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Queen's Researcher wins best PhD award for 2018

A Queen's Researcher has been awarded the Best PhD award for 2018 by the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP).

Dr Hien Ngo, a Lecturer at the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technologies (ECIT), worked for five years (2010–15) to produce his thesis on Massive MIMO: Fundamentals and System Designs.

Following a highly competitive selection process, Hien has been recognised for the high quality, strong citation indices, and wide adoption of his work in Massive MIMO. This award will be presented during the Awards Ceremony at EUSIPCO 2018, in Rome, Italy, from September 3–7, 2018.

Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) is a wireless network that allows transmitting and receiving more than one data signal simultaneously over the same radio channel. Massive MIMO is a MIMO system with a high number of antennas, keenly adopted in upcoming 5G networks.

Hien's study addresses many challenges in the evolving wireless space. He commented:

"The last 10 years have seen a massive growth in the number of connected wireless devices. Billions of devices are connected and managed by wireless networks. At the same time, each device needs a high throughput to support applications such as voice, real-time video, movies, and games. Demands for wireless throughput and the number of wireless devices will always increase. In addition, there is a growing concern about energy consumption of wireless communication systems. Thus, future wireless systems have to satisfy three main requirements: i) having a high throughput; ii) simultaneously serving many users; and iii) having less energy consumption."

You can read Hien's PhD at this link.