5G Communications and Technologies

Key information

Start date: 21 March 2022

Attendance dates:

March 2022: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Time commitment: 5 days


Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:


In this short course, we will discuss some of the key concepts that will shape the next generations of mobile and wireless communications systems, i.e. 5G mobile radios.

A team of expert academic and industrial lecturers will present their visions on the near future of wireless communication, explain the latest trends in advanced transmission, reception, coding, and cellular concepts that will shape 5G communication systems including advanced air-interface, MIMO system, cooperation, antenna design, backhauling, vehicular technology. As well as provide expert knowledge regarding concept validation and prototyping.

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for both new and experienced recruits of telecommunication and related industries who work in research and development, sales and technical support.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define and understand what the key 5G technologies are, why they are needed, and how they can shape future communication systems.
  • Explain the principles of advanced waveforms and air interfaces.
  • Explain the principles of advanced multi-input multi-output (MIMO) concepts for future wireless communication systems
  • Explain and compare/contrast different design choices for future wireless communication systems
  • Show ability to validate advanced concepts via simulations.

Course content

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

9am - 10:30am - Visions of 5G wireless
Professor Rahim Tafazolli

This session will be an opportunity to hear about the latest on visions of 5G wireless communications from the perspective of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre.

11am - 12:30pm - Background and context
Professor Andy Sutton

The fifth generation of cellular mobile technology will be built on established networks and have to integrate with existing systems while operating as part of a heterogeneous network with 4G LTE-Advanced and WiFi technologies. This module will review existing mobile network technologies, RF systems and network architectures to provide a solid grounding for the modules which follow. Additionally this module will review the current role of small cells and heterogeneous networks along with discussing practical design requirements.

1:30pm - 3pm - Operators requirements on 5G
Professor Andy Sutton

Mobile network operators have cooperated within the NGMN Alliance (Next Generation Mobile Networks) to specify a set of requirements for 5G networks. This module will review these requirements and study the practical issues which must be addressed to enable these to be realised on live commercial network, topics such as ultra-dense networks, ultra-low latency and ultra-reliable networks will be covered along with the evolution of mobile broadband and opportunities associated with massive connectivity driven by an internet of things.

3:30pm - 5pm - Standardisation
Howard Benn

Provides an overview of the standards bodies that are important in 5G standardisation, describing how they are organised, and how to contribute. The current status in the ITU and in 3GPP will be presented, along with the future timescales running up to standards completion in the 2019 time frame.

9am - 10:30am - Advanced air interface
Dr Fabien Heliot

This session will provide an overview of 5G air interface requirements, and cover frequency band, duplexing techniques, frame structure

11am - 12:30pm - Advanced waveforms
Dr Fabien Heliot

This session will cover the latest development in OFDM-based waveforms such as Windowed OFDM (WOFDM), Filtered OFDM (FOFDM), Filtered Bank Multiple Carrier (FNMC) and their potential benefits and drawbacks for 5G systems.

1:30pm - 5pm (with break) - Advanced MIMO methods part one and two
Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos

This section will cover advanced multi-antenna methods that, at least in theory, can scale the capacity of future wireless communication systems, including traditional, multi-user and coordinated large and massive MIMO techniques. In addition, in this section, we will discuss related stat-of-the-art algorithmic solutions used in such systems, as well as practical limitations and open research problems.

9am - 10:30am - Advanced MIMO methods part three
Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos

This section will carry on from Tuesday's Advanced MIMO methods part one and two.

11am - 12:30pm - Densification
Dr Fabien Heliot

This session will cover small cells densification, challenges in heterogeneous networks, interference and radio resource management for dense networks

1:30pm - 3pm - SON and backhaul technologies
Dr Muhammad Ali Imran

Basic requirements for 5G system - highlighting the constraints that make SON inevitable, identification of suitable backhaul technologies for meeting 5G objectives, a case study of self-organized backhaul optimization for dense heterogeneous cellular network (a 5G scenario).

3:30pm - 5pm - Cooperative communication
Dr Fabien Heliot

This session will cover coordinated multi-point (CoMP) systems, cooperation vs. coordination, challenges for implementation.

9am - 10:30am - 5G antennas and propagation
Dr Tim Brown

Antenna and propagation basics, narrowband and wideband characterisation, challenges in mmWave propagation for backhaul and small cell access.

11am - 12:30pm - mmWave communications
Dr Mehrdad Shariat

This course covers mmWave communications for next generation wireless networks. It starts with overviewing the industry road map towards 5G including mmWave bands, then moves to mmWave design considerations and challenges on channel characterization , RF / Antenna and Air interface design and RAN functionalities. Subsequently, it explores more on radio resource management in mmW networks (about envisioned architectures, resource management functionalities including link scheduling and routing) and finally provides some case studies.

1:30pm - 3pm - Agile innovation of emerging technologies
Dr Ben Shenoy

An exploration of the process of taking emerging technologies on the journey from invention to innovation.  Drawing on management research into how innovation unfolds and learnings from agile software engineering, this session will offer principles for nurturing emerging technologies in both smaller and larger enterprises.

3:30pm - 5pm - Energy efficiency
Dr Fabien Heliot

This session will cover the energy efficiency (EE)-spectral efficiency (SE) trade-off, energy efficiency in cellular systems and some elements of resource allocation.

9am - 12:30pm (with break) - Validation and demonstration methods part one and two
Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos

In this Section we will cover state-of-the-art methodologies for validating and demonstrating novel research ideas by using both simulation results and wireless, “software-defined” research platforms. We will discuss methods for simulating advanced physical-layer techniques, as well as challenges when we want to validate them on wireless research prototypes.

1:30pm - 3pm - Connected autonomous cars
Dr Konstantinos Katsaros

In this lecture, we will discuss how the 5th generation of communication systems will help enable connected future cars to implement automated functions in short term and fully autonomous operation in long term. We will review the well know existing communication technologies for connected cars and analyse their shortcomings. To this end, we will outline the innovation areas that 5G aims to address in order to mitigate the limitations of the current technologies.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and teaching methods include the following:

  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Matlab based IT lab
  • Self study from the lectures and use of tutorial sheets.


There is no assessment for those who take this as an individual short course.

Course leader

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Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos

Reader - Signal Processing for Wireless Communications

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites required to do this course.

Recognition of prior learning

It is helpful but not essential to have knowledge of linear algebra, probabilities and stochastic processes as well as fundamental skills in computer programming.

It is assumed that you will have an engineering or related science degree.

Fees and funding

Price per person:


IET members: Early bird rate*


Non IET members: Early bird rate*


IET members: Standard rate


Non IET members: Standard rate

* Early bird rate available up to one month before the course start date

What these fees include

Lunch, refreshments and course notes which will be provided on USB sticks and on Dropbox.

How to apply

Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store.

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

Payments will be accepted subject to availability. If making payment by credit card, please forward the transaction receipt by email to Barbara Steel.

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