TPU professor develops efficient 5G algorithms and feasible underwater wireless communications

Professor Dushantha Nalin K. Jayakody, the head of the Research Laboratory for Information and Telecommunication Systems (Tomsk Infocomm Lab, TIL) of the TPU School of Computer Science & Robotics, conducts research in wireless communications. His lab, Tomsk Infocomm Lab (TIL) specializes in 5G and related communications techniques. Currently, he works on the development of efficient 5G communications algorithms and feasible underwater communications carriers. 

Photo: Professor Dushantha Nalin K. Jayakody

Prof Nalin Jayakody has been working on the implementation of the project Physical Layer Algorithms Design for 5G Communications since July 2018. The project is supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 14 M RUB grant up to 2022.

Prof Jayakody explains:

‘The Fifth Generation Communication (5G) networks have several functional features, such as: massive multiple input and multiple output (MIMO), device centric data and voice support, smarter-device communications, etc. In 5G architecture, various communication layers are established and the foremost layer is physical layer, where radio resource is managed and our research is focused on this part of architecture. In order to improve the 5G communication, an efficient physical layer algorithm need to be designed.’

Since January 2018, TPU scientist has been developing underwater robotics and communications in the framework of the grant of the Ministry of Science and Education.

‘Underwater Wireless Communication (UWC) supports for surveillance of coastal securities especially for military purposes and commercially useful for investigation of natural resources in the underwater environment. Optical, acoustic and radio-frequency (RF) wireless carriers are considered to envisage UWC in underwater applications. Deploying UWC techniques in an unexplored water medium which is the communication channel in UWC are highly challenging as compared to terrestrial wireless communication. We mainly focus on developing UWC techniques to make it more feasible in a challenging environment. The project is designed up to December 2019,’

says the Professor.

Photo:  Proposed system model for wireless-powered hybrid terrestrial and underwater cooperative communication system.

In addition, Prof Jayakody received postgraduate research funding from the Ministry of Science and Education in the amount of 4.5 M RUB to support postgraduate research students up to 2021.

He has also started to cooperate with the Inclusive Radio Communications Networks (IRACON) which is a prestigious European funding agency providing funding for research activities which are aimed to support wireless connectivity. 

‘We are chosen research group representing Russia for IRACON funding. Under this funding, we have produced many research papers and we have successfully conducted few exchange programs with some European universities to collaborate our ideas,’

he says.

Prof Jayakody’s team consists of international research scientists and postgraduates. They are Dr. Stefan Panic, Ph. D. (University of Nis, Serbia), Ph. D. research students and research engineers D. Ponnimbaduge, MSc (University of Sheffield Hallam, UK), R. Khan, MSc (Bahria University, Karachi Campus, Pakistan), A. Rajaram, MSc (University of Tartu, Estonia), Georgiy Osokin, candidate of technical sciences (TPU), M. F. Ali MSc (TPU). 

Photo: A research team of Prof Jayakody.

Prof Dushantha Nalin K. Jayakody has been working at the TPU School of Computer Science & Robotics for the fourth year. 

Over this time, he has already implemented the following research projects:

-  Energy Aware PHY layer Algorithm Design for 5G (Ministry of Education and Science, Russia, 200M RUB (3.5M $)),

-  New Paradigm for 5G Algorithm Design (Ministry of Education and Education, Russia, 2.8 M RUB),

-  Tactile internet enabled Drone Control over LTE for Ultra-Dense Cloud Drone Networks (National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia and COST Action IRACON for 5G, 6K$),

-  Device-to-Device Communications: A 5G and Green Network Perspective (National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia, 2M RUB).



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