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 Mahmood, 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. 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.