5G Communications and Technologies

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.

Monday 11 - Friday 15 March 2019


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 state-of-the-art knowledge regarding concept validation and prototyping.

The course is intended for both new and experienced recruits of telecommunication and related industries with an engineering or any related science degree who will work in R&D, sales and, and technical support. The course will be also suitable for those who might be interested in doing a part-time master program.

So, there will be sufficient overlap between this course and our standard Fundamentals of Mobile Communications module. However, the presentation will be customised for industrial audiences with strong emphasize on the concepts and industrial applications.

Course syllabus

Please note that the University of Surrey reserves the right to update and alter these courses.

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.

Background and context

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.

Operator requirements for 5G

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.

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.

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

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.

Advanced MIMO Methods I, II and III – 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 practicale limitations and open research problems.

Dr Fabien Heliot - Densification

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

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).

Cooperative Communication – Dr Fabien Heliot

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

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.

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.

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.

Validation and Demonstration Methods I and II – 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.

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.

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.

Provisional course timetable

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 1. Visions of 3G Wireless 5. Advanced Air Interface 9. Advanced MIMO Methods III 13. 5G Antennas and Propagation Issues 17. Validation and Demonstration Methods I
  Professor Rahim Tafazolli tbc Dr Fabien Heliot Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos Dr Tim Brown Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos
10:30 Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee
11:00 2. Background and Context 6. Advanced Waveforms 10. Densification 14. mm Wave Communications I 18. Validation and Demonstration Methods II
  Professor Andy Sutton Dr Fabien Heliot Dr Fabien Heliot Dr Mehrdad Shariat Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos
12:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30 3. Operators Requirements on 5G 7. Advanced MIMO Methods I 11. SON and Backhaul Technologies 15. Agile Innovation of Emerging Technologies 19. Connected Autonomous Cars
  Professor Andy Sutton Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos Dr Muhammad Ali Imran Dr Ben Shenoy Dr Mehrdad Dianati
15:00 Tea Tea Tea Tea Tea
15:30 4. Standardisation 8. Advanced MIMO Methods II 12. Cooperative Communications 16. Energy Efficiency END
  Dr Howard Benn Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos Dr Fabien Heliot Dr Fabien Heliot  

Please note that this syllabus can be changed at the University of Surrey's discretion.

Further information


This is a week long course, from Monday 11 - Friday 15 March 2019.

Please note: Course notes will be available in electronic format (pdf) via dropbox and/or USB stick prior to the course start date.


Price per person, including lunch and refreshments:

  • £1900 - Standard rate
  • £1750 - Early bird rate for payment received one month before the course start date.

For IET members (proof of membership needed):

  • £1900 - Standard rate
  • £1650 - Early bird rate for payment received one month before the course start date.

How to apply

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

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Terms and conditions

  • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35 per cent of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65 per cent of the full fee
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