• Calibration of smart antenna systems: measurements and results

      Tyler, Neville; Allen, Ben; Aghvami, A.Hamid; King's College London; University of Oxford (IET, 2007-06)
      Smart antennas (SAs) are viewed as a candidate enabling technology for modern wireless communication systems to increase network capacity and facilitate location-based services. By conducting measurements on an SA test-bed, the signal distortion introduced by the implementation of a practical system can be analysed. This distortion can have significant impact on the estimation of signal wavefronts. Measurements have been conducted at the system, sub-system and component levels, using an SA developed for this purpose and employing a uniform circular array. This has enabled the error introduced by an implemented system to be examined. Calibration procedures are developed to overcome these implementation limitations. The cause and effects of these errors are examined, and system manufacturing tolerances and temporal thermal effects on the analogue sub-systems are shown to be the major contributor to this error; these results are presented and analysed.
    • Centralized and interactive compression of multiview images

      Gelman, Andriy; Dragotti, Pier Luigi; Velisavljević, Vladan; Imperial College London; Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (SPIE, 2011-09-08)
    • Characterisation of system performance of GPS antennas in mobile terminals including environmental effects

      Ur-Rehman, Masood; Gao, Yue; Chen, Xiaodong; Parini, Clive G.; Ying, Zhinong (IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC, 2009)
    • Code orthogonality for wideband CDMA systems with multiple transmit antennas

      Hunukumbure, Mythri; Allen, Ben; Beach, Mark; Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited, Uxbridge (IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC, 2007-11)
      Code orthogonality is a useful indicator in determining the performance of the synchronous downlink of third generation Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) Terrestrial Radio Access systems. In this paper, previous work on quantifying code orthogonality for single-antenna [or single-input single-output (SISO)] links is extended to fixed beamforming and transmit diversity schemes. Code orthogonality estimates from real measured channel data are extracted for typical outdoor radio environments. The results indicate that the spatial conditioning of fixed beamforming radio channels generally improves code orthogonality. In contrast, full code-rate transmit diversity schemes degrade code orthogonality.
    • Common control channel security framework for cognitive radio networks

      Safdar, Ghazanfar Ali; O'Neill, M. (IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC, 2009)
    • A compact multi-band slot-ring microstrip patch antenna for wireless applications

      Ur-Rehman, Masood; Allen, Ben; University of Bedfordshire (IEEE, 2013-11)
      Design of a printed microstrip patch antenna operating at multiple frequency bands is presented in this paper. The antenna has a very simple structure combining a microstrip patch, two rings and a slot. The antenna covers GPS (1.575 GHz), 4G/LTE/CDMA (2.1 GHz), and Wi-Fi (3.6/5.3 GHz) frequency bands with good impedance matching (2:1 VSWR) and radiation pattern performance. It has an omni-directional radiation pattern at most of the desired frequencies of operation. The antenna has good efficiency ranging from 60% to 98% and exhibits high peak gain values of 4.1 dBi, 5.7 dBi, 5.1 dBi and 7.9 dBi at 1.575 GHz, 2.1 GHz, 3.68 GHz and 5.37 GHz, respectively.
    • Comparison of coherent and differential space-time block codes over spatially correlated channels

      Allen, Ben; Kuroda, Y.; Said, F.; Aghvami, A.Hamid; King's College London (IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC, 2004-11)
      This paper compares the performance of coherent, differential and differential unitary space-time block codes operating over spatially correlated Rayleigh fading channels with up to four transmit antennas, ft is shown that, when operating over spatially correlated channels, the relative performance of all candidate codes is improved when the number of transmit antennas is kept low. Improved performance is also observed when differential STBC are used compared to coherent STBC.
    • Comparison of differential space-time block codes and differential cyclic delay diversity for a multi-carrier wireless system

      Hashim, W.; Said, F.; Allen, Ben; Aghvami, A.Hamid; King's College London (IET, 2005-11)
      Differential transmit diversity is an attractive alternative to its coherent counterpart, especially for multiple antenna systems where channel estimation is more difficult to attain compared to that of single antenna systems. In this paper we compare two different types of differential transmit diversity techniques for a multi-carrier based transmissions in particular OFDM. The first technique uses Differential Space-time Block Codes from orthogonal designs and the second uses Differential Cyclic Delay Diversity. The results present the bit error performance for several transmit antenna configurations. The results show that DCDD offers close performance to that of DSTBC with the advantage of simplified receiver.
    • Constraint-based planning of mobile communication networks: optimisation models and constraint algorithms

      Allen, Ben; Wei, Huang; University of Bedfordshire (University of Bedfordshire, 2011)
      The constraint-based approach is effective at solving complex problems with many parameters and constraints. It is fast, practical and significantly different from existing research in mobile network planning. An in-depth investigation is needed to enable the full potential of this approach to be explored and applied in mobile telecommunication network planning. The key ideas created in this project are also expected to be useful to the 4th generation wireless network design.
    • Content adaptive enhancement of multi-view depth maps for free viewpoint video

      Ekmekcioglu, Erhan; Velisavljević, Vladan; Worrall, Stewart T. (IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC, 2011-04)
    • Correlation-based double-directional stochastic channel model for multiple-antenna ultra-wideband systems

      Hong, Xuemin; Wang, C.-X.; Allen, Ben; Malik, Wasim Q. (IET, 2007-12)
      A correlation-based double-directional stochastic channel model for indoor multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) ultra-wideband (UWB) propagation channels is proposed. The proposed model extends the IEEE 802.15.3a standard model to spatially correlated MIMO channels. Both angular and temporal statistics are taken into account in the modelling procedure. Spatial correlation is introduced into the multipath amplitude and time-of-arrival (ToA) matrices of the channel model. Each amplitude matrix consists of entries of correlated lognormal random variables, whereas each ToA matrix is obtained as the sum of a reference matrix and a difference matrix. The frequency-dependent spatial correlation function is derived to give an insight of model properties. Model parameters are determined based on well-known measurement campaigns. In addition, simulation-based analysis indicates that this model has desirable spatial correlation properties in both the time and frequency domains. The ToA correlation matrix was also found to have dominant effects on the correlation characteristics. This suggests that future research into spatial correlation properties of MIMO-UWB channels should focus on ToA correlation characteristics, rather than amplitude correlation characteristics, which are the current focus of narrowband and wideband MIMO channel research.
    • Cost-variant sage: field trails and results

      Tyler, Neville; Allen, Ben; Aghvami, A.Hamid; King's College, London (IEEE, 2007)
      By extending the Space-Alternating Generalised Expectation-Maximisation (SAGE) parameter estimation algorithm to include a novel cost variant process, the robustness of Direction of Arrival (DoA) estimation from the SAGE algorithm is shown here to improve. A novel extension to the standard SAGE algorithm that enhances the parameter estimation process is first introduced. Field trials that have been conducted using an adaptive antenna to verify the performance of this algorithm are presented. Results show the extended SAGE algorithm improves DoA performance compared to standard SAGE by 5deg when operating in an urban environment.
    • Creativity or process?

      Goffin, Keith; Allen, Ben (IET, 2008-09)
      Managing new product development effectively is a trade-off between process and innovation. Keith Goffin and Ben Allen look at the steps engineering managers can take to make sure that the customer's 'hidden needs' are met.
    • Data Compression by using bit stuffing with threshold criteria in run length encoding scheme

      Qureshi, Faisal Fayyaz; Asghar, Muhammad Nabeel; Hussain, Fiaz; Safdar, Ghazanfar Ali; Shah, Syed Stiwat (IADIS, 2012)
    • Data transmission

      Walker, Stuart D.; Hugues-Salas, Emilio; Razavi, Rouzbeh; Ajmal, Tahmina (Elsevier, 2008)
    • Deconstructing space-frequency correlated ultrawideband MIMO channels

      Hong, Xuemin; Wang, Cheng-Xiang; Thompson, John; Allen, Ben; Malik, Wasim Q.; Heriot-Watt University (IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC, 2008-09)
      Conventional correlation models fail to accurately represent the correlation properties of ultrawideband (UWB) multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) channels. In our previous work, a framework for constructing correlated UWB MIMO channel models was proposed, where spatial correlation was introduced into both the multipath amplitude and time-of-arrival (ToA) in the channel impulse response. Based on this framework, in this paper we first present a simplified UWB MIMO channel model that represents a reasonable compromise between analytical tractability and model accuracy. We show that this model yields a structured space-frequency (SF) channel covariance matrix, making it suitable for theoretical system performance analysis. To illustrate the merit of this model, we apply it to evaluate the maximum diversity order in SF coded UWB MIMO systems. In contrast to previous work based on conventional wideband MIMO correlated channel models, we show that the maximum diversity order of a UWB MIMO system is not limited by the sum of the ranks of multipath amplitude correlation matrices.
    • Depth map compression for depth-image-based rendering

      Cheung, Gene; Ortega, Antonio; Kim, Woo-Shik; Velisavljević, Vladan; Kubota, Akira (SpringerLink, 2013)
      In this chapter, we discuss unique characteristics of depth maps, review recent depth map coding techniques, and describe how texture and depth map compression can be jointly optimized.
    • Descriptor choice for UWB antenna arrays

      Sipal, Vit; Edwards, David J.; Allen, Ben; University of Oxford (IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC, 2012-03)
      The use of multiple antennas is an attractive option for ultrawideband communication and positioning systems. Despite intensive research interest, the framework for analysing ultrawideband arrays is ambiguous. For OFDM based systems which use many narrowband subcarriers, the preferred choice is the use of the classical array description by means of the array factor. For impulse radio systems, array factors cannot be used and new beam pattern descriptors have been developed. In this paper we explore and quantify the transition between narrowband and ultrawideband systems. We define the upper bandwidth for which it is still acceptable to use the description by the means of classical array factors. This limit enables a rule of thumb decision on the selection of a suitable UWB MIMO strategy
    • Design and optimisation of compact RF energy harvesting device for smart applications

      Allen, Ben; Jazani, David; Dyo, Vladimir; Ajmal, Tahmina; Ivanov, Ivan; University of Bedfordshire (IEEE, 2014-01)
      An optimised design of a radio frequency energy harvesting antenna is presented. The antenna is based on a compact ferrite rod which, together with the electronics, can directly replace batteries in suitable applications. The antenna is optimised such that the energy available for the applications is maximised, while considering constraints such as the device geometry and the Q-factor. That the antenna can power a wireless sensor node is shown from the ambient medium wave transmissions.