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5G VANETS Worksop

13 October 2015


On the last week of September 2015, a conference/workshop was held at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. This was the first of two bilateral workshop planned under the British Council funded Newton Institutional Links grant Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks (VANETS) between Loughborough University and the University of Colima.

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The workshop entitled UK-MEXICAN WORKSHOP ON MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS reunited specialist researchers on the topic of Mobile Communications from both countries, Mexico and the UK, who over a week could get close to discuss about these subjects and share their research and experiences.

In the Mexican team, the participants in the workshop were the researchers Dr. Víctor Rangel Licea, Dr. Raúl Aquino Santos, Eng. in Telematics Néstor Benítez and Eng. in Mechatronics Miguel Chavarín.

Dr. Víctor Rangel Licea, Professor and researcher from the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), gave a presentation on traffic models in Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs). In it, he demonstrated his great theoretical and practical experience in the area and in management of network simulators; he also shared his knowledge with the other researchers and the audience at the room.

In turn, Dr. Raúl Aquino Santos, Professor and researcher from the University of Colima (UCOL) provided great value to the workshop by sharing his knowledge on VANETs with his presentation. In addition to expressing the multiple areas of opportunity that can be exploited through work in collaboration with both countries, he also stressed the need and importance of the links between research centers, universities and companies.

The presentation provided by Eng. Néstor Cárdenas and Eng. Miguel Chavarín addressed topics related to routing protocols and hardware features used in devices for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications , the presentation showed a brief but clear overview of these issues. It also shared own proposals and opportunities for improvements in both software and hardware of these devices.

On the side of the UK team, the participants on the workshop were Dr. Robert Edwards, Dr. Mohammadreza Behjati, Dr. Chinthana Panagamuwa, and doctoral students Mrs. Dina Al-Saffar and Mr. Elijah Adegoke; all collaborators at the Center for Mobile Communications Research (CMCR) at Loughborough University. Also, the workshop had the participation of Dr. Simon Pomeroy, who is a researcher focused on mobile devices and robotics. During the first day we also heard from Mr. Martin Croft, CEO of Dynamic Flow Technologies Ltd, who declared his interest as an entrepreneur in collaborating with research centre and universities not only in UK but also in Mexico and elsewhere.

Dr. Robert Edwards has a great trajectory as a researcher in the area of mobile communications; he has been Director of the Center for Mobile Communications Research of Sheffield University, and since September 2004 of Loughborough University. At the workshop he explained how a macro model could be used to simulate cars on a freeway and how overlaying current mobile cell coverage data for uplink and downlink estaimates for possible 5G throughput and reliability could be simulated.  The two teams also agreed the format of a journal paper based on this idea.

Dr Edwards, who is a Reader in Mobile Communications,   has built a with focus on areas such as Advanced Mobile Communications, Radio Frequency Radiation in Humans, Advanced Radio Frequency, Microwave Design and Measurement relating to Mobile Communications. Particularly, Dr. Mohammadreza Behjati showed in his presentation about his research in Massive MIMO Systems, sharing his experience and pointing possible areas of opportunity in these types of systems. Dr. Chinthana Panagamuwa, who has focused his latest research in the effects of power absorption from mobile phones users, gave a presentation in which he talked about Propagation issues in Wireless Networks. Last but not least, doctoral students, Mrs. Dina Al-Saffar and Mr. Elijah Adegoke presented their achievement and progress on their research topics, Software-Defined Radio Applications and Energy Harvesting in Factories respectively.

It is due to mention that in addition to the presentations above mentioned, the host team of researchers gave a tour through all the Loughborough University campus, and a brief visit to the local historic centre of Lincoln where the visiting academics were able to see a castle and a cathedral. 


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