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  • Date: 09-02-2016
    Talk Time: 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
    Venue: Conference Room, KICS, UET, Lahore
    Speaker: Dr. Syed Ali Raza (Assistant Professor, University of Leeds, UK)


    A fluid/elastic network architecture which supports “user centric” services will be a central feature for 5G wireless networks. Such a fluid architecture leverages the fact that for ultra-dense networks, the control and the user-planes can be decoupled. Consequently, the network can be treated as a soft entity which can support a variety of user demands by dynamic reconfiguration of the user plane. Furthermore, activities across heterogeneous control planes can be coordinated through the network state awareness and resource virtualization. It is difficult if not impossible to realize such architecture without the real time network and the user state data. With around 6.2 billion internet-connected devices by the end of 2020, the generated data has enormous volume, high velocity and huge variety. In this talk, the main objective is to highlight how networks can be configured by leveraging big data empowered self-organization. The design framework for the big data empowered self-organized networks under split-plane architecture presents various opportunities and challenges. Such architecture is an ideal candidate to unify evolving technologies into a unified framework. The key architectural ingredients which will be explored briefly in this talk are:

    a) Proactive vs. Reactive Networks;
    b) Big Social Data;
    c) Information Centric Network Design;
    d) Self Organization for 5G Networks;
    e) Cloud RAN and HetNets;
    f) Energy Efficiency and Harvesting.


    Syed Ali Raza Zaidi is currently University Academic Fellow (Assistant Professor) at the University of Leeds, UK. Prior to this, he was a Research Fellow in SPCOM Research Group at Leeds. He received his B. Eng. degree in information and communication system engineering from the School of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, NUST, Pakistan in 2008. He was awarded the NUST’s most prestigious Rector’s gold medal for his final year project. From September 2007 till August 2008, he served as a Research Assistant in Wireless Sensor Network Lab on a collaborative research project between NUST, Pakistan and Ajou University, South Korea. In 2008, he was awarded overseas research student scholarship along with Tetley Lupton and Excellence Scholarships to pursue his PhD at the School of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, the University of Leeds, U.K. He was also awarded with COST IC0902, DAAD and Royal Academy of Engineering grants to promote his research. In 2013, he was conferred with prestigious F. W. Carter Prize for outstanding Doctoral thesis by the University of Leeds. Dr. Ali was a visiting research scientist at Qatar Innovations and Mobility Centre from October to December 2013. He has served as an invited reviewer IEEE flagship journals and conferences. Dr. Ali is also UK Liaison for the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP). He is currently serving as an editor for IEEE Communication Letters and Lead Guest Editor for IET Signal Processing SI on 5G Wireless Networks. He is also the general secretary for IEEE Technical Committee on 5G Networks. He has published more than 60 papers in leading IEEE Journals and conferences and has chaired several IEEE workshops/conferences. His current research interests are in the area of design and implementation of large scale networks for machine-to-machine communication (including robotics and autonomous systems).