India-UK advanced technology centre

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


This is a follow-on proposal for a Phase Two from the highly successful Phase One under EPSRC funding (GR EP/G051674/1; EP/G049874/1; EP/G049939/1; EP/G050600/1; EP/G05178X/1; EP/G053847/1;EP/G054886/1; EP/G055610/1; EP/F030118/1) of the IU-ATC which was for an initial 30-month period of a 5-year project envisioned by EPSRC and DST. The IU-ATC project represents the largest collaboration of its kind between UK and India and as such provides a unique and internationally competitive research eco-system to be further leveraged for maximum impact. As commented by the EPSRC Review Panel that met on 15th August (i) "The panel were positive about the success of Phase 1 of IU-ATC, commenting that they were impressed with the achievements of the consortium so far in the face of the significant challenge of making a consortium work across numerous institutions and country boundaries.", (ii) "The panel were clear that there is no question of the huge capacity that the IU-ATC has built over phase 1." A summary of our strengths is provided in the Joint 2-page (planning for IU-ATC Phase 2) document submitted to EPSRC-DST on August 5th 2011 (attached). In summary there has been 246 international Conference Papers, 106 Journal Papers ( with 31 papers still under review), Papers under dissemination 31 , 6 Books , and 10 Technical Reports. Of particular significance are the 15 Patents Submitted, the 8 technical Prototypes built and the 12 Technical Testbeds / Demonstrators that support the work of the team in both countries.

As we plan for Phase 2, we have reflected on our outputs to-date and also the recently published strategic research priorities from EPSRC published in July 2011 on Global Uncertainties , Healthcare, Digital Economy, E-Infrastructure, Intelligent Information Infrastructure, Working Together and DST 11th Plan, DST SAC respectively. In light of the respective national priorities for ICT Research and Innovation that have been identified by EPSRC-DST, there are a number of directly relevant "grand challenges" which we highlighted in our 2-page plan for the respective EPSRC-DST Review Committees on 5th August 2011 (attached).

Leveraging the capacity that has been developed in IU-ATC Phase 1, we will take into consideration some of the respective national priorities areas as listed in 1..7 above and the key recommendations of the EPSRC-DST review Panels. As evidenced from the EPSRC Review Panel a specific recommendation was made that whilst we should strive to have commonality of approach between work areas in both countries we should not 'force-fit' all research activities to both countries. Given this recommendation, we have developed a plan of innovative research that attempts to address global issues, common challenges and respective national priorities.


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Description Amongst numerous new discoveries published in about 300 IEEE journal and conference papers one of the most innovative solutions we conceived is related to the employment of multiple transmit and receive antennas in mobile phones and in the base-stations providing radio coverage for the handsets.
Exploitation Route The findings were disseminated in about a dozen keynote lectures and 300+ IEEE/IET research papers for further exploitation both by the academic and industrial community. Our industrial partners directly benefitted from these findings and so did our PhD, MSc and UG students.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Transport

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Description The findings are influencing the standardization of the fifth generation of mobile phone systems across the globe. These findings also inspired many Indian PhD students, several of whom visited Southampton University, accompanied by their Professors. The best links are with IITM in Chennai and IISc in Bombay. These finding also led to the signing of on MOU between Southampton and IITM. This collaboration evolved very successfully along many parallel avenues, including an extended collaboration with the Indian industrial partners. I will be travelling to Chennai and Bangalore for further discussions with Nokia, IBM and many SMEs. Furthermore, I will be giving a keynote lecture at
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,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 Harnessing Quantum-Computing & Signal Processing in Wireless Communications 
Organisation Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We published several joint 4* papers, which contribute to the REF;
Collaborator Contribution Deriving closed-form equations for characterizing device-to-device communications and IoT
Impact mathematics, information theory, signal processing, computer science, telecommunications engineering
Start Year 2017