Wrokshop: Connected and Autonomous Aerial Networks

2019-02-07 @ 10:00 – 16:00
The Maker Lab, 4463 ME (Mackenzie Building), Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Dr
ON K1S 5B6

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in aerial (airborne) networks. The domain is
very broad and includes (but not limited to) the connectivity and networking of aerial users (ex:
cargo/delivery drones), as well as aerial BSs (UAV-/drone-BSs), high-altitude platforms (HAPs),
very low earth orbit (VLEO) satellites, flying ad hoc networks (FANETs), and VHetNets (vertical
heterogeneous networks); enabling technologies such as machine learning for autonomous
operation, free-space optical communications, network slicing, and energy harvesting are
of paramount importance in this emerging framework. This workshop presents the current
research on connected and autonomous aerial networks. It is supported by IEEE Ottawa Young
Professionals. Many of the speakers are IEEE Young Professionals including PhD candidates and
researchers. This workshop also falls within the scope and goals of the IEEE Future Networks



  • 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Thursday, 07 February 2019
  • The Maker Lab, 4463 ME (Mackenzie Building), Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
  • https://carleton.ca/campus/map
  • Lunch will be provided; Sponsored by IEEE Young Professionals.



  • Arrival: 10:00-10:15 am
  • Morning Session: 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
    • Session Chair: Dr. Sahar Aghajanzadeh
      • Connected and Autonomous Aerial Networks in 2030s
    • Dr. Halim Yanikomeroglu, Professor / Carleton
      • Adaptive Routing in Flying Ad Hoc Networks
    • Dr. Burak Kantarci, Professor / uOttawa
      • Cellular-Connected UAV in Integrated Aerial and Terrestrial Networks
    • Nesrine Cherif, PhD candidate / uOttawa & Carleton
  • Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    • The Caf – Carleton University, Residence Commons, 3rd floor
      • https://dining.carleton.ca/locations/the-caf
  • Afternoon Session I: 1:30 – 2:45 pm
    • Session Chair: Dr. Jalal Khamse-Ashari
    • Integrated Terrestrial-Nonterrestrial Wireless Access in Beyond-5G Networks
      • Mohamed Alzenad, PhD candidate / Carleton
    • Space-Air-Ground Networks: Challenges and Opportunities
      • Dr. Wael Jaafar, NSERC PDF / Carleton
    • FSO (Free-Space Optical) Communications Opportunities in Aerial Networks
      • Dr. Sahar Aghajanzadeh, Research Associate / Carleton
  • Coffee Break: 2:45 – 3:15 pm
    • Afternoon Session II: 3:15 – 4:30 pm
    • Session Chair: Dr. Wael Jaafar
    • Aerial Coverage in Cellular Networks
      • Dr. Jordan Melzer, Senior Engineer, Technology Strategy / TELUS
    • Beamforming Techniques in Aerial Networks
      • Hossein Vaezy, Visiting Researcher / Carleton & PhD candidate / IUT, Iran
    • A Look into 3GPP Release-16 from the Perspective of Aerial Networks
      • Irem Bor-Yaliniz, PhD candidate / Carleton & Network Design Engineer / Huawei Canada Research Centre

Workshop Sponsored by: IEEE Young Professionals

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