Electronic engineering professor takes part in $48-million European research project

Zoey Tsang

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Professor (Chair) Li Ping from the Department of Electronic Engineering of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has been invited to participate in a European Commission information and communication technology research project.

Professor Li will work with 13 universities, research institutions and technology companies from Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Portugal, Britain, Cyprus and Canada in the Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission. The project has been granted funding of around €4 million (HK$48 million) by the European Commission.

The main objective of the research project, titled “WHERE” (Wireless Hybrid Enhanced Mobile Radio Estimators), is to combine wireless communications and navigation for the benefit of future (fourth generation) mobile radio systems. The project sets out to innovate the integration of communications and global positioning systems, as well as enhancing accuracy and reducing latency of wireless navigation systems.

The German Aerospace Centre is the research team coordinator. The project will last for three years, from 2008 to mid-2010.

Professor Li was invited because of his expertise in Interleave-Division Multiple-Access, which is a key wireless communication technology in developing the fourth generation mobile communication system. He will lead two CityU PhD students, Yuan Xiaojun and Geng Nian, in the research team that will provide expert comments on this technology and later submit a research report.

It is widely expected the fourth generation mobile communication system will outperform the third generation in many ways such as providing faster data transmission rate, high quality video streaming service, and promoting multi-media application.

Professor Li was made a Croucher Senior Research Fellow in 2005 for his distinguished research achievements in mobile communications. Professor Li’s research interests also embrace information theory, VLSI design and signal processing. He received a British Telecom-Royal Society Fellowship in 1986 and an IEE JJ Thomson Premium award in 1993 for his innovative VLSI circuit design for commercial mobile phone receivers.

“The competition for European Commission research grants is highly competitive,” said Professor (Chair) Luk Kwai-man, Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering. “CityU is among the first batch of higher institutions in the Greater China region to participate in the Seventh Framework Programme for Research. This can be seen as an indication of the international reputation and quality of research at CityU.”

The Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission will last for seven years, from 2007 until 2013. The programme has a total budget of more than €50 billion. The money will be spent on research grants throughout Europe and beyond, in order to co-finance research, technological development and demonstration projects.


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