Two-Day National Seminar on “5G Wireless Technology”

5G is an upcoming fifth-generation wireless technology for cellular networks. Once this technology is fully deployed, it will revolutionise human lives.  The impact of this technology will remain at the forefront of Next Generation Networks (NGN) for a long period. Considering the importance of this latest technology, the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Institute of Technology, Nirma University organised a two-day national seminar on February 14-15, 2020. The seminar was coordinated by Prof Y N Trivedi, Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Institute of Technology. The seminar was designed for the faculty members, research scholars and R&D personals. It included key concepts of the 5G Wireless Technology, such as Radio Access Network, Physical Layer, MAC Layer, Air Interface, Spectrum and mm-Wave Implementation, Internet of Thing (IoT), Multiple Access Schemes and Simulation Software for Design of 5G Systems.

The seminar was inaugurated by renowned professor and academician, Dr Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. Prof Chaturvedi discussed the‘Challenges of 5G Technology’. Prof S S Das from IIT-Kharagpur delivered a lecture on, ‘Evolution of Air Interface towards 5G’. Dr Sendil Kumar, General Manager-Standardization, Ericsson, Gurgaon delivered a lecture on ‘5G IMT 2020 Technology and Spectrum’. Mr Devadasa Pai, Manager, NanoCell Networks Pvt Ltd, Bangalore delivered an interesting talk on, ‘5G Radio Access Network (RAN)’ and Ms Soundarya Venkatesan of Altair demonstrated the software ‘WinProp’ for the propagation analysis and radio channel planning of 5G.

On the second day of the programme, Mr Ashutosh Agrawal, Manager, Qualcomm, Bangalore delivered a lecture on, ‘Making 5G NR mm-wave a Commercial Reality’. Mr Rajul from Arastu System, Ahmedabad delivered a lecture on, ‘Condition-based Monitoring System using IoT’. Mr Niraj Nanavati of Nokia, Bangalore delivered a talk on, ‘Demystifying, Standardizing and Deep-Diving 5G’. Mr Nikhil Mitaliya, Field Application Engineer, Tektronix India Pvt Ltd delivered a lecture on, ‘Six Key Challenges of the Internet of Things’. Mr Uvraj Natrajan, Senior Application Engineer, Mathworks, Bangalore delivered a lecture on, ‘Implementation of 5G with MATLAB’.

The participants were teachers from different engineering colleges across India, research scholars and industry personnel and Space Applications Centre (SAC-ISRO). All the participants have appreciated the entire programme, including the contents, delivery, interactions with the experts, etc.