 publications, which have been cited more than 1,600 times. He has authored/co-edited two books, broadly related to spectrum and spectrum sharing, published by Wiley and Springer.

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