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Athul Prasad

Espoo, Finland
Senior Specialist, Radio Research


2015 - Doctor of Science (Technology) in Communications Engineering, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering (Supervisor: Prof. Olav Tirkkonen)
CGPA - 4.25 / 5
2011 - Master of Science (Technology) in Radio Communications, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
CGPA - 4.33 / 5, Graduated with Distinction
2006 - Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering, University of Kerala - Sree Chithra Thirunal College of Engineering
Percentage - 78.9 %, Graduated First Class with Distinction


ATHUL PRASAD received his Bachelor of Technology, B.Tech, degree (with distinction) from the University of Kerala - Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering in 2006, majoring on Electronics and Communications Engineering. He also received his Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), degree (with distinction) and Doctor of Science in Technology, D.Sc. (Tech), both in Communication Engineering from Aalto University, Finland, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. From 2006 to 2009 he was with Huawei Technologies' R&D center in India, and from 2010 to 2012 he worked for Aalto University and as a consultant with Nokia Research Center. From December 2012 until June 2014 he was with NEC Europe Ltd. as a 3GPP standardization researcher and delegate. Since June 2014, he is working in Nokia, Espoo, Finland as a Radio Research Specialist in the 5th Generation (5G) radio access systems research group.

His research interests include dynamic resource allocation, mobility management in heterogeneous networks, RF fingerprint based localization, and user plane congestion management in LTE-Advanced networks. He is the (co-) author of several international journal and conference papers and (co-) inventor of numerous patent applications.

He won the best paper award at the 77th IEEE Vehicular Techology Conference, held at Dresden, June 2013. He has served as the TPC for several international conferences (IEEE VTC, Globecom, PIMRC, ICCVE) and served as the co-chair of Research to Standards workshop organized along with IEEE Globecom 2014. He has played an active role in organizing various conferences and journal feature topics as well.

Professional Activities

Research Interests:
    Mobile Communications
    Heterogeneous Networks
    Mobility Enhancements
    Cognitive Radio
    Dynamic Channel Allocation
    Distributed Resource Management
    5G Radio Access Networks
    Device-to-Device Communication
    Machine-to-Machine Communication
    Energy Efficient RAN

TPC Chair: IEEE Globecom Workshops 2014, IEEE CSCN 2015, 2016

TPC Member and Reviewer for various top international journals and conferences.

Selected Articles and Publications

2.1 Journal/Magazine Articles

[j8] S. Husain, A. Kunz, A. Prasad, J. Song, T. Koshimizu, "Optimizations in Machine Type Communications for Sensor Data Networking ," IET Wireless Sensor Systems. (Accepted: April 2016) link / pdf

[j7] K. Samdanis, R. Shrivastava, A. Prasad, D. Grace, X. Costa-Perez, "TD-LTE Virtual Cells: An SDN Architecture for User-centric Multi-eNB Elastic Resource Management," Elsevier - Computer Communications. (Published Online: Jan. 2016) link /  pdf-preprint

[j6] A. Prasad, A. Maeder, K. Samdanis, A. Kunz, G. Velev, "Enabling Group Communication for Public Safety in LTE-Advanced Networks," Elsevier - Journal of Computer and Network Applications, vol. 62, Page 41-52, Feb. 2016. (Published Online: Jan. 2016) link /pdf-preprint

[j5] A. Prasad, and A. Maeder, "Backhaul-aware Energy Efficient Heterogeneous Networks with Dual Connectivity," Springer Telecommunication Systems, vol 59 (1), Page 25-41, May 2015. (Published Online: Nov. 2014) link / pdf-preprint
[j4] S. Husain, A. Prasad, A. Kunz, A. Papageorgiou, and J. Song, "Recent Trends in Standards Related to the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine Communications," Journal of Information and Communication Convergence Engineering (JICCE), vol 12 (4), Page 228-236, Dec. 2014. link/pdf
[j3] A. Prasad, A. Kunz, G. Velev, K. Samdanis, J. Song, "Energy Efficient D2D Discovery for Proximity Services in 3GPP LTE-Advanced Networks," IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, vol 9 (4), Page 40-50, Dec. 2014. link / pdf
[j2] P. Rost, and A. Prasad, "Opportunistic Hybrid ARQ - Enabler of Centralized-RAN over Non-Ideal Backhaul," IEEE Wireless Communication Letters, vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 481-484, Oct. 2014. link / pdf
[j1] A. Prasad, O. Tirkkonen, P. Lundén, O.N.C. Yilmaz, L. Dalsgaard, and C. Wijting, "Energy Efficient Inter-Frequency Small Cell Discovery Techniques for LTE-Advanced Heterogeneous Network Deployments," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 51, no. 5, May 2013, pp. 72-81. link / pdf


2.2 Conference Papers

[c19] A. Prasad, M.A. Uusitalo, A. Maeder, "Energy Efficient Coordinated Self-Backhauling for Ultra-Dense 5G Networks," 85th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, Sydney, June 2017. pdf

[c18] A. Prasad, M.A. Uusitalo, Z. Li, P. Lundén, "Reflection Environment Maps for Enhanced Reliability in 5G Self-Organizing Networks," IEEE Globecom Workshops (GCW), Washington D.C., Dec. 2016. (Accepted, to be published) pdf

[c17] A. Prasad, A. Bhamri, P. Lundén, "Enhanced Mobility and Energy Efficiency in 5G Ultra-Dense Networks With Lean Carrier Design," IEEE Conference on Standards for Communication and Networking (CSCN), Berlin, Oct. 2016. pdf

[c16] A. Prasad, F.S. Moya, M. Ericson, R. Fantini, Ö. Bulakci, "Enabling RAN Moderation and Traffic Steering in 5G Radio Access Networks," 84th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, Montreal, September 2016. pdf

[c15] Ö. Bulakci, A. Prasad, M. Ericson, I. Karls, H. Celik, M. Tesanovic, R. Fantini, L.M. Campoy, E. Pateromichelakis, F.S. Moya, G. Zimmermann, I. da Silva, "Agile Resource Management for 5G: A METIS-II Perspective," IEEE Conference on Standards for Communication and Networking (CSCN), Tokyo, Oct. 2015. link / pdf

[c14] A. Kunz, A. Prasad, K. Samdanis, S. Husain, J. Song, "Enhanced 3GPP System for Machine Type Communications and Internet of Things," IEEE Conference on Standards for Communication and Networking (CSCN), Tokyo, Oct. 2015. link / pdf

[c13] A. Bhamri, K. Hooli, A. Prasad, "Overview of Uplink Control Channel for Carrier Aggregation Enhancements in LTE Rel. 13," IEEE Conference on Standards for Communication and Networking (CSCN), Tokyo, Oct. 2015. link / pdf

[c12] A. Prasad, P. Lundén, K. Valkealahti, M. Moisio, M.A. Uusitalo, "Network Assisted Small Cell Discovery in Multi-Layer and mmWave Networks," IEEE Conference on Standards for Communication and Networking (CSCN), Tokyo, Oct. 2015. link / pdf

[c11] A. Prasad, P. Lundén, M. Moisio, M.A. Uusitalo, Z. Li, "Efficient Mobility and Traffic Management for Delay Tolerant Cloud Data in 5G Networks," 26th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Hong Kong, Aug-Sept 2015, pp. 1467-1472. link / pdf



[p14] Z. Li, A. Prasad, M.A. Uusitalo, "Wireless Communication," US20160308662. link
[p13] A. Prasad, P. Lunden, M. Moisio, M.A. Uusitalo, "A Method for Provisioning Non-Real-Time Data," EP20150199328. link

[p12] A. Prasad, P. Lunden, M. Moisio, M.A. Uusitalo, "Method and Apparatus for Optimizing Transmissions in Wireless Networks," US20160149818. link

[p11] P. Rost, and A. Prasad, "A Method For Operating A Wireless Network, A Wireless Network And A Base Station," WO/2014/167066. link
[p10] A. Kunz, G. Velev, A. Maeder, and A. Prasad, "Method, User Equipment, Master evolved Node B and Communication System for Dual Connectivity," WO/2015/136122. link

[p9] P. Rost, and A. Prasad, "HARQ Implementation For Distributed Base Stations," WO/2015/120875. link

[p8] G. Velev, A. Kunz, K. Samdanis, and A. Prasad, "Method For Deciding To Handover User Equipment In A Mobile Communication Network," WO/2015/004142. link

[p7] A. Prasad, and G. Velev, "Method for Providing Multicast/Broadcast Service Continuity for Mobile Terminals," WO/2015/000912. link

[p6] P. Rost, and A. Prasad, " Mobile Communication Network And Method For Operating A Mobile Communication Network," WO/2014/167066. link
[p5] A. Prasad, and A. Maeder, "Method and Apparatus for Enabling Uplink Scheduling Prioritization in a Radio Access Network (RAN)," WO/2014/162003. link

[p4] A. Prasad, A. Maeder, and S. Hayashi, "Method for Operating a Cellular Radio Access Network and Cellular Radio Access Network," WO/2014/161896. link
[p3] A. Prasad, P. Lundén, C. Wijting and O.N.C. Yilmaz, “Device Mobility Based Scanning Period Control,” WO/2013/045758, link
[p2] A. Prasad, K. Doppler and M. Moisio, “Distributed Capacity Based Channel Assignment for Communication Systems,” US/20120236806. link
[p1] O.N.C. Yilmaz, P. Lundén, C. Wijting and A. Prasad, “Method And Apparatus For Connection Management,” WO/2013/093174. link