Mobile Edge Computing and Communications from the Sky

Speaker: Dr. Kun Yang,

Date: December 9, 2020

Location:  Zoom (Dial-in information will be provided shortly)

Co-sponsored by ComSoc/Sp/CE Austin

Abstract: With the advancement of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) edge computing and communications from the sky become possible and indeed provide an effective way to complement the current ground-based horizontal edge computing and communications. This talk starts with a brief introduction of UAV and UAV-assisted wireless communications, and then moves on to discuss the necessity of a close collaboration of the two important resources in any ICT system, namely, communication and computation, again in the context of UAVs. Some algorithms for joint resource (both computing and communications) allocation and UAV trajectory (flying path) design are introduced and explained with practical considerations. Some explanation as to how a physical problem is turned into a mathematical optimization problem is given, which is expected to be useful to younger researchers. The talk concludes with discussions on future opportunities in this exciting research area. The talk is easy to follow and is suitable to young researchers who just start their research study and to anybody who is interested in mobile edge computing and UAV-enabled communications.

Speaker: Kun Yang received his PhD from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering of University College London (UCL), UK. He is currently a Chair Professor in the School of Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, UK, leading the Network Convergence Laboratory (NCL) and the Communications and Networks Group of Essex. Before joining Essex at 2003, he worked at UCL on several European Union (EU) research projects for several years. He has also been a visiting/affiliated professor at several universities. His main research interests include wireless networks and communications, IoT networking, data and energy integrated networks, mobile edge computing. He has published 300+ technical papers and filed 20+ patents in the above areas. He manages research projects funded by various sources such as UK EPSRC, EU FP7/H2020 and industries. He coordinated one EU FP7 research project. He has been a Judge of GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2019 and 2020 (MWC-Barcelona) and a member of UK EPSRC Peer Review College for many years. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of IEEE journals. He has been actively organizing international conferences/symposia/workshops.