India-UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC) of Excellence in Next Generation Networks Systems and Services

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Electronics and Computer Science

Abstract

This UK-India consortium-based initiative has been established in direct response to a previous request from the British High Commission in India. The IU-ATC consortium has developed through a series of workshops supported by EPSRC and the British High Commission in India, commencing with a Technical Workshop in January/February 2006. The consortium comprises 8 research-leading universities in UK, 5 leading IITs, major industrial partners in UK and India (including companies such as BT, InfoSys, Wipro, Sasken, and Tejas), and a number of SMEs. The initiative aims to establish the first virtual India-UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC) in Next Generation Networks, Systems and Services, which will put in place the support infrastructure to facilitate, develop and enable the Digital Economy of both countries. This will be achieved through scientific investigation of the technical and functional requirements of Next Generation Networks through the promotion of industry collaboration with research-leading academic institutions and government departments as part of an initial 30 month Phase 1 of an overall 5-year joint programme between the UK and India. The current proposal builds on the existing and well formed consortium, which has already attracted EPSRC support (Travel Grant GR1, INTERACT 5 GR2), UKTI Grant, GOF, and most recently UKIERI-DST Research Award (S083). The explosive growth in advanced telecommunication networks and multimedia services in the last decade has offered exciting opportunities across a wide range of sectors, including communications, education, entertainment, and health. These opportunities have been successfully embraced within Europe and USA, and there is an increasing need to provide similar opportunities for the rapidly expanding economy of India. However, given India's special requirements, this cannot easily be achieved by transference of existing technical and engineering solutions, and a fundamental rethink is required to adapt or develop novel solutions and provide for research, innovation and wealth creation opportunities between UK and India. The IU-ATC initiative is focused on promotion of the Digital Economy, a priority identified under the recent government Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 . The Digital Economy aims to support research and skilled people to effect early adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by a variety of user sectors. Understanding and enabling the impact of information, better positions the UK and India to reap the economic and social benefits offered by emerging Telecommunications Engineering hardware and software together with fixed/wireless/mobile Broadband technologies for low cost sensor and user devices, and service delivery platforms. The challenges in exploiting the promise of the technological advances within NGNs, and achieving their potential performance, economic and social returns, require not only a thorough understanding of the lower layers of the communications networking stack but also a strong ability and interest in exploiting the core technologies for citizen-facing applications. This often implies an appreciation of business and government strategies in specific areas such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing and management and requires close collaboration between academia and industry to realise the full potential.

Publications

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Ahmed S (2009) Iterative Detection of Unity-Rate Precoded FFH-MFSK and Irregular Variable-Length Coding in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology

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Akhtman J (2009) Closed-form approximation of MIMO capacity in Electronics Letters

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Bonello N (2011) Myths and realities of rateless coding in IEEE Communications Magazine

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Bonello N (2009) Pilot symbol assisted coding in Electronics Letters

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Bonello N (2009) Reconfigurable Rateless Codes in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

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Bonello N (2010) Generalized MIMO transmit preprocessing using pilot symbol assisted rateless codes in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

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Bonello N (2011) Design of Low-Density Parity-Check Codes in IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine

 
Description Powerful multi-carrier transceiver schemes were conceived, which relied on multiple-output, multiple-input (MIMO) arrangements for enhancing both the transmission integrity as well as the attainable throughput. These MIMO systems hence achieve an improved quality of experience for smart phones and tablet computers.
Exploitation Route A large number of IEEE publications were conceived, but I only uploaded the journal papers. Our industrial partners substantially benefitted from the research and we were able to attract further funding as a consortium.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Transport

URL httP://www-mobile.ecs.soton.ac.uk
 
Description There were several Indian companies, who used the research results, such as CeWit for example, which is a spin-off company of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai. They also conveyed the results to the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) standardization body. They also employed one of my students. In the UK side, British Telecomms was also part of the project and they have had a high-level representation in the consortium both through their Ipswich and their Abu Dhabi facility. This collaboration also led to another project with BT, which is related to improving the achievable transmission speed of copper-wire based WIFI systems across the UK. We are exploiting the hitherto unused part of the bandwidth above 50 MHz.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Transport
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description EPSRC
Amount £250,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/J016640/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2012 
End 12/2014
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £240,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Concerto propject 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 02/2012 
End 12/2014
 
Description European Union Framework 7
Amount £240,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Concerto propject 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 02/2012 
End 12/2014