Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) technology for modelling 5G mobile networks

Lead Research Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science


This project will enable the integration of the non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) technology into the next generation mobile networks to achieve significantly enhanced spectrum efficiencies. The project involves a) an information theoretic study that addresses the practical deployment of NOMA systems and the system level performance evaluation, b) transceiver design for power domain and code domain NOMA approaches, leading to their deployment on large scale in future mobile networks, c) the use of the novel joint precoding design to provide superior performance for multi-cell mobile networks and d) the use of NOMA in cognitive radio and IoT systems (connecting everything concept) to achieve highly-efficient spectrum utilisation and to provide reliable connectivity to a massive number of devices in IoT communications. Finally, the project also will develop a cost- and spectrum-efficient proof of concept on the above ground-breaking concepts to accelerate impact.

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509474/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1963633 Studentship EP/N509474/1 01/11/2017 30/04/2021 Ankit Gupta
Description Me and Prof. Mathini are working on artificial intelligence (AI) based solutions for the problems that still doesn't have an optimal solution for the wireless problem. In particular, we are designing AI based solution for serving multiple users with higher data rate from a single base station. We are also working on real-testbed and utilizing the data procured from the testbed to analyze the problem in the practical scenario. Now, we have developed an algorithm for which we are trying to make a patent of it, before publishing the same.
Exploitation Route We are looking into designing new ways for our model, we started with NOMA, and have successfully applied it to relay networks and optical communication networks. Our work is highly generalizable and thus, we believe multiple research projects will be able to take this forward.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)