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Communications and Networking in LEO Mega-Constellations

February 16 @ 7:30 pm 9:30 pm EST

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On Thursday, Feb 16, 2023, the IEEE Consultants’ Network of Northern New Jersey will host a presentation on Communications and Networking in LEO Mega-Constellations by Dr. Gunes Karabulut Kurt, PhD from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM EST on Zoom followed by a networking session.

About the Topic

The emerging low Earth orbit (LEO) mega-constellation networks, planned to be composed of thousands of satellites, have the potential to connect everyone through their global footprint and bridge the long-existing digital divide. This talk will focus on the communications and networking aspects of these mega-constellations and their integration with the terrestrial networks. The associated communication and networking problems will be investigated along with potential remedies such as the use of distributed massive MIMO and high altitude platform station (HAPS) systems. The talk will conclude with an overview of the open issues and future research directions.

About the Speaker

Gunes Karabulut Kurt PhD earned a B.S. degree with high honors in electronics and electrical engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, and a M.A.Sc and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada. She was a Research Assistant with the CASP Group at the University of Ottawa. She was an algorithm Engineer at TenXc Wireless, Canada. Dr. Karabulut Kurt was an algorithm Engineer and designer Edgewater Computer Systems Inc., Canada. She was a senior R&D engineer at Turkcell Research and Development Applied Research and Technology, Istanbul.

Dr. Kurt is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal in Montréal, QC, Canada. She was a Professor of Electronics and Communications Engineering, and the director of the Wireless Communications Research Laboratory at the Istanbul Technical University. Dr. Kurt is a Marie Curie Fellow and has received the Turkish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist (TÜBA-GEBIP) Award in 2019. In addition, she is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University.

Dr. Kurt is currently serving as an associate technical editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine, an associate editor of IEEE Communication Letters, an associate editor of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, and an area editor of IEEE Transactions on Machine Learning in Communications and Networking. She is a member of the IEEE WCNC Steering Board. She is serving as the secretary of IEEE Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee and also the chair of the IEEE special interest group entitled Satellite Mega-constellations: Communications and Networking. She is a Distinguished Lecturer of Vehicular Technology Society Class of 2022. Her research interests include space information networks, satellite networking, wireless network coding, wireless security, space security, and wireless testbeds.

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