PAKISTANI STUDENT QURAT UL AIN NADEEM HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTION IN 5G AND LTE SERVICES

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Sumayya Khalid

PAKISTANI STUDENT QURAT UL AIN NADEEM HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTION IN 5G AND LTE SERVICES

Ph.D. student Qurat-ul-Ain Nadeem, belonging to Pakistan, a country with the great pool of talent, has won the honorable Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for her achievement in transmission technology. The reputed Marconi Society was established in 1974 by the daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented the radio. This Society plays a vital role to endorse progression in the internet and telecommunications and encourages the achievements through Young Scholar Awards and the Marconi Prize.

The talented student received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She received her master’s degree from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2015 and is pursuing her Ph.D. there in the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering divisions. She has been working in the research group under the supervision of Professor Mohamed Slim Alouini in the KAUST since 2016.

Her research in Full-dimension (FD) massive multiple inputs multiple outputs (MIMO) is more advanced than the existing wireless communication systems and could be more than double the average throughput performance of existing LTE (long term evolution) systems.

FD MIMO is one of the most considerable technologies which fascinated magnanimous attention from the wireless industry for 5th generation (5G) cellular system. It utilizes a planar array structured active antenna which provides an adaptive electronic beam control in the 3-D (three-dimensional) space. Qurat-ul-Ain’s research focus has been on theoretical aspects of the antenna array and 3D channel modeling in depth in contrast to the prior researches which focused on standardization of FD-MIMO technology in the 3GPP.

She explained that she thinks the most significant output of her study on FD-MIMO is that it allows people to utilize the channel’s degrees of freedom in the elevation to design these so-called elevation beamforming schemes that allow better spatial separation of the users. She tried to focus on research problems that were of interest to industry. These schemes are extremely beneficial in urban large-scale scenarios with high-rise buildings.

Her supervisor commented that her work is sustainable and valid. It creates a coherent link between the industry’s visualization for FD-MIMO and the hypothetical knowledge of 3-D beamforming. She published initial works on spatial correlation functions and the development of 3-D channel models. Recently, she put different aspects of FD-MIMO collectively to offer a mathematical framework for the design of elevation beamforming schemes in single-cell and multi-cell scenarios. Her works have gained a lot of visibility in a short duration.

In addition to this, the brilliant girl herself wishes to motivate other women through her efforts to enter in the field which previously was supposed to be male-dominated. She is hopeful that her achievements will encourage the young Pakistani girls who wish to conquer the world.

Qurrat-ul-Ain and 3 other young scholar candidates are nominated by their academic advisors. Winners are selected by an international panel comprised of engineers from top universities and companies and receive a $5,000 prize and expenses to attend the annual awards event.

All will receive their awards on 2nd October, 2018 in Bologna, Italy, at the same occasion where Akamai cofounder F. Thomson Leighton, a key contributor to the development of content delivery networks, will be honored with the $100,000 Marconi Prize.

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