Dr Marwan won the IEEE Malaysia ComSoc/VTS Joint Chapter Best Paper Award

10th February 2016 – Dr Marwan Hadri Bin Azmi was awarded the IEEE Malaysia ComSoc/VTS Joint Chapter Best Paper Award during the ComSoc/VTS Joint Chapter annual general meeting last January. Dr Marwan won the award for a journal paper that he co-authored with Prof. Dr. Harry Leib from McGill University with the title ‘Coded Collaborative Spectrum Sensing with Joint Channel Decoding and Decision Fusion’ in IEEE transaction on wireless communication. The paper, which was among several nominated papers had been screened by the ComSoc/VTS Joint Chapter committee and was eventually selected based on its quality, originality and impact towards the telecommunication engineering discipline. Congratulation to Dr Marwan. The award was a great inspiration to all WCC researchers in striving towards producing high-quality research papers in well-renowned journals.

 

Dr Marwan receiving a plaque, an honorium of RM1500.00 and fees coverage for renewed IEEE membership

Dr Marwan receiving a plaque, an honorium of RM1500.00 and fees coverage
for renewed IEEE membership

HFSS workshop organized by WCC Student Society

1st February 2016 – WCC Student Society had organised a workshop for WCC postgraduate students on the usage of Ansys’s High Frequency Structure Simulator (HFSS) software last 28th of January. The workshop was conducted to assist researchers in WCC primarily on the development of antenna and other structures for RF application using HFSS computer-aided design tool. Two PhD candidates from WCC, namely Mr. Jamal Nasir and Mr. Muhammad Kamran Ishfaq, were the presenters during the workshop and had shared their extensive experience in using the software tool for design and simulation purpose. The organising of the workshop was very much appreciated by WCC postgraduate students as it had also functioned as a discussion-platform for WCC researchers to discuss on approaches that can be employed to ease and quicken the design process.

Mr. Muhammad Kamran sharing his design experience on using HFSS tool

Mr. Muhammad Kamran sharing his design experience on using HFSS tool

Visit by Institut Mines Te’le’com Researchers to WCC

Institut Mines Te’le’com Researchers and WCC staffs posed for a photograph taken during the visit

Institut Mines Te’le’com Researchers and WCC staffs posed for a photograph taken during the visit

1st February 2016 – Four principal researchers from Institut Mines Te’le’com in France had visited WCC on last 28th of January as part of their planned visit to UTM. The visitors were brought to visit the showcasing room as well as several laboratories in WCC and were impressed with the equipped facilities available in WCC. Brief discussion between researchers from both research centres has led to an interest in conducting research collaboration for future joint-research endeavour. The visit ended with a photograph session between the visiting researchers and WCC staffs.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Razali giving details on product developments by WCC researches to the visitors from Institut Mines Te’le’com

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Razali giving details on product developments by WCC researches to the visitors from Institut Mines Te’le’com

 

Keysight Technologies Training for 5G Propagation Study

9th January 2016 – An intensive training session on operating Keysight equipments as well as using accompanying software tool to conduct investigation on signal wave propagation for 5th Generation (5G) mobile system was held on last 4th to 7th January. The training, which was held at Menara Razak in UTM Kuala Lumpur was attended by WCC’s technical and academic staffs, academic staffs from UTM KL as well as other researchers in the field of wireless technology. The training had provided participants with a thorough exposure on potential areas that can be explored and researched upon with respect to 5G mobile application. Experts from Keysight Technologies had also shared some of their experiences while working with other researchers in setting up test beds for signal wave analysis and the challenges that they had encountered. It is hoped that the training could act as a catalyst for WCC researchers in intensifying their research study and contribute to the development of next-generation wireless communication system.

 

Keysight Technologies Training for 5G Propagation Study

Prof. Tharek (sitting in the front most row) with the other participants listening attentively to training lecture by Keysight expert

Happy New Year 2016

We would like to wish to all WCC Staffs, students, researcher from all over the world a “Happy New Year for 2016”. We hope that you have enjoyed some time with family and friends with some great laughs and even a few runs in there too.

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Now that 2016 is upon is, it is time to change gears and get yourself motivated for a fantastic year ahead. Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling to ensure you stay on track to reach your goals in the coming year.

  1. Set realistic goals that you can achieve (this is the best form of motivation when you can achieve goals you set)
  2. Set time specific goals
  3. Join a running group or invite a friend you can achieve your goals with (lets work together and collaborate)
  4. Set short, medium and long term goals for 2016
  5. Stick to a program or schedule you can maintain and that works with real life situations
  6. Set rewards for yourself when you achieve a goal (something like, buy yourself such a new iphone6)

Whatever your goals, we hope you have a happy new year and look forward to all the positive things that 2016 has to bring.

 

WCC Admin

UTM and Ericsson Malaysia to Collaborate in 5G

UTM and Ericsson Malaysia to Collaborate in 5G

 

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Ericson (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd to seal the partnership in the research and development of 5th Generation (5G) mobile communication technology.

“It’s time for us to rekindle and strengthen the close collaboration between UTM and Ericsson (Malaysia) again through this MoU,” said the Vice Chancellor of UTM, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar during the MoU signing ceremony.

The partnership between UTM and Ericsson (Malaysia) can be traced back approximately 20 years ago. In 1990s, when the mobile wireless communication industry started to bloom in Malaysia, the Wireless Communication Centre (WCC) of UTM, known as Wireless Communication Research Laboratory (WCRL) at the time, worked closely with Ericsson Malaysia on research project to study the impact of tropical rain attenuation on microwave communication links. Ericsson had generously provided research funding and donated equipment to WCC UTM to conduct research. This collaboration was proven fruitful, where the outcomes includes, but not limited to, numerous postgraduate students graduated under this research program, publication of high impact research journal and conference papers, knowledge sharing and transfer to the local industries.

Last year, WCC UTM has been awarded the status of Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HI-COE), by the Ministry of Education. WCC UTM is the first and only HICoE in the area of wireless communication in Malaysia. WCC is actively involved in research and development activities in the niche area of antennas and propagations for 5G mobile communication. With the support from the government and the industry, especially Ericsson, WCC UTM aims to become one of the prominent 5G research centre in this region by the year of 2017, aligned with the aspiration of the Ministry of Education.

The President of Ericsson Malaysia, Todd Ashton believed that the partnership with UTM will accelerate innovation towards 5G, realise the company’s vision of networked society and ultimately contribute to nation building.

The MoU document was signed by UTM’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar and Mr. Todd Ashton, President of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka.  The ceremony was held at Chancellery Meeting Room, Menara Razak, UTM Kuala Lumpur on October 22nd, 2015.

 

UTM and Ericsson Malaysia to Collaborate in 5G

Left to right:, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar, Vice Chancellor of UTM; Mr. Todd Ashton,   President of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka

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Left to Right: Sebastian Barros, VP of Key Account, Ericsson; Todd Ashton, President of Ericsson and Sri Lanka; Prof Dr. Tharek Abd. Rahman, Director Wireless Communication Centre, UTM.

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Visit from Ambassador of Argentina in Malaysia

On 26th August 2015, WCC has been honoured to receive a visit from H.E. MARIA ISABEL RENDON AMBASSADOR OF ARGENTINA. Madam Maria Isabel has been accompanied by Prof. Masputeriah Hamzah the director of UTM Corporate Affairs.

Madam Maria Isabel has visit two WCC main labs which are anechoic chamber and Specific Absorbtion rate Lab. The visit is guided by Dr. Mohd Haizal Jamaluddin as the Senior Lecturer of WCC. At the end of the visit, Madam Maria Isabel manage to jot some important words in the guest book and has photo session with WCC Staff. All the photos during the visit are shown here.

 

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2014-publications

BIL NAMA STAF AKADEMIK TAHUN PENERBITAN TAJUK PENERBITAN NAMA JURNAL STATUS JURNAL TIER PANGKALAN DATA
1 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 An Equivalent Circuit Model for Broadband Modified Rectangular Microstrip-Fed Monopole Antenna Wireless Personal Communications Citation Index Q3 ISI
2 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 A novel wide band open ended air gap radial line slot array antenna at 5.8-GHz frequency band Microwave and Optical Technology Letters Citation Index Q4 ISI
3 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 LTE Coverage Network Planning and Comparison with Different Propagation Models Considering TELKOMNIKA Telecommunication, Computing, Electronics and Control Citation Index SCOPUS
4 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Comparative Study on LP-RLSA Antenna Performance Based on Different Substrate at KU Band TELKOMNIKA Telecommunication, Computing, Electronics and Control Citation Index SCOPUS
5 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman, PM Dr Razali Ngah 2014 Spectrum Sharing Between High Altitude Platform System (HAPS) and an Incumbent Long Term Evolution System Advanced Science Letters Citation Index SCOPUS
6 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman, PM Dr Razali Ngah 2014 Early Stage of Spectrum Planning for Operation of HAPS at 5.8GHz Band Life Science Journal Special Issue 2014 Citation Index SCOPUS
7 PM Dr Razali Ngah 2014 A neural network based approach for call admission control in heterogeneous networks Life Science Journal Citation Index SCOPUS
8 PM Dr Razali Ngah 2014 MIMO Correlation-Based Analytical Channel Modeling Life Science Journal Special Issue 2014 Citation Index SCOPUS
9 Dr Norhudah Seman 2014 Reflection coefficient detection of simulation models for microwave imaging simulation system Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering Citation Index Q4 ISI
10 Dr Norhudah Seman 2014 A comparison of brain phantom relative permittivity with CST simulation library and existing research Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering Citation Index Q4 ISI
11 Dr Mohd Haizal Jamaluddin 2014 Multi-Narrowband Reconfigurable Slot Dipole Antenna Microwave and Optical Technology Letters Citation Index Q3 ISI
12 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin, Dr Mohd Haizal Jamaluddin 2014 An MIMO rectangular dielectric resonator antenna for 4G applications IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters Citation Index Q1 ISI
13 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin, Dr Mohd Haizal Jamaluddin 2014 Omnidirectional circularly polarized dielectric resonator antenna for 5.2-GHz WLAN applications IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters Citation Index Q1 ISI
14 Dr Mohd Haizal Jamaluddin, PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim 2014 Wideband Aperture-Coupled Dielectric Resonator Antenna at 5.8 GHz Jurnal Teknologi (Sciences & Engineering) Citation Index SCOPUS
15 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin 2014 Reconfigurable Four-Parasitic-Elements Patch Antenna for High-Gain Beam Switching Application IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters Citation Index Q1 ISI
16 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin 2014 A new Wideband Circularly Polarized Dielectric Resonator Antenna Radioengineering Citation Index Q3 ISI
17 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin 2014 Comparison of performance of compact ring printed monopole and loop antennas for wireless-implantable body area network applications MICROWAVE AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY LETTERS Citation Index Q3 ISI
18 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin 2014 Dual band slot antenna for 3.5 WiMAX and 5.8 WLAN Jurnal Teknologi (Sciences and Engineering) Citation Index SCOPUS
19 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin 2014 Effect of rainwater and seawater on the permittivity of denim jean substrate and performance of UWB eye-shaped antenna IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters Citation Index SCOPUS
20 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin, Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Radiation characteristics improvement of monopole antenna above glass substrate for WBAN applications Life Science Journal Citation Index SCOPUS
21 PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim JAN-FEB 2014 Dual band- dual beam reduced size Butler matrices JOURNAL OF OPTOELECTRONICS AND ADVANCED MATERIALS Citation Index Q4 ISI
22 PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim 2/14/2014 DUAL BAND TRAPEZOIDAL ANTENNA WITH PARTIAL GROUND AND MEANDER LINE FEED FOR GPS AND WIMAX APPLICATIONS MICROWAVE AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY LETTERS Citation Index Q3 ISI
23 PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim, Dr Norhudah Seman 2014 Multilayer phase shifter using aperture and broadside-coupled microstrip lines Microwave and Optical Technology Letters Citation Index SCOPUS
24 PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim, Dr Norhudah Seman JAN 2014 NOVEL COMPACT INVERTED U-SHAPED DIRECTIONAL COUPLER USING PARALLEL DUAL TRANSMISSION LINES TECHNIQUE MICROWAVE AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY LETTERS Citation Index Q3 ISI
25 PM Dr Razali Ngah 2014 Optical generation of 60 GHz downstream data in radio over fiber systems based on two parallel dual-drive MZMs International Journal of Engineering and Technology Citation Index SCOPUS
26 Prof. Ir. Dr. Abdul Halim Mohamed Yatim 2014 An improved PSO-based MPPT control strategy for photovoltaic systems International Journal of Photoenergy Citation Index ISI
27 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Aperture slot size effect to wide band open air gap radial‐line slot array performance MICROWAVE AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY LETTERS Citation Index Q3 ISI
28 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Common elements wideband MIMO antenna system for Wifi/LTE access-point application antennas and wireless propogation letters Citation Index Q1 ISI
29 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Relationship for slots width, antenna directivity, and the 3dB HPBW of an RLSA antenna at 12.4GHz using regression analysis ARPN journal of engineering Citation Index SCOPUS
30 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 monthly and diurnal variability of rain rate and rain attenuation during the monson period in malaysia Radioengineering Citation Index Q3 ISI
31 Dr Norhudah Seman 2014 Signal Processing of Microwave Imaging Brain Tumor Detection Using Superposition Windowing Applied Mechanics and Materials Citation Index SCOPUS
32 Dr Norhudah Seman, Dr Mohd Haizal Jamaludin 2014 Design of U-Shaped In-Phase Power Divider Employing Ground-Slotted Technique for Wideband Applications Wireless Personal Communications Citation Index Q3 ISI
33 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Coexistence Model for Compatibility Between IMT-Advanced and Other Wireless Communication Services Wireless Personal Communications Citation Index SCOPUS
34 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman, Dr Leow Chee Yen 2014 Robustness of Localization Accuracy for Wireless Sensor Networks Under Physical Attacks Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology Citation Index SCOPUS
35 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Evolution Process of a Broadband Coplanar- Waveguide-fed Monopole Antenna for Wireless Customer Premises Equipment TELKOMNIKA Indonesian Journal of Electrical Engineering Citation Index
36 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 RELATIONSHIP FOR SLOTS WIDTH, ANTENNA DIRECTIVITY, AND THE 3dB HPBW OF AN RLSA ANTENNA AT 12.4 GHz USING REGRESSION ANALYSIS. ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences Citation Index SCOPUS
37 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Monthly and Diurnal Variability of Rain Rate and Rain Attenuation during the Monsoon Period in Malaysia. Radioengineering Citation Index SCOPUS
38 Dr Thomas Peter, Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 A Novel Transparent UWB Antenna for Photovoltaic Solar Panel Integration and RF Energy Harvesting Antennas and Propagation, IEE Citation Index ISI
39 PM Dr Razali Ngah 2014 A new two-code keying scheme for SAC-OCDMA systems enabling bipolar encoding Journal of Modern Optic Citation Index Q3
40 En Omar Abdul Aziz, Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Investigation of Path Loss Prediction in Different Multi-Floor Stairwells at 900 MHz and 1800 MHz Progress In Electromagnetics Research M Citation Index ISI
41 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin, Prof Tharek Abd Rahman, Dr Mohsen Khalily, 2014 Radiation Characteristics Improvement of Monopole Antenna for WBAN Applications. International Journal of Multimedia & Ubiquitous Engineering Citation Index SCOPUS
42 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin, Dr Thomas Peter 2014 Electromagnetic Behaviors of Thin Film CPW-Fed CSRR Loaded on UWB Transparent Antenna IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters SCOPUS
43 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin 2014 Pattern-Reconfigurable Microstrip Patch Antenna With Multidirectional Beam for WiMAX Application Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE SCOPUS
44 PM Dr Muhammad Ramlee Kamarudin 2014 Reconfigurable Four Parasitic Elements Patch Antenna for High Gain Beam Switching Application Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE SCOPUS
45 PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim, 2014 Bandwidth Widening, Gain Improvement and Efficiency Boost of an Antenna Using Artificial Magnetic Conductor (AMC) Ground Plane Jurnal Teknologi SCOPUS
46 Dr Mohsen Khalily 2014 CPW-Fed Transparent Antenna for Extended Ultrawideband Applications Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE SCOPUS
47 PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim 2014 Dual Band Compact Size Microstrip Antenna Operating at 2.45 GHz and 5.8 GHz for WLAN Applications Life Science Journal SCOPUS
48 PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim 2014 Dual band-dual beam reduced size Butler matrices JOURNAL OF OPTOELECTRONICS AND ADVANCED MATERIALS SCOPUS
49 PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim, Dr Norhudah Seman, 2014 A compact 4 × 4 butler matrix on double-layer substrate Microwave and Optical Technology Letters Q3 scopus
50 Dr Mohd Haizal Jamaludin 2014 Slot dipole antenna with single-and dual-band tuning characteristic IET Electronics Letters Citation-Indexed Q2 Scopus
51 Dr Mohd Haizal Jamaludin 2014 Single-, Dual-and Triple-band Frequency Reconfigurable Antenna. Radioengineering Citation Index Q3 ISI
52 Dr Mohsen Khalily 2014 W-Band OFDM for Radio-over-Fibre Direct-Detection Link Enabled By Frequency Nonupling Optical Up-Conversion Photonics Journal, IEEE
53 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Investigation of wind and rain effects in a foliated tropical region for fixed wireless access International Journal of Electronics
54 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 A modified rain attenuation prediction model for tropical V-band satellite earth link International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking
55 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Investigation of the unified rain attenuation prediction method with data from tropical climates IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters Q1 Scopus 1.148
56 Prof Tharek Abd Rahman 2014 Comparison of measured rain attenuation in the 10.982-GHz band with predictions and sensitivity analysis International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking Q3 Scopus 0.896
57 PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim, Dr Thomas Peter 2014 Transparent Branch-Line Coupler Using Micro-Metal Mesh Conductive Film IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters Scopus
58 PM Dr Sharul Kamal Abdul Rahim 2014 An elliptically planar UWB monopole antenna with step slots defective ground structure Life Science Journal Scopus
59 PM Dr Razali Ngah 2014 Exploring the open problems and future trends concerning handovers in heterogeneous wireless networks: A review Jurnal Teknologi Scopus
60 Prof. Ir. Dr. Abdul Halim Mohamed Yatim 2014 Feasibility study of renewable energy-based microgrid system in Somaliland׳ s urban centers Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
61 Prof. Ir. Dr. Abdul Halim Mohamed Yatim 2014 MAXIMUM POWER POINT TRACKING ALGORITHMS FOR WIND ENERGY SYSTEM: A REVIEW International Journal of Renewable Energy Resources
62 Prof. Ir. Dr. Abdul Halim Mohamed Yatim 2014 Design and Implementation of a Dynamic Evolution Controller for Single-phase Inverters with Large Load Changes Electric Power Components and Systems

Visits from Shibaura Institute of Technology to WCC

On 24th February 2015, WCC has been honoured to receive visits from the Japanese undergraduates from Shibaura Institute of Technology. During that time, students are following summer camp course in UTM. In the same time, they learned some new technology in wireless communication in WCC.

 

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George Washington University visit to WCC

on 10th February 2015, WCC has been honoured to receive Ms. Adina Lav, Director SEAS Graduate Admissions from George Washington University. Dr Mohd Haizal bin Jamaluddin has bring Ms Adina Lav to visit all the laboratory in WCC. Some discussion on future collaboration is also being made.

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