Emerging Technologies in Mobile Communications

7-11 March 2011


Please note that the IET has decided to discontinue the IET Endorsed Provider Scheme for all former participants. However, we will continue to offer Early Bird special discounts for IET members provided a current membership numbers is given at the time of booking. We expect this to continue for 2010-2010.


Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes


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Course Overview

In this short course, we will discuss the principles of emerging technologies that have been studied in recent years and are about to be deployed in commercial products and services. A team of prestigious academic and industrial lecturer will present the foundations and the trend for widespread deployment of advanced concepts such as MIMO/OFDM systems, Cooperative Communications, Cognitive Radio, Advanced Air Interface techniques such as FemtoCell, and etc.

Who is this course for?


The course is intended for new recruits of telecommunication and related industries with an engineering or any related science degree who will work in R&D, sales and, and technical support. The course will be also suitable for those who might be interested in doing a part-time master program. So, there will be sufficient overlap between this course and our standard Mobile Communications A/B course. However, the presentation will be customized for industrial audiences with strong emphasize on the concepts and industrial applications.


Course Syllabus

Please note that the University of Surrey reserves the right to update and alter these courses – please check our website for updates:


Introduction Session – Professor Rahim Tafazolli


This introductory lecture will discuss the concepts and motivations of the course, and provide on overview of the rest of the course. During this session the audiences will  be briefed how the technical materials provided fit together to complete the unique story of the course.


Fundamentals of Mobile Communications – Dr Mehrdad Dianati

The principles of mobility in communication systems will be discussed. Different types of mobile networks, such as, Cellular Networks, Ad-Hoc Networks, and etc. will be reviewed and categorized. Specific challenges and opportunities that mobility brings into the communication systems will be presented.


Wireless Radio Propagation – Dr Tim Brown

Basics of radio propagation and antennas for wireless communications. Narrowband fading, wideband fading, power delay profiles. Second order statistics, Doppler spread. There will also be an introduction as to how Rayleigh and Ricean channels and tap delay lines are modelled.


Mobile Antenna Arrays – Dr Tim Brown

Use of adaptive antenna arrays to mitigate co-channel interference or increase link gain. Introduction to antenna diversity – spatial, polarisation and angular.


Introduction to Diversity and MIMO – Dr Muhammad Ali Imran

Use of multiple transmit and multiple receive antennas (MIMO) to achieve diversity and multiplexing gains. Trade-off of diversity and multiplexing gains. Cellular system as a distributed MIMO system.


Radio Frequency Spectrum – Professor Mike Walker, Vodafone


The lecture will cover the following topics.  The value of radio frequency spectrum; which radio frequencies are best for mobile communications; how much spectrum has been allocated around the globe for mobile communications; how much spectrum does a typical mobile operator have; spectral efficiency and competition - a complex regulatory issue; the ITU and how operators get their spectrum; how much spectrum will operators need in the future; an introduction to the theory of spectrum auctions; a case study in spectrum allocation (either the UK 3G auctions 2000 or the Indian 3G/BWA auctions 2009/10 - or perhaps both)


Mobile Broadband - what to expect from LTE – Professor Mike Walker, Vodafone


The lecture will cover the following. The drivers for wireless broadband - including geographical variation; setting the requirements for next generation mobile networks - the role of NGMN and typical operator requirements, what is technically feasible; the international dimension; delivering the standards; the technology options - LTE and WiMAX; detailed analysis of technical performance based on international multi-vendor field trials; commercial deployments of LTE.


OFDM Communication Systems – Dr Muhammad Ali Imran

Introduction and motivation for multicarrier systems. OFDM as an example of multicarrier system. Challenges in OFDM system. Resource Allocation for OFDM system. A case study of OFDM system.


Capacity of MIMO and OFDM Systems – Dr Muhammad Ali Imran

Why fundamental limits? System modelling for capacity analysis. Conceptual insights from capacity analysis. Fundamental limits and practical systems.


Principles of Cooperative Communications – Dr Mehrdad Dianati

This session will the important aspects of cooperation in communication systems without involving mathematical details. Concept of cooperative diversity will be elaborated. In addition, different possibilities of exploiting cooperative diversity in different layers of communication protocol stack will be presented.


Mobile TCP/IP – Dr Mehrdad Dianati

The inherent problems of the traditional TCP/IP protocols in mobile networks will be discussed. The principles of Mobile IPv4 and Mobile IPv6 will be presented. Mobility handling in TCP will be discussed. In addition, some of the latest and major amendments to the standard mobile TCP/IP will be discussed.

Maximising the efficiency of use of the radio spectrum – Prof William Webb


Radio spectrum is a vital resource for wireless communications. Without radio spectrum life today would be quite different – no mobile phones, radio, TV, air traffic control, WiFi and much more. There are many competing demands for spectrum and its value can be extraordinarily high, as seen in the 3G auctions of 2000. It is important, then, that it is managed in such a way as to pack as many users and applications in as possible and to maximise its value to the country. This is a far from simple thing to do, mixing technology, economics and other public needs. This lecture will look at the engineer’s role in managing the spectrum, the tools at their disposal, the approaches adopted by a number of leading countries including the UK and the implications that this has for wireless technologies.


Spectrum and new technologies – Prof William Webb


With spectrum remaining scarce, a range of new technologies have been devised to attempt to squeeze more capacity out of the existing resource. These include ultra wideband – a technology that transmits at a very low signal level but across a broad swath of spectrum – and cognitive radio – a technology that seeks momentarily unused parts of the spectrum and adapts its transmissions to make use of these gaps. Other approaches to greater spectrum efficiency include the new modulation schemes adopted for systems such as 3G and 4G, the use of “smart” antennas and more. This lecture will introduce the key technologies that aim to make more efficient use of the spectrum, consider the implications for managing spectrum and ask whether they can be expected to make a difference.


MIMO and Next Generation Wireless – Prof Alister Burr

This lecture will cover MIMO systems in the context of next generation wireless systems including precoding, CDMA vs OFDMA and multi user MIMO.

Vehicle Communications – Prof Alister Burr

This lecture will first give a brief overview of highway channel models for vehicular communication followed by applications for vehicular communication architectures for vehicular communication networks. Finally some more generic topics related to vehicle or peer-to-peer communications generally including multihop wireless networks (capacity bottleneck and cooperation as a solution) as well as wireless network coding.

Applications, Services and Delivery Platforms – Prof Klaus Moessner

Putting the user at the centre of communication systems, this lecture will concentrate on the various options used to provide generic as well as customised end user services. The integration between Internet (Web Services) and communication services will be discussed as well as Service Oriented Architectures and IMS.


The Lecturers

Professor Rahim Tafazolli is a Professor of Mobile/Personal communications and Head of Mobile Communications Research at Centre for Communication Systems Research, the University of Surrey, UK. He has been active in research for over 20 years and has authored and co-authored more than 300 papers in refereed international journals and conferences. He is Chairman of EU Expert Group on Mobile Platform, past Chairman of WG 3 of WWRF, and editor of the Book Technologies for the Wireless Future Vol.1 2004 and Vol. 2 2006 and chair or the e-Mobility expert group. He is academic coordinator of the Mobile VCE core 4 research programme “Delivery Efficiency”.


Dr Mehrdad Dianati is a Lecturer/RCUK Academic Fellow in Mobile Communication Research Group of CCSR. He completed his undergraduate and master degrees with distinction in Sharif University (Iran) and K.N.T University (Iran). He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in June 2006, in radio resource management. From June 2006 to June 2007 he has been a post-doc researcher at École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), France. He has numerous journal and conference publications in radio resource management systems, as listed in the following. He has been awarded: the best paper award of the first International Conference on Quantum, Nano, and Micro Technologies (ICQNM) 2007; Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (OGSST), in 2005; University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship in 2004; Faculty of Engineering Award 2004; Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) in 2003. He has also several years of industrial experience as team leader and project manager. He is the member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Ultra Wide Band Communication Systems, General Symposium Co-Chair for the IWCMC 2009. He has been a technical reviewer of the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and Wireless Communications for several years. He has been a TPC member for the: IEEE GLOBECOM 2008, PIMRC  2008, ICC 2008, ICC 2009, QShine 2006, Co-Net 2007, IWCMC 2006.


Dr Muhammad Ali Imran, BSc, DIC, MSc, PhD, MIEEE is a Lecturer in Communications at the University of Surrey. In addition to his two years experience of working in industry as a system design engineer, he has diverse experience of academia in the capacity of a student, researcher and lecturer. His main interests are in the field of wireless technology with emphasis on radio channel modelling, optimization and capacity investigations. He has been involved in several research projects funded by different sources like the industry, mobile virtual centre of excellence (MVCE) and the European commission.


Prof Simon Saunders, BEng, PhD, FIET, CEng is an independent specialist in the technology of wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Philips and Motorola) and academia (University of Surrey). He is an author of over 140 articles, books and book chapters, including "Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communication Systems", now in its second edition. He has acted as a consultant to companies including BAA, BBC, O2, Ofcom, BT, ntl, Mitsubishi and British Land and was CTO of Red-M and CEO of Cellular Design Services Ltd. Simon speaks and chairs a wide range of international conferences and training courses and has invented several novel wireless technologies. Particular expertise includes in-building wireless systems, radiowave propagation prediction, smart antenna design and mobile system analysis. He currently serves on technical advisory boards of several companies and the industrial advisory board at University College London. He is a Visiting Professor to the University of Surrey and is founding chairman of The Femto Forum. He was recently appointed as a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board.


Dr Tim Brown BEng, PhD, MIET is a lecturer at the University of Surrey who has had several years of experience at the University both as an undergraduate and postgraduate student. During this time as a student, Tim specialised in antennas and propagation through his tuition and industrial experience with Nortel Networks and Nokia Mobile Phones, where his PhD title focussed on diversity antennas at the mobile. After spending over two years of postdoctoral research at Aalborg University, Denmark, he has developed long term experience in antennas and propagation for mobile and wireless applications.


Prof William Webb, BEng, MBA, PhD, CEng, FREng FIET, FIEEE joined Ofcom as Head of Research and Development and Senior Technologist in 2003. Here he manages a team providing technical advice and performing research across all areas of Ofcom’s regulatory remit. He also leads some of the major reviews conducted by Ofcom including the Spectrum Framework Review, the development of Spectrum Usage Rights and most recently cognitive or white space policy. Previously, William worked for a range of communications consultancies in the UK in the fields of hardware design, computer simulation, propagation modelling, spectrum management and strategy development. William also spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago.


William has published ten books, eighty papers, and four patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey University and DeMontfort University and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET where he is as a Vice President. His biography is included in multiple “Who’s Who” publications around the world. William has a first class honours degree in electronics, a PhD and an MBA.


Professor Michael Walker OBE FREng FIET CMath FIMA

Michael Walker was until his retirement in September 2009 the Group Research and Development Director for the Vodafone Group of companies, with the responsibility for the Group’s research activities, intellectual property and technology standards worldwide.  He also led technology innovation and managed engagement with start-up companies.  He was a member of the board of Vodafone Ventures, the venture capital arm of the company.  Michael holds the Vodafone Chair in Telecommunications at Royal Holloway, University of London, as a part-time professor, is a visiting professor at the University of Surrey, and is Vice Chairman of the mobile VCE – a group of universities and industries researching mobile communications. He sits on scientific advisory boards for the Universities of Warwick and Surrey, and some start-up companies, and was a member of the UK Technology Strategy Board.  Michael is Chairman of the Board of the European Standards Institute.  Before joining Vodafone, Michael was Head of Mathematics at Racal Research, and prior to that an academic at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of Council of the Academy. He was appointed an OBE in June 2009 for his services to the telecommunications industry.


Prof Alister Burr, BSc, PhD, CEng, MIET, MIEEE  worked between 1975 and 1985 at Thorn-EMI Central Research Laboratories in London.  In 1985 he joined the Department of Electronics at the University of York, U.K, where he has been Professor of Communications since 2000.  His research interests are in wireless communication systems, especially modulation and coding and including turbo-codes and turbo-processing techniques, and MIMO and cooperative systems.  He has published more than 150 papers in refereed international conferences and journals, and is the author of “Modulation and Coding for Wireless Communications” (published by Prentice-Hall/PHEI).  In 1999 he was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the U.K. Royal Society, and in 2002 he received the J. Langham Thompson Premium from the Institution of Electrical Engineers.  He has also held a visiting professorship at Vienna University of Technology, and given numerous invited presentations, including at the First International Conference on Turbocodes and Related Topics, and a keynote at the first WCNC event (now IEEE WiCom), Wuhan, China.  He is currently chair, working group 1, of the European COST 2100 programme “Pervasive Mobile and Ambient Wireless Communications”.  


Prof. Klaus Moessner, MSc, PhD is a professorial research fellow in Mobile Communications in the Centre for Communication Systems Research at the University of Surrey, UK. Klaus earned his Dipl-Ing (FH) at The University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg, Germany, an MSc from Brunel University, UK and his PhD from the University of Surrey (UK). His research interests include reconfigurability of the different system levels, including reconfiguration management, service platforms, service oriented architectures and IMS, as well as scheduling in wireless networks and adaptability of multimodal user interfaces. He is involved in investigation and teaching of mobile service platforms, service oriented architectures, mobile service delivery and service enablers.


 Provisional Timetable



Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Introduction Session

Introduction to Diversity and MIMO


Capacity of MIMO and OFDM Systems


Principles of Cooperative Communications


 MIMO and Next Generation Wireless


Prof Rahim Tafazolli

Dr Muhammad Ali Imran

Dr Muhammad Ali Imran

Dr Mehrdad   Dianati

Prof. Alister Burr

University of York


Fundamentals of Mobile Communications

Spectrum Auctions


Mobile TCP/IP

Vehicle Communications

Dr Mehrdad   Dianati

Prof. Mike Walker


Prof. Simon Saunders

Ofcom tbc

Dr Mehrdad   Dianati

Prof. Alister Burr

University of York


Wireless Radio Propagation

 LTE Testing and Deployment


 Maximising the efficiency of use of the radio spectrum

Concluding Session

Dr Tim Brown

Prof. Mike Walker


Prof. Simon Saunders tbc

Prof. William Webb



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Mobile Antenna Arrays

OFDM Communication Systems



Spectrum and new technologies



Dr Tim Brown

Dr Muhammad Ali Imran


Prof. William Webb



Updated 19 July 2010


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