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2020 IEEE ComSoc Summer School

The 7th Edition of the IEEE ComSoc School Series was organized by the IEEE ComSoc UK & Ireland Chapter and University of Glasgow, which took place on 17-19th August completely online. This 3-day virtual event featured lectures by world leading professors, industry leaders and executives, with a focus on topics addressing the cutting-edge trends in 5G, IoT, and AI technologies.

A selection of recorded presentations from the 2020 IEEE ComSoc School Series UK & Ireland Virtual Event can be viewed on


Day 1:  Developments in 5G and Beyond Technologies

Day 1 Morning Session Chair: Dr Hoa Le Minh   

  • Opening Remarks and Welcome:  Professor Muhammad Imran and Dr Mona Ghassemian
  • Professor Lajos Hanzo (Southampton University, UK):  The Road from 5G to Wireless Futures
  • Professor Dominic O’Brien (University of Oxford, UK):  Optical Wireless: 5G and Beyond
  • Professor Muhammad Imran (University of Glasgow, UK):  Proactive Cellular Systems for Energy Efficient Operation

Day 1 Afternoon Session Chair: Dr Nauman Aslam

  • Dr Sean Mc Grath (University of Limerick, Ireland):  Industry Talk: Disruptive Computing Technologies and the Influence of 5G on IoT Edge
  • Dr. Yusuf Sambo and Dr Shuja Ansari (University of Glasgow, UK):  Demonstration Session: USRP + LabVIEW Demonstration on 5G System
  • Professor Ekram Hossain (IEEE distinguished lecturer, University of Manitoba, Canada):  IEEE DL Talk: Stochastic Geometry-Based Modelling and Analysis of Modern Cellular Networks

Day 2:  IoT and Enabling Technologies for 5G and Beyond

Day 2 Morning Session Chair: Dr Qasim Ahmed

  • Dr Pham Tien Dat(The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan):  Wireline and Wireless convergence for 5G-and-Beyond Networks
  • Dr Yansha Deng (King’s College London, UK):  Internet of Bio Nano-Things and Wireless Things
  • Professor Zabih Ghassemlooy and Dr Hoa Le Minh (Northumbria University, UK):  Optical Camera Communications in Future Networks

Day 2 Afternoon Session Chair: Dr Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir 

  • Dr Syed Zaidi (University of Leeds, UK):  Practical Session:  Developing Internet-of-Things (IoT) Applications
  • Dr Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir (University of the West of Scotland, UK) & Dr Majid Butt (Nokia Bell Lab France, France):  Industry Talk: NR light: A Missing Link in the 5G Landscape
  • Professor Arumugam Nallanathan (Queen Mary University London, UK):  Artificial Intelligence in Massive IoT Networks

Day 3:  AI and Enabling Technologies for 5G and Beyond

Day 3 Morning Session Chair: Dr Syed Ali Zaidi 

  • Dr Mona Ghassemian (British Telecom, UK):  Industry Talk: Secure Enterprise Networks in the Era of 5G and Beyond
  • Dr. Muhammad Z. Shakir (University of the West of Scotland, UK):  Flying Platforms for 6G: Global Connectivity
  • Professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia) & Dr Rafiq Swash (AIDRIVERS, UK):  Industry Talk: Beyond AI enabled Autonomous Industrial Automation and Challenges in Ports

Day 3 Afternoon Session Chair: Dr Qammer Abbasi        

  • Dr. Nauman Aslam and Dr. Kezhi Wang (Northumbria University, UK):  Tutorial Session: AI and Machine Learning Applications in Mobile Edge Computing
  • Professor Izzat Darwazeh (University College of London, UK):  Saving Spectrum and Increasing Connectivity for Wireless Communications System
  • Qammer H. Abbasi (University of Glasgow):  Machine Learning enabled Nanoscale Sensing at Terahertz
2019 IEEE ComSoc Autumn School
2019 IEEE ComSoc Autumn School Group

On 5-8 November, 34 students from 20 different countries participated in the IEEE ComSoc Autumn School hosted at Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions in Barcelona, Spain. The program included presentations from seven university professors and industry experts, which focused on 5G cellular wireless networks, network slicing, data analytics, data-driven communication, Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and vertical applications.

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List of speakers and topics:

  • Algorithmic Nuggets in Network Slicing and Resource Allocation - Professor Stefan Schmid, University of Vienna, Austria
  • The Road to 5G: An Overview of Challenges and Emerging AI Technologies in Telecommunications Industry - Dr. Saman Feghhi, Ericcsson, Ireland
  • Leveraging Machine Learning in Telecommunications Network - Dr. Saman Feghhi, Ericcsson, Ireland
  • Evolving Management in Network Operators: SDN and Telemetry - Dr. Victor Lopez, Telefonica, Spain
  • Applying Artificial Intelligence in Network Operators - Dr. Victor Lopez,     Telefonica, Spain
  • Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization: Theory and Practice - Professor Fabrizio Granelli, University of Trento, Italy
  • An Intelligent End-to-End Network Slicing Orchestration for Verticals Industries - Dr. Vincenzo Sciancalepore, NEC, Germany
  • Wireless Solutions for Industry Verticals- Dr. Diomidis Michalopoulos, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany
  • Network Slicing in Theory and Practice: Takeaways from the 5G Monarch Project - Dr. Diomidis Michalopoulos, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany
  • Network Slicing in the Era of 5G and Beyond - Professor Adlen Ksentini, EURECOM, France

A selection of recorded presentations from the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Autumn School can be viewed on

2019 IEEE ComSoc Summer School

The IEEE ComSoc Summer School was designed to help kick-start the careers of new professionals, Ph.D. candidates, and researchers in wireless communications. The 5th Edition was held on 16th-19th July 2019 at National Instruments Corporation, Austin, Texas. It consisted of lectures by world leading professors, industry leaders and executives. The event featured a highly interactive classroom environment with an intense focus on learning the cutting-edge trends in communications technology, as well as laboratory tours, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, poster presentations and networking activities.

The program focused on applications in specific industries including commercial cellular wireless service, automotive V2x and autonomy, and defense funded research. Workshop featured Massive MIMO and mmWave technologies to create real-world wireless testbeds using Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) techniques.

List of speakers and topics:

  • IEEE Comsoc Research, Dr. Ian Wong
  • RF and Microwave System Design, Introduction to the Dark Art, Erik Luther
  • Digital and hardware solutions to mitigate the high PAPR problem of OFDM signals signals in RF power amplifiers, Dr Tommaso Cappello
  • My Ten Favorite USRP Experiments and Implementation of Overlay Cognitive Radios, Dr. Murat Torlak
  • Evolving 5G and the Challenges Ahead - 5G 2.0, James Kimery
  • Software Defined Radio Adaptive Arrays, Dr Payam Nayeri
  • 360◦ and 4K Video Streaming for Mobile Devices, Dr Lili Qiu
  • Universal Software Defined Radio Open Platform: 5G, 4G, WiFi and Advanced Research, Dr  Brian Kelley
  • Deep Learning Based Security Solutions for the Internet of Medical Things, Dr Heena Rathore
  • Unlocking efficiencies in supply chain & distribution using Industrial IoT, Dr. N. R. Vijay
  • Leveraging Machine Learning in the Wireless Physical Layer, Dr. Tim O'shea
  • Using FPGAs and SDRs to create real-time testbeds, Sarah Yost
  • Open Source Software Defined Radio Hands On Seminar, Neel Pandeya
  • Collaborative IoT, 5G and AI empower building smart solutions towards Smart Cities,  Fawzi Behmann

A selection of recorded presentations from the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Summer School can be viewed on