Dr. Momin Uppal


“Layered Relaying for Wireless Multicast: System Design and Experimental Evaluation using SDRs

Relaying in wireless networks can lead to better coverage, higher throughput, and improved quality of service. The most popular of relaying strategies, as employed in LTE-Advanced and IEEE 802.16m, is the so-called two-hop decode-forward approach. In this talk, we will give an overview of a novel relaying scheme that provides considerable performance gains over two-hop decode-forward without incurring the practical issues typically associated with more advanced relaying strategies prevalent in the research literature.
In addition to presenting an overview of the proposed scheme, its system design and experimental evaluation, the speaker will highlight the importance of translating communications research into experimental prototypes using software-defined radios, and share his group’s learning experience in this domain.

Dr. Momin Uppal received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering with highest distinction from GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan, in 2002. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2006 and 2010, respectively. He spent the summers of 2009 at NEC Labs of America, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey as a research assistant, and the summers of 2012 at Texas A&M University Qatar as a visiting researcher. He has been associated with the LUMS School of Science and Engineering since October 2010. Momin’s research interests include cooperative communications, joint source-channel coding, prototyping using software-defined radios, and applied signal processing.