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by / Monday, 17 June 2013 / Published in Partners

Principle Investigator:

Dr. Ali Imran is an assistant professor in telecommunications at University of Oklahoma-Tulsa since Jan 2014. From Oct-2011 to Jan-2014, he worked as a research scientist at QMIC, Qatar (www.qmic.com). In that position, he conducted research on a wide range of innovative solutions by drawing mainly on disciplines of telecommunications, software development and sensor networks. Currently he is leading a multinational $1.045 million research project on Self Organizing Wireless Networks, QSON (www.qson.org). Before joining QMIC in Oct-2011, since Oct-2007, he was a research fellow in wireless systems at Centre for Communication Systems Research, (CCSR) University of Surrey, UK.  In that position Dr. Imran has contributed to a number of pan-European and international research projects on wireless access technologies while working in close collaboration with key industrial players such as NEC Europe Ltd. (UK), Telefónica (Spain), DOCOMO (Germany), Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (Poland), Qualcomm (Germany), TTI (Spain), mimoOn (Germany), CTTC (Spain), CEA– LETI (France). There he also taught and supervised graduate research students. Since March 2002, till Oct-2007 he has worked as a communication lab instructor, BS deployment team leader and consultant to a leading telecom company in Pakistan. Dr. Imran’s experience earned cross-disciplinary skill set is backed by a four year degree in Electrical Engineering from the highest ranked engineering university of Pakistan; MSc with distinction in Satellite Communications Engineering from a globally reputed department in satellite communications: Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, UK; and PhD Elect. Engg, from the top ranked wireless research centers in UK i.e. CCSR, University of Surrey. During his pedagogical journey, Dr. Imran has won several highly competitive awards for his outstanding academic achievements including scholarships with collective worth over $150000. His research interests include radio resource management, SON and heterogeneous networks. He has authored over 25 peer reviewed journal and conference papers, 2 book chapters and a patent in this area. He is a member of IEEE and Associate fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK.

 

Co-Investigators:

 

Dr. Adnan Abu-Dayya is Executive Director and CEO of QMIC and has more than 20 years of International experience in the areas of wireless/telecomm R&D, innovations, business development, and services delivery. Before moving to Qatar in March 2007, he worked for 10 years at AT&T Wireless in Seattle, USA where he served in a number of senior management positions covering product innovations & emerging technologies, systems engineering, and product realization. He was also responsible for developing and licensing the extensive patent portfolio of AT&T Wireless. Before that, Adnan worked as a manager at Nortel Networks in Canada in the advanced technology group and as a Senior Consultant at the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. From April 2007 to Dec. 2008, he was the chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at Qatar University. He led the initiative to create and then was appointed as the Executive Director of QMIC in Dec. 2008 at the Qatar Science & Technology Park. Adnan received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queens University, Canada in 1992. He has many issued patents and more than fifty publications in the field of wireless communications.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli is currently Director of 5G Innovation Centre and Director of Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR), Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey. He has over 25 years of research experience in digital communications (Wireless/mobile communications, Future Internet, Internet of Things). He was the technical leader of EU eSense and Sensei IP Projects with total value of more than Euro100M. Currently he is leading EU IoT-I (Internet of Things-Initiative) project and is chairman of IoT International Forum. He has authored and co-authored more than 500 research publications. Additionally he has been invited to deliver many keynote talks to International conferences and workshops. He has also edited two books“Technologies for the Wireless Future”, Vol.1 in 2004 and Vol.2 in 2006 published by Wiley’s. He is co-inventor on 20 granted patents, all in the field of digita communications and sensing. In Europe he leads the Net!Works EU Technology Platform Expert Group and has been principle author of the Future Mobile Networks Vision and Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Beyond 2020. The SRAv8 was used to shape the Framework Programme 7 (FP7, 2007-2013) and SRAv9 is now being used in defining EU FP8 2013-2020. He has shown distinguished powers of research leadership to sustain and build one of the strongestand largest groups in Europe with 165 researchers (PhD and postdocs) and secured £12M research funding for the next 2 years in addition to more than £35M funding for the first in the world 5G Innovation Centre.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Imran is currently a Reader in Communications (an academic rank in UK between Full Professor and Associate Professor) in CCSR, University of Surrey. In this role, he is leading a number of multimillion international research projects encompassing the areas of energy efficiency, fundamental performance limits, sensor networks. He is a member of the CCSR team that has secured a large grant of above £35m for a 5G innovation centre and an outdoor cellular test bed. He has a global collaborative research network spanning both academia and key industrial players in the field of wireless communications. He has supervised 16 successful PhD graduates and published over 150 peer-reviewed research papers including more than 20 IEEE Journals. He is a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of Higher Education Academy UK http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ccsr/people/muhammad_ali_imran/

Dr. Mischa Dohler is currently a Coordinator of Research at CTTC, Barcelona. He is Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE ComSoc, Senior Member of the IEEE, and Editor-in-Chief of ETT. He frequently features as keynote speaker and panellist. He had press coverage by BBC and Wall Street Journal. He is a tech company investor and entrepreneur, being the co-founder, former CTO and now board member of Worldsensing. He is fluent in 6 languages. Within MVCE, he has pioneered cooperative space-time systems, dating back to 1999 and holding some early key patents. He has published more than 150 journal/conference papers at a citation h-index of 30, holds a dozen patents, authored, co-edited and contributed to 19 books, has given more than 30 tutorials, and participatedin ETSI, IETF and other standardisation activities. He has been TPC member and co-chair of various conferences. He is/has been holding various editorial positions for numerous IEEE and non-IEEE journals and special issues. Since 2008 he has been with CTTC and from 2010-2012 the CTO of Worldsensing. From 2005 to 2008, he has been Senior Research Expert in the R&D division of France Telecom, France. From 2003 to 2005, he has been lecturer at King’s College London, UK: http://www.cttc.es/home/mdohler

Dr. Lorenza Guipponi: received the Telecommunications Engineering degree at University of Rome “La Sapienza” in July 2002 and the PhD at the Dept. of Signal Theory and Communications (TSC) of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2007. She joined the Radio Communications Group of UPC in 2003 with a grant of the Spanish Ministry of Education. During 2006 and 2007 she was assistant professor at UPC. In September 2007 she joined the CTTC as Director of Institutional Relations and Research Associate in the area of Access Technologies. She is the co-recipient of the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference 2010 (IEEE CCNC 2010) and of the IEEE third International workshop on Indoor and Outdoor Femto Cells 2011 best paper awards. She is an IEEE Senior Member.http://www.cttc.es/en/home/lgiupponi

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