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

Lead Research Organisation: University of Surrey
Department Name: Communications Systems Res CCSR

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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Description This is a multiparty project and here we only refer to Surrey contributions. A UK-India Test Bed was set up allowing a complete mobile connection in 4G to be realised across an international link. This is extended in phase 2 of the project Surrey and IITM have collaborated with Regulators in each country to harmonise Cognitive Radio issues with respect to TV White space data base systems. Self organising networks design has been advanced and applied to future small cell systems.
Exploitation Route Physical layer innovations to 4G are being exploited in IITM Test Bed has been augmented by other projects including KTA demonstrator and is accepted by TSB as an IoT playground on which to mount projects.
Sectors Electronics

 
Description EPSRC IAA award
Amount £19,154 (GBP)
Organisation University of Surrey 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 01/2015
 
Description IAA
Amount £19,357 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 06/2014
 
Description IoT test bed
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Funding ID KTA grant 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2011 
End 04/2012
 
Description TSB
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 06/2014
 
Description IIT Bombay 
Organisation Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint work in wireless systems in MAC layer and resource allocation
Collaborator Contribution Joint supervision of research students collaborative research
Impact Joint research papers Collaboration in trials and Demo's
Start Year 2008
 
Description IIT Delhi 
Organisation Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration in Cognitive radio and data base systems
Collaborator Contribution Joint research
Impact Joint research students and research papers
Start Year 2010
 
Description IIT HYderabad 
Organisation Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint work in Cognitive networks and cognitive radio Joint PhD supervision collaboration in demo's
Collaborator Contribution Joint research Provided some parts of demo.
Impact Research papers. Joint demo.
Start Year 2008
 
Description IIT Kanpur 
Organisation Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint work on cognitive radio and networks
Collaborator Contribution Joint supervision of students Joint collaboration with Demo's
Impact Research papers. Joint Demo of cognitive network for emergency and disaster
Start Year 2008
 
Description IIT Kanpur 
Organisation Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint work on cognitive radio and networks
Collaborator Contribution Joint supervision of students Joint collaboration with Demo's
Impact Research papers. Joint Demo of cognitive network for emergency and disaster
Start Year 2008
 
Description IIT Madras, 
Organisation Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborated on Wireless systems design in heterogeneous networks
Collaborator Contribution Joint supervision of students. Providing simulation and experimental results.,
Impact Joint research papers. Inputs to standards
Start Year 2008
 
Title Energy efficient VOIP scheduling for LTE networks 
Description A new scheduling system for voice over IP for use in LTE mobile systems was derived from the work in the grant. 
IP Reference  
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2013
Licensed No
Impact The impact is in the operation of voice in LTE mobile networks and is of interest to operators.