In 2020, Professor Trung Q Duong was appointed the Nokia Bell Labs/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair at Queen’s University Belfast. The Academy’s Research Chairs scheme strengthens the links between industry and academia by supporting exceptional academics in UK universities to undertake use-inspired research for five years, co-sponsored by an industrial partner.
Professor Trung Q Duong works at the Centre for Wireless Innovation within the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology at Queen’s University Belfast. His Research Chair project is focused on enabling ultra-reliable and near zero-latency communications for massive number of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices of 6G networks and industry automation.
Wireless communications and associated technologies have been shaping our planet in an unprecedented way, not least in the current battle against Covid-19. Global mobile data traffic is increasing exponentially, and it is expected that there will be 100 billion IoT devices by 2025. There is now a need to optimise wireless networks.
Professor Duong’s task is to develop original signal processing approaches that employ advanced optimisation, machine learning, and signalling in order to generate novel optimisation solvers. The main aim is to guarantee ultra-reliable real-time communication and simultaneously serve a massive number of users.
This radically different approach to mathematical optimisation breaks new ground in wireless network-enablement. Potentially, the approach will assist in meeting the increasing bandwidth demand and thirst for ever more computing resources required by massive IoT devices.
Professor Duong says “The Research Chair programme has given me the opportunity to conduct theoretical research and to develop new concepts and tools to advance that. It will help ensure that my research results make the transition from publication in international journals to commercial exploitation.”
His research could enable real-time applications with ultra-reliability such as autonomous vehicles, smart energy and augmented reality. Wireless networks that can support near-zero latency communications could also help improve environment monitoring, air-quality healthcare, agriculture and security.
The Academy’s Research Chairs scheme aims to strengthen the links between industry and academia by supporting exceptional academics in UK universities to undertake use-inspired research that meets the needs of the industrial partners.