Invited Talk at IST and COMSATS Islamabad on Prototyping Research at AdCom Lab, LUMS

posted Mar 31, 2016, 10:58 PM by Fatima Ahsan   [ updated Apr 1, 2016, 12:30 AM ]

Our principal Investigator, Dr. Momin Uppal, delivered an invited talk at IST and COMSATS Islamabad on the topic of "Prototyping Research at AdCom Lab, LUMS". Dr. Momin highlighted our achievements of successfully prototyping single carrier modulation systems on GNURadio and MATLAB platforms, interfaced with the NI-USRP Software Defined Radios to carry out over-the-air transmissions. Moreover, he also highlighted our recently developed OFDM transceiver in MATLAB and on-going real-time MIMO projects on GNU Radio.

Workshop on Opportunities for 5G Research and Development in Pakistan

posted Feb 17, 2016, 8:56 PM by Fatima Ahsan   [ updated Apr 1, 2016, 12:29 AM ]

The event was convened by Dr. Momin Uppal and the panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Ijaz Naqvi, both directors of AdCom lab at LUMS.

Wireless communications has been fast evolving globally. In order to keep at pace with rest of the world with regards to R&D efforts in the area of wireless communication, AdCom lab at LUMS, in collaboration with KICS and ICTR&D Fund, organised a one-day workshop on August 10, 2015 to brainstorm opportunities and action plan for 5G research in Pakistan. The event kicked off with brief speeches of Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA; Mr. Asif Rumi, CEO ICT R&D Fund; Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Vice Chancellor LUMS and Dr. Waqar Shah, Director KICS. Thereafter invited speakers, both international and local, introduced their vision of how Pakistani researchers can contribute in 5G research.

The workshop brought more than 100 participants from academia, industry and the representatives of funding agencies and regulatory authorities under one roof in order to brainstorm how Pakistani researchers can contribute to 5G research. The list of esteemed invited speakers and panelists included Dr. Usman Javaid (Vodafone), Dr. Zeeshan Shakir (Texas A&M, Qatar), Dr. Ghalib Shah (KICS), Dr. Usman Gul (National Instruments), Dr. Ali Raza Zaidi (Leeds University, UK), Dr. Imran Ashraf (Alcatel Lucent, UK) and Dr. Bilal Rasool (Warid Telecom).

The highlight of the workshop was a 3 hour long panel discussion encompassing technical aspects of 5G research, IP portfolio and funding models. The unanimous consensus that emerged out of the panel discussion was that it is the right time to start and invest in 5G research opportunities and that Pakistani researchers should publish their research in top tier international conferences and high impact factor journals in order to increase the visibility of our research. A right balance needs to be attained in our efforts to address both high end research problems and problems related to Pakistani environment. The panelists noted that now there exists a critical mass of top quality researchers in Pakistan which can contribute to 5G research and development in Pakistan.


Additional Pictures:

- The Honorable Vice Chancellor LUMS, Dr. Sohail Naqvi, addressing the audience.

- Enthusiastic Listeners

- Free cell phones (Just kidding... we don't know what was inside them :) )

Invited Talk In 12th International Conference on FIT 2014, Islamabad

posted Nov 11, 2014, 1:14 AM by Fawad Ud Din   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 11:55 PM by Fatima Ahsan ]

Our Principal Investigator Momin Uppal is the invited speaker for the 12th International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT), December 17 - 19, 2014, Islamabad. The conference is technically sponsored by IEEE Islamabad Chapter, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. The abstract of the talk titled "Cognitive Cooperative Communications: From Theory to Practice" is as follows:

Cooperative communications and cognitive radios are two exciting research areas that have received tremendous interest over the past decade. This interest is not unwarranted, since the techniques, at least in theory, promise for wireless networks a significant increase in throughput, power efficiency, and coverage area. Most existing studies in the two areas are of theoretical nature that are often based on idealistic assumptions which may never come to pass in a real-world network. Although the theoretical underpinnings in this regard are nowhere near completion, yet they are mature enough for researchers around the world to step into the prototyping domain. This is based on the realization that experimentation remains the ultimate tool in identifying and addressing challenges associated with incorporating cognitive cooperative communications in next generation wireless networks.  After providing an overview of cooperative communications and cognitive radios, this talk will delve into some of the recent advances in the two areas. In addition, the talk will cover recent works that have merged the two promising strategies together. After covering theoretical foundations, the talk will try to make a case for experimentation, and will highlight progress around the world, as well as the work being carried out at the speaker's own lab.

An Introduction to Software Defined Radio With NI LabVIEW and NI USRP

posted Jun 11, 2014, 3:41 AM by Fawad Ud Din   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 11:56 PM by Fatima Ahsan ]

LUMS Electrical Engineering Department in collaboration with National Instruments Arabia presents

Hands-On Seminar: An Introduction to Software Defined Radio With NI LabVIEW and NI USRP

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014    
Time: 10:00 a.m.    
Venue: LUMS, Lahore

Learn how to prototype a wireless communication receiving algorithm using Software Defined Radio.  Discover how to acquire, analyse and record wireless signals from the NI Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) software defined radio using LabVIEW. 

Who Should Attend

Graduate students, researchers and professors that need the basics of software defined radio and how it can be used to prototype a wireless communication system.

Length of Seminar

4-5 Hours

Topics Covered

•    Introduction to software defined radio
•    LabVIEW programming fundamentals
•    Building a simple spectrum analyzer
•    Demodulate over-the-air broadcast FM radio
•    Advance Communication Topics: MIMO, Cognitive Radio


9:30 a.m.    Registration

10:00 a.m.  Prototyping cooperative communication research using software defined radios by Dr. Momin

10:30 a.m. Rapid Research Prototyping for Communication System by Dr. Nadeem Lehrasab 

10:50 a.m. Evolution to FPGA based Radios by Ahmed Bilal 

11:10 a.m. Tea Break

11:30 a.m. Hands- on Session

1:30 p.m.   Lunch Break

2:00 p.m.   Hands-on Session

3:00 p.m.   Closing Remarks

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