Prestigious recognition to the HAP research group at BTH
Over the past 4 years, Professor Abbas Mohammed and his research team (Tommy Hult, Zhe Yang and Asad Mehmood) at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) have been involved in a novel European Union (EU) Project: Cost 297 Action entitled "High Altitude Platforms for Communications and Other Services" investigating an alternative to the traditional satellite and terrestrial systems, with the aim of delivering faster, safer, cost-effective communications and other services to diverse users in the near future.
High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) are airships, balloons or planes, operating in the stratosphere, at altitudes of typically 17-22 km. At this altitude (which is well above commercial aircraft height), they can maintain a quasi-stationary position, and support payloads to deliver a range of communication services including emergency communications.
To the best of our knowledge BTH is the only university in Sweden conducting research on this novel technology. Professor Abbas Mohammed and Dr. Tommy Hult are the Swedish Representatives and Management Committee members of the EU Cost 297 Action. The HAPs team has been extremely active and contributed extensively to this Action; some of our contributions are:
- Extensive publication list including selection as highest quality papers at conferences, invited articles to journals special issues and book chapters, and 6 contributions to 5 chapters of EU Cost 297 book on HAPs. For example, our paper to the 9th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (WPMC) conference in San Diego, USA, was selected as one of the highest quality papers. In addition, an extended version of the paper was also invited for a Special Issue of Springers Wireless Personal Communications Journal. The invited papers were selected from those that had made the top 7.5% of the original ranking process during the conference selection procedure, and only 18 papers made it to the final published journal special issue, see http://www.springerlink.com/content/f40041505q845x25/fulltext.pdf
- Several collaborations and scientific research visits to institutes and universities (e.g., York, Vigo, Politecnico di Torino, etc.)
- Professor Abbas Mohammed has recently led an international editorial team of experts for a HAP Special Issue in EURASIP International Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, see http://www.hindawi.com/journals/wcn/2008/934837.html. The aim of this special issue is to promote the research into this novel technology to a wider audience and to highlight the EU Cost 297 Action activities in this field. The HAPs team at BTH has succeeded in publishing 4 papers (out of the total 14 accepted papers) in this special issue. This journal special issue is officially reported as one of the top main achievements of the European Cost 297 project, see http://w3.cost.eu/index.php?id=110&action_number=297
- Professor Abbas Mohammed has received an invitation to deliver a journal article on "The role of High-Altitude Platforms (HAPs) in the Global Wireless Connectivity" for a special issue to be published by IEEE in 2011.
The above facts demonstrate the prestige of BTH:s research on HAPs and our lead in this field. The delivery of communications and other services from HAPs is certainly a technology to watch.
Correspondence should be addressed to Abbas Mohammed, Professor of Telecommunications Theory, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telecommunication and Radio Navigation systems investigated by the research group.