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Towards the next generation of location-aware communication

The 5G mobile networks are just around the corner with an envisaged deployment in 2020. This generation will witness  a significant paradigm shift, which includes the millimetre-wave technology (mmWave). It will employ arrays of large number of antennas and large bandwidth that allow 1Gbps transmission. These two distinct features provide a superb capability to estimate the directions-of-arrival and  -departure (DOA and DOD), as well as the time of arrival (TOA), which open the door to a myriad of location-aware application of communication systems in 5G.

In this talk, we answer questions like, how accurate the localization in 5G mmWave systems will be? what are the parameters that will affect the performance? and what are the challenges of 5G localization? Towards that, from a signal processing perspective, we mainly cover the initial network access problem, the uplink and downlink mobile position and orientation error bounds, and two-way communication protocols that alleviate synchronization requirements. We will show that mmWave systems are capable of localizing a UE with sub-meter position error, and sub-degree orientation error, which asserts that mmWave technology will play a central role in communication network optimization and unlock opportunities that were not available in conventional networks.

Refreshments will be served. 


Zohair Abu Shaban's Bio
In November 2010, Zohair earned his MSc degree in Communication and Signal Processing with distinction from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department at Imperial College London, UK. There, he was awarded the Department Prize for Outstanding Achievement for his project “Array Localisation Testbed using Software-Defined Radio”, completed under Prof. Athanassios Manikas. His master's studies were funded by a Hani Qaddumi Scholarship. 

In January 2012, he received a research grant from the National Research Fund– Luxembourg to work at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (Snt), the University of Luxembourg,  as an early-stage researcher in the field of Interference Cancellation and Synchronization for Broadcasting Satellites, in close industrial collaboration with the satellite giant, SES S.A.  

Since June 2014, he has been with the Research School of Engineering (RSEng) at the Australian National University (ANU), where has been pursuing research on signal processing for next generation mobile localization, supervised by Prof. Thushara Abhayapala.  Lately, for a period of 4 months, Zohair was a visiting researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona (UAB), Spain, hosted by Prof. Henk Wymeersch, and Prof. Gonzalo Seco-Granados, respectively, with  both of which he has maintained a strong research collaboration for a significant period of his PhD.

From December 2017, he will be a research fellow at the University of New South Wales, working on the “Space Situational Awareness” research project.

Date & time

11am 24 Nov 2017


Room:214 Seminar Room

Internal speakers

Mr Zohair Abu Shaban


6125 1874

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