Zabih Ghassemlooy
Northumbria University, UK
Title : Future Smart Lighting and Data Communications all in oneC Toward Green Technology
Abstract :

There is currently a global trend throughout the developed and developing world to be more energy efficient, consumers demand energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic LEDs (OLED), set to replace the existing lighting infrastructure over the coming decade not only offer a much higher efficiency than their outdated counterparts, but a longer life span and lower power consumption. In addition to lighting applications, the visible spectrum can be used for indoor as well as outdoor wireless data communications, i.e. visible light communications, where LEDs and OLEDs are used as the source for data transmission. Visible light LEDs and OLEDs can be switched at sub-micro-seconds rate, which is too fast for the human eye to react but not for a special sensor on our portable digital devices. Thus, opening the way for dual use of visible light sources for illumination and data communications in homes, offices, cars, airplane, trains, etc. This talk will give an overview of this emerging technology highlighting technical challenges and solutions for the LED and OLED lighting and dat communications techniques

Biography :

Professor Zabih Ghassemlooy, CEng, Fellow of IET, Senior Member of IEEE: Received his BSc (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1981, and his MSc and PhD in Optical Communications from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), in 1984 and 1987, respectively with Scholarships from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, UK. From 1986-87 he worked as a Demonstrator at UMIST and from 1987 to 1988 he was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the City University, London. In 1988 he joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer, becoming a Reader in 1995 and a Professor in Optical Communications in 1997. He was the Group Leader for Communication Engineering and Digital Signal Processing, and also head of Optical Communications Research Group until 2004. In 2004 he moved to the University of Northumbria at Newcastle as an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences until 2012. In 2012 he became Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the Fcaulty of Engineering and Environment, at Northumbria University. He also heads the Northumbria Communications Research Laboratories within the Faculty. In 2001 he was a recipient of the Tan Chin Tuan Fellowship in Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to work on the photonic technology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Mediterranean Journals of Computers and Networks, and Electronics and Communications. He currently serves on the Editorial Committees of IEEE Communications Letters, International Journal of Communication Systems, Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and many more. He is the founder and the Chairman of the IEEE, IET International Symposium on Communication Systems, Network and Digital Signal Processing, and the Chairman of NOC2011, and is a member of technical committee of a number of international conferences. He is a College Member of the Engineering, and Physical Science Research Council, UK (2003-2009) and (2009-), and has served on a number of international Research and Advisory Committees including a Panel Member of the Romanian Research Assessment Exercise 2011. His researches interests are on photonics switching, optical wireless and wired communications, visible light communications and mobile communications. He has received a number of research grants from UK Research Councils, European Union, Industry and UK Government. He has supervised a large number of PhD students (more than 38) and has published over 440 papers (150 in journals + 11 book chapters) and presented several keynote and invited talks. He is a co-author of a CRC book on “Optical Wireless Communications – Systems and Channel Modelling with Matlab (2012); a co-editor of an IET book on “Analogue Optical Fibre Communications”; a book on Optical Communication Systems (published by the Sheffield Hallam University, 1994); the proceedings of the CSNDSP ‘2012, 10’, ‘08’, ’06, CSDSP’98, NOC2011, and the 1st Intern. Workshop on Materials for Optoelectronics 1995, UK. He is the co-guest editor of a number of special issues: The Mediterranean J. of Electronics and Communications on “Free Space Optics –RF”, July 2006, the IEE Proceeding J. 1994, and 2000, IET Proceeding Circuit, Devices and Systems, Special issue on the best papers for CSNDSP conference, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2008, IEE Proceeding Circuit, Devices and Systems, Special issue on the best papers for CSNDSP conference, Vol. 153, No. 4, 2006, Inter. J. Communications Systems 2000, J. of Communications 2009, Ubiquitous Computing and Communication Journal - Selected papers from CSNDSP 08 conference, 2009, International Journal of Communications - Special issue on Optical Wireless Communications, 2009. From 2004-06 he was the IEEE UK/IR Communications Chapter Secretary, the Vice-Chairman (2004-2008), the Chairman (2008-2011), and Chairman of the IET Northumbria Network (Oct 2011-).

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