Is your radio smarter than you? Applying AI to radio communications

Brought to you by The Radio Technology Group

This event will give an introduction on how AI is being applied to radio communications.

About the event

"Is this frequency in use ?" can still be heard on the bands used by radio amateurs. But as spectrum becomes ever more crowded, radio systems have had to be adaptable to make best use of the available bandwidth, to optimise capacity and enable changes in the way that spectrum regulators are managing the crowded spectrum.

This event will give an introduction on how AI is being applied to radio communications. It will cover both controlled networks, such as cellular, and also radios for use in license free or license exempt bands. A specific aspect is Cognitive Radio (sometimes referred to smart radio) and how AI can improve performance such as throughput, resilience and avoidance of interference to other users.

This CW lunch-time webinar series is aimed at all engineers working with communications in difficult or crowded environments, and anyone who wants to keep up to date with smart radio developments.

This informal online SIG event will be chaired by Peter Topham from Qualcomm Technologies International and CW SIG Champion. Delegates will be encouraged to submit their own questions to draw on the speakers expertise and experiences.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWRadioTech.


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Welcome from our CEO, Simon Mead, CW


Introduction from Chair, Peter Topham, Qualcomm Technologies International & Radio Technology SIG Champion


Arman Shojaeifard, Research Manager at BT, AIMM Project Lead

'AI for Massive MIMO'

Arman will provide an introduction to advanced antenna systems and discuss the potential role of AI for Massive MIMO optimisation in 5G NR.


Professor Robert J. Piechocki, School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Eng, and Eng Maths, University of Bristol

'How can it be smarter? Applying AI to more than radio communications'

We are already and increasingly surrounded by radio waves originally intended only to deliver entertainment, information and home automation. But what if we could find another purpose for such radio systems? In this talk Rob will overview recent research activities in opportunistic WiFi sensing for digital health applications.


Panel session with both speakers chaired by Chair Peter Topham, Qualcomm Technologies International & Radio Technology SIG champion.


Closing remarks & session ends


Robert Piechocki - Professor of Wireless Systems, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Robert Piechocki is Professor of Wireless Systems at the University of Bristol. He is also a Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute (UK national institute for data sciences and AI). His research expertise is in the areas of Connected Intelligent Systems, Wireless & Self-Learning Networks, Information and Communication Theory, Statistics and AI. Rob has published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences and holds 13 patents in these areas. He leads wireless connectivity and sensing research activities for the IRC SPHERE project (winner of 2016 World Technology Award). He collaborates on research grants totalling over £25M, and is a PI for several high-profile projects in networks and AI funded by the industry, EU, Innovate UK and EPSRC. He regularly advises the industry and the Government on many aspects related to connected intelligent technologies and data sciences.

Arman Shojaeifard - Wireless Research Manager, BT Labs, British Telecommunications

Arman Shojaeifard (PhD) is with the Wireless Research Team at BT Labs, Adastral Park, where he leads the CELTIC-NEXT European collaborative project AIMM. He also represents BT as a standardisation delegate in 3GPP RAN1 WG and O-RAN Alliance WG3.

SIG Champions

Mark Beach - Professor of Radio Systems Engineering , University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Mark Beach received his PhD for research addressing the application of Smart Antenna techniques to GPS from the University of Bristol in 1989, where he subsequently joined as a member of academic staff. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996, Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2003. He was Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering from 2006 to 2010, then spearheaded Bristol’s hosting of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications . He is the Co-Director of this centre. He leads research in the field of enabling technologies for the delivery of 5G and beyond wireless connectivity; which includes the recent award of an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership in the field of Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN). Mark’s current research activities are delivered through the Communication Systems and Networks Group, forming a key component within Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab. He has over 30 years of physical layer wireless research embracing the application of Spread Spectrum technology for cellular systems, adaptive or smart antenna for capacity and range extension in wireless networks, MIMO aided connectivity for through-put enhancement, experimental evaluation and optimization of Massive MIMO, Millimetre Wave technologies as well as flexible RF technologies for SDR modems. With a strong industrially focused research portfolio, he is also the School Research Impact Director. 

Brian Collins - Managing Consultant, BSC Associates

Brian has designed antennas for applications including radio and TV broadcasting, base stations, handsets and consumer products, and has operated his own consultancy firm for the last 12 years. He has published more than 70 papers on antenna topics and contributed chapters to several recent textbooks. He operates a small consultancy company, chairs the Antenna Interface Standards Group and is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

Peter Relph - Consultant, PA Consulting Group

Peter Relph has worked in the wireless industry for 30 years and spent the last 22 years as a radio systems engineer with PA Consulting Group. He originally graduated from UCL in Electronics with Optoelectronics and since then has decreased his operating frequency, working on mm-wave radar systems at Philips Research, then a broad range of industries and applications with PA. His recent focus has been on cellular systems wider experience with satellite, Wifi, modern IoT and bespoke communications systems. Professional interests range from propagation modelling, RF system design and physical layer processing.

Vidhya Sridhar - Consultant, TTP plc

Vidhya Sridhar is a consultant at The Technology Partnership (TTP) Plc. She has a background in digital signal processing and physical layer design and development. In her PhD at Imperial College London, she carried out research on array signal processing techniques with applications in 5G and defence. Prior to her PhD, she spent three years working on physical layer design and development in LTE and WiMAX at Broadcom (India) and Alcatel Lucent (India) respectively.

Peter Topham - Principal Engineer, Qualcomm Technologies International

Peter has more than 30 years experience of RF and high-speed circuit design, taking chips into production ranging from FM Band II through cellular, Bluetooth and on to UWB at 10GHz. He has been with Qualcomm for 7 years, specialising in low-power RF design for portable and wearable products.

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