A new research exchange with Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

Save favourite 7 Mar March 2018
Dr. Lakshmikanth Guntupalli postdoc in the research group Communication Systems and Networks at STC.

Dr. Lakshmikanth Guntupalli at STC has been granted 148 000 SEK from STINT to initiate a joint research collaboration between Mid Sweden University and the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH). This new collaboration will support research and training activities in ultra-reliable low-latency protocols for fifth generation (5G) wireless mobile networks.

- This grant will allow us to collaborate and establish a research partnership, which we subsequently intend to grow into a wider research group in 5G for Industrial automation, by involving further partners, says Dr. Lakshmikanth Guntupalli.

In this new collaboration, the researchers will investigate reliability as well as delay issues and to develop robust future wireless communication systems that can handle the real-time automation in industries. In this perspective, combining the expertise in industrial automation from Mid Sweden University and IITHs knowledge in prototyping 5G based mobile networks will be used to define realistic research problems and to develop strategies for long-term cooperation.

- I first got in contact with Dr. Antony Fraklin from IITH at a research conference and I asked if he would be interested to start a cooperation between our two universities, and he was, Dr. Guntupalli explains.  

To start with Dr. Guntupalli and the two PhD-students Luca Beltramelli and Rául Róndon will visit the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad. In the end of March Dr. Franklin will visit Mid Sweden University where he will arrange a workshop for PhD and Master Students on simulation of 5G wireless networks.

Sweden has one of the most advanced markets for mobile communication. Its sophisticated user base, eager to adopt new services and technologies, pushes telecom operators to be at the forefront of 5G services. Sweden got strong companies (e.g. Ericsson, Telia, Tele2, Telenor) that are providing services, developing products and contributing ongoing international standardization efforts. India has the world’s largest wireless mobile subscriber population. The huge potential market offers India tremendous opportunity to influence the international standardization process of 5G systems. Therefore, this project will attract the interest of Telecom companies in both countries.

- I´m so glad that Prof. Mikael Gidlund encourage me to apply for this STINT grant that makes it possible for us to broaden our network. It is good to be an international university and that more get to know about our research, Dr. Guntupalli sums up.

About Dr. Antony Franklin

Dr. Antony Franklin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IITH. He has a strong research group at IITH name Networked Wireless Systems research lab focusing on next generation mobile network (5G) and IoT research. He is part of many government funded research projects on 5G, Cloud Radio Access Networks, and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC). He has published several publications and patents on wireless networking technologies in the past decade. He also has industrial experience for more than 5 years working at Samsung R&D Center and ETRI (South Korea).

About IITH

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) is one of the IITs established by the Govt of India in 2008. IITH has quickly grown to be one of the best institutions (7th best engineering institute as per MHRD’s India Rankings 2016) for education and research in the country in a very short period of time. IITH has 13 departments with about 200 faculty and about 2400 students, with almost half of them being post-graduate students. It is involved in state of the art research in several disciplines of science and technology. IITH has many funded research projects from both industry and government of India in the area of design of 5G, Cloud Radio Access Networks, and Mobile Edge Computing. The technical expertise of the faculty from IITH involved in the project would provide strong support for this project on various aspects from design and building of prototyping of 5G system. The institute already have strong collaboration with institutes from various countries including USA, Australia, Japan, UK.

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